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MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Girls volleyball making history at Twelve Bridges

Four banners; 50 sets unbeaten
By: Morgan Colyer for The News Messenger
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Twelve Bridges Middle School – a strong serving team with a huge front line – has been leaving the competition frustrated and confused.

The Titans eighth-grade girls volleyball team utilized their team’s size and skill to create offensive opportunities and deny any threat to easily surge to the program’s second straight Eastern Division and Foothill Intermediate Schools Athletic League championship.

The Titans had a huge advantage over other teams, with three, well-rounded club players and team captains Emilie Parker, Mekhia Hayden and the author.

Parker was the Titan’s setter in both seventh and eighth grade. She dished out many sets leading to many assists and was a key player with her passing and serving.

Like the author, Hayden was a big hitter, helping lead Twelve Bridges to league championships with her kills and serves.

Parker is in her fifth season of club volleyball; Hayden and the author are entering their third year of club competition.

To begin their seventh-grade season, the team had many girls who had never stepped foot on a volleyball court. But thanks to their coach David Baker, they still excelled during games.

In the championships TBMS played Granite Oaks, who also had three club players. But the Titans beat the Falcons with no problems. That win was the first time in Twelve Bridges’ history that girls volleyball won both the East Division and FISAL championships.

Returning from that season, the Titans gained some new players during their eighth-grade year, including Emily Lemus, Kaycee Jacobson and Vanessa Mongold. Throughout the season the team had many successes with the help of returning players Aliyah Mallison, Lexi Metheny, Madilyn Cook, Trinity Markert, Andrea Ramirez and Artica Zaputil.

The real thing that made this team special was the fact that they were friends on and off the court.

Cook said “What I liked most about our season(s) was the bond our team had and playing with all of my friends.”

Lemus said “Even though it was my first year playing volleyball, it was a great season with a great team.”

During their championship against Eich, the Titans got many kills and aces. In the second and final set, the Titans had a huge lead behind Markert’s four kills.

“This past season has been the best experience, ever,” Markert said. “The girls are so fun to hang out with and they are like my sisters.

“Mr. Baker is such a great coach and it has been a pleasure to be one of his players. Thanks for a great season, Titans.”

The championship game was ended on a block by the author and marked the Twelve Bridges’ 50th set victory without a loss over two seasons of volleyball.

It was also the first time in the school’s history that any sports team had ever won four banners (two in both seventh and eighth grade).

These girls had an exceptional season and hope to continue it in high school – go Titans!

_ Morgan Colyer is a Twelve Bridges student-athlete and a heavy hitter, valuable server and defensive player for Titans girls volleyball.