Twelve Bridges boys volleyball team goes undefeated

By: Russ Edmondson, The News Messenger
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The eighth grade boys volleyball team from Twelve Bridges Middle School went undefeated this spring. The boys won every game in the Foothill Intermediate School Athletic League (FISAL) East division under the guidance of coach Kendra Christiansen. In winning the league title the team was able to hang the first banner on the wall in the gym in May. Christiansen coached the seventh grade boys team the previous year so she has basically had the same team for two years in a row. “We only had seven kids on the roster,” Christiansen said. “It’s kind of cool because most of the rival schools had 12 or 13 kids on the roster.” The Lincoln team consisted of David Parker, Graham Everett, Ethan Everett, Kristopher Corpus, Erik Medina, Jackson Luboda and Jason Oleynik. Lincoln went 11-0 overall and 5-0 in league competition. “I had a really good feeling about (this team) all year,” Christiansen said. “I saw them as seventh graders and we played really well last year and they were learning and picking up things quickly. We faced E.V. Cain (of Auburn) in the championships and I kind of always had this good feeling that we would come out on top. They worked really hard in practice.” Glen Edwards Middle School of Lincoln was knocked out in the semifinals at the final tournament but the entire team stuck around to root on Twelve Bridges against E.V. Cain in the finals. “They were an incredible lift throughout the championships,” said Christiansen of Glen Edwards. “They lost in the semifinals to E.V. Cain and their parents and kids and coaches stayed behind to cheer for us. It was really special to see the Lincoln community come together for this.” Christiansen says that a couple of her players will attend high school at Whitney while another will go to Jesuit for high school. She expects the rest of the team to go to Lincoln. “A couple of them are really strong players and it’s kind of sad that Lincoln High doesn’t have a boys volleyball team,” Christiansen said.