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March 27, 2006

Coed wiped out by Paint Branch

by Merlyn Deng, Online Editor-in-Chief

The coed volleyball team was unable to fend off the Paint Branch Panthers Saturday, losing 11-25, 14-25 and 13-25, making their record 0-3.

Despite the defeat, the coed team showed raw strength that could make it a winning team as the season progresses. Since many of last year's coed boys moved on to join the boys' team, the team is inexperienced and mistake-prone. During the first few minutes of the match, the Blazers could not return Paint Branch's serves, in spite of sophomore Eddie Tang's best efforts. A tip by junior Jung Han and some strong hits by Tang made the score 8-19, but the Panthers held on to beat them 11-25.

The second set was more of the same as Paint Branch made some kills and the Blazers inconsistency doomed them from the start. Many times, after receiving the ball, the coed team would do an excellent job of passing the ball, showing that they can work together as a team. However, the Blazers would falter one extra second, unsure who would get the ball, costing the Blazers numerous points. Eventually, the Panthers beat them 14-25.

Although they also lost the third set, it was possibly the strongest match of the game. After starting off down 1-5, the coed team began to show some of the guts that they will need for the rest of the season. Co-captain Christie Lin dove down admirably to the floor to help her team out to another point. Although Lin stepped up the aggression, many of the Blazers were unable to match her energy, a crucial problem that should be fixed as the players continue on in their season. As the Panthers took possession of serving the ball, the Blazers received the Panthers' star server with good passing, which went for naught as the sequences ended in fumbles that lost much-deserved points. All of the team members on the floor showed that they could play well, but some still lacked consistency; something that was evident in the 13-25 loss.

Lin expressed some satisfaction toward the players' game. "We played hard but we could improve our teamwork," she said. "With a little more communication, we could have a great season." In addition to teamwork problems, Lin cited follow-through and lack of aggression as problems.

Mott believes that teamwork is also an issue, especially for those who haven't played team volleyball before. "We have some experienced players, but we have more inexperienced players." He said that transition problems were the main problem that plagued the team's game, saying that "people aren't sure where to go." However, he states that the team, especially the newer boys, will work on the mechanics and footwork of volleyball to improve their future performances. According to him, the team is already improving, "We played a little better than the previous two games," he said.

Coed's next game will be held at Damascus on Tuesday.

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  • felicia on March 27, 2006 at 6:24 PM
    maybe the team needs to be more dedicated to playing as a team.......... it's not hard........ just come to practice........
  • it's okay on March 27, 2006 at 6:50 PM
    we love you anyways!! <33
  • to the coach on March 27, 2006 at 8:03 PM
    OK. This team is 0-3. So it might help if you change the strategy, like changing your lineup. If you keep playing the same people, you will keep losing. On the other hand, if you put Jackie Wu in the game instead of making her sit on the bench, then I promise the team will not suffer such excruciating embarrassment.
  • jackie wu fan on March 27, 2006 at 8:08 PM
    Go Jackie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • me on March 27, 2006 at 8:17 PM
    come on coed! You guys have potential! Gl on tomorrows game!
  • * on March 27, 2006 at 10:12 PM
    lets go coed, get ur act together! and start putting in some of ur team mates that deserve to play!
  • TO: to the coach on March 28, 2006 at 1:26 PM
    We're not suffering "excruciating embarrassment" out on the court. You cannot ask us for more then our best. We started our season with our two hardest games of the season, in Churchill and Sherwood, and we went into Paint Branch with our guard down. I don't see you out on the court (its a co-ed team) so maybe you shouldn't be giving the coach suggestions.
  • To: To the Coach 2 on March 28, 2006 at 7:10 PM
    Also, paint branch completely stacked did Damascus, who coed is playing today, actually (or already played w/e)

    so as you can see, the first four games consist of 3 of the county's best teams, and one stacked team.
  • Jung on March 28, 2006 at 7:27 PM
    Yea, I agree, Don't be giving Mr. Mott smack. We're doing our best, he's doing his best, and it's just about getting into our groove. We are a young team. If you would like to help us at all, please don't try to bring anyone down, but come to our games and cheer. We are always appreciative of those who come out to support us.
  • re:to the coach on March 28, 2006 at 7:37 PM
    are you kidding me? play someone more and you won't be humiliated? This is a team sport. a TEAM sport. coed is almost entirely new. Not many returning players. Team chemistry is more important than having this "star" player get more playtime. You want an example? Terrell Owens.
    Team sport "to the coach", TEAM sport. Coed, keep it up. develop some chemistry and you guys will be fine.
  • wow on March 30, 2006 at 1:31 PM
    brother got burned... lmao lets go co-ed, kennedy today
  • phhhhhh on April 4, 2006 at 11:09 PM
    I gave up on this team long ago......
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