Westside's 7th girls and 7th boys volleyball teams both won their championships over the weekend. This is the first dual championship in the same season in Westside's history.
Our 7th grade girls were able to play a true offense this year, and although it took some time and growing pains to implement, the girls showed good perseverance and trust, and it was a season of mostly consistent improvement. We finished the regular season undefeated, and the top seed from the south division, but after a quarterfinal win, we ran into the most talented team we've faced all season in the semifinals in St Anne. Despite some nerves, we were able to pull out the first set 25-23 on the way to advancing to the championship. On Sunday, we faced off against Guadalupe in a West Seattle showdown. Again, the first set was super tight, and we ended up overcoming several set points down, and ended up winning by the excruciating score of 30-28. We thought we had grabbed positive momentum but promptly started the second set 6-0 down. After a timeout, we slowly got back into it, and ended up winning the second set 25-19 to lock up the title. This is Westside's second girls' volleyball championship, and Danielle has coached both teams. Her ability to translate her knowledge of fundamentals and of offensive and defensive systems to her players, while also helping guide the emotional growth of the team is consistently inspiring.
Our 7th boys were playing by themselves and at their grade level for the first time this year. We had some new additions and some returning players, and the ability was there to see all season, but it took a 3 match winning streak in the regular season to qualify for the playoffs. The boys were gaining confidence through the season though and once qualified, really started to set our sights high. Having the volleyball playoffs during our spring break was tough and on Saturday morning, the boys played with five players in Bellevue. After starting down a quick 10 points, the boys fought back and made the first set close before bouncing back in the second set with a 25-16 win. The third set was super tight, and we emerged 15-13 winners to move on to the championship match on Sunday. After the girls had won a few hours earlier and celebrated with pizza and soda and questionable concoctions, they came back to cheer on the boys and we had a fired up crowd for the evening title match. For the second day in a row, we dropped the first set, but kept our spirits and effort up, turning the tables and winning the second set, setting up the dramatic finale. As fans worked to avoid heart attacks, the boys played long point after long point and held their nerve beautifully. Led by a few good serving runs and some Herculean efforts from our leaders, we closed out the third set and the second Westside championship in the span of a few hours. Coaches Burke and Jennifer did a great job all season with their patient and steadying leadership and ended up coaching the first Westside boys' volleyball title in our history.
Director of Athletics