I have mentioned that Claire is playing volleyball pretty much non-stop around here, but I haven’t had a chance to post many pictures yet. And I may as well get to work on that since we’re already over half-way through the season!
Claire has the best of both worlds in volleyball right now because she made the JV team where she gets to play a lot…
…and the coach also lets her “swing” up to Varsity where she is learning so much from all those older girls. And cheering her heart out on the sidelines:
Sometimes she gets to play a little with them in the games (above), but more-so in the tournaments:
That is exactly what Max did his sophomore year and it’s kind of fun to have a repeat.
I’m telling you, this sport attracts the best kids! Love that Claire gets to be surrounded by them so much, and she’s pretty excited about that too. (JV and Varsity included)
It also attracts the best coaches. These guys are such great “builders-of-girls.” This pic. it a little blurry but I love it so much:
Those Varsity players and coaches really take her under their wing and are so nice to her. This was their reaction when she made a great play in one of the tournaments:
Sweetness right there, right?
We have spent a LOT of time here:
(Which means we get to visit with our fav. security guard…
…all my kids have adored that guy up there and still try to see him when they come back into town…he rocks.)
We have also played at schools ALL OVER THE VALLEY. Gosh we have driven all over creation I tell you!
We fed all those cute girls dinner a couple of the nights in the far-away matches last week and that is a lot of work I tell you!
We also cajoled Lucy to join us at one game (she has choir and piano and also doesn’t really like to go many places these days, so it’s a big deal when we get Lucy with us!) I will keep a special recording in my mind of Claire positively BEAMING out on that court seeing that her little sister actually made it to one of her games:
…And how Lucy was so excited saying “Go Claire!” looking and waving the completely wrong direction because she couldn’t really see her but was so good at sending out her love anyway.
Love those sisters so much!
One of our tournaments was seriously the BEST. The girls played their hearts out. Claire played a little the first day:
And they kept winning so much that the second day they moved to the winner’s bracket at a different school and ended up beating the toughest teams.
Here’s Claire with one of the coach’s daughters between play:
Claire didn’t play once they got to those super tough teams, but she sure is a force to be reckoned with on the bench. Ha! Wish I had a picture of that jubilation!
Oh here it is a little bit:
They came in second in that whole tournament (with 13-15 in the tiebreaker).
Pretty exciting times!
I’ve been working a little on my sports photography skills so I apologize for the over abundance of pictures:
But you’ve gotta love that concentration:
And also jubilant excitement!
She finishes those JV games, hustles to switch jerseys, grab a speedy bite to eat (the parents always bring dinners), and then warms up with the varsity team, which you can tell she’s pretty happy about 🙂
The only downside of all this volleyball is that boy, it’s tough to balance all the homework and school work! She’s gone to tournaments 2-3 nights a week and doesn’t get home until super late, has practice the rest of the days, and they’ve had three Friday/Saturday tournaments that have taken her out of school for full days. It’s tricky to be sure. But she’s holding her own and wouldn’t have it any other way.
They have another tournament this weekend…160 teams from all over creation here in the valley. This one has a dinner the night before as part of the deal, so they all gathered here last night all gussied up to head to the dinner together:
Loved having all those golden girls over for a little.
So now I’m off to catch the afternoon game!