By JOE NAIMAN
Ramona High School’s novice girls volleyball team won its pool during the Santa Fe Christian Tournament on Oct. 8.
“They played better than I’ve ever seen before,” said Coach Leesa Roulier of the freshman team. “They just started right from the get-go with lots of enthusiasm and lots of spirit and worked as a team.”
The Santa Fe Christian Tournament was hosted by Santa Fe Christian High School but played at several locations, and Ramona’s matches were at the Epic Volleyball Center in Poway. Not only did Ramona win all three of its pool play matches, but the Bulldogs didn’t lose a game.
Ramona took two-game wins over Mater Dei, Canyon Crest, and Valhalla during pool competition.
Twenty teams competed at Epic. The top 10 advanced to the gold bracket for elimination play while the other 10 were in the silver bracket. Ramona was seeded first among the 20 teams based on the Bulldogs’ pool play record.
Although the Bulldogs earned a first-round bye, they lost to La Jolla by a 27-25 margin in the semifinals.
“We led the whole way and just kind of let down at the very end,” Roulier said.
Ramona’s novice team will return to the Epic Volleyball Center this Saturday for the tournament the Bulldogs organize.