Saturday was a really rainy day which prevented us from practicing the day before our final. Sunday came and the team met for breakfast at 8am. We played our semi-final game against Whitley which was a good team. We won a set, then relaxed our game and lost a set. Our coach chided us and we promptly won another two sets to put us in the final against no other than Ormond college. The Ormond team was definitely not the same one we played against in our first game: they were much stronger, better, and possibly taller. Their serves and spikes were very powerful and hard to return. We were intimidated before we even started playing. We lost the first set by ten points.
They had a lot of fans who were going crazy and who hung a huge banner from the grand stands which read “Get Wet, Go Hard, Go Ormond.” They also had a huge bee mascot. Our mascot was under renovations apparently and we did not have a banner but we did have many amazing fans who refused to sit in the grand stands in order to be closer to the players. They were on the sidelines, almost on the court it seemed. They kept up our moral and filled out ears with cheers. It was wonderful to look at them and just see smiles flashing back at us.
After the first set we regrouped and played three more sets. Every point was well played and was returned at least four times by each team. For one point we had the same six players (three from each team) touch the ball in the same order three times in row! It really felt like déjà vu. We ended up wining all three sets making us the volleyball champions! Our fans went crazy. It was great. They got to chant one last time what they chanted at the end of all our games this season “Three cheers for IH: Hip Hip Hurray! Hip Hip Hurray! Hip Hip Hurray!”