Julie Ulrich, volleyball coach and Delta Charter athletic director, said that like other sports at the charter school out of New Jerusalem, this is a new experience for coaches and players.
“We only have two or three girls who have ever played the sport before. We’re starting from scratch,” she said. The team is now 0-4, but in any loss the team looks for signs of progress.
“We had some great rallies there but then they get down on themselves. We’re working on it, getting the basic skills down.”
The Falcons won three games in a row. The 25-4 first set started with Ryley Buchanan at the service line for 13 points in a row. As the Falcons went on to win the next sets 25-10, 25-10, they got aces from Ashourina Haynes, Tiffany Chacon, Hayley Silva and Josie Greeley, and also scored on the Dragons’ hitting mistakes.
The Dragons did keep the ball going for some extended rallies, and in the third set Elizabeth Lee helped the Delta Charter team score a few when she went up to serve.
Millennium coach Bess Haldi said her team has started this year off well, and expects the experience it builds now will pay off once the Falcons get into their Harvest Christian League season, which begins Thursday against Lodi Academy.
“My girls don’t have a lot of play either, but they’re working hard,” she said, adding that a match against a new team gives her a chance to make new starts on certain strategies.
“I’m trying to implement a back-row attack, something I don’t see too often in this division,” she said. “They’re doing OK. They’re taking on the challenge.”