The 2009 Sand Fleas started play in late May. Over the summer we played with a core group including Kathryn, Julia, Rachael, Rob, Ron, Scott, and myself. We got major contributions from Danielle, Bill and Dan as substitutes throughout the summer and I enjoyed their presence on our team.
We finished 3rd overall in the 10 team league during the regular season and we earned a 1st round bye in the playoffs.
In our 2nd round playoff match we easily beat the 5th place team, Git It Up, 2 games straight and faced the 1st place Team 5 in the semi-finals. I believe the Poland based Team 5 only lost 2 games in the league all summer and we had not scored more than 10 points against them during our regular season matches.
So to make things interesting we spotted them a 9-1 lead in our 1st game.
After our time out we rallied and I believe our stretch of volleyball during the remainder of that game was as well as we played all year against a quality opponent. We lost the game 25-17, but the 2nd part of that game was as competitive and as good a volleyball as we were capable of playing.
The 2nd game felt like Team 5 controlled the tempo and we lost, ending our season.
In the championship game Team 5 lost their opening game against Swingers but went on to win the championship2-1, with the 3rd and final game being a close match throughout; last tied at 20-20.
I had a enjoyable time, played fun volleyball and consider it a successful season. I want to thank everyone who played for the 2009 Sand Fleas, agreed to sub and/or just endured my countless emails.