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Warrior spikers third in Silver Division of Sweetwater Tournament

Military Appreciation Night this evening

Joe Naiman

Village News Reporter

This evening Fallbrook High School’s girls volleyball team will have a Military Appreciation Night ceremony prior to the Warriors’ home match against Oceanside. The Warriors will take a 6-3 season record into that match after taking third place in the Silver Division during the Sept. 1-2 Sweetwater Tournament.

“I was happy with the tournament and the way they played,” said Fallbrook coach Chip Patterson.

Fallbrook’s season began Aug. 15 with a 25-23, 25-18, 23-25, 25-17 loss at Rancho Buena Vista. “We just didn’t do well,” Patterson said.

“We couldn’t hit well,” Patterson said. “We had too many passing errors.”

Today’s match against Oceanside will be the Warriors’ second home match of the season. The Warriors hosted El Camino on Aug. 30 and won 25-15, 25-21, and 25-20 sets. Fallbrook preceded Sweetwater Tournament play Aug. 31 with a 25-15, 24-26, 25-14, 25-15 triumph at Victory Christian Academy.

Sweetwater High School hosted the Sweetwater Tournament. The Warriors’ first match was Sept. 1 against Mater Dei Catholic. The Crusaders won the 25-17 first set, but Fallbrook prevailed in 25-19 and 15-12 games to capture the match.

“Beating Mater Dei was probably the best thing,” Patterson said. “When the game started out they dominated us.”

Lincoln was also a Sept. 1 opponent for Fallbrook. The Warriors won 25-18 and 25-23 games against the Hornets.

Fallbrook completed the sweep of the Warriors’ Sept. 1 matches with a 25-2, 25-22 win over Canyon Hills. The first game had a 24-0 score before the Rattlers staved off a shutout.

“I was extremely proud,” Patterson said of the undefeated first day. “They gave their all for everything.”

The results gave Fallbrook a Sept. 2 re-seeding match against Carlsbad. The Lancers relegated Fallbrook to the Silver Division with 25-18 and 25-19 victories over the Warriors.

Fallbrook’s first match in the Silver Division was against Mission Bay. The Warriors won the 25-22 first set, but a 25-19 Buccaneers triumph in the second game forced a deciding third set. Fallbrook’s 15-11 win in game three advanced the Warriors to the Silver Division semifinals against San Pasqual.

Both of Fallbrook’s final two Sept. 2 matches were played almost immediately after the conclusion of the previous match. “We didn’t have a break like everybody else,” Patterson said.

A club commitment for another sport also deprived the Warriors of one of their middle blockers for the final game against San Pasqual. “Once they got us to that third set we only had two middles,” Patterson said.

Fallbrook won the first game by a 25-14 score. The Warriors were on the verge of winning in two sets. “We had the lead. We needed two points,” Patterson said.

San Pasqual held the Warriors to no further points in the second game for a 25-23 victory.

“It’s just the endurance factor. We let them off the hook,” Patterson said.

San Pasqual advanced to the Silver Division final with a 15-5 win in the third game. “Time wasn’t on our side,” Patterson said. “It was a rough loss.”

Tonight’s match against Oceanside will begin at 6 p.m. The Military Appreciation Night ceremonies will start about 5 p.m.

“We like to do it every year and honor the veterans, the people who serve,” said Patterson, who was in the United States Marine Corps for 27 years. “The military community, we try to get them to come out and watch the game so we can honor those people.”

 

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