WOW what a game last night as the Lady Bears took on Oak Hills @ Oak Hills. You could hear the excitement in the stands before the match even began and you could feel that it was going to be an intense championship. The excitement got the Lady Bears a little frazzled as they lost game 1 with a score of 16-25. Madeline Ellis gave the Lady Bears a good run behind the serving line with numerous aces, but Oak Hills just took that game away with offense. The Lady Bears came back in game 2 and game 3 to WIN the championship with scores of 25-18 and 15-13. Mallory Madison and Ava Anderson led in kills, with key offensive moments from Briley Smith and Carley Welch. Ellis and Cheyenne Vaughn also had some killer saves along the net. Serving was strong with Madison, Ellis, Vaughn, Smith, and Addison Roden. Both Roden & Smith put up solid serves to close out the last two games; really making Oak Hills struggle on serve receive. Passing was a slight weakness for the Bears last night, but they came together as a team and made it work. Whitney Harper stepped up in game 3 with huge passing plays along with Anderson. Sydney Holland, Angelina Postel, and Emma Bullock each contributed their share of aggressive saves. Madison had some incredible saves on defense and a huge block to help shut down Oak Hills offense. Smith and Welch also contributed with a couple of big blocks and aggressive net play. Madison, Roden, and Harper moved the sets around Oak Hills defense giving our hitters great opportunities to make smart plays. A big shout out to Lady Bears hitter, Britney Albers, as she came to sit on the bench after undergoing ankle surgery earlier that morning. Her positive presence really helped solidify the importance of teamwork and support. It was obvious that her being there was a contribution to the BIG win as they welcomed her with hugs and excitement when she came through the gym door. A 100% team effort for the Lady Bears as they finished their BEAR BRANCH VOLLEYBALL career as DISTRICT CHAMPS!!! An UNDEFEATED district season....an AMAZING season....these girls are definitely CHAMPS!!!!