The Sowers Middle School eighth-grade girls’ volleyball team began its playoff run in the Newport-Mesa Athletic League last week with a second-place seeding in the tournament. They finished their regular season with a 6-1 record, having lost to defending-champion Dwyer.
Not to be deterred, these underdogs never gave up and put on an inspiring performance that eventually led to its championship win against Dwyer.
The girls booked their trip to the finals with a dramatic come-from-behind victory over Corona del Mar in the semifinals. After starting slow and dropping the first game, the girls came back with a vengeance, led by the stopping and blocking power of Kendra Koelsch. Combined with the firepower of Rayna Walker’s lightning strike kills, the Vikings took the second game and never looked back.