The Dress Rehearsal

by Dec 2, 2016

Chapa receiving awardWoodland Hills, CA- It is 11:45 p.m. and all the Gavilan College Volleyball Players are tucked in bed, more than likely dreaming about what awaits them in the biggest match of their volleyball careers.

Earlier today the Rams finished their final preparations for Saturday’s match. The Rams who finished the season 21-6, are the number 4 seed from the North, currently ranked 10th in the state and are set to take on the Griffins from Grossmont College. The Griffins are the number 1 seed from the South and are ranked number 1 in the state with a record of 24-1. This is the third trip in four years of going to the state tournament for Grossmont, a school out of San Diego, which has 19,000 full and part time students. Meanwhile, it’s the first trip for the Rams who’s own population includes 7,000 full and part time students.

The Rams left Gavilan at 8 o’clock this morning on the way towards L.A. Pierce College. They took the court at 2:30 p.m. for their scheduled practice time. It will be the only time the Rams will be on the floor before their match. Here Coach Kevin Kramer ran the team through some serve and passing drills, hitting drills before finishing with a light scrimmage.  Coach Kramer earlier this season brought his team down to participate in The L.A. Pierce Invitational tournament, where the team played three matches on the Pierce campus. He did this in the off chance that if the Rams could make it to the state championship tourney, his players would feel comfortable playing on the Brahmas home floor.

 The only other team outside of Pierce to play in the gym this year was Grossmont. The match itself will be a battle of setters as Gavilan’s sophomore Erica Chapa was named AVCA First Team All-American, while Grossmont’s sophomore Lauren West was named AVCA Second Team All-American. Offensively the Rams are led by sophomore hitters Madison Hartman (351 kills), Courtney Borja (245 kills) and Elizabeth Pearce (223 kills). Not to be outdone are the Griffins sophomores Hannah Doodson (251 kills), Alana Wilson-Reid (217 kills) Hannah Miller (212 kills) and Robyn Arthur (206 kills).

Gavilan College left the gym around 3 p.m. heading towards the team hotel to prepare for the California Community College Women’s Volleyball Coaches Association Award Banquet which would be held at the same hotel. Here all eight teams as well as members of the All State, All Regional teams from both the North and the South would be honored. It was here where Chapa received her All-American award, which was presented to her by Coach Kramer, who was at his last banquet in his role as CCCWVCA President. Also attending the banquet at the head table serving as his role of CCCAA Management Council Women’s Volleyball Representative was Gavilan College Athletic Director Ron Hannon.

After all the food plates were taken away, and all the cheesecake had been eaten, Coach Kramer gathered his players outside of the banquet hall, and addressed them one last time. As he spoke all of his players listened intently taking it all in. Then it was one last group cheer and the Rams were off to bed, to lie in wait to see for what the next day holds in store for them.

State Banquet