Volleyball comes up short of section title in successful season

Alexis Bates and Hannah Thompson

As the 2012 Rio girls Volleyball season cames to an end, the team of 12 and coach of 10 years, John Grix, certainly made an impact this season.

The season of a 32-9 record brought the team to a 17 ranking in the San Joaquin Section rankings. Although the team did not advance very far into the playoffs, the team of  three sophomores, five juniors, and four seniors worked hard and it payed of.

Beating El Camino, Rio’s biggest rival, on El Camino’s home court, in a 3-1 game brought excitement to the team and high hopes for the rest of the season and playoffs.

“My favorite part of the season was winning against El Camino at their home court.” Said sophomore Maddison Hunziker “It was a big accomplishment beating them considering it was their first loss in 2 years.”

After beating visiting team Antelope 3-0 on October 30th, Rio’s spot in playoffs was secured.

With two highly recruited players, outside hitter Maddie Cannon, and setter Maddie Merlino, leading the team through the season and now into playoffs, the Raiders were ready for anything.

After working long and hard this season, it had all paid off. November 6 Rio defeated visiting team, Pacheo, in a 3-0 match up in the first game of playoffs.

Going into the next game against El Dorado, the girls were amped and ready. Unfortunately, after 3 close games Rio had been defeated. Despite the loss, the team fought and played hard.

Although they did not advance further into the playoffs, the team and Grix were happy about their experience and chance in the playoffs.