Cowboy spikers lasso perfection

By: Kurt Johnson, The Press Tribune
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After running the table a year ago as seventh graders, the Cavitt Junior High eighth-grade girls volleyball team concluded another undefeated season with a FISAL league title last week. The team had just three matches all season extended to three games as it dominated the competition. During the regular season, Buljan was the team that nearly ended the run of perfection as the Bulldogs extended the Cowboys to the brink before Cavitt won game three 16-14. “It (the Cavitt match) could have gone either way and I would have loved to play them again at the end of the season just to compare,” said Cavitt coach Suzy Peterson. The championship match was also a classic and it ended on a play that provided one of Peterson’s favorite memories of the season. “We were winning 24-23 and during the play one of our girls tipped an Olympus' players hit,” Peterson said. “Thinking it was falling to the ground the Olympus team started cheering and huddling up in the middle. However, Taylor Nelson dove and pancaked it back up into play while Maddie Deters passed it over the Olympus team giving us the final point and crowned us the champions.” Nelson, Deters, Kate Hurley and Rachel Judd were big playmakers all year long for the Cowboys. “Our team had some amazing talent,” Peterson said. “I can see at least two, if not more, of these girls jumping onto the junior varsity squad next year at Granite Bay and getting a tremendous amount of playing time. Every single player continued to get better as the season went on. Our serving was huge toward the end of the season and everyone was getting a lot of playing time to show off those skills.”