Day one of the Mixed 6 Tournament here in Nome is done. It is a much different game, what with the net being six inches higher and the boys on the other side hitting the snot out of the ball sometimes.
The Junior Varsity, or Nome II as they are known, are also in the bracket. They beat Shishmaref in round one (although the Shishmaref coach said that some of his best players were down in Anchorage for AFN this weekend). Nome II then lost to Point Hope, last year's Mixed 6 Champions at State. They play again tomorrow as this is a double elimination tourney.
The Varsity also won their first match, versus White Mountain. We lost a super close first game then came back to win the second by a wide margin, and as a coach I noticed that both lines of my players did great jobs. Everybody received equal playing time, a minor miracle in itself. We lost the third game but then won the fourth and fifth to take the match 3-2.
However, then we lost to a killer team, Unalakleet. We won the first game but then lost the next three. I don't know if the girls were tired or not, as it was getting way past 10 pm, but they still played very hard.
Varsity plays again toimorrow at 10 am and now we can still do a great job but just have to go through the bottom of the bracket.