By James Cullum
Last night, the T. C. Williams Volleyball team ended their season with a 3-0 loss at home to W. T. Woodson High School. It was an emotional night for the seniors, who played their last game at home as Titans. Their 2009 season record is 8-9.
Before the game, team captain Miranda Branch had mixed feelings about the end of her high school career. “It’s sad because this is my last home game, but I’ve been here for so long. It’s time to start college,” she said. “We were the first volleyball team to play in this gym.”
Senior Nicole Burdett has played volleyball at T.C. Since the eighth grade. “I almost wish I was a junior because I would get to experience all of this again, but I’m also excited because I’m graduating.”
Senior Alexis Mitchell was not sad to see her volleyball days end. “Softball is my sport. I just play because I think it’s fun. I love volleyball, I’m just not that good at it,” she said.
Rhea Butler has coached the Titans for nine years. “Senior night is always competitive. This is my ninth year and the most important thing for me is that my players stay competitive. If you lose, you lose, but if you played hard, then it helps you feel better,” she said. “I’m excited for (the seniors). It’s tough to see them go, but every year we see girls move on. We now have to think about next year.”
The first game was a tense tug-of-war. The Titans started strong with a four point lead, but service and attack errors evened out the score. The teams tied at 20, but T.C. never regained its lead. Woodson won the first game 25-23.
In the second game, the Titans overcame a seven point deficit and tied the game at 18, but lost momentum. Woodson won 25-20. It was all over by the third game. Already down two games, Titan unforced errors led to a 25-13 defeat.
T. C. finished sixth in the Patriot District and, on Monday, will play a first round Patriot District Tournament match against third-ranked West Springfield. The game will be played at West Springfield at 7 p.m.