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Pushing for the Playoffs!

The Trojans have entered the second half of the 14-6A district schedule carrying a 3-2 record after Friday evening’s home victory over Del Valle, and right in the thick of the playoff hunt. That makes this week’s home matches against Manor and Akins critical, with a tough trip to Bowie coming up next week.

Practice Monday!  You almost forgot, didn’t you?
Varsity: 10 am – 12 pm, JV & Freshman: 11 am – 12:45 pm

Let’s kick things off in style with Tuesday evening’s “Pink Out” game (details below), featuring the Freshman A team playing in the big gym at 5:30, followed by the JV at 6:30 (be early, in case the Freshman game goes quickly), and then the Varsity. If you’ve already purchased your Anderson Pink Out shirt, wear it on Tuesday for free admission, or buy one there ($10), and get your admission thrown in.
Remember that Manor doesn’t field a Freshman B team, so ours will get the night off to cheer on the other teams.

Pink Out!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we’re excited to announce that Anderson High School will be participating with a full month of PINK OUT activities. During the month of October, we encourage our awesome Trojan fans and audiences to show their support for breast cancer fighters and survivors and raise awareness by wearing our new “TROJAN PINK OUT” t-shirts in the stands at the following sports and concert events:

VOLLEYBALL
Varsity vs. Manor
Tuesday, Oct. 10 – 7:30PM
CHOIR
Follies Performance
Wednesday, Oct. 25 – 7:00PM
Anderson Theater
FOOTBALL
Varsity vs. Bowie
Friday, Oct. 27 – 7:30PM
Nelson Field

Trojan Pink Out shirts will be on sale for $10 in the Spirit Store (cash or check only) beginning this Thursday with proceeds benefitting our local Komen Austin affiliate. You can also purchase a shirt before any one of our scheduled PINK OUT events OR reserve a shirt by emailing Karin Foster (official PINK OUT coordinator) at bkrjf@aol.com

 

Trojans Rattled in San Marcos
Del Valle at Anderson on Friday

T’was a dark and stormy night (and foggy!). Suddenly, a shot rang out. Okay, it was a volleyball shot, but that’s how it felt to some people as they rushed into the gym, with their match already in progress. The unpleasant weather proved to be an omen, as our teams succumbed to the San Marcos rattlers, leaving the varsity at 2-2 in district play, and needing a win on Friday night against Del Valle to take control of their playoff destiny. Come and cheer them on!

Schedule weirdness: We know of at least one really unfortunate case where a parent saw a 6:30 game time for the JV on Tuesday, and missed the game. That breaks our hearts here at Trojan Volleyball Communications Headquarters. There’s an explanation, but it still stinks, and we hope that never happens again. The schedule page for each team that appears under the “Schedules and Rosters” menu link is not something we edit directly here. That’s a built-in part of the web site interface that gets populated automatically from a completely different site where we go to input results, edit the schedule, etc. The problem is that those schedule pages have wonky caching behavior, where you can click on it, and it retrieves the page from your cache, and doesn’t reload a fresh version. So, if we make a change on that other site (such as a recent change to that San Marcos game) it doesn’t seem to automatically get populated for users. Dammit. You can force a reload of the page, and that sometimes works, but I’ve had to change the season to last year, and then back to this year, to see changes. That’s why we created the separate Calendar page, where we update the weekly schedule every Sunday, double-checking game times if we see something unusual. We have full control of that page, so please make that your first choice when checking a game time. Again, we’re really sorry about the confusion!

Trojans Fall to Bowie in Four

Anderson’s three-match winning streak came to an end at the hands of the Bowie Bulldogs, but not without a spirited fight in front of a vocal, enthusiastic home crowd. Junior Courtney Bengtson enjoyed her best night as a varsity player, hammering home a number of kills, while Sophomore Isabel Wehbe saw significant playing time playing on both offense and defense, and Junior defensive specialist Ellen Schnoor played key minutes in the long match.

Senior Morgan Giles led the team in blocks, with 3, joining fellow Senior Middle Blocker Riley Whitford in hammering home a number of kills at the net. Senior Joy Nunez led the team with 18 Assists, sharing setter duties with Junior Claire Olivieri. Senior Sophia Condon continued her recent run of sterling offense, while Sophomore Libero Mia ElMurr bravely faced an onslaught of hard hits from Bowie’s talented offensive players. Junior Ellie Goodman contributed on both offense and defense, leading the team with 10 Kills and 24 Digs, and keeping the Trojans alive against Bowie’s excellent servers by going 29 for 30 on serve-receive opportunities. Next up is San Marcos, on the road, on Tuesday evening. And you thought driving to Akins last week was bad…

Eagles Akin’ After Trojan Onslaught

Braving rain, typical Austin traffic misery, and a sultry bus ride down to the southern reaches of our fair city, the Trojans sought to get back on the road quickly, dispatching Akins 25-14, 25-15, and 25-18. Senior Joy Nunez contributed 16 assists and 11 digs, Senior Sophia Condon delivered 5 aces, 10 digs, and 6 kills, and Senior Morgan Giles lived up to her “Mo Money” nickname among the press pool, dominating net play with 7 kills and 3 1/2 blocks.

Senior Riley Whitford helped Giles control net play with 4 kills of her own, while Junior Claire Olivieri tallied 10 assists. Junior Ellie Goodman chipped in 6 kills, 9 digs and a couple of aces, while Sophomore Lilbero Mia Elmurr added 2 assists to her 7 digs. Junior Courtney Bengtson contributed 2 kills and 4 digs.

Fans were treated to contributions from the entire roster in the third set, highlighted by Sophomore Lindsay Prewitt’s kill and pair of aces. Sources report that both Freshman teams, and the Junior Varsity team also won, making it a Sweep Night for Anderson!  Next up, Bowie on Friday…

Week of September 25th – 30th

District Schedule in Full Swing

Hoping to build on last Friday’s district-opening victory at Manor, the team has two tough district matchups this week.  Your weekly highlights:

  • Away game at Akins on Tuesday
  • Home game Friday against Bowie
  • Most spirit items will be distributed after practice on Monday (9/25)
  • Still looking for a few Booster Club holdouts, and have a few of those fancy blankets left
  • Booster club meeting, Monday, 2 October, 6:30 pm, AHS Library
  • Full weekly schedule on Calendar page

Trojans Tame Mustangs

Our Trojans opened district play with a roaring four-set win on the road in Manor, prevailing in a thrilling, back-and-forth final set, 28-26. We can’t post video here on our website, but you can watch the explosive celebration on our Twitter or Instagram feeds.

IMG_8672Anderson got off to a slow start after their rush-hour bus ride, dropping the first set 25-19, and discovering a vastly improved Manor Mustangs team, who demonstrated their characteristic hitting power, but also unveiled a skilled, scrambling defense, and sharpened passing. It was clear that the Trojans would have their work cut out for them.

The Trojans turned the tables in the second set, another close one, prevailing 25-21. In the third set, it was the Mustang’s turn to hit a bump in the road, and Anderson appeared to take control of the match with a 25-16 win, and a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five matchup.

Manor would rally in the fourth set, however, as the two teams battled back and forth, swapping points and control as the score inched toward 25. That turned out not to be enough, however, as the Trojans had to go to 28-26 to win the set, and the match.

Senior Sophia Condon terrorized the Mustangs with a team-leading 12 kills. Other box score leaders:

  • Senior Joy Nunez, 19 Assists
  • Junior Ellie Goodman, 19 Digs
  • Seniors Morgan Giles, Riley Whitford and Condon, 1 1/2 Blocks each
  • Junior Claire Olivieri, 6 Aces

The JV team dominated their matchup to get the evening off to a good start, and the Freshman A team was also victorious. The Trojan faithful were disappointed not to get to see the Freshman B team in action, (Manor doesn’t field a 9B team) but look forward to seeing them back on the floor this week.

 

Trojans Raised by Wolves

Anderson’s varsity team, smarting from competitive losses to the teams ranked first and second in the state’s TAPPS classification, got a lift when former district rival Lehman came to the gym on Mesa, and left howling mournfully after a 25-14, 25-15, 25-18 straight-sets defeat. That sent the Trojans into their short week with a blast of confidence for the opening of district play on Friday, on the road against Manor.  Senior Riley Whitford was a terror at the net, leading the team in kills with 9, and frightening some of the more timid attendees with her violent display.

Senior Joy Nunez dished out 18 assists, and had her filthy serve working, to the tune of 5 aces that left the Lobo defenders shaking their heads. Senior Sophia Condon led the team with 20 digs, and contributed 7 kills and 2 aces of her own, demonstrating her superior all-around skills. Nine different players contributed kills in the short, three-set match.

Junior Amanda Thompson was 4 for 4 on serve receive, and contributed 4 digs, while sophomore Lindsay Prewitt tallied a kill, 2 digs, and was 3 for 3 serving. Junior Reilly Bailey played Libero in the third set, handling both of the serves that came to her and getting 2 digs on defense. Senior Mo Giles was her usual dominant self, contributing 5 kills, an ace, and 3 digs on defense. Junior Claire Olivieri handed out 15 assists, while sophomore Libero Mia ElMurr was 8 of 9 on serve/receive, and contributed 4 digs.

Junior right side Courtney Bengtson had 3 kills, and was third on the team with 5 digs. Sophomore Isabel Wehbe also had 3 kills, and sophomore Ainsley Meissner had 2. Junior Grace Darbyshire contributed important minutes, tallying a dig and delivering a solid  hit.

In other action, the JV team dominated the first set, and then outlasted the Lobo JV in a tense second set, to earn another victory, as did the Freshman A team.

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Trojans Fanstand “Mix Tape”

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If you follow us on Twitter or Instagram, you undoubtedly saw the deliriously cool “mix tape” that our friends at FanstandATX made for us, after coming to one of our games at Volleypalooza. It’ll get you fired up for sure! Watch the video here.

 

Program Ads, Corporate Sponsorships

You saw all this in your weekly email blast, but here’s a reminder to please consider supporting the program through a Booster Club membership, or  Corporate Sponsorship if you’re able. And don’t forget to get your Program Ad in by Monday, to make sure that your favorite Trojan volleyball player. You can conveniently do all these things on the Trojan Volleyball Online Store, or find downloadable forms on our Forms Page

Volleypalooza

Hurricane Harvey made everything sort of surreal at Volleypalooza, as more than half the teams left early to return home amid the threat of bad weather. AISD mandated that their teams not participate on Saturday, so Friday’s stirring wins against Stephenville and Huntsville gave the Trojans something to feel positive about, even as they fell to Georgetown Eastview in the day’s final match. That’s the end of tournament play for the varsity, who now fall into a regular Tuesday and Friday schedule. JV and the Freshman teams all have tournament appearances of their own, coming up.

 

Trojans Slay Knights!

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On Tuesday evening, the Anderson varsity kicked off the 16th annual Taco Shack Bowl week festivities with a resounding, 3-1 win over McCallum, in front of a raucous crowd who made the trek to a temperate, comfortable Delco Center. Junior Ellie Goodman served the final point of a surprisingly easy first set, as the Trojans handled the visiting Knights 25-11. The McCallum players shook off their poor start to leap out to a huge lead in the second set, and hung on for a 25-19 victory to even the match at one set apiece.

In the third set, it was Anderson’s turn to take an early lead, and ride it to victory, with Goodman driving a pretty cut shot down the line – off an assist from Senior setter Joy Nunez – for the set-winner, and a 2-1 Trojan lead.

In the fourth set, Nunez set the tone by taking an off-target pass and executing a 180 degree spin and tip that surprised the Knights, giving Anderson the early lead. McCallum clawed back to take a 6-3 lead, before a resounding kill from Senior Sophia Condon, and back-to-back aces from Senior Riley Whitford, put the Trojans in front to stay. It was only fitting that Whitford deliver her third ace of the set for the set, and match, winner.

Senior Morgan Giles continually badgered McCallum with blocks and stout kills from her middle blocker position, while Junior Claire Olivieri set Nunez for a number of kills throughout the match. Junior Courtney Bengtson enjoyed her best varsity match, pummeling a number of kills from her right side position, while Sophomore Mia ElMurr darted all over the back row, frustrating McCallum hitters with point-saving digs. Fellow Sophomore Lindsay Prewitt played extensively on the front row, where Junior ZuZu Darbyshire and Sophomores Ainsley Meissner and Isabel Wehbe also contributed. Juniors Amanda Thompson and Ellen Schnoor played solid serve-receive on the back row, sharing time with Junior DS Reilly Bailey.

Whitford led the team in aces, with five, and blocks (4), Nunez led in assists, with 23, and Goodman led in kills (11) and digs (30).

 

AISD Tournament Wrap-up

IMG_8320Both the Varsity and JV teams finished strong at the three-day, AISD Jason Landers Memorial Volleyball tournament. The varsity went 2-1 on day one, advancing to Division One for the second day, where they found the going a bit harder. They played competitively, but were relegated to the Bronze Bracket for the final day. But if you’re going to be in the Bronze Bracket, you ought to win the Bronze Bracket, right? And that’s exactly what they did, coming out with a vengeance to pummel Lehman (and using the entire roster in the process) and finishing up with a win against a very solid team from the Texas School for the Deaf, finishing in the middle of the pack overall.

IMG_8317Senior Riley Whitford delivered countless soul-crushing blocks, and great serves, while fellow Senior Morgan Giles, nursing a sore shoulder, played her customer all-around game when she was in, and mentored Sophomore middle Ainsley Meissner, seeing her first Varsity action. Setters Claire Olivieri and Joy Nunez used the spate of games to develop early-season timing with their hitters. Senior Sophia Condon hammered the ball repeatedly, enjoying her best weekend of hitting as a Trojan, and new Trojan hitters Isabel Wehbe and Lindsay Prewitt got lots of opportunities as well, along with ZuZu Darbyshire, playing right side this year after setting for last year’s JV team. Lefty Courtney Bengtson delighted fans who hadn’t seen her since last year’s JV season with a dramatic power increase, and a spate of kills to go with it. The coaches did IMG_8322a lot of experimenting with defensive lineups on the back row, giving experience to three Liberos during the weekend: Juniors Ellen Schnoor and Reilly Bailey, and Sophomore Mia ElMurr. Also moving through the defensive rotation was Varsity newcomer Amanda Thompson, who is learning to ins and outs of back row defense after playing on last year’s JV team as a front-court player. Junior Ellie Goodman shrugged off a day-one smack in the head to contribute salty play on both offense and defense, earning a spot on the All Tournament Team, along with Nunez.

Meanwhile, the JV team was given the opportunity to play in the tournament to replace another team, and despite having but a single upperclassman on their roster, stood toe-to-toe with varsity opponents considerably older and more experienced than they are. While day one didn’t see victories for the upstarts, the close scores hinted at the three consecutive wins that the team would deliver over Friday and Saturday. The team finished well above their initial seeding, and gained priceless experience and chemistry-building court time together, putting them ahead of where JV teams typically are at this time of year. If you’re a Varsity parent, you’re going to want to come to games early, and watch this feisty squad!

 

Team Fun Day

IMG_8275On Wednesday, all players and coaches took the day off from volleyball to enjoy some team building and bonding activities, and to relax before the AISD tournament. The day started at the Mystery Room at the Domain, where players broke into their “families” and worked through themed mysteries including Escape from Alcatraz, Treasure Island, and Superhero’s Adventure. Even the coaches participated.

IMG_8268After the Mystery Room, all enjoyed a pool party and barbecue at the Balcones Woods Clubhouse and Pool, lovingly catered by the hardest-working Booster Club President in the World, Rhonda Giles, and her team of lieutenants. Coach Drew led the “families” in swim races, and much merriment ensued.

Be sure to check out our Photo Gallery for lots more pics from the Mystery Room and the pool party!

 

Trojan Varsity Going Coastal!

Hoping to build on the experience gained at the AISD tournament the Trojan varsity will travel down to the Gulf Coast August 16th – 20th, to do some team bonding, and participate in the Sinton Classic Volleyball tournament. Booster Club parents Carrie and Chris Schnoor have generously offered their lovely beach house for the coaches and girls to stay in, and – by Anderson volleyball tradition – cook in, as the players will be made to earn their keep with KP duty. Click the link below for the whole story.
Trojan Volleyball Goes Coastal

Volunteer Shifts

Remember to check Signup.com to volunteer for Monday evening’s sub-varsity games against Round Rock, and be sure to mark down the regular season time slots you were assigned, or work on switching with someone.

 

 

The Trojan Volleyball Store is Open!

squareup.com/store/ahsvolleyball

  • Booster Club memberships. We’re part of a large, urban school district, so you can well imagine that the program isn’t rolling in discretionary funds to make all this magic happen. Booster club funds make it possible to do most of what you see our girls participating in.
  • The store also features a number of “spirit wear” items that might tempt you

 

 

Let’s Paint the Anderson Gym!paint the gym

With team camp, the Trojan Volleyball camp, and tryouts right around the corner, you’re probably already dreading coming into a dingy old gym, trying to remember what Anderson’s school colors ACTUALLY look like. With no new gym included in the AISD bond package for this year (shocking!), it looks like it will be up to us, fans of Trojan volleyball and basketball, to restore the gym to its once-proud luster, with a fresh coat of paint. Follow the link below to our article on the effort, or go straight to this link to join the campaign.

Article: Let’s Paint the Gym

 


2016 Season

Read our Season Recap Article Here!

The Trojan Varsity Volleyball team turned in a memorable season in their debut in District 14-6A, with an 8-2 district record, and finishing 26-20 overall, playing a tough pre-district schedule against some of the best teams in the area.

Senior Kristina Fisher led the team with an eye-popping 489 kills, followed by fellow Senior Rachel Snead, with 260. Sophomore Ellie Goodman chipped in 127, and Junior Riley Whitford contributed 119.

Meanwhile, the job of stopping the other team’s kill attempts fell to stalwart middle blockers Morgan “Mo Money” Giles and Whitford, who claimed 66 and 60 blocks, respectively. Senior Grace Ann Hornfisher went on a second-half defensive tear, contributing 32 more blocks.

Also on defense, Snead led the team in digs, with a monumental 600, or 13.3 per match. Demonstrating her all-around game, Fisher was second with 372, with Senior Bonnie Brode right behind her at 366. Brode led the team with 14.1 serve-receives per match, followed by Snead at 13.5, and Fisher with 10.4

Senior Ilisha D’Souza led the team in serve attempts (by a mile) with 575, and also in serve percentage, with a sterling 93.6% success rate. Snead was called on to serve 465 times, and was nearly as precise, at 93.1%. Giles was third in serve attempts (372), and also over 90%.

Running the offense were setters D’Souza (636 assists) and Junior Joy Nunez (455), with sophomore Claire Olivieri turning in a promising 111 assists of her own.

Senior Journee Nobles contributed a number of key kills, including at least two set-winners, while fellow Senior Sarena Webster shined all over the court, with more than 50 kills of her own, and finishing among the leaders in serve-receive, and contributing 150 digs. Junior Sophia Condon provided key versatility as well, attacking with aplomb, providing stalwart defense in the back row, and notching more than a dozen aces.

(coming soon, with your help, JV and freshman write-ups)

If you missed Coach Byers’ most recent email blast, you can view it in a new browser tab here

End of Season Banquet

Our end of season banquet is scheduled for Sunday, November 13, from 6 – 9 pm.  It will be held at the Canyon View Event Center (new building where the Austin Board of Realtors is located).  Address is 4800 Spicewood Springs Road, Austin, TX 78759.

While Seniors are particularly celebrated during the ceremonial part of the banquet, ALL players and teams are recognized and honored, and encouraged to attend this “Volleyball Family” celebration!
Tickets are $25 per person.  Coaches, players and managers are free.

Signing Day!

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Anderson High School hosted a National Signing Day event for outgoing seniors Kristina Fischer & Bonnie Brode on Wednesday, November 9th. Flanking Coach Byers, and surrounded by family, athletic department officials and adoring teammates, Fisher signed to play at the University of Central Florida, and Brode signed to play at Western State Colorado University. Looks like we’ll have to set up an Alumni Corner here at Trojan Pride, because we’re nowhere NEAR done with these two Angels!

Playoff Time!

Screen Shot 2016-10-27 at 1.27.17 PMYour mighty Anderson Trojan Volleyball team is headed to the playoffs, and will play Hendrickson at 6:30 on Tuesday evening, November 1st, at Hendrickson. Hendrickson finished third in a tough District 13-6A, which features the State’s 6th ranked team in Westwood, and traditional area power Round Rock. We’ll need all the fan support we can get, so come early, be loud, and stay late!

Season Programs

Season Programs were distributed to players this week.  Your player should have received a personal copy based on your booster level, and a copy for each ad sold to a sponsor. These copies should be given to the sponsor. There is a Thank You letter included in that copy, PLEASE make sure they get their copy.

We have extra programs for sale for $5. These are awesome keepsakes, and would be great as gifts for family members and friends!  Email ahstrojanvolleyball@gmail.com if you are interested in another copy (or have any questions); we will also have them at the playoff games.

Trojans Sweep Cardinals, Hoist District Runner-up Plaque

FullSizeRender 2Anderson cemented second place in District 14-6A on Tuesday night, with all four teams rolling to victories over Del Valle. For the freshmen and JV teams, it was a great ending to very successful seasons. Varsity, however, will play at least one more match, heading off to the Bi-district round of the UIL Texas volleyball playoffs!

The evening began with the Freshman A and JV teams rolling to victories, both teams clearly heeding fans’ pleas that they take care of business quickly, so they could get home to watch the first game of the baseball World Series. Between matches, players celebrated Parent Night by bringing yellow roses out to the stands. Players and parents from Murchison Middle School were also in attendance, and feted as future Trojans. Senior Night festivities followed the JV match, with players and parents parading to the center of the gym to be honored, cried over a little bit, and photographed relentlessly. We’ll all feel the loss of this great Senior group poignantly, but will long remember
their energy, humor and amazing volleyball skill. How lucky we are to get to FullSizeRenderwatch them at least one more time!

It was an all-Senior lineup that cruised out to a quick 2-0 lead in their regular season swan song, with the rest of the roster bringing home the victory in the decisive third set.

A Night For Seniors, Parents, and Middle Schoolers

Our game this Tuesday at home against Del Valle is a busy one: Parent Night, Senior Night and Murchison Night! Parents and Seniors will be honored prior to when varsity starts their warm-ups, right after the JV game is over.  Plan on being there by 6 pm; non-Senior parents report to the big gym; Senior parents meet in the gym foyer. If you are scheduled to work concessions please know that we plan to close the concession stand during this time.

Trojan Rattle San Marcos, Punch Playoff Ticket

Friday’s road trip to San Marcos – a daunting challenge in its own right – carried momentous implications for both teams, who started the day with identical 6-2 district records. District 14-6A is matched with District 13-6A in the Bi-district round of the playoffs. With state-ranked Westwood having already clinched the championship, and perennial power Round Rock locking down second, the third and fourth place teams in our district face tough playoff challenges. Seizing second place would give either team the inside track to face a third-place team from that district.

ahsThings started inauspiciously, as the feisty Rattlers defeated our Freshman and JV teams. Undaunted, however, the Trojan varsity seized destiny, and defeated San Marcos 3-0 in front of a stunned San Marcos crowd. If the Trojans can hold off Del Valle in their final district match on Tuesday, or San Marcos loses to undefeated Bowie, second place is assured. The opening round of the playoffs takes place on October 31st or November 1st, details to be published here as soon as they’re available.

Pink-Out Tuesday! Trojans to Battle Bowie

Screen Shot 2016-10-18 at 11.53.15 AMTuesday evening (10/18) Anderson will battle the Bowie Bulldogs in a match featuring the top two teams in District 14-6A. Join our Lady Trojan Volleyball team and show your support against breast cancer by sporting PINK in the stands. Representatives from Komen Austin will be there selling pink “bling” at the door and collecting game day donations. Both will go toward support of Komen Austin.

Heart-Akins for Eagles, Lose Season Series to AHS

Trying to keep pace with undefeated Bowie, the Trojans endured a long drive, a bus breakdown, and a stern charge by an improving Akins team, and avoided the dreaded “trap” game on Friday night, before next Tuesday’s showdown with the Bulldogs. Anderson ran their district record to 6-1, all but assuring a spot in the playoffs, before racing to House Park to watch Football win their homecoming match.

Trojans Break Mustangs, Sweep Manor

The Trojans Advance Team having swept the area clean of renegade clowns, Anderson Volleyball continued their successful march through district play, running their varsity record to 5-1 with their third straight win, and eight of their last nine overall. It was only a three-team sweep this time, as Manor doesn’t field a Freshman B team, so they’ll be rested and ready for Friday’s match against Akins.

Trojans Have Cardinal’s Numbercardinal

Few Anderson fans got to witness the first set of the Freshman A and JV games on Friday night in Del Valle, thanks to the traffic mess on Hwy 71, but trust us, they did win, and won their matches, kicking off what would become a four-team, district sweep of the Cardinals that made the drive worthwhile. The varsity having dispatched their opponents in short order, three teams of players, coaches and parents got to watch the Freshman B team take center stage again, winning a thrilling three-set match to seal the sweep. 


Coming up…

View the full game schedule, coaches calendar, and week-at-a-glance on our Calendars page. Highlights include:

  • The next Booster Club meeting is Monday, November 7th, in the AHS Library
  • Our end of season banquet is scheduled for Sunday, November 13, from 6 – 9 pm.  It will be held at the Canyon View Event Center.  (4800 Spicewood Springs Road, Austin, TX 78759)
    Tickets are $25 per person.  Players and managers are free.
    Please RSVP to AHSTrojanVolleyball@gmail.com with a head count and list the names of who will be attending including your player’s name. Deadline to RSVP is November 9.  Checks should be made out to Anderson Volleyball Booster Club. You may send your payment in with your player to turn in to one of the coaches, turn it in to Rhonda Giles or Narda Fisher at Tuesday’s game, or mail to Anderson High School. Please address the envelope as follows:

Anderson Volleyball Booster Club
Attn: End of Season Banquet
8403 Mesa Drive
Austin, TX 78759

Last Week in Review

Last week featured an EPIC five-set battle against eventual District Champion Bowie, a near-miss that will long be remembered for how our girls battled. The Trojans had to rebound quickly for a long, Friday afternoon road trip down to San Marcos, where two teams with identical 6-2 District records would duke it out for sole possession of second place. The Trojans prevailed, and earned themselves a second seed in the Bi-district round of the playoffs.


Lady Trojan Middle School Tournament a Huge Success!

Murchison Middle School's 8th grade volleyball team, winners of the 2016 Lady Trojan Middle School Volleyball Tournament.

Murchison Middle School’s 8th grade volleyball team, winners of the 2016 Lady Trojan Middle School Volleyball Tournament.

Parents attending Saturday’s Lady Trojan Middle School Volleyball Tournament can be forgiven for thinking that the tournament was a long-standing tradition, so smoothly did things run at this inaugural event. Trojan players gave up their Saturday to support the next generation of Trojans and their rivals, parents stepped up with cheerful volunteer hours to plan and execute the event, and the coaches were the glue that held the whole thing together. As a bonus, our own Murchison Matador Sisters won both the 7th and 8th grade Championship trophies, and got to play on the courts we’re looking forward to seeing them on in the next couple of years. More photos are on our tournament page.

Woof! Freshman B Bites Bowie Bulldogs

bulldogThe Freshman B team stunned mighty district rival Bowie to raise their conference record to 2-0, with an inspiring, three-set victory on Friday night down on Slaughter Lane. After dropping the first set, the Trojans battled to win a close second set, and prevailed in the third, with fans at the varsity game, still murmuring about an inspiring National Anthem presentation, craning their necks to keep track of the action on the other side of the gym.

Akins & Pains: Trojans Declaw Eagles

Screen Shot 2016-09-28 at 1.55.48 PMThe Anderson Trojan volleyball teams rolled to a four-team, district sweep of Akins on Tuesday, without dropping a set across four matches. The Freshman B team were victorious in their district debut (Manor only had a single freshman team last Friday), while Freshman A rolled to their sixth victory in a row, including four in last weekend’s Cedar Creek tournament. JV found themselves down 21-17 in the first set, but roared back to take it, and cruise in the second set, for their seventh win in their last eight matches. Varsity also played a tight first set, but then rolled in the next two, with lots of playing time for everyone, earning their fourth consecutive win, and raising their record to 2-0 in district, with eight matches to go.

Byers-BirthdayHappy Birthday Coach Byers!

The girls surprised Coach Byers with an impromptu birthday party last Friday. Be sure to wish her a happy one when you see her tonight. However, you pinch or otherwise manhandle her at your own risk.

Trojan Steel Mug Sale! Get ’em while they’re hot…er…cold

mugThere’s just a week left to get your very own insulated steel mug. Yes, the ones you admired at Spirit Fest, and in the hands of the coolest Anderson volleyball fans. Not only do these keep your favorite beverage cool and fresh, but they make excellent gifts for friends and family alike. Other purchasers have used them for indoor bowling, as stacked art sculptures, or as seedling planters. Send us a photo of your own creative idea, and we’ll post it here.

Mustangs Corralled: Trojans Sweep District Opener

Manor_lockeroomFriday night’s district opener was a home affair, featuring a modified schedule that allowed the Freshman A team to kick off the festivities in the main gym. They extended their current win streak to five matches with a 2-0 defeat of new rivals Manor. The equally hot JV team, winners of seven of their last eight matches, followed suit, and handed things off to varsity to complete the sweep, 3-0. Contributions came from everyone on the roster, as the Trojans pulled away from the athletic Mustangs with skill and precision. Next up is a home match against Akins on Tuesday, followed by a trip down MOPAC to Bowie next Friday evening.

Freshman A Takes Cedar Creek Tournament

9a_wins_cedar-creekThere wasn’t much room for Anderson to improve on last weekend’s sterling second-place JV performance in the Cedar Creek tournament, but the Freshman A team did just that, defeating Lockhart in the championship game to win the whole thing without dropping a set! As of Sunday morning, the Cedar Creek folks hadn’t entered anything on the results page, so we’ve put in what details we have on the tournament page. We’ll update it when we get more info.

Friday Night Traffic Lights:Trojans Hunt Down Lobos

The Anderson JV team was already well into their 2-0 sweep of Lehman as some beleaguered fans, fresh off the misery of a Friday afternoon drive south on IH 35, trudged into the Lobos’ den. The match ebbed and flowed for the Trojans, as they took some big leads, but also had to recover from some worrying deficits, and showed great character in getting the job done in two. That’s two wins in a row, and six out of seven for those of you keeping track.

Next, it was the varsity’s turn to steamroll, winning 25-12, 25-12, 25-5. In the final set, Ilisha D’Souza served the Trojans out to a 13-0 lead that dashed any Lehman hopes of a rally. If you were trying to follow the game on our live scoring page, you saw that we had terrible problems with connectivity in the gym, and kept losing half of the stats and play-by-play highlights when the app was trying to upload.

Spirit Fest

The Lady Trojans, many of them fresh off a grueling day of play in the Cedar Creek freshman tournament, shook off the day’s heat and celebrated at the school’s Trojan Spirit Fest, hawking volleyball cookies and insulated drink cups. The last of the mugs are going fast, so ask about one at the ticket sales table or concession stand before collectors snap the last of them up.

Trojans Sweep Hyde Park!

Broom_iconHyde Park arrived at AHS on Tuesday evening having won four of their last five matches, but left chastened after being swept by all four Anderson volleyball teams. For the resurgent JV squad, that makes five wins in their last six matches. Meanwhile, the victory gave the Freshman A team five wins in their last seven matches, heading into Saturday’s Freshman tournament at Cedar Creek.

Trojans Stun Saint Michael’s

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Ilisha D’Souza (4), Grace Ann Hornfischer (10), Rachel Snead (3) and Ellie Goodman (8) celebrate a set winner.

In a bit of true Friday Night Madness, the Trojan varsity spotted the Crusaders two sets before clawing their way back, and rewarding a delirious crowd with a five-set, come-from-behind win for the ages. The student section was boisterous, some players turned in their best home-court performances of the season, spirit wear and yard signs were distributed, and the air conditioning even clicked on eventually.  

The surging Freshman A team was victorious in the small gym, sweeping the Crusaders in straight sets, and the JV team turned in an inspiring victory as well, tuning up for their Saturday tournament.

JV takes second at Cedar Creek Tournament

Anderson JV takes second place in Gold Bracket at Cedar Creek tournament.

Anderson JV takes second place in Gold Bracket at Cedar Creek tournament.

Cedar Creek High School hosted a JV Tournament on Saturday Sept10th, and your Anderson Trojan JV team swept their morning pool and advanced to the Gold Bracket, where they sailed past Rudder High School, and met Saint Andrews in the Championship Game. The Trojans won the first set, but ultimately succumbed to the Crusaders and took home the second place trophy. Check out the schedule and results on our tournament page.


2016 Schedule and Results Pages:

Varsity Schedule and Results
Junior Varsity Schedule and Results
Freshman A Schedule and Results
Freshman B Schedule and Results

Downloadable Schedule: 2016 Trojan Volleyball Schedule

VolleyballLiveCatwitter-logon’t be at the game? Keep up with the action on our live score page (not all games will be tracked live), or via our Twitter account: @AHSTrojanVball


Trojans Take Over the Airwaves!

Senior volleyball players (R-L) Kristina Fisher, Bonnie Brode, Grace Ann Hornfischer, Ilisha D'Souza and Sarena Webster appeared live on Austin's Mix 94.7 radio, celebrating Taco Shack Bowl week. They're joined by Senior football players (L-R) Jacob Graves, James Baran, Wesley Engeling and Trey Lundquist.

Senior volleyball players (R-L) Kristina Fisher, Bonnie Brode, Grace Ann Hornfischer, Ilisha D’Souza and Sarena Webster appeared live on Austin’s Mix 94.7 radio, celebrating Taco Shack Bowl week. They’re joined by Senior football players (L-R) Jacob Graves, James Baran, Wesley Engeling and Trey Lundquist.


2016 Rosters

The 2016 team rosters are available on our Roster page (under the Program Links menu). There’s a link to rosters on the schedule and results page, but the site has a little technical glitch that’s preventing us from uploading them there. While that’s being worked, you can access them here.


Volunteer Opportunities

Don’t you love kicking back in the stands to watch a volleyball game, with a Chick-Fil-A sandwich and a Coke, as the elegant ballet unfolds before you? Of course you do! But the reality is, there’s no ballet, elegant or otherwise, without the volunteer hours that led up to it. Fortunately, the demands here are fairly minimal, and many hands make light work. so why not get your karmic balance squared away by taking a volunteer shift or two during the season? Click the SignUp.com logo to look for opportunities, or bring your special skills to one of the Committee Chairs on the Booster Club, and be a behind-the-scenes Lady Trojan Volleyball Angel.


Photos

Have you seen the great game photos in our Lady Trojan Volleyball Photo Album?  Jeff Sims has been a long-time supporter of our volleyball program, and periodically comes to take pictures at our home games (see his work here). Jeff donates general action shots to the program, but his shots are available for purchase online as well, both for your personal ads and for your own personal distribution.  His prices are VERY reasonable.  He also does recruiting videos and many other sports.  Please support Jeff—he has been a great partner to Anderson HS through the years.  He will concentrate on those players who have contacted him with plans to purchase from him.  You can contact Jeff at jeff@JeffSimsPhoto.com.

 


2016 will find the Anderson Lady Trojans playing in a new District, 14-6A (Region 2), with some familiar district opponents (Bowie, Akins, Del Valle) and some new ones (Manor and San Marcos).  After scrimmages at  Dripping Springs and Hays on the 5th  the regular season kicks off on Monday, August 8th, with a home match against Vandegrift. Highlights:

  • Monday, August 8th, home opener against Vandegrift
  • August 11-13, Austin ISD Tournament
  • August 17-20, Volleyfest tournament in New Braunfels
  • August 23rd, Taco Shack showdown vs McCallum
  • August 25-27, Volleypalooza tournament in Leander
  • September 1-3, Bowie Tournament
  • September 10th, Cedar Creek Tournament
  • September 23rd, District opener vs Manor (home)
  • October 31, Bi-District playoffs start

2016 Summer Camp News!

We had record attendance!  Thank you to the volunteers for helping with summer camp, the parents for signing campers up and getting them there, and most importantly to the campers for participating! Coach Byers’ goal since she started volleyball summer camp 6 years ago has been 100 campers, and this year for the first time we not only met, but we exceeded that goal with almost 120 campers!  Next year’s goal: 125!!

We’ve got a few pictures in our gallery.

 

 

 

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7th & 8th Grade Lady Trojan Middle School Volleyball Tournament

Trojans host Middle School Volleyball Tournament   The Anderson Trojans hosted their 1st annual 7th & 8th Grade Lady Trojan Middle School Volleyball Tournament on Saturday, October 1st. Fans got to see future Trojans and area rivals in action, and help make the tournament run smoothly! The tournament featured 8 team brackets of 7th graders playing at Anderson […]

Trojans Dominate Cedar Creek Sub-Varsity Tournament

Cedar Creek High School hosted a JV Tournament on Saturday Sept 10th, and your Anderson Trojan JV team swept their morning pool and advanced to the Gold Bracket, where they sailed past Rudder High School, and met Saint Andrews in the Championship Game. The Trojans won the first set, but ultimately succumbed to the Crusaders […]

Trojan JV and Freshman Volleyball in Bowie Tournament, Sep 1st & 3rd

The JV and Freshman volleyball teams will play in the 2016 Bowie Sub-Varsity Tournament on Thursday September 1st, and Saturday September 3rd (with a Friday night all-teams matchup with Austin High sandwiched in between). The Format: Junior Varsity Division: Played at Bowie H.S. Two five-team pools, played over two days Guaranteed four matches Top three […]

Lady Trojans Take Silver at AISD Volleyball Tournament

If you miss out on the Gold Bracket, you might as well win the Silver bracket, right? That’s just what those feisty Anderson Trojans did on Saturday, dropping nary a set as they cruised to a Championship Game win over Giddings. After nine grueling sets of action on Friday, in far north San Antonio (Akins […]

Be the voice of your Trojan Volleyball team – Comms Committee slots

Hey Freshman A, Freshman B, JV and Varsity parents! Everyone loves to see their big wins recorded for posterity, and we have lots of Trojan fans that can’t make it to our games. Want to make sure that your team’s scores and news get published on our new website, to share with our community? Sign up […]

Lady Trojans solid in Leander VolleyPalooza Tournament, August 25-27

The Trojan varsity volleyball team delivered a solid performance at the Leander VolleyPalooza tournament, putting a scare into state-ranked New Braunfels on Saturday, and finishing strong with a two-set win over A&M Consolidated H.S.  Along the way, the Trojans also defeated Fredericksburg and Gregory Portland, and avenged a loss to Georgetown East View at the previous week’s Frauleinfest […]

June Volleyball Booster News

June 21, 2016 Want booster updates delivered directly to your email box? Send a note to AHSTrojanVolleyball@gmail.com and ask to subscribe to booster club updates. Dear Anderson Volleyball Parents & Players, If you have any questions about the information below, please do not hesitate to contact Narda Fisher at narda@austin.rr.com or Coach Byers at shalanda.byers@austinisd.org.  If you know of someone planning […]

New UIL district alignment

UIL has announced the official realignment of Conference 6A districts for 2016-2018 in Football and 2016-2017 in Basketball Alignment of 14-6A Anderson Trojans will now be aligned with Akins, Bowie, Del Valle, Manor and San Marcos. Download the complete district alignment document HERE  

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