We really got to celebrate homecoming.

All week at Wallowa High School, before our football and volleyball games, we dressed up and enjoyed the festivities. The football team won in front of stands full of orange and black. Everyone was bursting with school spirit. At halftime, the royalty came, got their pictures taken, and then headed straight to the volleyball match, which was due to start any moment.

We were pumped. We knew we could beat North Powder's girls, even though they beat us in only three games the last time we played them. We played hard in the rematch, and ended up losing the fifth game by two points, 15-13. We proved to ourselves that we really can contend with teams which have beaten us in the past. That was an exciting thought.

Our close homecoming match gave us motivation we needed the next morning against Pine Eagle. All of us had been out late at the dance the previous night, but we played our best. The last time we faced the Pine Eagle girls, they downed us in three at Halfway. And they took the first two games of our rematch. But we came back to win three in a row. It felt great to finally play well and to play together.

I think that weekend was the most fun our team has had playing since pre-season. We are ready to play our last league matches, and I think we will peak just in time for the district tournament.

Anna Chrisman is a senior on Wallowa High School's volleyball team. E-mail comments and questions to her at annac.wallowa@gmail.com.

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