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More girls volleyball with 6’5” hitter

Bob32

Chico, US
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Bob32 Silver Member Nikonian since 29th Jul 2007
Thu 04-Oct-12 05:15 AM

Last week there was an article on the front page of the sports section of the local paper about a very tall girl who stars for a high school volleyball team in a town 10 miles from here. As a senior Miss Jones is now at 6’5”. (For comparison I checked the roster of the women volleyball teams at Chico State and at two other California universities, and the tallest player I could find was 6’1”). Her school has won four straight Section volleyball championships and under her leadership is striving now to make it five in a row.

I recall seeing this girl play at home two years ago when as a sophomore she was already starring on the varsity. By this time I normally would have visited her school several times to see her championship team play except for one thing. The gym at Hamilton City High School has one of the worst lighting systems I have yet encountered. Because of this fact, the school is on my boycott list. Nevertheless I was intrigued by the idea of seeing her play again as a senior.

What to do? I decided to refer to the Hamilton City High School volleyball schedule to determine where the team was scheduled to play away from home. It turned out that they were playing that very night at a high school 36 miles away. That’s further than I would normally drive, and I have never visited that school before, but I figured that the lighting system couldn’t be any worse than the one at Hamilton City, so I decided to make the trek to Willows High School.

The lighting system was not as bad as the one at Hamilton City, but it wasn’t far behind. As soon as I stepped inside the gym I knew that I had a lighting challenge. The light level was low and every frame shot had a color different than the one either before or after it. So I cranked up the ISO to 12800 at 1/500 and f/3.5 on my D700/80-200 f/2.8 combo, fingered my imaginary prayer beads, and stepped forth for action.

It took five sets to complete the match, but Hamilton City (blue jerseys) finally won out 3-2. Miss Jones had 19 kills for the evening.

Comments are welcome.

Bob



1. The 6’5” Miss Jones (#10 blue jersey) at the net.

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2. This gig shot gives some indication of how when #10 stands next to her teammates she makes them all look like midgets!
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3. My favorite shot of #10 spiking the ball.
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4. The Willows team also had some good hitters.
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5. The “Tall One” blasts away once more. She is no doubt going to be flooded with college scholarship offers. The sports page article indicated that she had already turned down one such offer.
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