Picture perfect — The Rolling Hills Bengal Tigers celebrate their eighth-grade championship. Standing, left to right: Meghan Hayward, coach Amy Pirkl, Megan Priest, Elizabeth Cameron and Kira Chavez. Seated left to right: Nicole Spring, Emily Demure, Olivia Reid, NoelleTsivikas, Savanah Schroeder and Hannah Stellmacher. Courtesy photo



By From page A1 | November 4, 2011

Rolling Hills volleyball has two amazing seasons

Confidence. Teamwork. Determination.

You could say the Rolling Hills girls volleyball team has it all … and then some. This year the eighth-grade team won the Foothill Athletic League championship match against rival Camerado Springs in mid-October.

But the fact that they won isn’t the most amazing part. The fact that these girls claimed the seventh-grade championship title last year isn’t the highlight of this story either.

This Rolling Hills Bengal Tigers team has never lost … not even one match.

“It’s just amazing that they could do this,” said coach Amy Pirkl.

So what’s their secret?

The girls practiced almost every day and, Pirkl pointed out, most of them also play club volleyball, giving the team an extra edge. Player Emily Demure, 13, has had a volleyball in her hands since age 5. The 5 foot, 10 inch setter/middle was destined to dominate in the game and she said she had every confidence her team would take home the trophy this year.

“We were really a strong team last year so I knew we were going to be good,” she said.

Good, in this case, might be an understatement.

Team co-captain Savanah Schroeder, 13, echoed Emily’s comments, adding that the Bengal Tiger’s special chant before each game might have given them some extra good luck.

Noelle Tvisvikas, 13, credited teammates closeness, explaining, “We are all really good friends. We’re in it together.”

Kira Chavez, 13, joined the team this year and called the championships “intense.” “At the end everybody was getting tired from all the games we played.”

Played … and won.

And now many of the girls have their sights set on Oak Ridge High School just down the street.

“People from this team can bring a lot to the Oak Right team,” said Olivia Reed, 13. “We have good overall players with good attitudes.”

“We hope to go to the state championships (at Oak Ridge next year) and take it all,” added Hannah Stellmacher, 13.

Sending the girls to Oak Ridge (or St. Francis) is bittersweet for Pirkl, who started coaching when these girls had their seventh-grade perfect season.

“I’m going to miss them,” she said. “It’s going to be a long time before we get back to the level where these girls are.”

Noel Stack

Discussion | 2 comments

  • Kevin TierneyNovember 05, 2011 - 4:53 pm

    I'm fortunate to have some of these girls in my history classes. They are much more than just great athletes, they are young women of great character and I'm sure that is a big reason for their success. They don't know the meaning of quit, and they know to achieve requires hard work. Congratulations girls! Well deserved!

  • Lorraine FlynnNovember 13, 2011 - 6:16 pm

    Congratulations to these amazing girls, but I think something needs to be said about their parents who are there supporting every practice and very game! It takes a lot of commitment and sacrifice. Congratulations to all the hard workers: players, parents, and coaching staff! You all are amazing!!!! Players, best of luck to your future. You are already winners!



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