[caption id="attachment_22072" align="alignleft" width="242"]<a href="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2016\/10\/Karlei-Shaver-East-Vollyball.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-22072" alt="Karlei Shaver, a sophomore at East, keeps the ball alive for one more hit during a game played at East last Saturday, part of tournament that involved 25 teams from the region. East won against West and Bluefield, tied South Charleston and Nicholas County, and lost to Woodrow Wilson in the quarterfinals. The champion of the tournament was George Washington. Woodrow Wilson was runner-up. East finished fifth of the 25 teams. (Photo Mark Robinson)" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2016\/10\/Karlei-Shaver-East-Vollyball-242x300.jpg" width="242" height="300" \/><\/a> Karlei Shaver, a sophomore at East, keeps the ball alive for one more hit during a game played at East last Saturday, part of tournament that involved 25 teams from the region. East won against West and Bluefield, tied South Charleston and Nicholas County, and lost to Woodrow Wilson in the quarterfinals. The champion of the tournament was George Washington. Woodrow Wilson was runner-up. East finished fifth of the 25 teams. (Photo Mark Robinson)[\/caption]\r\n\r\nBy Mark Robinson\r\nFollowing a 25 team volleyball tournament held at Greenbrier East last Saturday, head coach Matt Sauvage reflected on the recent progress of the team. \u201cAs a whole, this team, as young as we are, five freshmen, five sophomores, two juniors, one senior, we\u2019re doing really well. I was wondering how it would play out, and we\u2019re ahead of where I expected us to be at this point, that\u2019s all I can ask for from the team. When it comes to their personalities and the pride and the passion they play with, it\u2019s the best I\u2019ve ever had in a team. The communication, they get along great with each other. This team will do anything I ask them to do, so I couldn\u2019t ask for more than that.\u201d\r\nEast won its bracket, and advanced to the final rounds of play, held between the five bracket winners. They lost to Woodrow Wilson, which finished the runner-up in the tourney.\r\nSauvage talked about some of the tactical shifts the team has made: \u201cUp through about a week ago, we had a certain rotation out there, and two days before the tournament we changed our whole rotation. We moved some people around. We moved Karlei from outside to right side, from middle back to setter. We moved Taylor Dunbar, who was playing JV, she is now our middle. Moved Kari Arbuckle to right side, she had been playing back row. Moved Haley McClure from middle to outside.\u201d\r\n\u201cWe base those decisions on two things: one is what we see, and two is the stats. I\u2019m a firm bellievver that most of the time stats don\u2019t lie, sometimes they do, but most of the time stats don\u2019t lie, and we looked at the stats, and there were certain people who needed to get more swings. There were certain people who needed to be back row, not front row, or vice-versa. So we went with this rotation. We had only practiced it one time for thirty minutes, and we played Saturday\u2019s tournament with this rotation, and they were already playing better than they were with the old rotation, so I\u2019m hoping this is going to kickstart us for the end of the season.\u201d\r\nThe coach impressed with the progress of the freshmen and sophomores. \u201cEspecially with the young ones, stats don\u2019t tell everything. They haven\u2019t done it very much, so the more they do it, the more it\u2019s like, oh, she can do this. Both my assistant coach, Taylor Curry, and myself, we\u2019re both excited about the talent, and the desire to excel. If we ask them to run 10 miles a day, they\u2019d say yes sir, coach, and they\u2019d go do it. They want to be the best they\u2019re able to be.\u201d\r\nEast\u2019s volleyball team was slated to have an away tournament at George Washington on Saturday, October 1. The next home match after that is Oct. 18.