DOWNEY - The Warren High School girls' volleyball team currently has an overall record of 4-5.The Lady Bears went 2-3 at the Molten-Gahr Invitational and are 2-2 in non-league play. The Lady Bears defeated South Hills 3-2, lost to Monrovia 1-3, lost to Notre Dame Academy 0-3, lost to La Canada 1-3 and defeated Silverado 3-0 at the Molten-Gahr Invitational during the last week in August. The Lady Bears defeated Cerritos 3-1 at Warren on Sept. 6, defeated Long Beach Jordan 3-0 at Warren on Sept. 11 and lost to El Rancho at El Rancho on Sept. 13, 1-3. The Lady Bears played Valley Christian on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at Warren and were defeated 2-3. Warren will begin league play against cross-town rival Downey at Downey on Oct. 2. This event will mark the 3rd annual Dig Pink Breast Cancer Fundraiser. Coach Lane feels that all of his players are improving in their own way. Seniors Katherine Trejo, Brianna Cervantes and Madeline Gulck are stepping up and providing valuable leadership. Coach Lane has really focused on improving ball control in each practice. "We have a long road this season on where I think we could potentially be, but the bottom line is we have to pass, serve and play better defense to be able to beat teams," said Coach Lane. "We are a work in progress but I love my kids' efforts thus far in the season." Coach Lane concluded by saying, "I'm happy to be back, and now I'm not only trying to improve our current teams but really focus on the younger kids coming up. I want middle school kids who really want to play volleyball and other sports to be better all-around student-athletes. I don't really think I'm rebuilding the program just bringing back the culture and expectations that 'every' and 'any' kid can be great if they are willing to work for it."
********** Published: September 20, 2012 - Volume 11 - Issue 23