Unlike the teams I had played on in the past, our Grace Tigers team made it a priority to pray before and after games. As players from 8th grade to seniors we all shared a special bond. As the weeks went by, we played many games probably losing more than we won, but by the time of our CMAC (Chiang Mai Athletic Conference) Tournament, which consists of a number of international schools, we were determined to put up a fight — and win it for the Lord! After many intense practices and matches, it was game day and the girl’s team went to another school to play while the guys ran the tournament at Grace. As we prayed and played and prayed some more we were winning one set at a time. That day we had to play at least five matches and after the first few we were exhausted, but we pushed forward and ended up winning the tournament without losing a single set! After the final point played out we all screamed like little girls — because that is, in fact, what we are — gave thanks to God and celebrated with ice cream compliments of Coach Ming! By then word came to us that the guy’s team had won their tournament, too!
For Drake and me, volleyball has opened many doors for us to meet new people and experience new levels of game play. Now we are both looking forward to the next season which begins in August. Meanwhile, during the summer, you can be sure to find Drake and me bumping around with the kids up at ZOE! ~ Elli