The Pomona Catholic volleyball team has quite the road trip to start the new season. The Pacers are currently in Hawaii competing in the Kamehameha Schools Maui Invitational.
The event is pool play, followed by an elimination bracket and coach Randy Bohlmann says his team will get at least matches, possible nine.
The competition is still and Bolmann’s team is young. He is also playing without his best player as Deanna Seno is currently sidelined with a dislocated shoulder.
The matches don’t count in the Pacers record so there is nothing to lose.
“This will give us a chance to try some different lineups and experiment,” Bohlmann said. “We’re probably going to take some lumps but it’s a learning process.”
The Pacers won a CIF title in Division 5AA two years ago but went just 14-15 last year, moving up to a tougher league and a tougher Division in 4AA.
Bohlmann singled out the play of sophomore middle-opposite Franki Piloti, senior middle blocker Jeannie Church and sophomore outside hitter Jazlyn Dizon.
It is the third time Bohlmann has taken a team to Hawaii so he is a veteran at mastering the ins and outs that come with such an excursion. So yes the team has had time for some fun adventures such as zip-lining and snorkeling.
“It definitely helps with team bonding too,” he said. “It’s nice to do things away from the court instead of only spending time together when it comes to matches and practice.”
The Pacers get the season underway for real at the Gladstone Tournament which begins Sept. 2