Enthusiastic atmosphere helps Rock Bridge volleyball score win over Eldon

Monday, October 3, 2011 | 10:45 p.m. CDT; updated 11:06 p.m. CDT, Monday, October 3, 2011

COLUMBIA — Moments into its match Monday, the Rock Bridge volleyball team gathered in the middle of the court. Simultaneously, all six players made the motion of throwing a grenade into the middle of the huddle. Then, they all jumped back to simulate an explosion and yelled "BOOM!"

The cheer, performed after every ace, represents the energy the Bruins brought to the court Monday in their 25-10, 25-15 victory against visiting Eldon. After losing at Helias Catholic on Thursday, the team was happy to be back at home and extra motivated for a win.

"We definitely hate losing, and it really gives us that fire to come out and do what we need to do the next game," sophomore Audrey Holt said.

The Bruins have on-court cheers for several situations during the game, including the team favorite "Ah! Hoot! Ay! Boom!" cheer the team chants after kills. With the amount of intensity the team brought Monday, this cheer was used a lot.

Rock Bridge coach Tatum Anderson said she was proud of the way the girls executed Monday.

"Everyone was doing their role," Anderson said. "That's one thing we've really been pushing lately."

The school truly embraces the concept of a home court advantage, and it has helped Rock Bridge stay undefeated at home this season.

The atmosphere at Rock Bridge, not only for the players but for everyone wearing green and gold, is always intense, and the players, the student section and even the parents are all involved in cheering and clapping.

At one point in the middle of the second game Monday, a missed hit ball flew into the bottom row of the student section. But instead of merely catching the ball and throwing it back, two students dove for the ball like volleyball players going for a dig.

Having an enthusiastic cheering section involved in the game is important to the volleyball team.

"We love our Bru Crew," Holt said. "When we have a big crowd out there cheering, it gets us going."

Anderson attributed the added energy Monday not only to motivation from the Thursday loss and being back on their home court but also to "team bonding." The Bruins had a team outing and sleepover Friday night, and Anderson said she felt like the time together got everyone ready for the week.

"They had some downtime to come back and re-energize, and they know that this is going to be a big week for us," Anderson said.

The Bruins will continue play Tuesday at home against Francis Howell Central. It will be the second of six on the Bruins' schedule this week.

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