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I am disappointed with "Ramstein girls rule in D-1; Black Forest Academy and Brussels win repeat crowns in D-II, D-III" (article, Nov. 8), [and the part of the story] regarding the Division II girls volleyball championship between Bitburg and Black Forest Academy.

The Bitburg team was simply awesome and were the finest defensive team the BFA players had encountered. Everything written about them was true, and they were deserving of the honors they received.

My disappointment was in the lack of coverage of the BFA team. As a spectator, I agree the Bitburg supporters were wonderfully vocal and enthusiastic. BFA did not have as many parents attending, but other volleyball teams cheered them on. The other teams’ support was not antagonistic toward Bitburg, but more of a reflection of the friendships the BFA girls had made during the season.

As a parent and teacher, I was also disappointed that there was no mention of BFA players who did extremely well. The only quotes and names were of the Bitburg team. It was discouraging to the girls that none of them was mentioned, even though they played very well. Meghan Young, as our setter, did an awesome job while the middle blockers, Kate Woodward and Debby Fowler, stopped many a point. Anne Stefan’s ability to play an all-round game was recognized by her being named MVP and later regional first team. Eliza Garrity, Rachel Arndt, Katey Westergren, Mandy Linderberg, Hannah Kraines and Stephanie Friehe completed the championship team.

Both Bitburg and BFA deserve honor for their achievements. I’m only sad that the achievements of BFA were not as publicized.

Marilyn StefanHolzen, Germany


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