The first-ever Inland Valley All Star Volleyball Game brought together many of the top prep seniors in San Bernardino County on Dec. 6, and the players and fans thought it turned out to be a big success.
Team Won pulled out a thrilling 3-2 victory over Team Fusion in the match at the Fontana A.B. Miller High School gym.
The winning squad was helped by the efforts of two players from Fontana schools -- Jordon Wilson of Summit and Anyssa Moreno-Baca of Jurupa Hills.
"It was pretty cool," said Wilson. "It was the first time they were ever doing this, so I was pretty excited about it."
Alexis Ruiz, a student from Miller, was a member of Team Fusion. "Being in this game was truly an honor, because not many are able to come out and play" in an all-star contest, she said.
Brandon Blevins, who is the coach at Rancho Cucamonga High School, was pleased with the entire experience of coaching Team Won.
"You couldn't ask for anything better," he said. "We had a five-set match and it went into over score (16-14). It was competitive the whole way through and the girls were playing like it mattered and it counted for something. That was really good to see."
Robert Vansant, a Fontana native who now coaches at Redlands East Valley, served as the Team Fusion coach. He thanked John Romagnoli (the basketball coach at Miller) for coordinating the game, along with IE Sports Net.
"I think it's something that should have been done a long time ago," Vansant said. "It just took the right person to put in the legwork to get things done; coach Romagnoli has done that here at A.B. Miller."