Why did I decide to work Monday?
With plenty of vacation hours … I didn’t have to.
And why, after deciding to work, did I do office time and also assign myself the Oak Ridge-Ponderosa volleyball match?
Again, could have deferred — sent my staff writer or a trusted stringer.
But why, once I got there, did I sit in empty bleachers on the west side of the gym when there were plenty of other available spots to plop?
Why was my spot directly in line with the court’s end line?
Why was I paying attention to the second set’s critical play — the one ruled in (see accompanying story at right) — and not checking my cell phone?
Why did I have a birds-eye view of the hit that directly effected Monday’s outcome instead of a partial or obstructed one?
Neither squad deserves to be victims of a questionable call but it clearly looked as if Ponderosa had reason to be hopping mad.
The call undercut their second set comeback and took the wind from of their sails.
With certainty, the talk Tuesday within volleyball circles on the Ponderosa campus was that play. Once reality sank in, it probably stung.
What if the Bruins go on to take the set, their second, for the commanding lead?
No guarantees … but what if?
In Monday’s aftermath, Ponderosa was convinced the ball was out. The Bruins and their bench were the closest ones to the play.
I, or someone directly across, might have been next closest.
To their credit, the Trojans didn’t deny they may have gotten away with one. Not needing to stoke controversy, Oak Ridge took a middle of the road approach … that questionable calls happen but you have to play through it.
Furthermore, the Trojans accept the fact they’ll face three opponents each time they take the court: the other team, themselves and referees.
Only one they can control.
Monday’s match definitely leaned one way but finished another. There did exist the feeling that Ponderosa may pull off an upset.
So why was I there?