This past Thursday was a new day for the St. Joseph Saints Volleyball team – it was their first official game.

The fifth- and sixth-grade girls met up with the St. Elizabeth Bobcats at Memorial Intermediate gym. The meeting between the two teams was short, but that didn't deter the spirit of the game.

Both schools are training their teams with one goal in mind –  have fun!

Sylvia Garcia, with the Saints, says her girls did really well for their first game.

“We didn't win, but they were nervous,” Garcia said. “Both I and Coach Angie Abrego think they did wonderfully well for their first game and are very proud of them.”

And the loss didn't discourage the girls, it only got them anxious for the next game, Garcia said.

The Bobcats took the match-up by winning the best two out of three matches with each round going to 25 points.

“I believe in my girls,” said Bobcat Coach Lorina Gaytan. “We are teaching more than the game here, like sportsmanship and conduct. It's not all about winning, but having fun.”

Gaytan said the school has had a team for almost five years and is made up of fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade girls.

Both teams are practicing Monday through Wednesday with games on Thursday.

They play other schools in the Diocese, like Incarnate Word of Corpus Christi.

For now, the Bobcats have a pavilion that is used for games and practice. The Saints, however, are working on getting a canopy over their current basketball court.

“We are working towards building our program up,” Garcia said. “There are fourth graders who are excited to play next year, and we have a wonderful parent volunteer named Kim Rodriguez who helps us tremendously. The important thing for us is that the girls are having a great time being a team.”