and the continuous ringing in my ears.

I do enjoy watching and being around the Manteo volleyball team. I know that I've said it before, but Coach Heather and the team never fail to provide some opportunities to get some great photos and they're just an enjoyable team to watch.

Tuesday night was even better. Manteo hosted cross-town rivals First Flight. I try to never miss games in any sport that pit these two teams against one another.

First it was the JV match. The stands were packed with Manteo fans including a large section of students. To say the gym was LOUD would be a tremendous understatement. The screams could break glass much easier and quicker than standard Memorex (kids, ask someone older what they reference means). The JV game was back and forth with First Flight walking away with the match win.

Then it was time for the varsity match. I had a feeling that it was going be a 3 straight sets win or a real dog fight. I heard from several folks working the match that they hoped it was 3 and go home night. Not this night sports fans.

First Flight took the first 2 sets. It looked liked Manteo some how had lost their spirit, the will to fight. Coach Heather called several time outs - I don't know what she said but let's just say Manteo was scratching, clawing for every point. Long volleys. Spectacular plays. Both teams standing toe-to-toe slugging it out.

Manteo won the third set. Texted my wife there'll be a fourth set. The fourth set more of the same. Rocky couldn't have done it any better. Manteo won the set. On to the fifth set - time to text the wife again. Searched for another memory card - did I just shoot over 3,000 photos during the night so far?

Manteo won the final set and hence the match - best darn volleyball match I'd ever seen. Now time to rush home and backup all these photos.

As I was getting into my car a guy said -"This was one of those matches you hate to see anyone lose." I couldn't agree more.

I was so impressed by the Manteo girls once again. They were down, but they were not out. They didn't stop believing.

Until next time, be kind, be safe, and "Don't stop believin'."