Team Fletch has been a fixture at the Charlie Saikley 6-Man volleyball tournament. However the team has changed somewhat with some veteran players splitting off to form a new team known as Team Soho.
Team Fletch rolled into the finals of the men’s Open Division without losing a set on Saturday afternoon, which included dispatching their former team members 15-3 in the quarterfinals. Team Soho includes Lakers coach Luke Walton and longtime NBA star Richard Jefferson, but they were no match for Team Fletch.
In the final, Team Fletch faced Team Spyder with Spyder having to beat Fletch twice to win the title. It looked like Team Fletch was in trouble after falling behind 6-0 in the first match. However, as it had all tournament, Team Fletch rallied by scoring 11 of the next 12 points to take its first tournament championship in three years.
Newcomer Brian Cook finished off the championship with a thunderous service that spun off a Team Spyder player’s hand and landed in the sand, setting off a wild celebration for Team Fletch and its fans, who started chanting “We’re better and we are younger.”
“I just stuck to my routine and crushed it,” said Cook of his game-winning ace. “This is my first year with Team Fletch and I have always wanted to win the 6-Man so now I can die happy. I’m glad to be a part of this group Fletch for Life.”
Another first-year member of Team Fletch, Matt Furbringer, was also a key to the comeback.
“When we got down 6-0 our captain told us not to panic, that we were going to rally and win.” Furbringer said. “Now we are going…
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