After a scheduling conflict prevented the Madison Park and O’Bryant girls’ volleyball teams from playing their usual match this fall, O’Bryant beat Madison Park in the semifinals of the city championships earlier this month.
Now the coaches of the two schools that share a campus are set to lead their respective divisions in the annual volleyball All-Star game at 7 p.m. on Tuesday night at Emmanuel College.
“It’s not quite the same thing,” said Madison Park coach Gladys Perez-Byrd, who will lead the North All-Stars. “We do have a friendly rivalry but all-star games are completely different. It’s fun. It’s about letting the kids play. It’s a completely different thing.”
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O’Bryant coach Gertrude Fisher, who will lead the South, said she was honored to be chosen to coach the game.
“It really shows that they think I deserve it and I coach well and I have their respect and that means a lot as a coach that the people you work with respect you,” she said. “I want all the kids to play and I want all the kids to have fun but of course ultimately you want to come out on top.
“It should be very competitive because I know on our side I’ll be getting the kids from Snowden, O’Bryant, the Burke and English should have some top players. I’m not too familiar with the girls from the North but I do know the North won the cities with Latin Academy so it probably will make the kids feel good if the South won the all-star game.”
The game is being sponsored by the Boston Scholar Athlete program and for the first time this year the BSA hosted both the North and the South teams for a pregame meal last week.
“The kids feel special,” Fisher said. “They kids feel special when they are selected so it should be fun.”
Perez-Byrd said her top priority isn’t to win but she still doesn’t want to lose to her friend and rival from O’Bryant.
“It’s hard to get them all in and stay competitive because not all the teams, obviously, are at the same level,” she said. “You want to give everyone playing time and make sure all the girls get in and play.
“At same time you don’t want to get killed.”
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