VIDEO: Lincoln High girls' volleyball players honored at City Hall

The Lincoln High varsity girls' volleyball team poses for a photo in the City Hall rotunda.
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The Lincoln High School girls' varsity volleyball team was celebrated for their "tenacity and teamwork" in becoming the first public school volleyball team in San Francisco to ever win a northern regional championship in any division.

The Mustangs, who were runners up in the Northern Regional Division III Championship game, were honored at City Hall on April 6 by Supervisor Katy Tang, whose district includes Lincoln High, as well as Board of Supervisors President London Breed and Board of Education President Hydra Mendoza-McDonnell.

Tang emphasized the need to recognize and celebrate female athletes as much as male athletes.

"For us in our office, it was really about breaking down the gender stereotypes and making sure that we recognize all of our amazing young ladies here for all of your accomplishments in athletics," Tang said.

She also recognized Coach Vince Tang, who has coached for 12 years after he graduated from Lincoln High himself.

"I know I'm super tough on your girls and I demand a lot, but the whole state championship run was something that we'll always remember," the coach said. "Even though we came in as runner ups, it was a major accomplishment coming from a public school. Hopefully we can do it again!"

Board of Supervisors President London Breed also congratulated the team on their accomplishment.

"You all are now role models for other young ladies in the school because of what you've been able to achieve," Breed said.

Principal Shari Balisi said, "I am so proud of all the young ladies at Lincoln High School. All the competitions that you've been through, all the nights that you've practiced, you guys pulled it through and I'm so proud of you."

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