Updated: Feb 24
The I AM 11 Black team traveled to the Sting Center Valentine's weekend to play in the Volleypalooza Tournament! We played three tough teams on Saturday, coming out strong in our second match against Madison United but came up a little short, losing in three sets. The girls really started to show how our recent practices have paid off and had many great three-touch combos and good solid serves. On Sunday our first match was against our own IAm Red team - both teams played great - but we lost in two sets. We ended the day playing OVBC. It was a great match. We lost in set one but after regrouping got back on the court for sets two and three and took them both - match won! It was awesome!
#Shoutout to the Zoromski sisters - Brooke and Sierra for getting complements from the ref on their excellent line judging!
These girls have really worked hard this season and are getting better each week. Considering their competition is usually older (and taller) than them, they are doing fantastic and I am so proud of them.
We rounded out Valentine's weekend with lots of team love at our Monday practice. #volleylove
We would love to acknowledge Grace Tilley as our top banana from this weekend's tournament. Grace did a great job helping to lead our front row as a middle blocker. She was active up at the net and helped us terminate a couple of balls! Congratulations Grace! This was our team's first 2 day tournament which was exciting! Although the results of this tournament were not what we had hoped for, the girls showed signs of continued growth and understanding of this amazing sport. This tournament will fuel our fire to get better prepared for our next tournament. Go 12 Black!
10 matches won in a row, 2 tournament championships as a result! Over the weekend the girls competed in the 2 day Volleypalooza event at the Sting Center. They exhibited an amazing amount of grit on the second day. After coming up short in the first set of both the semifinal and championship matches, they bounced back to win the final 2 sets in each. The team's commitment to aggressive serving and capitalizing on freeballs were keys to their success. They also increased their willingness to scramble for tough points and make the smart play to extend rallies when necessary. The fact that we were able to do that during the most pressure-filled moments says a lot about their determination and their ability to move on from mistakes.
After winning our pool on Saturday, we faced a Sting gauntlet to secure the championship; Sting11 Gold, Sting 12 White, and Sting 12 Black. The girls had a particular interest in facing Sting 12 White seeing as they are one of the only 2 teams that we have lost to, and that was in a previous event's final. The girls were particularly proud of that victory in the semifinals.
It is important to recognize Avery Pierce's move to Middle Hitter after we became aware that one of our typical middles would not be available for the weekend. With only one practice to get her ready, she showed an understanding very quickly of what we needed her to do. Her athleticism played a crucial role in some of our toughest points. Also, Isabel Hilgart broke out the jump serve for the first time on Saturday morning and it proved to be a crucial ingredient in our success.