2nd weekend of Badger Championships took place. Our 14 and under teams all competed with some very exciting finishes! Our 16 Black team traveled a little further to UW Whitewater where the magic continued!
This weekend 12 Red played at the Milwaukee Sting Center in a one day tournament. Overall, it was a great day as we finished with a record of 3-1!
In the first match, we dominated MVP 11s and started off the day strong.
#Shoutout to Avlynn and Nora for getting serving pins during this match!
Our second match was against Sting 11 Black which we also won in two sets. We had a HUGE highlight this game which was a pancake from our libero, Brooke!
#Shoutout to Brooke for earning the first pancake pin of the season!
In our third match of the day, things got more competitive against 1W 12s. We played our best volleyball of the day in this match which included some intense rallies! The girls did a great job of fighting for every point and earned a three set win!
#Shoutout to Avlynn for earning another serving pin during this match!
Our final match of the day was against Sting 11 Gold. The girls lost some steam during this match after a long day, so they weren’t able to pull out the final win to get the gold. However, they still had a lot of positive moments throughout the day to be proud of! Each tournament, little improvements continue to be made which shows how hard the girls are working in practice! We are so excited to be back on the court next weekend, playing in the Badger Region Championships!
#Shoutout to Ana for earning tournament MVP!
She did a great job of stepping into a missing position to play middle for the first time all season! She stayed confident and aggressive throughout the whole day!
Our team participated in the Badger Region Championships this past weekend in the Open division. On Saturday, we played 3 straight, 3 set matches. We won our first 2 matches, but fell short of winning the pool after falling to Sting Black. But, finishing 2nd in an Open pool is certainly an accomplishment. On Saturday, Maddie Katte did an excellent job of being our sole libero and continues to show improvement in her overall understanding of positioning and the importance of precise first contact. Isabel Hilgart, who typically plays right side for us, did a very nice job in the middle, and an even more impressive job with her jump serve that gave us the chance to score from the serving line. We had some girls playing unfamiliar positions due to some planned absences, but they did a nice job navigating the initial feeling of having to think about where they were supposed to go. On day 2, we found ourselves playing to get into the Gold bracket, but we did not start as sharp as we needed to, and the inconsistent serving and ball control proved to be too much to overcome at that level. Despite the setback, we rallied and played very solid volleyball the rest of the way to win the Silver Bracket of the Open division. It was nice to have the entire team back for day 2 and we ended things on a positive note going 4-2 overall. For this particular event, Milli Kreif, was our MVP. She essentially played in 6 rotations for the entire event after an injury early on day 2. She was an effective attacker and her jump serve was aggressive and more precise. She also did a nice job of maintaining composure during instances of difficult play and her steadiness is always appreciated. She is becoming better at communicating with her teammates after plays are over to make any adjustments quickly. These are qualities needed from a setter.We are through a significant chunk of our season and this group continues to show a high level of skill to their coaches. Moving forward, playing as a team, with improved communication and a consistent effort, will need to be our largest areas of growth. Their abilities have gotten them this far, and they'll win plenty of more matches, the final push is about how well they continue to gel and embrace challenges as one.
Choo-Choo! All aboard the winning train........LOL! What can be said but great job 13 Black. This was an exciting first for many of us at the Badger Region tournament this past weekend and I'm sure never to be forgotten. Our matches on Saturday were used to practice fine tuning what we knew would be needed on Sunday. And the girls stayed fairly focused and ended up 3-0. Sunday started with an exciting Gold Challenge Match, set 1 was won 26-24, and set 2 ended 25-18. The girls (and their coaching staff) were thrilled they accomplished their 1st goal of getting into the Gold Bracket! ;)
In the Semi-Finals we met River City.....set 1 was getting away from us and we started down 2-10. In our early forced timeout huddle we knew things needed to be cleaned up and so they did and made a little comeback, but River City went on another run. During our final timeout, the girls knew what was on the line. They dug deep, went back out on the court and brought back the momentum to our side. Our bench and our cheering section (best parents section ever) were all on board too! Thank you parents! The 1st set ended 26-24 and from there the team rode the "I Believe I Can" train to win the 2nd set 25-17.
In the Finals we met up with Extreme Volleyball Club and ended up going to 3 sets before pulling off the win! 25-14, 20-25, 15-5. We kept our focus on strong serving, good communication skills and terminating from all around the court. This is the second Gold medal for the 13 Black team this season, but this one takes the cake. Again, NEVER to be forgotten......Badger Region Championships 2022- the year of our Champions! We couldn't be prouder of this group of girls. =)
What a weekend for 14 Red!! At the Badger Region Championships they went 3-0 in pool play on Saturday and went on to win their crossover match on Sunday that lead them to the gold bracket! They finished the weekend strong going 2-0 in the gold bracket, beating two solid teams, Fusion 14 Purple in the semi-finals and Sting 14 Silver in the championships! The win was extra special for the girls, because they lost to Sting 14 Silver at the Badger Region Qualifier a month ago.
All 10 players played with confidence and control in every single set throughout the weekend! They made some noticeable changes that lead to making plays that they haven’t been able to accomplish in previous tournaments!
The tournament MVP aware goes to Paige, who dominated in the championship finals game against Sting! She had stellar defense and serve receive throughout the entire match, and could not be stopped in the front row!
Congratulations to 14 Red for winning the Badger Region Championships at the 14 Club level!
14 Black had a great start at Badger Region Saturday kicking off a win against 1W Bay winning comfortably 25-18 and 25-17. Some big blocks were celebrated in that match by our middles Eden and Olivia. Our next opponent was Epic, taking set one by a landslide 25-9, going into set 2 they became more scrappy and we struggled with serve receive losing 22-25. Set 3 was head to head and we seemed more nervous but pulled through to take set 3. Shoutout to #ACEpin winners in that match-Olivia K and Jillian. Our 3rd and final match of the day was SWVBC who we saw in the championship match a few weekends ago so we knew what they could bring. Again, our serve receive got the best of us, we sent over a lot of free balls and could not execute our offense. We ended the day 2/3 on a somewhat happy note going into Sunday.
Sunday was a bit tougher as we continued to struggle in serve recieve efforts. We fought hard against Burlington but couldn't close the deal in 3rd set. Our next match was against a scrappy South Shore Slam team. While another tough loss we had several highlights: Morgan W with several outstanding setter dumps to halt opponents runs. Elise J with 2 huge kills on the right side. Edan R had a series of 3 attacks where she refused to allow the ball to cross the net. We finished the weekend at 2-3 and are looking forward to preparing for our next opportunities at the final weekend of Badger Power League.
16 Black went 4-0 on the weekend to win the UW-Whitewater Open. With only 6 players, we had a few players play out of their positions and still came out with a win. Our libero/DS, Emma Schultz, came away with two serving pins on the day and came out swinging on the right side this weekend. Our other libero/DS, Olivia Friedl, came away with one serving pin and was one of our most consistent hitters playing as an outside this weekend. Overall a successful weekend!