This weekend the 10's team kicked off their season at Volleypalooza at the Milwaukee Sting Center. We played in the 11s division and were only one of two 10's teams in the tournament! We started off our first match strong on Saturday and played three matches total in pool play. Although we came up short, the energy on the court was great! The team also had their first opportunity to score keep, down ref and line judge and they did a super job! Day 2 we played a tough Madison United 11s team, who went undefeated for the weekend, and we played great against them only losing 25-16 and 25-13. Our last match of the tournament was against our I AM 11's team which was super fun. This group of girls has been so fun to coach and they are only going to get better from here. I am looking forward to seeing what happens next time! Stay tuned. #teamwork #gameface
The 11's kicked off our club season this weekend with a 2 day tournament at MSC. Day 1 we competed really well. We took 1 out of our 3 matches played! In the other 2 matches, we took it to 3 sets! Day 2 we won 1 out of our 2 matches. Our front row had some awesome swings, saves and tips at the net and we even saw some back row attacks! ;) Our setting, passing and serving became better as the tournament went on! Super proud of these girls team spirit too! A lot of glimmers of future success!!
What an impressive weekend for our 12 Red team! The girls continued to exhibit growth in understanding this challenging game. Their transitions are crisper, their communication is more consistent, and their grit is a hallmark of their team's dynamic. We saw incredible points scored on sheer hustle, serving runs that put our opponents on their heels, setters continuing to get multiple hitters involved, and great plays made when we were out of system. We had several successful back row attacks on assists from our liberos taking a 2nd ball, after our setters played the first on defense! All of this outstanding play led us to a 2nd place finish at the Sting Center. We ultimately fell to a very strong Sting team in the final, but clearly showed we can hang with them... and can beat them when we play a full 25 point set.
As coaches, not only is this a great group to guide, they are exciting to watch and that has been very rewarding. Sitting back, letting the girls figure things out, overcoming challenges, and playing inspired volleyball, is the the goal. They play for each other, they support each other, and they like each other! When this happens, winning is a bonus!
On to Green Bay in a couple of weeks!
The team competed at the FriscoMo Volleypalooza tournament this weekend where we took
second place in the silver bracket! We had a slow start to day one going 0-3, but we saw many moments of greatness. We took what we learned from day 1 and came out of day 2 with a win in our first match and a tough 3 set loss (27-25, 14-25, and 14-16). We love that this team is always willing to work hard and willing to learn! We are excited to see what the rest of the season brings!
#ShoutOut to Ava for having an AWESOME serving run in the third set that put us back in the game. Also, shoutout to Maddie for getting a bloody nose and taking it like a CHAMP!!!
The 13’s competed in their first tournament this weekend. They got better every single game they played! They got very comfortable with their lineups and made some awesome effort plays!! We are excited to see their progress as the season continues!
14 Red had a mix of learning experiences and big progress this weekend. After a slow start they were able to go undefeated on Day 2! They came together and played as a unified team to finish the weekend. Very proud of how they continue to grow.
#Shoutout to Lauren Lanning for her leadership and relentless positive as attitude. Her mindset was a catalyst for the strong finish!
What a fun and impressive weekend for 14 Black! We played in the Winter Classic tournament at the Wisconsin Center. Every player really stepped up to the plate and showed significant improvements from our last tournament. We started playing some tough teams but the girls did not let that bring them down. We ended up winning our cross over game which put us in the silver bracket. On day two, the girls fought even harder which lead to us finishing 3rd in the silver bracket and 11th overall! The girls should be very proud of themselves! I was mostly impressed with our superb passing. One thing that really stood out to me was the girls amazing passing! This group is so fun to coach whether it is on the court or off the court they always seem to be laughing and having fun. I am very excited to see what happens at our next tournament in Minneapolis!
Thank you to all the parents who came and supported the girls this weekend!
I would guess the one word we would use to describe our weekend was impressive. After waiting an extra 2 hours to play our first match, the team worked hard and lost their 1st match of the tournament to a good adrenaline team from Iowa. We didn't play our best however we fought hard and lost 25-19, 25-23. The Red team continued to rally and win their next two matches to end the day at 11:00pm with a 2-1 record sending us to the Silver Bracket.
Sunday told a different story! Play high level ball for the next 3 matches holding every team under 18 points. The team dictated the outcome of every game hitting .337 for the day lead by Lilly hitting a blistering .484 with 22 kills and Ella hitting .391 with 16 kills. Our serving lead by Natalie with 11 aces and was on point all day. Our ball control was so good I think we are starting to take it for granted. This allowed the setters to keep the opposing team off balance all day.
The highlight of the Tournament was definitely seeing the back one which we worked on at academy night ran to perfection. A perfect pass off of the serve by Meredith to a perfect set by Emily to a 10 foot line back one crush by Lilly (now nick named Thunder). It was great to see the girls perform at this level and continue to raise the bar.
The 15 Red team end up winning the Silver Bracket with their only loss being to the Gold tournament Champion. The team really wishes they would have had another chance to prove themselves against them. Maybe next time! Great Job Girls!
The 15 black took another step this weekend, we played our best as the tournament went on and made it all the way to the copper championship on Sunday. We are doing a great job working together and really looking good. We all look forward to continuing our rise! A couple
#ShoutOuts - Becca led the team with 10 aces, and Ava, Lilly, and Macey weren’t far behind with 9. We had over 100 kills this weekend as a team, and Maddie, Lilly, and Natalie all had over 20, our blocking is improving with Nat, Anna, and Molly each recording multiple block kills, and we have really improved in serve receive with Charlotte and EJ leading the way!
Thanks to all the parents for all the support this past weekend – it was a lot of fun!
This team continues to impress me with their passion for the game! We took on the challenge of playing in the Open Division at the Winter Classic this weekend and we came in 3rd in pool play for day one and 3rd in the Bronze Bracket with every match going to 3 games! We finished on a win and we were all smiles as the girls seemed to enjoy their experience.
What an amazing tournament weekend for 16 Black! We showed real strength of character on the court while going up against opponents we were very closely matched with, doing so on the longest tournament day we've faced as a team so far. Team highlights this tournament came from our two Middles, Lily and Camille, who both put up a roof of a block on our opponents. They also landed us strong serving streaks to build leads and gain crucial momentum. Setters Dani and Julia showed excellent displays of athleticism on defense in our 6-2 rotation. We forced teams to tip often, and our setters and defensive specialists gave their all to not let the ball hit the ground.
We took 3rd in pool play, coming within inches of overtaking the team in 2nd place. but we came back with a hunger to win on day 2; we went on to tie for first in the Bronze bracket for finals the next day! 16 Black is only beginning its meteoric rise to the top, so make sure to catch one of our games at the next tournament 😉
16 White entered the Premier Division at the Winter Classic. In pool play our record did not fair well, but took many matches to 3 games. Day 2 showed that we can overcome as we had strong performances from Jenna Butchlick and Caitlin Wohlt and went 2-1 on the day. We learned and became stronger because of it. Our team did a mental strengthening in Monday's practice to help improve our skills on the court. (Thank you Jody Mundingler)
17 Red competed up in the 18s division at the MLK Energy Under the Dome tournament in Rosemont, IL. We finished 9th overall after being seeded 15th to start. There was some great competition at this tournament including a match against the defending AAU Open Division National Champion Sports Performance 17 Elite. Our girls competed well throughout the weekend and continued to show improvement each time we stepped on the court.
A special #ShoutOut to Mandy Miller who was one of 10 players named to the All-Tournament Team! Mandy did a great job running a 5-1 most of the weekend and took big steps forward on the defensive side of the ball.
Another #ShoutOut to Emma Adamavich who as the tournament went on really improved on her transition from defense to offense and we were able to get her more involved offensively.
Next up for the 17 Red is the JVA Jamboree in Milwaukee February 1-2.