After a slow first set on Saturday 13 Black was able to regroup and win the second set against Quickset and then went on to take both sets from AVA. Up next was East Coast Power Bucks. Both ECP and Keystone were in the running for the second playoff spot, since neither of our teams were able to beat QuickSet. We were able to split with East Coast Power and then went on to beat Surge Lime and secured our spot in the playoffs! In the semifinals we faced Cross Court. We lost a nail biting first set 29-27 but were able to come out strong in the second set and won 25-7 after 13 straight serves from Lilly Kirkpatrick. After a slow start in the third set we were able to come from behind and win 15-13! We ended the day the same way we started it - playing QuickSet. We lost a neck and neck first set 25-21 and unfortunately lost the second set 25-18. We're looking forward to playing 3 weekends straight starting 2/15!
15 Carolina team hit the court fast by playing in the Synergy 15 American tournament on Jan 11 and securing a spot in the gold bracket! This high energy play moved the team forward as we entered the MLK tournament.
The first day of play in American Division of MLK was vigorous, exciting and long. The team finished 2nd in pool play after playing three matches then all ended in 3 sets as well as winning a one game playoff challenge against P3R 15 Liberty from Pittsburgh which placed the team in the upper tier for the second day of play. The team closed the gym that night at 10:30 pm after 10 sets of play that lasted 7 hours!!
The second day pool play was more challenging that the first. We lost competitively in all the matches including those to EC Power Stealth from Washington DC (22-25; 17-25) who finished 9th in the tournament; and ASEVC 15 National Red (23-25; 12-25) who finished 15th in the tournament.
This level of play seated us in the Emerald Bracket with a first round bye for last day of the tournament. Emerald bracket was the 4th bracket in 7 brackets of playoffs behind gold, silver and bronze brackets. Unfortunately, we lost to ACAD 15 from Long Island, NY in the second round. Team finished 35th out of 79 teams!
Highlight of the tournament, the team made the MLK tournament Instagram on Sunday!! So much fun…
Perseverance, skill and teamwork elevated play in the first series of tournaments. Team is commended for their effort!
The 14 Carolina team showed adaptability and perseverance today when a combination of the flu and injuries forced them to play as a team of 6 at the NVA Winter Blast. After going 7-1 in pool play, Sellers, Richter, Cronin, Kennedy, Carey and Kuhn, advanced to the playoffs as the 2nd seed and beat NVA Green 26-24 and 25-22. A bystander commented, “This was not a team that could ever be counted out,” because of the way they never gave up and worked together to earn their spot in the championship match. They fell to NVA White in 2 sets but won their 2nd silver medal of the season (the team’s first silver was in the bronze bracket at MLK). Proud was an understatement as coaches and parents watched each player step up without hesitation. Watch out for a healthy/full team later this season!