This past weekend saw the SHOCK 14's get some much needed rest after a long competition schedule from February through to mid March. That doesn't mean that the girls were sitting around with their feet up at all, as two of SHOCK's finest were either hitting the basketball court or the soccer field this weekend. Claire Signatovich led her St. Ignatius basketball team to their first league championship in 25 years with a stellar effort, netting 35 of the teams 53 points in the semi final, and leading her team on the floor in the final against S.t Maurice to capture the Manitoba Catholic Schools Athletic Association title. The very next day, as a member of the Winnipeg Fury, Claire once again lead her team up and down the floor to capture the Winnipeg Philippine Basketball Association's championship in a great final match vs the 2001 Magic. Claire was named MVP for her efforts and will look to get back in the gym this week, on a different court in preparation for the 2015 Volleyjam Tournament held at the U of M on Friday March 27-28.
In a different arena, Mia Hildebrandt has been backstopping her team further and further into the playoffs every time she gets to step on to the field. Balancing soccer with volleyball basically keeps Mia in a gym somewhere every single night of the week, though you wont hear her complaining about it. Last weekend at Red River College for the Vision Open, Mia had to scoot out after our pre-quarter final match to drive across the city and tend goal for the Bonivital Soccer Club, ensuring that her club set up a date with their rival Phoenix Club the following week, stopping every shot she faced in the extra frame. After a competitive 3-3 draw after regular time, Mia did her best to keep her team on the right side of the result, with her team eventually losing the match 5-4 in penalty kicks.
Congratulations to both Claire and Mia on their efforts this season off of the volleyball court. Now back to the gym and get ready for the next few weeks which will see the SHOCK 14's prepare for their host tournament on April 17/18 in Oakbank, provincials in Winnipeg on April 25/26, and the National Championships in from 14-16 May in Calgary, AB.
SHOCK 14's strike again at the Vision Open as the girls played some consistent ball throughout the weekend, and were able to stay focused on their side of the net throughout the competition. After a couple of wins on Friday night vs Fury Green and Mavericks Blue, the girls rested up for another long day in the gym at Red River College. Saturday morning set up a meeting vs Vision Blue, where the girls took care of business, moving to a straight sets win by scores of 25-17 and 25-4. Brooklynn Cooper lead the way with 5 service aces, while Claire Signatovich added 4 kills on 9 swings to wrap up pool play. The girls won their pool, and faced off against a young KEVC team, and were able to move in the 1/4 final after a win. SHOCK then faced off against a scrappy Jr. Pilots team, and took the match 25-8, 25-22. Leia Jaworski collected 10 points with 6 aces and 4 kills, while Mabel Currie contributed with 4 kills of her own. Talia McMurchy and Victoria Duester each added 7 assists in the match. Next up, SHOCK took on Fury Blue in the semi-final, and after a competitive start from both sides, and lots of energy on the court, SHOCK pulled away to an easy win by scores of 25-14 and 25-16. Camryn Brown, Alexa Wieczorkiewiecz, Mabel Currie and Victoria Duester all added 2 kills each, while Mabel Currie and Talia McMurchy both added 4 aces to serve their team to victory. Emily Barnowich also added 3 aces in the win. In the final match up of the day, SHOCK faced off again vs Vision Blue, and as a team showed great poise at the net offensively, and a high level of execution with 21 kills and only 4 errors throughout the match. Talia McMurchy and Maya Braun went "Beast Mode" in the 1st set, combining for 7 kills with authority, while Alexa Kozlowski, Claire Signatovich and Mia Hildebrant combined for 10 more kills. Great serving again from Camryn Brown helped SHOCK put away the match in straight sets by scores of 25-16, and 25-14. A solid TEAM effort all around, and now the girls go back to work again in the gym this week, training towards competing at Volleyjam in 2 weeks. The athletes found success by transferring skills learned in practice over to match play, and were able to see the benefits of commitment to training during the week with another tournament win! Keep up the hard work, and we look forward to seeing you back on the court at the end of the month.
This past weekend, the SHOCK 14's entered into the 15u Jr Bisons tournament in another weekend of competition designed to challenge the girls and to learn a few things from the older group. The girls were placed in a tough pool featuring a talented Selkirk and Kryptonite group, and finishing up against a Lakers team from Kenora, ON. SHOCK got exactly what they wanted in some stiff competition from two of the top groups at the 15u age group, dropping their first match against the Royals 2-0, after some sloppy play offensively and some struggles from the service line. Even with all of the unforced errors, SHOCK was competitive but eventually bowed out by scores of 25-16 and 25-19. Squaring off against Krpytonite, neither group wanted to give anything up for free, and saw the rewards for some commitment to establishing a solid block/defense relationship. Claire Signatovich finished the match with 5.5 blocks, leading the way and forcing the Kryptonite attackers to vary their offense with some creative shots, only to be met with consistent defensive positioning by the young SHOCK group. Despite a couple of sets that saw SHOCK get their feet wet and start to a feel a little more comfortable competing against the older age group, Kryptonite walked away with a 2-0 win. Next up, SHOCK faced off against the Lakers and cruised to a 2-0 win. This set up a pre-quarter final match up vs. the Royals 14u group on Sunday at noon. With a date in the quarter finals with the 15 Bisons Gold team on the line, SHOCK was able to overcome a shaky start to the match, going down 5-0 out of the gate. After a quick breather, the girls were refocused and climbed back to make the match 10-7 in favor of the Royals when Mia Hildebrandt went back to the service line and ratted off 10 straight serves, with 3 aces to help SHOCK take command with an 18-11 lead. Some good serving from the Royals helped them close the gap slowly, but the set finished with SHOCK on top. A slow start by SHOCK in the 2nd was aided by some unforced errors on the other side of the net, and the girls worked their way through the 2nd frame, coming out on top by a score of 25-20. Next up saw the Bisons 15u Gold team as the opponent for the second time in as many weeks in playoffs. The girls struggled the week before to compete, but had other plans this time around, and were more focused on their side of the net, as opposed to the other. The coaches stressed the importance of strong defensive position and tough serving, and the girls fought hard, but eventually dropped the match in straight sets.
Back to work this week for another 3 training sessions, and some time to refocus has the girls excited for the 14u Vision Open being held at Red River College this weekend on Friday and Saturday. Come on out to support the girls in their quest for another strong performance this weekend! Recap to follow.
The SHOCK 14's rolled into Red River College this weekend on a bit of a high after finding early success the last two weeks in competition both at the 14u and 15u level. SHOCK coaches know that early success is nice, but winning in February isn't the goal of any team, but developing and continuing to grow and strengthen over the course of the season, and winning in April and May is what counts. With this in mind, the girls trained hard this week and rolled into Friday nights matches looking to shake off a rough week of training. SHOCK dropped a tough first game of the tournament vs Dynamo 14's by scores of 25-17 and 25-19, but bounced back to top O'Rage 15's in quick fashion. Saturday morning was a new day, and the girls were looking for a better effort in the 8:30 am match vs Vision. SHOCK went on to win 2-0 and set up a date with Winman 14's in the pre-quarter final. With lots of energy and communication on our side of the net, and a clutch performance from Brooke Cooper who had 7 aces, 3 digs and 2 kills, SHOCK took the match in straight sets 25-16 and 25-11. The quarter final pitted SHOCK against Dynamo 15's, and after a close first set win 25-23, SHOCK ran away with it in the 2nd and won the match 2-0 with an impressive 25-13 effort. Mia Hildebrandt and Leia Jaworksi paced the offence with 5 kills each, a couple of timely blocks by Claire Signatovich and 14 assists and 6 aces from Talia McMurchy helped lead SHOCK into the semis vs Bisons 15's Gold. Facing off against a strong Bisons group, the SHOCK girls looked a little overpowered with tough serving and high execution from their opponents. SHOCK dropped a 2-0 decision and got a chance to challenge Dynamo 14's again in the Bronze medal game. The girls needed no motivation for this match, as they were looking for some redemption from Friday evenings loss. Right out of the gate SHOCK were prepared for the tough serving from Dynamo, and with 2 aces and 2 kills and some great passing from Alexa Kozlowski, along with tough serving again from girls on the floor or off of the bench, SHOCK was able to take the bronze medal match by scores of 25-10 and 25-12. Great bounce back effort for the girls!
Back to training this week and then the SHOCK 14's head off to the University of Manitoba for the annual Jr Bisons tournament, held on Saturday and Sunday at the IGAC. Check back again next week for updates, follow us on twitter @shockvball or visit out website at www.shockvolleyball.net. Have a great week!
Congrats goes out to Maiya Westwood and Keir Fey on their commitment to join John Slauenwhite and the Memorial Sea-Hawks next year in Newfoundland as they begin their post-secondary academic and athletic careers. These two have played together for 5 years already as teammates in club, and have both achieved many individual and team accolades during their time with SHOCK. Best of luck to both of you. Click here to find more information about the commitment of these athletes.
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