Regina, SK - After a thrilling win at Provincials in Brandon, SHOCK had 2 weeks of training before entering the final competition of the season at the National Championships in Regina, SK. The girls were confident that game plan for the season was effective, and that they were on the right path to performing on the big stage. Day 1 saw SHOCK face off against 2 opponents from SK, and one from AB, with the girls coming out on top 3-0 in pool play. Day 2 welcomed more stiff competition, with the provincial champs from SK on deck first, followed by another SK team and BC 3 on Day 2. With 2 wins in the bank after the first two matches, SHOCK faced off against Thunder from BC, and were faced with their first real test of the tournament. Some poor serving from SHOCK was helped out by a team effort with a combined 27 kills, 3 errors on 42 attempts. The captain Alexa Wieczorkiewicz earned her pay on Day 2, and particularly in the match to determine first place with 8 kills on 11 attempts, while Zoe Dyck matched her efforts with 8 kills of her own to go with 2 aces and 7 digs. A strong offensive performance was definitely needed to move into quarters on Day 3. Up next was the Ducks from Coquitlam, BC. A very talented program with a strong reputation for developing good teams out of the west; SHOCK has their work cut out for them. After a first set win with 6 aces and 10 kills, SHOCK cruised to a 25-16 victory in set 1. The Ducks would no go away easily though, storming back to put SHOCK on their heels with a 25-7 set victory of their own. The girls would not be denied a chance to play for a medal though, and came out strong in the 3rd set with a 15-8 victory. The team was lead this time by Leia Jaworski with 9 kills and 4 aces.
A rematch of the provincial final saw a different fate for SHOCK this time, dropping 2 sets to a Bison team that was rolling on all cylinders on Championship day. After stepping back from our first loss in a while, the girls were able to regroup and pick themselves up against Seaside Surf, the defending national champions. In regular fashion, SHOCK started with some good serving, but were countered with some offensive work at the net by Seaside to keep it a tight match. Powered by 12 kills off of some good passing in the first set, and a thunderous kill down the line by the captain, SHOCK took the win with a 25-19 score. Switching sides did little to change the tide of the match, as the SHOCK girls were determined to earn their first Division 1, Tier 1 medal. Seaside put up a good fight, but in the end, SHOCK would take the bronze.
For some more information on the team and their run, please visit here. Congratulations to the girls for all of their hard work and dedication to the TEAM this season. Keep an eye out for a wrap-up post, and have a great summer everyone! Details to follow on a summer SHOCK camp...
Big congratulations goes out to Captain Alexa Wieczorkiewicz for earning tournament All-Star recognition at Nationals this season. She has developed into an amazing leader of this group, and can lead by example, or with some encouraging words. Your contribution to this program and this team has been invaluable Alexa. Keep it going!
Winnipeg, MB - As the SHOCK 13u team entered their first National Championships, the goal was to get valuable experience and compete with some good opponents before signing off for the summer. This team has competed against the older crowd all year long, with the group being comprised of Grade 6 and 7 athletes. They knew they were in for a challenge, and thats exactly what they got. Starting 3-0 on Day 1 was good to help the confidence, as they headed into power pool play on Day 2. With 3 tough opponents in their pool, SHOCK played some great volleyball in games 1 and 2 and were 2-0 heading into their final match against Winman. The girls ran out of magic for the day, and dropped the final match 2-0. Sunday saw SHOCK playing in a Division 2 Tier 1 quarter final vs Bisons Black. SHOCK dropped the first set, but came back to win the next two by scores of 25-20 and 15-11. Off to the semi finals vs Rink Rats, where SHOCK bested by scores of 25-20 and 25-18. A Bronze medal was still on the table in their final match vs RCV Crush Purple, and in a thriller, SHOCK won in the 3rd set by a 15-13 margin. Timely serving and controlled passing allowed the girls to win their first medal at a National Championship, and will surely encourage the girls to compete again next year at their own age group. What a great first season for the girls, and congratulations to the all of the coaches and athletes for their hard work this season. Have a great summer and see you back in the gym soon!
Brandon, MB - Heading into the 2016 Provincial Championships held at Brandon University, SHOCK was ranked #2, and had something to prove. They started strong, and rolled through pool play on day 1 with wins over Parkland, Vision and Winman Lightning. Alexa Wieczorkiewicz and Maren Garcia paced the offence with 11 kills each, with Leia Jaworski and Alexa Kozlowski following their efforts up with 10 kills of their own. Maren also chipped in with 13 aces from the line to combine for 24 points on the day. Day 2 saw SHOCK face off against Fury in the pre-quarter final match, who were fresh off a win earlier in the morning. The first set started with lots of energy, before Leia Jaworski took over from the service line and offensively with 3 aces and 6 kills in the first set. SHOCK cruised into the quarter final with scores of 25-12 and 25-8. The Royals always pose a threat, and started the match as expected with some good serving and timely kills. SHOCK responded to the challenge and passed very well to push into the semi finals against a familiar opponent in Dynamo Red. The next match would prove to be one of the most exciting and intense matches at the 15u level this year. SHOCK started strong, with a consistent lead through the first frame, until Dynamo stormed back to push the set to extras, only to see SHOCK take the lead with a 26-24 set win. The second set was a different story as Dynamo battled back and took a 25-12 set win. SHOCK went down 5-0 to begin the 3rd, but with composure, the team fought back to be up 8-7 at the turn and continued to trade point for point with Dynamo into extras. Dynamo had 3 match points after 15, but SHOCK never broke, and came out on top of a 19-17 win with the final kill from Maren Garcia. Zoe Dyck led the offence with 11 kills, and timely digs to ensure a trip to the final. What a match! The final featured the unbeaten Bisons Gold team, who had gotten the better of SHOCK twice already this season, and were looking to go for a perfect 3-0 record this year against the black and orange. The first set saw Bisons completely control the tempo of the match, and easily cruising to a 25-10 win. Coming off the bench, Emily Barnowich got a huge block near the end of the first set, perhaps injecting some life into SHOCK before switching sides. After shaking the jitters out, SHOCK came back strong in the 2nd, following the gameplay, and owning the pace themselves, coming out with a 25-20 win, forcing a 3rd set. The 3rd set was also controlled by the black and orange, with a relentless and talented Bisons group coming back to close the gap before Leia Jaworski scored down the line to seal the victory by a score of 15-12. The support from friends and family in the gym was certainly felt on the floor, and propelled the girls to play a very good match to finish the Manitoba season. Zoe Dyck once again led the offence with invaluable kills in the 3rd set, finishing with 8 kills, and excellent passing against a tough serving team. Named to the All-Star team were Maren Garcia, Mia Hildebrandt and MVP Zoe Dyck. Congrats to the girls as EVERY member of the team made big contributions over the course of the weekend to ensure the gold.
The girls will have 2 weeks of training before heading off to Regina to compete in the 15u Western National Championships from May 21-23 at The Evraz Centre. Best of luck to all teams traveling to compete this year!
Selkirk, MB - As a final tune up before the Provincial Championships in Brandon over May 8/9, the SHOCK 15's entered the Royals 16u Open looking for some good competition to gear up for their big competition. They get exactly what they wanted, and faced a tough Westman team in pool play and in the final. After dropping the split with Westman in pool play, they faced off against Bisons Brown on Saturday in a quarter final and played an excellent match to advance to the semi final against Cats South. After a great match, SHOCK faced off against Westman in the final, and was in tough yet again. Starting the match on an 8-0 run, SHOCK looked to be in control, but after some tough serving by Westman, followed by some unforced errors, Westman took the first set 25-20. Much of the same in the 2nd set resulted in another 25-15 win for Westman. The girls will certainly learn a few things and make some adjustments from the loss, and will be ready to go next weekend in Brandon. Good luck girls!
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