SHOCK 16's had their final tune up before the MVA provincial championships next weekend at Red River College, and made the most of their opportunity. The team played well in pool play, defeating Dynamo Grey, Storm Black and Fury before meeting Storm Blue in the quarterfinal. After a solid 2 set win, SHOCK would face off against a very competitive Cats team who would give SHOCK a great test in the semi final. After a few back and forth runs in the first set, the Cats played great defence and won the first set by a score of 26-24. After going down 12-5 in the 2nd set, SHOCK had to regroup and keep chipping away in order to push it to a 3rd frame. With some great serving from Alexa Kozlowski, and several thundering kills on the outside from Zoë Dyck and Alexa Wieczorkiewicz, they took the 2nd set and came out on top in a tight 3rd set, winning by a score of 16-14. After Winman defeated Dynamo in the other semi final, the two teams would meet for the first time this year in what would be a well played final. After a back and forth start, SHOCK pulled away in both sets to win the match 2-0 and get back to the top of the podium just in time for the MVA provincial championships next weekend at Red River College. Train hard this week and good luck next weekend!
Congratulations to the coaching staff and athletes of the SHOCK 17u team as they came home from Brandon last weekend with some hardware for their efforts at the Provincial Championships held at Brandon University. SHOCK had a good day of pool play on Saturday, and faced off against Dynamo in the semi final, coming out on top in 2 sets to advance to the final against the Jr. Bisons. In a very competitive and tight match, SHOCK came up just short of taking the gold after losing 16-14 in the 3rd set against a very skilled Jr. Bisons team. Special congratulations to both Melonie Einarsson and Sumathi Santiago for earning All-Star nominations for their hard work over the weekend. We are very proud of you girls!
Best of luck at Nationals next weekend in Edmonton. Keep working hard!
Congratulations to the 14u SHOCK group that won the BU Cats Classic held at the Healthy Living Center in Brandon on March 24th/25th. The girls had a great weekend and capped off an impressive weekend with a win over Club West in the semi finals, and Dynamo in the finals. The 13u group had a tough schedule and dropped their quarter final matchup against the 14u SHOCK team, tying for 5th place at the 14 event. This is the 2nd Gold medal for the 14u group this year, as they look to peak at the right time before provincials at the end of the month. Best of luck the rest of the way girls and keep racking up the W's!
Now that we finally have more than 1-2 teams in the club, the SHOCK Volleyball Club will be hosting its 1st annual (hopefully) SHOCK Day, where members of all 4 teams will come together and have team/individual pictures taken, some practice with athletes from all 4 age groups, followed by some game time on the court and......food!!!!! Who doesn't love food right?
SHOCK Day will run from 4-8pm @ Chief Peguis School on Sunday, February 12th. We will see you there!
If you are interested in registering your daughter to tryout for either the 13u or 14u SHOCK teams this season, please check out the page here with all of the information detailed for you. Best of luck this club season to everyone!
We are very excited to announce that this season we will be adding a 17u group to our club. We are very happy to welcome back Chelsea Needham after one year away to begin her Education Degree this past season. We will share more information as it becomes available but we are very excited to now have at least 3 teams confirmed for next season. Contact us here to get more information about tryouts and any upcoming camps for this age group. GO SHOCK!
As the club season has come to an end, it's time to reflect, enjoy some summer rays, and work on your tan! This month, keep an eye out for information coming soon about the first SHOCK Summer Skills Camp to be held for athletes aged 14-16 years old at the end of August. Dates and locations are being finalized and will be shared as soon as possible. Please inquire here if you are interested in registering your daughter. Camp registration will be open to all athletes eligible to play between 14u and 16u this upcoming season. Sessions will be run by current SHOCK coaches and former SHOCK athletes along with guest coaches throughout the week. Stay tuned for more information.
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!
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