2009 President’s Day Tourney Results

Hello, Eclipsoids,

Hope you’ve all recovered from the long weekend of intense competition. While it is certainly draining at times, it is a great experience for all age groups to test their limits. We have received lots of positive feedbacks from both parents and coaches. Overall, each team overcame adversity ranging from injuries, absence, fatigue and scheduling difficulties. But each team worked hard together through them as a team. It is important and necessary for us to learn and improve through both winning and losing. We are very happy with the overall turnout and look forward to our league opener. Please enjoy the results posted below.

2009 President’s Day Results:
Eclipse area 14 gold finished 85/152, started 86/152
Eclipse Area 12-1 finished 20/30, started 18th/30
Eclipse Area Black 14 Finished 21 /115, start 84/115
Eclipse Area Black 16 finished 78/152, started 108/152
Eclipse Area Black 18-1 finished 13/50, started 17/50
Eclipse Area Gold 16 finished 54/152, started 112/152

14 gold
Pool Opponent
Pool1 Golden Bear 13-1 loss 15-25, 14-25
Pool2 Absolute Pink 14-2 win 25-10, 25-22
Pool3 Stingray Blue 14-2 loss 22-25, 26-24, 10-15

Pool1 Slainte Black 13-1 loss 26-28, 17-25, 16-25
Pool2 Arroyo Blue 13-1 win 25-7, 25-19, 25-12
Pool3 none
Round 1 Impact Purple 14-2 L1:2 27;25,25;27, 15;5
Consolation Semi-Final BYE 0
Consolation Final Main Beach Gold 13-1 W2:0 25;22,25;16

14 Gold performed consistently throughout the entire tournament. Overall, they beat the teams they should have and put up good fight against the tougher teams. They won and lost some of the close games. Coach Will has detailed summary for each match as well as key player’s performances, which is posted below. They moved up to finish 85th out of 152 teams in the competitive 14s division with top 32 teams being from power league.
Summary by Coach Will:
Match 1: Although the team put up a good fight, it eventually lost to a consistent power team that minimized its own errors and capitalized on those of their opponents. Reducing our own serve and serve receive errors will continue to be the focus for this team

Match 2: The girls rebounded nicely by beating another power team. Special mention to Dionna with 12 aces in the first game. 6 service receive errors in the second game resulted in the final score being closer than it should have been. Kate and Camelia led the match with 2 kills each

Match 3: Having faced the same team a week ago in qualifiers, the girls were familiar with the team and ready to compete. And although we put up a good fight and once again took the match to three games, we again ended up on the wrong end. The coaching staff will work with the team in upcoming practices to ensure we won’t lose a third time. Special mention to Emmy with 4 kills in the match

Match 4: With only three teams in the pool for Day 2, each match was 3 games to 25, with final pool position dependent not on match wins, but on total games won. The team won three of six games to remain as the 86th seed going into bracket play

Match 5: The team went head to head in the first game against an evenly matched power team and lost a heartbreaker. The loss seemed to carry over to the next two games as the players lost some of their composure which may have kept them from playing up to their usual level. Confidence and playing consistently while under pressure will be areas of focus in upcoming practices. Special mention to Jamie, Sofia, and Cynthia for playing solid backrow and hustling after many loose balls and saving points.
The team came together to wrap up the final three games and won each quite convincingly. Special mention to Camelia with 13 aces and Emmy with 3 kills for the match
Match 6: The team had its sights set on winning the bracket and t-shirts. Both teams played tough and had the crowd into it as the first two sets went into extra points. Unfortunately, we ran out of steam and serve receive errors cost us the third set. Every player on the team is to be commended for her play in the match. Extra special mention goes to Sarah for stepping up to make the last two serves to win the first set, Emmy with 6 kills, 4 aces and multiple blocks, Jamie with 4 kills and solid passing, Dionna and Kate with 3 kills each, and Kate, Nina, and Cynthia for their setting.
Match 7: After 3 long days, the team mustered up whatever energy was left to close out the tournament with a win and move up in seeding. Camelia had 6 aces in the first set, and Emmy led with 6 kills for the match. Special mention also goes out to Beverly for coming to play while still recovering from being sick

Eclipse Area Black 14-1
Finish 21 /115, start 84/115
Pool 4
403 Selects 14-1 W2:0 25:23, 25:10
Pool 4
Absolute Pink 13-2 W2:0 25:2, 25,8
Pool 4
Bay Club Starbursts 14-2 W2:0 25:6, 25:1
Pool 3
SF Tremors Jaguars 14-1 L0:2 25;15,25;18
Pool 3
Davis VBC 14-1 W2:1 25;18,16;25,15;11
Pool 3
Vision Blue 13-2 W2:0 25;19,15;10
Play In Rnd 1
NorCal Black 14-1 L0:2 25;22,25;20
Rnd 2
Golden Bear Blue 13-1 W2:0 25;20,25;17
Round 1
SF Tremors Jaguars 14-1 W2:0 15;25,25;27

14 black is coming back from winning the Qualifier. They continued the streak by going undefeated in challenge pool play despite a low starting seed of 86 and 3rd place in pool. They beat both first and second seeds. In 2nd day’s bracket pool, they ran into the same and only team they have lost to this season, SF Tremors power first team. They played better than the first outing but came up short. They then went on to defeat 2nd seed Davis 14-1 in a tough 3 game match, which lifted the team into top 32 bracket. The last day started at 8:30 am after a late 9pm finish the night before. Despite the fatigue, they jumped out to an early lead against top seeded NorCal Black (4th seed). After resisting a strong comeback, they finally came up short in two close games. They went on to defeat Golden Bear in consol. Semifinal and finally lost to the same SF Tremors team again in the last match. But this time by only 2 points in game 2. It is evident that the team was exhausted after 3 long days and 9 matches. They also had to unfairly referee 4 matches in the final day. Despite the hardships, the team pushed themselves to remain competitive. Each player also stepped up as different lineups was used to overcome fatigue and injuries. The team came away gaining valuable experience and knowledge of their potentials. We look forward to seeing their success from league play.

It is worth noting that the team was the only one from Area league to finish in the top 32 bracket, with a 21st place finish.

Eclipse Area 12-1 finished 20/30, started 18th
Pool Opponent
Pool 2
SF Tremors Wolverines 12-1 L0:2 6;25,8;25
Pool 2
Peninsula Juniors Gold 12-1 L0:2 20;25,23;25
Cross Over Rnd 1
Mother Lode 12-1 L0:2 24;26,24;26
Pool 4
Burlingame Sports Center Navy 12-2 W2:0 25;9,25;21
Pool 4
Central Volleyball Club Black 12-1 W2:0 25;9,25;16
Pool 4
Santa Cruz Bay Club Jalapenos 12-1 W2:1 17;25,25;9,15;13
Round 1
SF Juniors Black 12-2 L0:2 13;25,22;25
Consolation Final
SF Juniors White 12-3 L0:2 15;25,21;25

The young team experience highs and lows during the long tournament with some interesting streaks. Overall, all the close games helped the team to learn to play through pressure and become tougher mentally. They also provide good opportunities to try out different lineups. They team showed that they could overcome these tough moments in the close 3game tach against Santa Cruz Bay Club 12-1 winning by 2 points in 3rd game. We are confident that the team will gradually improve throughout the league play.

Summary by Coach Austin:

The 12s team gained a lot of experience from their first multi-day tournament. The team faced tough competition on Saturday, and got off to a great start with a tough match against a top team, showing that they can hang with the best and play together as a team. The next two matchups were close and the team fell just short of victory in their remaining two Saturday pool matches. The team showed their resilience and played great on Sunday, giving a strong team effort to win all three matches, including their first three game match win of the season, which was appropriately celebrated with a team pool party. Monday proved to be a struggle for the team at the end of a long weekend, and the team fought hard through two matches but came up short.

Eclipse Area Black 16 finished 78/152, started 108
Pool Opponent
Pool 5
Peninsula Juniors Gold 15-1 L0:2 14;25,22;25
Pool 5
Gold Cal Black 15-1 W2:0 25;15,25;16
Pool 5
Endline Black 15-1 W2:1 13;25,25;23,15;10
Pool 2
Central Cal Marc 15-2 W2:0 25;17,25;16
Pool 2
Valli Girls Crimson 16-2 W2:0 25;7,25;9
Pool 2
SF Tremors Tigers 16-1 W2:0 25;13,25;10
Round 1
Peninsula Juniors Blue 16-2 L1:2 20;25,25;18,9;15
Consolation Semi-Final
Synergy Black 16-1 W2:1 25;11,21;25,15;11
Consolation Final
Sequoia Crush Navy 16-1 L1:2 10;25,25;16,12;15

We had a tough weekend with two girls (Pauline and Sam) gone the entire time. Although we dropped a crucial match on Saturday, overall we had a very good tournament and everyone got a lot of playing experience in multiple positions.

For Monday, we were down to seven girls in the playoffs because there were additional abscences and Jessica got injured at the last game on Sunday. On the bright side, Heather was able to play in two of the matches and Renee held up the 5-1 very well. Both of our defensive specialists found their way into the front row and made great plays. We definitely got better as a team this weekend, and we are eagerly anticipating league play.

Eclipse Area Gold 16-2 finished 54/152, started 112/152
Pool Opponent
Pool 9
Xceleration Blue 15-1 W2:0 25;16,25;23
Pool 9
Quake City No Floor 16-1 L1:2 25;22,24;26,6;15
Pool 9
Club Stockton Blue 16-2 W2:0 25;5,25;4
Pool 8
403 Selects 16-1 L1:2 18;25,25;17,15;6
Pool 8
Channel Island Premier 16-1 L0:2 14;25,21;25
Pool 8
TCA 16-1 L0:2 22;25,18;25
Round 1
HangTen Jeremy 16-3 L1:2 21;25,25;21,15;7
Consolation Semi-Final
Mid Valley Black 16-1 W2:1 25;27,25;17,15;9
Consolation Final
Absolute Pink 16-2 L0:2 25;11,25;16

Overall, the girl’s played awesome. This entire weekend exceeded my expectations. They played as a team to win the first seed in our pool play on Saturday. On Sunday, we continued to play well, but ended up coming in 4th in pool play. The girls held their own against strong power teams. Coming into Monday, our attitude was to continue to play well, but have fun. They held their own once again against stronger and taller power teams. They even won against a tall MidValley Black team. We’re going to walk away from this tournament knowing we can play against much stronger teams and come out winners. I’m so proud of them. This was a perfect start to our league season.

Eclipse Area Black 18-1 finish 13/50, started 17/50
Pool Opponent
Pool 1
Monterey Bay Black 18-2 W2:0 25;10,25;16
Pool 1
Starlings VBC 17-1 W2:0 25;22,25;18
Pool 1
Club Hoorah 18-1 W2:0 25;16,25;5
Pool 1
Velocity Gym Ratz 18-1 W2:1 16;25,25;23;15;13
Pool 1
Peninsula Juniors Gold 18-1 W2:1 14;25,25;21;15;8
Pool 1
Watsonville Starlings 17-1 W2:0 25;14,25;15
Pool 1
Endline Black 18-1 L0:2 11;25,23;25
Play In Rnd 1
North Valley Jrs. Blue 18-1 L0:2 6;25,18;25
Round 1
OVC 17-1 L0:2 13;25,18;25

18s proved that they belong in the upper echelon of the 18s age group. They went undefeated in 4 matches in day one to hold their 1st place finish. In the 2nd day, they showed their resilience to win two back to back 3 game matches (one from day 1) to tough opponents such as Peninsula Juniors 18-1. Competing in the top bracket in the final day, the long schedule of 9 matches started having its impact on the team having lost some close matches. But the team should walk away proud of their accomplishments placing 13th out of 50 teams and one of top area teams in the whole tournament. Nice job, ladies!

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