AL4 part II summary

NL7 18s
pool
Monterey Bay Blue 17-1
W: 2-0
25-17, 25-14

pool
East Country Crew 18-1
W: 2-0
25-5 25-0 (Forfeit)

semi
Club Solano 18-1
L: 0-2
18-25, 22-25

Conso-final
Tandem Blue 18-1
W 2-0:
25-18, 25-20

The 18s team played in a Non-league 7 tourney since they finished league play earlier. Due to various conflicts and injuries, only 7 players were able to show up. However, the team played very well. They won their pool relatively easily. After losing a close match in semifinal, they defeated Tandem Blue 18-1 to place 3rd.

It’s worth noting that coach Raudy coached his last tournament for the season due to a conflict preventing him to coach Regionals. On behalf of the 18s team, Eclipse staff would like to thank him for all his hard work and passion put into this season.

We also wish the team best of luck in regionals

AL4

12s

AL4
5/16/2009
Pool 1
SF Juniors White (12-3)
W 2-0
25-7, 25-14

San Francisco State Uni.

Pool 2
Peninsula Juniors Blue (12-2)
W 2-0
25-21, 25-17

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Top Bracket Semi.
SF Tremors – Cougars (12-3)
W 2-0
25-11, 25-15

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Top Bracket Final
SF Tremors – Cheetahs (12-2)
W 2-0
25-21, 25-9

12s team continue to put together impressive results. The amazing thing is that they are always getting better throughout the season. We requested to be at a different site in SF in interest to play some tougher teams to challenge the team more. The girls stood up to that challenge and defeated the tremors, whom they lost to earlier in the season. They beat Tremors in a dramatic comeback fashion in the final to win the last one of all area league competition. Congrats, ladies!

Coach Austin and Brian:

“The 12s finished the area league regular season with a strong performance at San Francisco State University. The team welcomed the opportunity to gain exposure to new teams aside from the familiar teams in Salinas. In pool play, the team avenged their President’s Day loss against the SF Juniors White 12-3 team (amazingly, the last match that they lost!). The top bracket was filled with Tremors, and the team avenged their preseason losses to the SF Tremors 12-3 team in the semifinal. We faced the SF Tremors 12-2 team in the finale. In spite of a slow start in the first game (down 6-17 and later 13-21), the team re-emerged with a 12+ serving streak to put the game away 25-21. We were very proud of the girls’ ability to stay positive, hang in the game, and maintain their composure in spite of the seemingly insurmountable deficit. The team carried their momentum through the second game taking first place for the day with a 25-9 win. Overall, the team’s passing and serve receive have blossomed in the last few weeks to complement their aggressive hitting and serving.”

16B

AL4
5/16/2009
Monreu HS

Pool1
Vibe Area 16-1
W 2-0

Pool2
Aurora Impact 16-1
W 2-0
25-11; 25-11

Playoff1
Diablo Blackwater 16-6
W 2-0
25-23; 25-20

Playoff2
Endline 15-1
L 2-1
22-25; 25-23; 13-15

16B also requested a different site and tougher teams to play against for better challenges having been undefeated throughout league play. They ran into a much improved Endline team and lost a close 3 game match with a 13:15 third game.

Coach Tian and I met with the team briefly before their last practice and tried to give some encouraging words. We mentioned that all teams will become tougher to play in the regionals partly because everyone is working hard to get better, and also everyone will be fired up to play Eclipse. It is certainly a good situation to be in having talented team, but we are also a target that all teams have been practicing against and waiting to play. We should enjoy being in this position which we’ve earned, but also work even harder to protect it. This actually applies to all of our teams. We should all prepare and be motivated to play in Regionals and aim to win it all.

Overall, we feel 16B still has most talented group and we should still be confident that we could win the regionals coming up. We know that the players also should believe this, but we also need to realize that it won’t be an easy task. We are confident that team and coaches will bounce back from it and push themselves to the next level and play to their full potential in the Regionals. Looking forward to it. Go Eclipse!

14 B
AL4
San Jose City College

pool
quicksilver 14-2
W2:0
25;7, 25;12

pool
point break 14-2
W2:0
25;6, 25;5

semi
stingray 14-2
W2:0
25;15,25;17

final
palo alto elite 14-1
W2:0
25;17,25;23

14s black team have been cruising through league play as well but were challenged aggressively in the AL4 tourney. They met Palo Alto Elite 14-1 in the final again, after taking first game, they trailed several times in the 2nd game and won by only 2 points in the match. The team showed their resilence and desire by keeping their perfect record in area league. It’s worth noting that the team battled through mistakes to achieve this, OH Erica has been out most of the season due to wrist injury. Drew had eye injury and kept playing through it. Caroline has an injured thumb, but still came in during critical junctures as a “designated hitter” to put the team over the hump. The 3 setters, Amie, Carolyn and Regina traded rotations and playing time and ran a balanced offense. Working together, the team showed why they are able to consistently perform at a high level.

Way to go, ladies, onto Regionals!

14G

AL4
5/17/2009
Pool1
Monsoon 14-2
W 2:0
22:25, 25:20, 15:6
Camelia led with 5 aces in the match, while Beverly had 4. Dionna led with three kills for the match

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Pool2
ELITE 14-1
L 1:2
25:20, 16:25, 13-15
Emmy led the match with 6 kills

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Pool3

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Playoff1
City Beach 13-3
W 2:0
25:20, 25:15
Emily W led with four aces. Emmy had 5 aces while Kate had 4 and Emily had 3

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Playoff2
Palo Alto 13-1
L 0:2
19:25, 23-25
Emily W had 3 kills while Emmy had 5 and Beverly had 3 for the match

14G was placed into a a difficult site with 14 B in AL4 and a tough pool. They beat Monsoon in a close 3 game match and then ran into a good ELITE team which gave even 14 black much trouble. They lost by only 2 points which prevented them to get to the top bracket. The team rebounded to beat citybeach to reach consolation final but lost in another close match to Palo Alto.

The team continues to play at a high level as they are still getting better at executing through the close matches. We wish them the best of luck in Regionals to cap off a successful and fun season.

Nice job, ladies.

16Gold

pool

W

pool

W

semi

W

final

L

placed 2nd

Coach Ululani had to leave tourney early due to family issues. Team parent, Mr. James generously offered to fill in for the team. 16 G also moved to the SF site to face tougher challenges. The team came away with 2nd place finish (results will be posted on website soon).

Best of luck in regionals, ladies

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