2010 NonLeague#4 results

Hello, all Eclipsoids,
Now that we have settled into a groove early in the season, we wanted to give an update on recent success our teams have achieved in NonLeague #4. Overall, it was a great experience for all 7 teams. Competition level varied in tournaments, but all teams got a chance to learn about playing with teammates and working through ups and downs as a team. The tournament prepared us well to enter into league play. Our multi-day tournaments during the season will also give us new challenges to elevate our performance to the next level.
Overall, we are very happy with the progress with all of the teams placing in top 4 and 3 teams winning their brackets. We look forward to another exciting season to add to the great tradition at Eclipse. We also want to thank all the coaches for their efforts and parents for their support, especially the ones organizing car-pools and foods for all the teams.
Go Eclipse!
The newsletters will be also updated into club blog at http://www.eclipsevolleyballclub.com/blog/
Also results will be updated into team web pages under results tab.
We have also uploaded photos for some teams into club gallery at

http://www.eclipsevolleyballclub.com/photo-gallery-girls-volleyball.html

We encourage all parents to submit your photos so it could be shared with teammates.
Non-League #4
12s
Date Tourney Round Opponent Result Score
1/23/2010 Non-League #4 Pool 1 Diablo Janet W 2-0 25-11, 25-14
12s Heritage HS Pool 2 North Valley Jrs. power W 2-0 25-23, 25-16
Bracket Quart. Force power W 2-1 25-12, 26-28, 15-7
Bracket Semi. SF Tremors power L 0-2 21-25, 17-25
Conso. Semi. Club Kalani Purple power W 2-0 25-20, 25-23
3rd Place Match Force power W 2-0 25-19, 25-12

12s team enters the season off a long winning streak from 2009 Regional champion season, tallied by returning coaches Austin and Brian. They wasted no time to continue that trend. They recorded some close wins against numerous power teams (5 out of 6 teams played were power), winning their first 3-game match in the quarterfinals against Force power. They ran into a tough SF tremors power in the semifinal and lost a close match. Team bounced back to defeat 2 more power teams to capture 3rd place. The long 6 matches of the day give plenty of exposure to high level competition.
“The 12s hit the ground running at non-league #4 Saturday. They set a high bar for themselves and we are very proud of their level of play! There was plenty of tough serving, pass-set-hit, and great defense. The girls are rapidly learning how to play as a team in our system and picked up the serve receive, defense, and transition formations. We think that we have a great foundation to build the rest of the season on. After a marathon of a day, the team captured 3rd place in a field of 11, 6 of which were power teams. Congrats ladies, looking forward to the qualifier!” ~coaches Austin and Brian
14Black
NL4 1/24/2010 Pool Burlingame Sportscenter Navy 13-2 W2:0 25;14, 25;5
14B Oak Grove HS Pool Vibe power 14-1 W2:0 25;7, 25;8
14B Semi PJV White 14-3 W2:0 25;8,25;7
14B Final SF Tremors Tigers 14-1 W2:0 25;11,25;16

14 black has a lot of expectation this season coming off a strong 2009. They handled the field pretty easily in pool play. They played a tougher SF tremors team in the final, who played some great defense. 14 black had to adjust as their strong hitters seldomly saw the ball come back previously. They did just that to defeat them in 2 games to take their first tournament in a undefeated fashion. The whole team played well with balanced contributions.
Nice job, ladies!
Photos:

http://picasaweb.google.com/eclilpsevolleyball/2010_14Black?authkey=Gv1sRgCJ7L-rz7_6aokgE&feat=directlink

14G
14G Oak Grove HS pool 1 Monterey Bay 14-1 W 2:0
14G pool 2 SF Tremors 14-2 W 2:1
14G Semifinals Vibe 14-3 W 2:0
14G Finals Newark Nets 14-1 W 2:1 19-25, 25-9, 15-3

We are extremely happy with the way 14Gold performed in NL4. The young team came together quickly and played some great matches. They defeated a well established SF tremors 14-2 in a 3-game match in the pool. After reaching the final, they lost a lead to lose game 1 to Newark Nets. But with the parents rallying in the back, coach Will lead the team storming back to take game 2 and 3 easily with some strong serving to win their first tournament of the season. Notablly, it was also coach Will’s first tourney win since 14-G finished in top 3 but fell short many times in 2009. Everyone deserved a pat on the back.
“The team entered its first tournament with the goal of playing for first. It was mission accomplished as they won their first tournament of the season. While the team started off with uncertainty around the serve receive rotation, their focus on serving tough and playing solid defense propelled the girls to success during pool play. Once they entered the playoffs, the team was playing at a high level and effectively transition between defense to offense. Its a good start to the season and the coaches look forward to continued success.

Notable mentions: Anne, Sierra, and Hailey were the serving queens as all three had more than 10 aces for the day. Sabrina (6 kills) and Morgan (4 blocks/7 kills) played all four matches as the only two MB’s for the team. All three setter played well, effectively communicating and running the offense. Olivia (3 digs) and the other DS’s provided solid backrow passing all day.” ~ coach Will
Photos:

http://picasaweb.google.com/eclilpsevolleyball/2010_14Gold?feat=directlink

16G
NL4 1/23/2010 pool Watsonville Starlings W 2-0
16G Oak Grove HS pool Monterey Bay L 0-2
16G semi Endline area 16-2 W 2-1
16G final Monterey Bay L 1-2

Although most of 14 gold members are new to the Eclipse family, they have fit in quickly and started to form a great under first year coaches Michael and Paul’s leadership. They played well despite being short handed due to injuries and school conflicts. They defeated a tough Endline first area team in semifinal in close 3 game match. To follow it up, they entered another tough fought final with Monterrey Bay, whom they lost in pool play. After dropping game 1, they bounced back to take game 2. In a back and forth game 3 they couldn’t capitalize on several matchpoints and lost a heartbreaker. However, it was a great experience for the team as they are learning to play through the tough situations. As coach Michael pointed out below, as soon as the player become more confident in pressure situations, they will start to win many more close matches. Keep it up, ladies!
“We served four times for match point in the finals. Our hitters got tentative when the game was on the line.
Payton was hitting very well. Tia played a terrific tournament as setter. Serve receive was pretty good. Payton and Lucy served tough all day.” ~coach Michael
Photos:

http://picasaweb.google.com/eclilpsevolleyball/2010_16Gold?authkey=Gv1sRgCMSo5JOS-dqlvAE&feat=directlink

16B
NL4 1/23/2010 Pool Endline White 16-3 W2:0 25-9, 25-18
16B Pool Monsoon 16-1 W2:0 25-21, 25-21
16B Semi SF Juniors 14-1 W2:0 25-20, 25-20
16B Final Peninsula Juniors 15-1 W2:1 23-25, 25-23, 15-11

16 black rushed out of the gate to take the pool play relatively easily. They went on to defeat a SF jrs power team in the semifinal before playing their first tough component, PJV 15-1 power in the final. They lost a closely contested game 1 by 2 points. First year Eclipse coach Jason is quick on his feet to re-arrange the lineup to adapt. The game plan worked as they came back to take game 2 also by just 2 points and went on to wint eh 3 game match to win NL4 tourney. As the team gets used to each other and gels together, they should go a long way this season. They will fare well in the tougher competition they’ll face later on in the season. Can’t wait to see their next outing.
“It was good to see all of the girls equally involved throughout the day. Success was truly a team effort with each girl playing critical minutes in all games including the finals. It was a good start to the season and the girls chemistry and comraderie amongst themselves really pulled the team back after losing the first set in the finals.” Coach Jason.
Photos:

http://picasaweb.google.com/eclilpsevolleyball/2010_16Black?authkey=Gv1sRgCPLnlpqysajDxwE&feat=directlink

18B
18B pool PJV power W2:1 25;13,25;27,15:6 44 digs as team
18B pool NorCal W2:0 25;19,25;17 0.510 % team hitting, 14 aces,10/12 kills by Heather
18B pool Golden Bear 17-1 power L1;2 29;17,25;19,15;8 22 digs, 9 blocks
18B semi Payes 15-1 power L 0:1 16;25 9 team blocks in 1 game, 1 game match, lost to tourney winner
consolation Monterey Bay L 0;1 25;27 4th place

18Black has a great opportunity to be the first 18s team win the area league and regionals in same season. Couple teams came close in the past in the tougher 18s level. Although the team is young, consisted of mostly Sophmores, there is great talent assembled under 2nd year Eclipse coach Dave Radford. He’s excited at the opportunity and looks forward to the season. They played some tough well known power teams and showed great resilence. Also short-handed due to basketball athletes’ conflicts, the team played well together to reach semifinal. Due to time constrain, they played shorted 1 game matches and only had one shot at eventual winner Payes’ Perf. Despite the 4th place finish, coach Dave is confident that once the complete team shows up and gels together, they will be ready for league play.
“We finished fourth. A lot of hitting errors and getting good digs that didn’t produce to much. There were a few power teams we lost to and our loss for 3rd place came due to a lack of gas in the players.
Monsoon 18 didn’t show up so we had pools of 4, so playoffs were one game to 25. The girls played really well. Payes 15 was really good and they won it all. They deserved it, they were by far the best team. We hung in there well with Golden Bears, I’d love to play them again! I hope everyone else had a great weekend, I know we did. ” ~coach Dave
18Gold
1/24/2010 Pool Play Island 18-1 Won 25-6; 25-11
18G Pool Play Golden Bears Blue 17-2 Won 25-23;19-25;15-9
18G semi TNT Dave 17-1 Lost 14-25; 19-25
18G final Golden Bears Blue 17-2 Won 25-22; 25-17
This was a warm up match for us. Serving was our strongest asset. We had 15 aces for the entire match.
This was an awesome match. We knew going in that this team was going to be a challenge especially since they were a power team. We started off the first set really slow. Before we knew it, we were behind 1-9. We figured out by working as a team we would get through it. We ended up going on a run from 12 to 18 to make it a 18-20 game. The girls where ready to play. We made Golden Bear earn each point. When it was 20-23, Golden Bear continued to make hitting mistakes that eventually gave us the win 25-23. The second set Golden Bear came out strong and made us earn each point. They forced us to a third set. The set started off evenly. Until we fell behind 3-6. We then started on a run 9-6 and then kept them at 9 points for us to finish the match 15-9.
This match the girls didn’t play to the expectation they created for themselves. Our passing wasn’t at the caliber it should have been. During the second set, we had an injury to a player and with 8 girls, it became a challenge. Mentally, the girls finally found the missing link but it was a little too late. At least, they finished the match stronger than the way they started. They went on a 14-24 run to end the game 19-25.
Our last match for the day ended up being against Golden Bear again. After the awesome game we played earlier, I was very curious how the girls were going to come out and play. They proved that the earlier match was not a fluke. They started off strong and kept the lead until they decided to take a mental break giving Golden Bear opportunities to score. We finally won the set 25-22. For the final set, they started strong and played to their expectation. We ended the day on a huge positive by beating Golden Bear in 2 sets.
Coach Ululani
We are also very happy with 18 Gold’s performance. Despite missing 4 players due to school or injuries, rest of team stepped up to play at a high level. Coach ululani broke down the matches above. Beating Golden Bears power team twice speaks highly of the team’s toughness and consistency. Tourney winner TNT gave the team their only loss of the season. WE are sure that a full squad would change that outcome in their next meeting. Best of luck in league play, well done ladies!

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