END OF SEASON RECAP!
It’s simply not possible to put all of Forza1’s season #2 in a short recap, but we are going to try!
First, we would like to thank all our amazing players and families for being apart of our club and really making it a great season. We also have to thank our incredible coaching staff that gives so much time and energy to the development of our players.
The end of the season is always such a fun time because you can really see the progress the players made and watch them compete, be challenged and come together.
I have been attending National tournaments since I was a kid and I can’t remember a year when the competition was tougher or when I was more proud to be apart of something. Our Forza1 teams across the board, at the varying National tournaments, truly represented what Forza1 is all about. Our players were skilled, spirited, strong under pressure and played with poise. I got numerous complements about how our teams play and compete and this was all the way from our 18-1s to our 12 local teams.
I have to say in honor of our 18-1s that they truly had a terrific finish to their club career. We went to AAU National’s in Orlando, Florida and they played some incredible volleyball against the best teams in the country. In one of the two power pools they beat ASICS Kiva in three 15-12 in the third, beat Wave in three 15-13 in the third and perhaps their biggest win and one of the most talked about wins at the tournament was their 3 game thriller against Sports Performance (25-14, 19-25, 15-11). They also played top ranked Munciana tough, losing in 3 games, and then for top 8 they had to play Sports Performance again, and lost in an epic battle in 3. The first game score was 29-27 and it was one of the best games in the whole tournament with McKennna Miller and Cindy Marina showing their ability to score! Overall the whole team played it’s best volleyball and showed that Forza1 has the tools they need to succeed against other top clubs!
We are also so proud of our 16-1s team that brought home a bronze medal from USA Nationals. It was really awesome to see them come together and not only play well but really battle to win matches as a team. In many situations the team was down and found a way to come back and make big plays at the right time. Their first match of the tourney was a barn burner that went three games and 19-17 in the third. Pool play was tough but it was their second pool match verses Premier Nebraska where they really dug deep to win in three 14-25, 25-23, 17-15. On the final day they went up against top producing A5 and won in three 15-13 to get to the semis and win a bronze medal. Kali Uhl and Peyton McBride were named to the All-Tournament team for their fantastic play but it was truly a team effort with terrific serving and blocking, or even just 1 dig or set that sometimes made the difference. Congrats girls!
Next up was our 15-1 team. They took 13th overall at USA National’s at really put together a great week of volleyball. They went 4-1 in pool play with one of the best games of the tourney being game 1 vs Northern Lights with a score of 38-36. What a battle! The eventually won the match in three (38-26, 21-25, 16-14) and it was such a strong demonstration of the teams growth this season. In their second pool they matched up well in a battle versus CinciVB for a win in two, 27-25 and 25-23 but fell to Nebraska One and TAV to get knocked out of the medal round. For a team that didn’t have experience at USA Nationals’ before we are so proud of their play. Way to go girls!
Forza Performance Cup!
We are so proud of our Local Teams that really represented Forza1 well in the Spike-Fest League in 2016! Our top finishing team in the final season standings was our 13-2s coached by Dick Deboer. They took 1st place in the 14 Club Division!!
Followed by them was a series of top finishes – 12-Tommy for example took second in the 12-Open Division and lost only a handful of matches all season. Our 13-1s coached by Ursula was a high performing team as well – taking 6th place in perhaps the most competitive division, 14-Open. Another highlight was our 10 and under team coached by Jolene, with players as young as 7, that took 5th place in the 12 and under club division! We are so proud of these young teams and are excited about their potential in the years to come!
TOP 30 FINISHES!
Girls National Teams
16-1s: 3rd place USA Nationals, National Division, 7th in SCVA
15-2s: 5th place Volleyball Festival
12-1s: 9th place at SCVA Summer Soiree
16-2s: 9th place Volleyball Festival
15-East: 10th place Volleyball Festival
18-1s: 13th place AAU Nationals, Open Division, 16th in SCVA
15-1s: 13th place USA Nationals, USA Division, 5th in SCVA
13-1s: 15th place Volleyball Festival
14-2s: 21st place Volleyball Festival
17-2s: 21st place Volleyball Festival
14-1s: 31st place USA Nationals, American Division, 20th in SCVA
Girls Regional Teams
14-4s: 29th place at SCVA Summer Soiree
15-3s: 19th place at SCVA Summer Soiree
16-3s: 22nd place at SCVA Summer Soiree
Girls Local Teams
1st – 13-Dick, Spike-Fest Club (14s)
2nd – 12-Tommy, Spike-Fest Open
3rd – 12-Lisa, Spike-Fest Club
5th – 10-Jolene, Spike-Fest Club
6th – 12-Jolene, Spike-Fest Open
6th – 13-Ursula, Spike-Fest Open (14s)
14-1s: 17th at SCVA Boys Classic
15-1s: 27th at SCVA Boys Classic
16-1s: 15th at SCVA Boys Classic
& 30th at USA Nationals, Club Division (they went 10-1 for the tournament!)
MORE HIGHLIGHTS (2)
In June of 2016 we had Forza1 teams at 4 different National Tournaments! It was awesome to have players traveling the United States from Anaheim to Orlando to Indianapolis to Phoenix. Along with this adventure came some really great play from our teams. One example is our 15-2 team coached by Jason that took 5th place at the Volleyball Festival. This team practiced hard all year and even when they faced a lot of injuries mid-season they came back and kept pushing. They were in D3 and D3 this season and really proved they can play at a high level with their finish at Festival.
Our 16-2 team coached by Poyer also had a great finish at the Volleyball Festival. They took 9th place and beat a lot of 1s teams along the way. Like every team they had times of adversity but they truly battled back together and brought out the best in each other at the end of the season. Way to go girls!