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U15 Girls Red Win Bronze at McGregor Cup

Posted in 2010 Girls 15U Red, 2010-2011 on January 20, 2011 by mmcgregor53

Congratulation to DA Red for their third place finish at the McGregor Cup in Richmond Hill.

After a slow start to the day, losing three of their first four matches, the team came to life and started making plays.  The girls began moving their feet and getting more involved in the play.  They won a number of hard fought series and advanced to the semi-finals.

After a close loss in the semis, they proceeded to the bronze medal games.  It was nice to see all the team members involved in both the victories that secured the bronze (2-1).  The games were exciting and a lot of fun to watch.  the girls continue to improve as the season goes along.



DA Girls 15U Red DRVC Tournament

Posted in 2010 Girls 15U Red, 2010-2011 on December 16, 2010 by mmcgregor37

December 5, 2010.  15U Girls Gain Experience

The girls and parents endured a 12 hour day competing in the DRVC Tournament in Whitby.  They finished fourth.

Game One was a 2-0 (25-14, 25-17) vistory over Leaside.  Game Two was an 0-2 loss to the Eclipse (11-25, 18-25).  Third game was a 2-0 victory over Peterborough (25-18, 25-17).   The final game was a 1-1 draw with the Predators (25-23, 18-25). 

In the play-off s they won 2-0 over the second Leaside team (25-23, 27-25), before being humbled by the Eclipse 2-0.  They also lost their consolation match.

The games were exciting and it was a real learning experience for the girls dealing with a long day.  Coach Richardson did a great job keeping the girls motivated in the absence of Coach Allin.  The day also featured the coaching debut of Coach Gianatselis.  He did a great job in a subbing role.

On December 12 the team will be visiting the Stewart Group Home in Pickering to deliver gifts and sing some Christmas carols.  Thanks to Coach Richardson for the sleepover and arranging the visit.

U15 Red Girls Win Silver in Trenton

Posted in 2010 Girls 15U Red, 2010-2011 on November 29, 2010 by mmcgregor53

November 25, 2010.  DA Red U15 Win Silver

Excellent start to the season for the U15 Red Team as they won silver in their first tournament of the year.

After a lot of practice and fitness training the girls were eager to test their skills.  There are many first year OVA players on the team, so everyone was curious to see how the team would come together.

They got off to a great start defeating Ottawa Fusion 2-0.  (25-11, 25-10)

Next they battled the Mavericks.  Theyagain won 2-0 (25-12, 25-16)  These games featured a lot of back and forth action.

Next up were the Peterborough Thunder.  DA won 2-0 (25-16, 25-20).  The competition was getting stiffer and the games more exciting.

The semis were an all Durham affair withthe Reds battling DA U14.  Again the Red prevailed 2-0 (25-21, 25-23) .  These games were very exciting and featured some great play by both squads. 

In the finals the Red came up against an experienced Ottawa Fusion team.  In a back and forth first game the Red prevailed 25-22.  Ottawa battled back winning the second game 25-14.

This set up a very excitng final game.  The Red were down 9-13 and surged back to tie the score 14-14.  Then, despite an inspiring “sitting” River Dance by parents – the team fell by a final score of 16-14.

A great day was had by all.  Team manager Bev and the parents organized great meals for everyone.

Credit goes out to coaches Mel and Mike for doing a great job preparing the team for the tournament and skillfully managing the games.

There were a lot of nervous girls at the beginning of the day – but they really came together as a team to play some outstanding volleyball.

Golden Day in Richmond Hill

Posted in 2010 Girls 15U Red on March 5, 2010 by schussmann

We were ranked #5 going into the tournament. There was a good feeling that our team 15U Red would have great results.

Our first pool play match brought us up against the Toronto Aces. We totally dominated!!! The serving we did practice that week was very noticeable as we did not miss and took the match easily with 25-12 & 25-16 victories.

Ottawa Fusion was up next. We took them in the first set 25-16. They were extremely fortunate to win the second set 22-25 as our team marched back in this set from a large gap. We won the split on point differential to finish first in our pool.

After a FOUR hour long break we saw the Huskies in our Quarter Final Match. But even with such a delay we came out strong and swept both matches 25-8 & 25-11. Our spirits were soaring!!!!!
We had a great game against the Etobicoke Titans in the Semi Final Match. Etobicoke could not stop our aggressive attack from either the power, leftside nor the middle!!!!  We rocked it with a 25-15 & 25-21 win.

In our first appearance in a GOLD MEDAL Final we were SOOOOOO excited!!!!!!  We were unstoppable and took it to the Panthers in the first set winning 25-20. The Panthers stormed back in the second set to win 19-25. A sudden death to fifteen was what we were facing. After some deep breaths and a pep talk from our coaches, we came out and focused on serving and an aggressive attack. We finished them off with a 15-8 win giving us the GOLD MEDAL!!!!!! What a thrill to win a 16U tournament!!! We ALL played so well, and with our hard work we were rewarded with the GOLD!!!! It was quite a day!!

Sofia Esquivel

15U Black takes Silver at 16U East Championship in Peterborough

Posted in 2010 Girls 15U Red on February 8, 2010 by ctaylor000

February 6th saw Girls 15U Black make the short trip to Peterborough to play in the 16U east championship. For whatever reason there were only eleven teams playing in the event so some teams played two out of three in their pool play while other teams played two sets using points to determine the match winner if there was a split. This caused the regular scoring confusion but the organizers got us through it.

Seeded 4th our first match of the day was against 16U Titans Inc. Our team came out a little flat falling behind early and although we mounted a late set surge we came up short dropping the opening set of the day 23-25.  The second set was a whole different tempo and the girls dominated winning 25-15 thus winning the match on points.

We played our next match right away against the 16U Grizzlies from Clarington. These sets were close but DA prevailed with straight set wins against 22 points in each set.

After a short break we were up against our 15U Rebel friends from Durham. In past seasons we have always had difficulty with this team but this season is a whole different story. We jumped out to an early first set lead and didn’t look back winning convincingly 25-18. Because of the two set format we only had to score 19 points in the second set to finish first in our pool. Although we lost the set 22-25 we easily accomplished our goal of finishing first in our pool.

After a very long 3 ½ hour break we were up against our sister 16U Red team in our first playoff match. The first set saw the 15U girls take control early and cruise to a convincing 25-18 victory. I’m not sure what Linda said to her team in-between sets but the second set witnessed a whole different 16U team on the floor.  They came out on fire and didn’t let up for a minute. We tried our best but couldn’t mount much of an offensive thrust and fell 10-25 to the 16U Red girls. The tiebreaker was an exciting set but unfortunately only one DA team could move on and we squeaked out a 15-10 win.

During our 15U tournaments we haven’t had any luck at all against 15U Storm this season. The good news was that they weren’t at this event, but the bad news was that our semi final match was against the second seeded 16U Storm Monsoon.  Half way through the first set it was clear why this team was the number two seed in the tournament. They are a quick team with lots of power and we went down relatively quickly 16-25. Did I mention that we don’t really like playing Storm? The second set saw some great play on both sides of the net and it was clear early on that this set would go down to the wire. With both teams having multiple set and match points the lead flipped back and forth until we finally pulled out the set 29-27.  With sets like this, it’s not right that these tournament locations aren’t licensed. Maybe a petition and letter to the OVA is in order :o. On to the tiebreaker we went. Have I mentioned that we don’t really like playing Storm teams? The third set was much like the second and before long the score was deadlocked at 10. At this point the parents were sharing heart medications knowing that this was nowhere near being over. I’m not sure how the players handled the pressure because we almost lost a few parents when DA finally pulled out a 15-13 match clinching victory.  These three sets saw a total of 125 points of great two-way volleyball being played. I guess Storm teams aren’t so bad after all…………….

Our gold medal match opponent was 16U Titans Nemesis. We have never seen this team before and hopefully it will be a while before we see them again. This team was by far the class of the entire tournament. Their passing and footwork were first class and before we knew it their thunderous hits propelled them to victory against our 8 points.  Some of us were thinking of demanding urine tests, but we came to the conclusion that they were simply a very good 16U team.  It was evident what the outcome of the match was going to be and the girls seemed to loosen up and started to have fun. Tom then put the challenge out to Christa that if the team reached double digits he would take her to get her belly button pierced.  Personally I’m not sure why anyone would want to do this, but all of a sudden Christa was returning everything within five feet of her. The countdown was on and within 10 minutes we were actually up 11-10. Christa was smiling ear to ear and getting high fives from the rest of the team, but then the Titans got back to business and poured it back on. We ended up scoring 18 points but we would have to be satisfied with a Silver Medal.

St. Peter is a nice school but being in it for almost fourteen hours is a very long day. The bright side of the day is that the girls brought their game to a new level and the parents not only saw some great ball, they once again were able to glow with pride while watching their athletes on the court.

Next up is our second 15U Premier tournament where hopefully we will take home the elusive gold.

Maybe a double or nothing challenge is in order to further motivate Christa and her teammates – Tom???


Girls 15 U Red in Ottawa

Posted in 2010 Girls 15U Red on January 25, 2010 by schussmann

This past weekend, the 15u red girls were in Ottawa for the McGregor cup.  They had a slow start in the morning, coming last in the pool play, but when it really mattered the girls finally showed up and won their crossover game 25-23 and 25-12 against the Etobicoke Titans Black.  Then they went on to play Storm Blast, losing a very close match of 24-26 and 25-27.  They were now in the position to place either 5th or 7th.  They ended up playing the Knights VC, fighting for a win in three games.  We lost the first match 22-25, then winning the second 25-19, we won the tiebreaker 15-9, letting the 15u red girls reach their goal of top 5! Way to go red! 

Written by Lauren White.

Girls 15U Red in Mississauga Dec 5th

Posted in 2010 Girls 15U Red on January 21, 2010 by schussmann

We were off to Mississauga for our second tournament of the year, for the 16U Provincial Cup Tournament. We went in with confidence and goals to achieve!

We faced the Wildcat VC team to start the day.  Sadly, we narrowly lost the first match by just two points (25-23).  The second match was tough and we lost 25-14. We were happy to realize that even though we lost, it didn’t affect the rest of our tournament play! This realization helped us to regain our confidence and we went on to play our second match of the day against the Panthers.  We lost the first set 25-23, but won the second set 25-22! That placed us second in our pool.  We faced the Barrie Elites during the crossover game.  We lost the first set 25-19, but we came back in the second set winning 25- 21. The tie breaker was a very close game, but we lost by 2 points (15-13).  Our final game of the day would determine our tournament placing, either 9th or 11th place.  We ended up facing the Panthers…again.  We lost the first set 25-13, but decided we wanted to end our day with a win and won our second set 25-18. Unfortunately, we lost the tie-breaker 15-10.

At the end of the day, we had a short team meeting to talk about the things we should work to increase our game play!

Huge thanks to our amazing coaches and our parents for all their support and enthusiasm! 

Written by Kirsten Schussmann