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13U T.A.B.U. Add a Silver to their Collection

Posted in 2010-2011, 2011 Girls 13U T.A.B.U. on March 10, 2011 by ksemeniuk

March 5, 2011.   A dark and rainy day was the backdrop for our recent tournament in Kingston. The long, early morning drive may have been a good opportunity for the girls to catch up on some extra rest for the big day ahead and they arrived ready to leave their mark.

Pool play began on a positive note with the girls taking straight sets against both the Akwesasne Eagles 25-9 and 25-9 as well as the Scarborough Titans Smash 25-17 and a much closer 25-22. The girls had just come a off an outstanding 14U tournament the weekend prior and this “challenge” may have helped put them in first place in their pool.

After a short break and some much needed refuelling, the crossover saw the girls play the Northumberland Breakers and again win straight sets 25-17 and 25-23. This brought us to probably what was our most anticipated and exciting match of the day against our very own Durham Attack Knack. The girls had played them on several occasions at practice, but this was to be the first time it really mattered. Both teams had been playing some incredible volleyball all day and had gone undefeated to this point. This round of play was by far the most intense and the girls showed off the skills they have been working on all season, but in the end T.A.B.U. took both sets 25-15 and 25-12.The girls were delirious as this now put them in the gold medal round. The energy and smiles abounded as they took a short break to prepare.

This round of play was to be intense as their opponents, the Scarborough Titans Strike, entered this tournament ranked 1st and are a highly decorated team. This did not deter our girls from making an early statement on the court – they were gonna fight for this one. The first match saw some challenges and the girls didn’t fair nearly as well as they had hoped. They took their first loss of the day at
25 -15. Continuing to show what they have accomplished over this short season, they took the court and focused their sights on this next match. As parents, we huddled so very proud of our girls, feeling the pressure they were now facing. The best we could do was to cheer them on and we did that with everything wehad. The girls put determination and skill into every play and improved over
their last match but ultimately the Strike came out on top 25 – 20.

11 very happy girls now have a silver medal to add to their collection and another tournament under their belt to build on the friendship, teamwork, skill and dedication that has been developing over the past 5 months.

This one is for you Don – the girls missed you!  Thank you Connor for filling in and thank you Carol fortaking the girls farther today than they have ever gone. “Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success” and today you succeeded on every level – congratulations girls.

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13U T.A.B.U. Bring Home a Bronze Medal

Posted in 2010-2011, 2011 Girls 13U T.A.B.U. on February 13, 2011 by ksemeniuk

Feb 5th, 2010. 13U T.A.B.U. Bring Home a Bronze Medal

On a sunny Saturday morning on Feb 5th, the girls bounced into a gymnasium in Stouffville, with just a little extra spring in their step. Maybe it was the pigtails they decided to sport that day, or maybe the “lucky jacket” that had finally arrived or maybe, today was just finally to be their day and they knew it.

Pool play started the day with the girls taking straight sets against both  the Northumberland Breakers 25-20 and 25-18 as well as the Maverick Rattlers 25-11 and 25-9. Nerves were not nearly as high as they had been in previous tournaments and this put them in first place in their pool.

After a short break, the crossover saw the girls play Unionville and again win straight sets 25-16 and 25-21. Straight into another game against the host Markham Stingers, saw the girls take their first loss of the day. This round of play was by far the most intense and the girls showed off the skills they have been working on all season but in the end the Stingers took both sets 25-16 and 25-21.

None the less the girls had now made it to their very first medal round of the season. The bronze was up for grabs and they faced the Northumberland Breakers for a second time. Coming of their first losses of the day and going into a third straight round of play could have played with the girls both mentally and physically, but it didn’t. They showed fierce
determination and when all was said and done, they had won two straight sets to claim the bronze medal, 25-15 and 25-13.

This was the girl’s 3rd 13U tournament and everything about it was still new and exciting to them. They have come together to truly form a team over the last several months thanks to the dedication and terrific instruction from Carol and Don. This young group of athletes are all new to club volleyball and more than half of the team is still only in grade 6 – a whole year younger than this age group traditionally is. Yet, with a bronze medal now in hand they know the meaning of teamwork!! Congratulations girls and remember, it’s not how good you are; it’s how good you want to be!