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Havok Win Canadian East Nationals

Posted in 2013 Girls 14U Havok on May 9, 2013 by SForgie
14U National Champions

14U National Champions

Sherbrooke, Québec – The Durham Attack Havok girls’ volleyball team have taken the Canadian eastern 14U volleyball title.

The Havok were one of 32 teams from Ontario, Québec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia competing at the Canadian East Open in Sherbrooke, Québec the first weekend in May. The Attack Havok went the entire weekend without dropping a single set and defeated the Georgetown Impact in the gold medal game 25-8, 25-14.

Havok recently took the prestigious Ontario provincial title and were heavily favoured to medal in the eastern finals.

While players admit that facing teams from the other provinces was a great experience, Ontario is truly a powerhouse in this current age group with the final four teams all hailing from their home province.

The Havok were even able to celebrate their win with their sister team, the Durham Attack 15U Black, who also won their National title that same weekend – a true testament to the strength of the Durham Attack Volleyball Club’s  development program.

This final competition wraps up an incredible season for the Havok who have an almost perfect record in their 14U season earning gold in all but one competition where they settled for the silver.

Havok players are Ashley Forgie, Bianca Cirone, Carleigh Semeniuk, Kaitlyn Hancock, Kelly Schaefer, Kendal Whyte, Maddy Jenkins, Megan Murphy, Soleil Puusa and Taylor Butcher. The Havok are coached by Chris Dunn and Mike Cirone.

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Girls 13U Smash Epic Silver Medal Win at Provincials!

Posted in 2012-2013, 2013 Girls 13U Smash on May 1, 2013 by lmbeech

April 29, 2013 13U Girls Epic Silver Medal Win at Provincials!

After a fantastic weekend together at the 14U Provincials the week before, 13U Smash arrived in Waterloo ready to play their very best ever in the 13U Provincials Apr 27th & 28th. Smash entered Provincials strongly ranked in 7th, placed in Division 1 Tier 1.

The team fought three close games on Saturday, finishing the day victoriously with three straight wins, against Storm Blizzard U12 (21-25, 25-22, 15-7) (a very strong team for U12, who ended up winning Gold in Tier 2), then against Etobicoke Titans 12U Atlas (25-12, 25-12), and Markham Stingers 13U (26-24, 25-23).

Sunday morning brought a strong victory against Etobicoke Titans 13U Oceanus (25-23, 25-15), and then a hard-fought, awesome win in the quarter-finals vs. MVC 13 Black, who was ranked #1 going into Provincials (25-23, 22-25, 15-6).

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And then… in the semi-finals, Smash found themselves facing their nemesis STVC Tektonics (who robbed them narrowly of 3 Gold medals during the tournament season). Coming off the rush of a triumphant win the game immediately before, Smash showed Tektonics power like they’d never seen from Smash before, and after an epic battle …Smash emerged victorious (25-16, 18-25, 15-12), putting them into the Gold medal match!!! No win ever felt so good!!

The Gold medal match was against Aurora’s very strong Storm Typhoon who was ranked #2 going into the Provincials. Smash conceded the first match 18-25, but did not get discouraged and maintained their intense effort, fighting their way point by point through the 2nd game, almost getting a chance to take it to a third game and a shot at the Gold Medal, but lost in the second by just a hair (24-26). A tough loss, but quickly forgotten in the thrill of winning the Silver Medal!!! An experience of a lifetime – what a way to top off an incredible season that none of the girls want to see come to an end.

Big thanks to Coach Joel Banbury and Assistant Coaches Kristy Moore and Brook Luchka for leading the team to such tremendous success and making it such a happy and fun journey along the way! Way to go SMASH!!!

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Girls 13U Smash Has a Proud Showing at 14U OVA Provincials!

Posted in 2012-2013, 2013 Girls 13U Smash on April 30, 2013 by lmbeech

April 22, 2013 13U Smash Has a Proud Showing at 14U OVA Provincials
In most of the team’s first experience at Provincials, 13U Smash played up in 14U Girls in Waterloo April 19th-21st, positioned strongly in Division 1 Tier 1.
The team had a great start to the tournament with a commanding victory in their first game against South County Bandits (25-13, 25-14), but then took two close losses against Barrie Elites 14U Black (24-26, 12-25) and Georgian Cubs (23-25, 23-25).
Saturday morning was a strong start again, pulling out a win against Pegasus U14 Partay Blockers (25-23, 5-25, 15-9), but then the day brought two more tough defeats against Forest City 14U Blue (25-13, 13-25, 11-15), and Etobicoke Titans 14U Prometheus (15-25, 18-25). The girls ended the day with a super fun night of team spirit, going bowling (with Coaches “Twinkle Toes” Joel and “Fancy Shoes” Kristy), putting on a fun talent show for the parents, and pitting sets of twins against each other in the “Twin Game”.
They started the day on Sunday refreshed and with renewed determination to show the power of their awesome team spirit, and fought a breathtakingly close battle against Scorpions 14U from Cambridge, taking the first match (25-23), losing the second (22-25), hoping to get the win in the third, but couldn’t quite make it happen, narrowly losing 11-15. The team was disappointed to head home, but ended the tournament in a respectable 9th place in Division 1 Tier 2, tied with 7 other teams, and proud that no other 13U team finished higher in the 14U Provincials. A weekend to feel great about all around, with some terrific playing experience and team spirit building to set the stage for the next weekend’s 13U Provincials! Go Smash!!

16U Boys Provincial Championship

Posted in 2012-2013, 2013 Boys 16U Black on April 29, 2013 by swindga

April 19-21, 2013

 Durham Attack Black 16U boys came into the Provincial Championships ranked 12th of the 29 competing teams. The first day saw the team in some very intense games. Versus the Markham Stingers, the boys started a little slow, but after a couple of inspiring digs and hits from Jared and Alex H., the pacing steadied and balanced attacks with solid defense from both sides made for a close set. Unfortunately, after leading for most of it, Durham stumbled and lost 24-26. The second set saw more misfortune for Durham Attack, dropping the set 15-25. Game 2 vs Hometown team Predators Purple was a better example of what Durham is capable of. Led by strong serving from Tristan and Brad, aided by a solid wall of blocking from John and Jon, the boys won the 1st set 25-19. Set 2 was a more even affair as both teams fought hard for every point. With fewer mistakes on their side of the net, the Predators prevailed 23-25, requiring a 3rd set tiebreaker. Durham Attack’s serving game was doing the job, but Predators defense was too strong and they took the set 10-15. Game 3 against the Etobicoke Eagles saw another strong start for Durham Attack as Connor and Jon combined for those all important lead taking points. The Eagles fought back, but couldn’t catch up and Durham won 25-19. The 2nd set was a delight for Attack fans, with excellent serving from Alex T. and Tyler helping achieve the initial lead.  Hard hits from Tristan on the right and Alex H. on the left kept any rallys to a minimum, but there were a couple, keeping the game interesting. Durham’s 25-18 triumph gave them 3rd place in day 1 pool play.

 Day 2 was a better day for Durham Attack, as they finally got their groove back and took the day, beating Peel Selects 97 25-10 & 25-17; Toronto’s Leaside Thunder 25-13 & 25-20; and Windsor’s RVC  25-21 & 25-14. The result:  1st place in day 2 pool play.

 Day 3 was the challenging, competitive day it was expected to be. In their game vs Aurora Storm, Durham Attack was a little shaky, making for a less than stellar start. While the hard serving of Alex H. and Jared, along with the solid hitting of Tristan, Connor and John kept them in the game, mentally the boys were struggling with some questionable calls. Some tension filled rallys raised the level of excitement for all but in the end Storm took the set 25-27. Fortunately, set 2 witnessed a renewed focus and determination on the part of Durham Attack. Concerted passing and setting by both teams resulted in tight back and forth action, but Durham took the early lead, didn’t let up and won 25-19. The tiebreaker was an example of focus, drive and consistent play. Cody was all over the court on defense, Jon served up back to back aces and the blocking was in-your-face, ruffling Storm and giving Durham a sound 15-8 victory. Game 2 vs Niagara Rapids was another excellent display of talent on both sides of the net. A hard fought contest with accurate setting, strong serves and solid blocking. A won rally close to the end stopped a brief drive by Niagara before Tristan’s huge 25-20 game winning block. The battle continued in the 2nd set, with Tyler serving hard, Cody digging deep and Alex H., Tristan and John slamming down point after point. Niagara fought hard but couldn’t overtake Durham, losing 25-21.

The semi-final found Durham Attack in a rematch with the Markham Stingers.  To say it didn’t play out as expected could be considered an understatement. Simply put, the Attack didn’t! They struggled throughout and went down to defeat in rapid succession 19-25 and 15-25.

 In an interesting turn, the Bronze medal game pitted Durham Attack Black against the #1 ranked Pakmen of Mississauga. These are two very evenly matched teams and it was evident the team making fewer mistakes would come out the victor. The 1st set was a point for point affair, with neither team gaining the advantage. It was a very exciting contest as both teams were in the zone, playing their respective “A” games. A final surge of deft serving, blocking and hitting gave Durham a 25-21 win. Set 2 had more seesaw action with not too many rallys, but challenging play from both sides. Durham came up short this time, handing Pakmen the 23-25 victory with a couple of unfortunately timed mistakes. But what is a medal game without a tension filled tiebreaker? So back they came, with Jon serving with accuracy, defense putting up a solid wall at the net and Brad’s setting to both left and right throwing Pakmen off balance. Pakmen tried disrupting the Attack’s momentum with timeouts, but the final played out as follows; Brad set Jared for a centre court slam, Jon served up an ace, Pakmen called a timeout and then Jon came back to finish it all with another ace. Durham Attack won the Provincial Championship Bronze medal with a 15-9 victory. Many thanks to coaches Mike Slean and Kevin Matthews for their direction, encouragement and leadership throughout the season. And it isn’t over yet. The Nationals are next.

Back row: Asst. Coach Kevin Matthews, Alex Tsai, Tyler Paxton, John Deacon, Jon Orrett,

                                 Tristan Swinden, Alex Hatzinikou, Coach Mike Slean.

Front row: Jared Harris, Connor Forrest, Aleks(Cody) Vagners, Brad Whitlock

14U Havok Crowned Queens of the Court

Posted in 2013 Girls 14U Havok on April 22, 2013 by SForgie

Division 1, Tier 1 Gold Medalists – Ontario’s Best

April 21, 2013 — Oshawa, ON: Players from the Durham Attack Volleyball Club have been crowned the province’s Queens of the Court. The club’s 14U Havok team returned from the Ontario Provincial Championships in Waterloo this past weekend with a Division 1-Tier 1 gold medal, earning them Ontario’s top 14U girls’ volleyball team title.

Ranked third out of 98 teams, Attack Havok went into this elite championship with just one goal in mind – to bring the gold home to Durham.

Coming off the heels of an impressive ninth place finish out of 88 teams in the Ontario 15U Championships the weekend before, Attack Havok were ready to finish their own 14U provincial season with some hardware.

On their first day of pool play the girls found themselves allowing some games to go to a third set but still managed to prevail in the end going undefeated on day one. Day two’s power pools played out much like the first with the girls remaining undefeated but knowing if they were to make it to the gold medal on their third and final day, they would need to dig a little deeper. Plagued by various injuries and illnesses throughout the weekend this team needed to focus their energy on playing smart and staying healthy.

Day three was a win or go home scenario and Havok players were not ready to pack their bags. Their first win of the day came in two straight sets against a familiar Scarborough Titans. Before they could get into the quarter finals, Havok would need to make it through a very strong, and consistent, Etobicoke Titans. While it was a point-by-point game all the way, Havok once again prevailed in two sets. This win secured a spot in the playoffs for Havok who were now poised to face a tall and very powerful Kitchener-Waterloo Predators; a team that had already eliminated some very promising teams from this competition. A win against the Predators would send Havok to the finals while a loss would mean they would need to settle for a bronze medal battle. Havok was not prepared to settle. When Havok hit the floor in this semi-final match they didn’t hold back. They aptly defeated the Predators in two sets and managed to continue this momentum to the gold medal match where they met with the top-ranked, and also undefeated, Ms Pakmen from Mississauga. At the 15U Championships the weekend before, Havok and Ms Pakmen came head-to-head with Havok coming out on top and Havok needed to do the same this weekend. The first set had both sides battling back and forth but Havok narrowly took it by just two points. In the second set Havok unleashed some amazing offence that allowed them to secure the gold medal win and the provincial title. Congratulations players and coaches on an amazing accomplishment.

Havok players are: Ashley Forgie, Bianca Cirone, Carleigh Semeniuk, Kaitlyn Hancock, Kelly Schaefer, Kendal Whyte, Maddy Jenkins, Megan Murphy, Soleil Puusa, and Taylor Butcher. Coaches are Chris Dunn and Mike Cirone. Watch the gold medal video and awards.

Capturing the golden moment.

Capturing the Golden Moment

Yes Mr. Harper, you can have a photo op ;)

Yes Mr. Harper, you may have a photo op (hee hee).

Durham Attack Havok have earned 4 gold and 1 silver medal in 14U competitions this season. They will be travelling to Sherbrooke, Québec in early May to participate in the Canadian National Championships.

13U Girls Smash on a Silver Streak!

Posted in 2012-2013, 2013 Girls 13U Smash on April 12, 2013 by lmbeech

April 12, 2013.    13U Girls Smash on a Silver Streak!

Way to “Shine” your way to the end of the tournament season, 13U Girls Smash!

In their last 3 tournaments of the regular season, 13U Girls Smash “shone” with 3 consecutive Silver medal performances, in the 13U McGregor Cup in Cobourg on March 2nd, the 14U Hawkins Cup in Peterborough on March 23, and the 13U Bugarski Cup in King City on April 6, 2013.   In all three tournaments, the Gold was at their fingertips, but the team was edged out of the win in nail-biting, point-by-point battles ALL 3 times in a row by the team which has become their toughest rival and nemesis this season – STVC 13U Tektonics.

Smash finishes their first regular Competitive season together with an impressive collection of 2 Gold medals (one in 14U which earned them a spot in the Championship East division of the 14U McGregor cup in Newmarket on Feb 16th, where they came a respectable 7th – even without their head coach!), and 3 Silver medals – impressively finishing the tournament season ranked 28th out of 98 teams in14U, and 7th out of 52 teams in 13U!

Every single player has become stronger over the season and has made a solid contribution to the team’s excellent performance.  It is a joy to see how much they all love the game and enjoy playing together as a team no matter what the combination of players on a line at any time!  All they need to do is find their groove, be consistent and “play like they can” and they will be fierce competition for anyone.  Here we come Provincials!

16U Boys winning ways return

Posted in 2012-2013, 2013 Boys 16U Black on April 1, 2013 by swindga

16U Bugarski Cup – Saturday, March 23, 2013

“Timing is everything!”

No, we couldn’t ask for better timing for the lads of Durham Attack 16U Black when it comes to regaining their winning ways, as a somewhat rollercoaster season draws to an end. In their last regular season tournament of this 2012-2013 season, the team is once again playing to their potential.

In their 1st game of the day, DA made short work of the Stingers Gold, with winning scores of 25-5 and 25-17. While the boys did fall back on some bad habits early in the second set, allowing the Stingers to gain a 6-13 lead, composure wasn’t lost and with some exceptional serving from Alek, for 13 straight points, and defensive blocking at its best from John and Connor, control was reclaimed and the win achieved.

Game 2 of the pool play against the Maverick Longhorns saw a continuation of that control. Although the Mavericks put up a more rewarding effort, the 1st set was almost all Durham Attack, decisively defeating the Longhorns 25-15. Spectators could see how the boys were following the ball more, positioning themselves for some splendid backup support.  The 2nd set witnessed more pressure from the Mavericks, resulting in an exciting back and forth battle for the upper hand. With both sides scrambling and digging, the ball was kept in play, resulting in some delightful rallys. It took a run of 4 aces from Tristan, accompanied by solid blocking from John and Jared to finally gain the needed advantage, surge ahead in the points race and achieve DA’s 25-19 victory.

Coaches Mike, Kevin and Todd have been mixing it up more in practice, moving the players around so they get familiar with all positions, and it is paying off, as everyone has developed the skills to step up anywhere. This was evident in the 3rd game of the day against the Kingston Pegasus Wings. When serving well, as Brad did to start the 1st set, a lead is built, confidence is gained and a rhythm is established. This was another short set, as DA stunned Pegasus 25-5. However, Durham experienced a slight let down in their serving early in the 2nd set, and this demonstrated just how important the recent training is. We saw inspired play from both teams, resulting in some lengthy rallys and a close match, with points being traded back and forth. While they never relinquished the lead, DA had to stave off the effects of a few misplays before regaining their composure and securing another win with a score of 25-18.

The 4th game was an entertaining matchup between the Durham Attack 15U and 16U teams. (direct from my game notes – “15U takes 1st joyous point. And second! Are we kidding? Takes a missed serve for 16U to get into the game…or are they? It’s tied 6-6 for cryin’ out loud.”) Finally, thanks to some quality serving from Jon, 16U’s play came into focus and they started finishing plays. And then there is “dirty Brad”. His unexpected, tricky move at the net (can’t reveal details) certainly taught 15U they must be ready for anything. There were some stimulating rallys, but slams from Alek, John and Alex H. finished the majority of these in 16U’s favour. The set ended with a fine back court hit from Alex H. to win back possession, leading to a Tristan ace for the 25-14 win. While there were some positive moments for the 15U squad in the 2nd set, DA 16U essentially conducted a “how to…” clinic, on their way to a 25-5 shellacking.

The Gold medal match against the Markham Stingers Black was a spectator’s delight. Once again Durham’s attack was centered on their consistent serving. Jon, Brad and Tristan were acing serves again and again, while Jared, Connor and Alex H. had no trouble putting down point making hits off well placed sets. The Stingers were also serving well, although not as consistently, and while the defense kept the game close, their blocking just couldn’t keep up with the Attack’s solid, hard hitting. Jared, Connor, John and Tristan each sent the ball over the net in so many different directions the Stingers couldn’t follow. Durham took the 1st set 25-20. The 2nd set saw both teams digging hard and keeping the ball in play for more tension filled rallys.  It started out as a close contest but the momentum rapidly swung in Durham’s favour, thanks to their ability to read the plays and maintain their concentration. The fellas set up a solid blocking wall and continued to serve well, hit hard off superb sets and overall dominate the action.  Losing 25-13, the Stingers were no match for the “poetry in motion” combination of John’s hard serving aces and Tyler’s excellent setting to Jared, Alex H. and Connor, powering Durham Attack to the gold medal.

With less than a month to the Provincial Championships, it’s definitely the right time for the 16U boys to be bringing their game together.