Archive for the 2013 Girls 14U Havok Category

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.

Advertisements

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.

HAVOK TAKES GOLD IN AN EXCITING 19-17 FINAL

Posted in 2013 Girls 14U Havok on March 26, 2013 by SForgie
Hawkins Cup Gold

Hawkins Cup Gold

March 23, 2013
Havok players felt a bit more pressure this past weekend at the 14U Hawkins Cup in King City. If they wanted to secure a coveted ranking in next month’s OVA Provincial Championships in Waterloo, they would need to finish on top at this final 14U tournament of the regular season. Ranked second in the Championship East Division, they knew it would not be an easy day ahead in this top tier.

In pool play Havok defeated Markham Stingers 13U and Scarborough Titans Invasion in two straight sets. Playoffs brought a bit more of a challenge but the girls still managed to defeat Aurora Storm Typhoon and DRVC, once again in straight sets.

The real story on this day began in the gold medal match. Havok would face this tournament’s top ranked Aurora Storm Vortex. This opponent has earned a great deal of respect from Havok players who knew that a 99% effort would never suffice in this match.  These two teams have met twice before with each taking the gold medal once. In their first encounter Havok took the gold in an exciting three game match that ended in a 15-13 victory for Havok. The second time around Havok was forced to settle for the silver but left more determined than ever to regain their Beast of the East title.

In this third encounter Havok came out strong in game one with some solid digs and consistent attacks to take it 25-20. The second game was not like the first with Havok dropping some of its momentum allowing Vortex to virtually walk away with game two, 11-25. If any spectators decided that game three was not worth sticking around for then it’s a real shame because this is where the true excitement began. The bleachers swelled with curious onlookers and anxious parents who were doing all they could to settle their nerves. It was literally point for point that this game played out… 10-10, 11-10, 11-11, 11-12, and so on. At 14-13 Havok had the chance to take it but Vortex would not submit. Then Vortex had the chance to take it at 14-15 but Havok wouldn’t have it that way either. And so it went until finally at 18-17 Havok took advantage of its opponent’s unforced error and dumped the ball on the Vortex side of the net to end the game at a sensational 19-17 final.

What an exhilarating end to an amazing day! Congratulations players and coaches. Thanks for providing your fans with a great display of talent and teamwork!

Havok players are now preparing for both the 14U and 15U Provincials in Waterloo, as well as the 14U Nationals in Sherbrooke, Québec.

Tournament Photo Gallery

Thanks to our Delicious New Sponsor!

Posted in 2013 Girls 14U Havok on March 21, 2013 by SForgie

Ci gusta! OpeningMembers of Durham Attack Havok and Durham Attack Firestorm attended the grand opening of their newest sponsor, Cu Gusta!, on Sunday, March 24.  Havok players proudly display their gold medals earned the day before at the Hawkins Cup tournament in King City. Thanks for you support, Ci gusta! Everyone is looking forward to enjoying some delicious treats at your frozen yogurt café.

14U Havok in Columbus, Ohio

Posted in 2013 Girls 14U Havok on February 8, 2013 by SForgie

Ohio Valley Regional Challenge, February 2-3
Columbus, Ohio

14UOhioFeb022013137At the final practice before leaving for their big adventure to Columbus, Coach Chris took a moment to remind his players that this trip to Ohio was not just about volleyball — it was also about coming together as a team and creating some great memories.

When the girls from 14U Havok participated in the Ohio Valley Regional Challenge this past weekend, they took full advantage of the opportunities awaiting them. As the only Canadian team in this U.S. tournament, Havok generated a lot of attention. Players giggled after hearing comments from their American hosts like, “You have the cutest accents” (accents…we don’t have accents) to “Do you all speak French?”. Even Coach Chris generated some attention from a local coach fascinated with his coaching style. Wherever Coach Chris went, his new “groupie” seemed to be close by with his video camera studying his warm-up drills and courtside strategies.

On day one Havok played four games and didn’t drop a set. Onlookers were kind enough to share their enthusiasm for this Canadian team and by day’s end Havok had become the talk of the tournament. Many were just plain impressed that a Canadian team would want to come ‘all the way down’ to their tournament, especially at this time of year, and a commonly heard phrase of the day became, “Let’s go and watch the Canadians play!”

14UOhioFeb022013132Another great experience for the girls was being responsible for providing all scorekeeping, line judge and second referee duties. Mom and dad couldn’t help them out of this one – it was players only. Each player would quickly need to learn how to track substitutions and liberos, make a split second decision on whether the ball was in or out, and use the proper hand signal for a lift, double, foot foul, etc. Afterwards, many players commented that they wouldn’t mind getting the chance to do this at home.

14UOhioFeb022013_Aber2After a long but successful day Havok families earned themselves a night out and went for dinner to Brio’s at the beautiful Easton Town Center and while the meal was delicious, dessert came in the form of a trip to Abercrombie & Fitch and a 70% off sale! No, this weekend was not just about volleyball, it was now about getting 70% off at A & F. It was like a mass exodus as these awe struck teens converged on the ladies’ section of this iconic store. Parents became personal assistants holding this, carrying that, and trying to keep track of how much this was going to cost them. Day one had definitely proven to be a rewarding day on and off the court.

Day two would prove a little tougher (although cheaper for parents) as Havok was getting closer to playing in the top tier and would face some of the region’s top-ranked teams. The first game against Academy Volleyball Cleveland was hard-hitting but Havok managed to take it in two straight sets. Next up was Zenith Peak and while this one took three sets, Havok came out on top and would advance to the tier 1 semi-finals. This round found Havok facing a very tough Buckeye Red Elite (ranked 2nd regionally) and they were not able to bring the same momentum they had brought to the court in previous games. Even though they had dropped only one game all weekend, this loss would mean the end of the road for Havok but it wasn’t the end of the fun…after all it was Super Bowl Sunday!  Back at the hotel families gathered for a final night of fun, relaxation, and football fan frenzy.

No doubt each player on Havok would give you a different story about her favourite part of the weekend but all would agree that it was a lot of fun and an amazing experience for everyone involved.

Congratulations players, coaches and parents on coming together to create some great memories. Tournament Photos

 SCOREBOARD SUMMARY

Pool Play & Crossovers:
vs. Buckeye Black Elite (25-13, 25-20)
vs. Ohio Xtreme (25-16, 25-16)
vs. Blackswamp VBC (25-20, 25-22)
vs. Columbus Volleyball Academy 14 Gray (25-9, 25-14)
vs. Academy Volleyball Cleveland (25-22, 25-19)

Quarter Finals (Tier 1):
vs. Zenith Peak  (25-19, 23-25, 15-13)

Semi Finals (Tier 1):
vs Buckeye Red Elite (19-25, 17-25)

Havok 14U Nail Biter at Challenge Cup

Posted in 2012-2013, 2013 Girls 14U Havok on January 22, 2013 by SForgie
14U_ChallengeCup_2013Jan1932

Havok Gold

14 Challenge Cup, January 19, 2013
Alexander Mackenzie High School,
Richmond Hill, ON

Durham Attack Havok ventured to Richmond Hill this past Saturday for their second OVA tournament of the 14U season. Havok was playing in the Championship East Division of the Challenge Cup and, while a little nervous about some of the competition, all were looking forward to playing some high calibre volleyball in this top tier.

On this day, the girls were all trying to come up with ideas on how they could avoid the mistakes of the previous weekend’s 15U OVA tournament where, after dominating in pool play by winning all of their games in two straight sets, the girls lost their momentum and failed to advance into the medal rounds.

Proper nutrition, remaining focused, staying hydrated, keeping your body moving between games, listening to music…everyone had ideas but only time would tell if any of them would work. So when this Saturday’s rush out of the starting gate seemed like more of a saunter, many started to worry. What would it take to see some fire in this group? During pool play the girls had difficulty getting into their groove and while they were fortunate to come out ahead (winning both games in two straight sets against STVC Invasion and Storm Typhoon) they were not playing to their potential and fans were left wondering if this would be another “one of those days”.

After pool play the girls took a quick break and listened to some motivating words from Coach Chris before returning to the gym to face Ottawa Fusion Black. While a little disappointed that Prime Minister Harper wasn’t in town to watch his daughter’s game, the girls easily managed to take the Bytown team in two straight sets enabling them to advance into the medal rounds.

Some say it was the Puusa Smoothies, others say it was the sheer determination not to lose to another local team; but this semi-final match against DRVC finally brought about the momentum Havok supporters had been waiting to see. Havok came on strong and took DRVC in the first set 25-10. The second set proved tougher but Havok still came out ahead winning 25-22 to advance to the gold medal game.

14U_ChallengeCup_2013Jan1911This was it. Havok was finally facing the team others kept saying would be the one to beat this season. Aurora Storm Vortex came into this tournament seeded first but Havok planned to prove the rankings were flawed. While Havok was still making some uncharacteristic errors, they managed to come out ahead in the first set 25-21. The second set saw the tables turned with Havok falling to Vortex 14-25. Havok only had one final and deciding set to prove who was the Beast of the East. While Havok’s errors weren’t completely eliminated, they did not allow these errors (or questionable calls by a line judge apparently watching the wrong line) to get the best of them. Each player was determined to come together after every play and support her team mates. With Vortex leading on the scoreboard 6-10, many were starting to pack up their belongings for the day – but not Havok. After returning to the floor after a time out, this comeback story began to unfold. Led by some amazing defensive plays, the offensive plays began to kick in and Havok closed the gap to pull ahead 14-12. Vortex then called a timeout and narrowed the gap to 14-13. A strong serve by Vortex had Havok’s back row scrambling but they managed to send a free ball back to Vortex that landed narrowly within their boundaries to seal the deal and earn Havok a 15-13 win over Vortex.

Congratulations Havok! Your display of determination and perseverance inspired many on this day and we look forward to watching the rest of your story unfold this season.

View the tournament photos.

Havok will be travelling to Columbus, Ohio the first weekend in February to participate in the Ohio Valley Regional Challenge. Good luck girls!

Don’t forget to LIKE Havok on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Havok14u to stay up to date on our news and events!

Girls 14U Havok Thank You

Posted in 2013 Girls 14U Havok on December 2, 2012 by SForgie

Thank you  to all of the local businesses who have sponsored Havok for the 2012/2013 season. What an incredible year of sponsorships!

If you haven’t already checked out Havok’s Facebook page, have a look. We have links to our sponsors’ pages as well as team updates and news. Share https://www.facebook.com/Havok14u with family members and friends who want to follow Havok on our journey this season.

Thank you to our 2012/2013 Sponsors (and the list is still growing):

Don’t forget to like our Facebook page if you’d like to get the lastest team news and updates!