Preds 15U Boys Bring Home U.S. Gold
On January 13th, the 15U Boys travelled to Rochester for the annual Rochester Boys Can Am tournament.
Saturday pool play went well with the Preds defeating Sporting Albany 25-20, 25-15, and the Rochester PaceBootlegger 15-2’s 25-22, 25-18. The boys then dropped a tough game to LVC in 3 sets 17-25, 25-23, 13-15. The days results saw the Preds finish 2nd in their pool. Sunday’s morning matches were tough and, unfortunately, the Preds could not defeat the #1 seed, Rochester PaceBootlegger15-1, losing 22-25, 21-25. The second match was against the BRYC National team where the boys again lost in 2 straight sets, 23-25, 17-25. This result dropped put the Preds in the Silver flight where they again faced the Rochester PaceBootlegger 15-2’s team. The boys put a halt to their two match losing streak, winning in 2 straight sets 25-20 and 25-9. This victory put the Preds into the Gold medal match for the Silver flight.
The Gold medal match was against a fellow OVA team, Aurora Storm. A very slow, shaky start saw the Preds drop the first set to the Storm 16-25. Determination, effort, and more hustle helped the boys even it up 25-19, forcing a third set. The Preds came out blazing and ended the game quickly with a final set score of 15-2.
The team definitely had some ups and downs and at times did struggle with the higher net height. The ability to shake off tough losses and move past them is a behaviour that is not easily learned or accepted – but that is exactly what our Preds team did. When it came down to playoffs, the boys dug in and made the choice to leave with hardware.
The coaches would like to congratulate the boys for their victory and can’t wait for our next opportunity to watch you shine!
Thank you to our sponsors who graciously support the development of this team and recognize that every little bit helps.
Thank you to our parents who not only support and take care of their athlete, but also support the coaching staff.
Lastly, the Preds Chaos would like to thank the Predators organization for providing us a club to play for, an environment for continued growth and development and a support system that allows each athlete to excel.
Registration For Winter Youth Programs Almost Full
Registration for the winter session of the Mini/Pee Wee Preds is still accepting athletes, but spots are now limited. Unfortunately, the Junior Preds and the Youth League are now full.
The Mini Preds program is open to young male and female athletes born in 2009 and 2010, while the Pee Wee Preds programs is open to athletes born in 2007 and 2008.
To register or for more information, click on the links below.
Mini/PeeWee Preds Information and Registration
Junior Preds Information and Registration - Winter Session of program is full
Youth League Information and Registration - Winter Session of program is full
Results for week 2017-01-13 to 2017-01-20.
|2017-01-14||16U Boys Purple||Rochester Can-Am||16U||1st|
|2017-01-14||15U Boys Chaos||Rochester CAN-AM||15U||1st|
|2017-01-14||15U Girls Invasion||Challenge Cup||16U||2nd|
|2017-01-14||13U Girls United||Challenge Cup||13U||3rd|
|2017-01-14||16U Girls Purple||Challenge Cup||16U||3rd|
|2017-01-14||16U Girls Falcons||Challenge Cup||16U||3rd|
|2017-01-14||17U Girls Purple||Challenge Cup||18U||5th|
|2017-01-14||17U Boys Legacy||Rochester Can-AM||17U||5th|
|2017-01-15||15U Girls Invasion||Challenge Cup||15U||2nd|
|2017-01-15||18U Boys Purple||Challenge Cup||18U||5th|
|2017-01-19||18U Girls Purple||Provincial Cup||18U||5th|
|2017-01-19||18U Girls Purple||Challenge Cup||18U||7th|
Introducing Jason Gropp as College/University Placement Coordinator
The Kitchener-Waterloo Predators Volleyball Club is proud to announce the naming of Jason Gropp as its new College Placement Coordinator.
In this new position, Jason will be assisting the club with finding post-secondary playing opportunities for its graduating players. He is employed as a teacher with the Waterloo Region District School Board and has been involved with the club for six years, as an assistant coach, and has worked in both the girls’ and boys’ programs from 14U to 17U.
During this time he has been involved with a number of athletes who moved on to play at the college or university level, including Sydney Greulich (Northwood University), Hannah Poole (Madonna University), and Darian Gropp (Fanshawe College). He is currently providing assistance to the 17U Boys Legacy team, and is now expanding that role to being one of service to the rest of the club.
“I’m excited about this possibilities this new position presents,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to being able to help the club, and see our athletes take their play to the next competitive level.”
7 Preds Recognized As High School All-Stars; Zarko Ubiparip Selected WCSSAA MVP
The WCSSAA and WCDSB volleyball all-stars for the boys 2016 season have been announced. Leading the way was Zarko Ubiparip (pictured, courtesty of The Record) of the Grand River Renegades who was selected as the WCSSAA MVP and a first-team all-star. Ubiparip led his Renegades to the WCSSAA championship, and a second place finish the CWOSSA championship. Joining him on the first all-star team was Josh Janzen of WCSSAA semi-finalist, Bluevale Collegiate. Austin McKenna, a member of the Resurrection Phoenix senior boys, was also selected as a first-team all-star for the Waterloo Catholic DSB
Second team selections include Cody Mitchell of KCI, Daniel Selmeyer of Jacob Hespeler and Trevor Carlson, also from Bluevale Collegiate. From the WCDSB, Sebastien Mawhinney from St. Mary's was selected as a second-team all-star in the junior boys division
Honourable mentions include George Busecan of Cameron Heights, Sim Pahal of Huron Heights, Brandon Aultman of KCI and Ethan Westbroek of Elmira DSS.
Zarko Upiparip, Austin McKenna and Daniel Selmeyer - 18U Boys coached by Kelvin Hui, Merv Young and Josh Hone
Josh Janzen, Trevor Carlson, Cody Mitchell, George Busecan, Sim Pahal and Brandon Aultman - 17U Boys coached by Lynn Vicic, Jason Gropp, Alen Brcanovic, Jon Orrett, Kyle Weber and Bill Stanger
Ethan Westbroek - 16U Boys coached by Ashley Nixon and Kelly McGuire
Sebastien Mawhinney - 15U Boys coached by Ellen Carlson, Jay Slidders, Brad McClure and Phil McKee.
Great work Pred!!!!
Predators Invasion 15UG go 10-0 to Win Gold
The Predators Invasion 15U Girls won 10 straight sets to capture GOLD at the 15U Provincial Cup Championship Division on Saturday, December 3rd. The team started the day sweeping London Fire Ignite and MVC in pool play.
In quarterfinal action, Predators Invasion defeated South County Black 25-10 and 25-20, and continued their strong play in the semifinals defeating Cambridge Scorpions Fusion 25-16 and 25-23. Reeling from last week's gold medal match loss at the 16U Provincial Cup (19-25, 25-15, 14-16), Predators Invasion headed into this gold medal match determined to finish strong.
In the finals, Predators Invasion squared off against the host team, London Sharks Great Whites, defeating them 25-14 and 25-16. Predators Invasion showed mental resilience and great sportsmanship in all matches throughout the day.
After capturing Silver and Gold in their first two OVA competitions, Predators Invasion now advance to the 15U Premier Division and the 16U Championship Division. Coach Nou Moua, Thay Vang, and Katherine Vang congratulate the players on their strong start to the 2016/2017 season as they look forward to competing against the best teams in Ontario.
Go Preds Go!
Preds 13U Synergy earns SILVER in first 14U tournament of the season
The Predators 13U Synergy girls began their 2016/17 season with a major statement, winning silver in a 14U Provincial cup tournament in Cambridge on November 26.
Ranked third going into the contest, Synergy finished first in their pool by beating both the Hamilton Smash Jaguars and the Waterloo Tigers in straight sets.
Facing the Burlington Defensa 14U girls in their first playoff match, Synergy battled back after losing the first set 26-24 to win the next two sets and head to the semi-final. There they surprised Cambridge Scorpion 14U Green with a convincing two-set sweep, securing their place in the final against Halton Hurricanes. Despite a great showing, Synergy lost to Halton, who captured the gold medal. It was a tremendous achievement for the 13U Synergy girls who now advance to the 14U Championship Division.
Winning feels great. Helping others feels even better.
Synergy's accomplishments didn’t end on the court during their first tournament weekend. The team (along with some remarkable parents and volunteers) also held a bake sale during the event, raising over $440. And on Sunday, accompanied by Coach Lisa Watson and Mary Slavcev, the girls used the money to buy gifts to create 21 stockings for kids in the Kitchener-Waterloo community. Their amazing efforts will support the Stuffin Stockings charity (www.stuffinstockings.ca), a local organization that helps deliver some Christmas love to those who need a helping hand.
An outstanding weekend all around! Go Preds!!!
Preds At Boy's OFSAA
Four member of the KW Predators Volleyball Club will be representing their high schools in the OFSAA championships the weekend of November 24 to 26. Three of the boys, Hayden Cavender, Evan Falardeau and Hayden Moore play for the 18U Boys team coached by Kelvin Hui, Josh Hone and Merv Young, while George Busecan is a member of the 17U Boys team coached by Lynn Vicic, Jason Gropp, Alen Brcanovic, Kyle Weber and Jon Orrett.
Cavendar and Falardeau will be competing with Stratford Central in the 'AA' championships in Windsor, with Moore representing St. Mary's DCVI in the 'A' championships in North Bay. Busecan will be leading the Cameron Heights Golden Gaels to the 'AAA' championship in Burlington.
Good luck to all the boys in their quest for OFSAA Gold. Go Preds!!!.
Preds Achieve Volleyball Canada Club Accreditation
The Kitchener Waterloo Predators Volleyball Club are very proud to announce that we have been selected as only one of five clubs in Ontario to achieve Volleyball Canada Club Accreditation. Club accreditation is awarded to clubs that demonstrate a commitment to:
Pred's President, Paul Pavan states, "A club doesn't achieve accreditation status without a lot of hard work and dedication from its members. I would like to thank our coaches and athletes for stepping forward and doing the work necessary to have our club recognized as one of the top clubs in the country."
Medals To Date