Shelby Cowles and Jordan Vang Selected To Region 3 Indoor Team
Two Predator 14U athletes have been selected to represent Region 3 at the Ontario Summer Games to be held in Mississauga from August 11 to 14.
Shelby Cowles, who is coached by Duncan Cairns, plays for the 14U Preds Ambush team. She has been playing volleyball at the club level for two years, all with the Preds. Jordan Vang is in her first year with the Preds and is coached by Nou Moua on the 14U Invasion team.
Both girls play as outside hitters and have recently returned with a gold medal from a tournament a Penn State, where they played on a combined Preds team.
Congratulations girls on your selection. Go Preds!!!
Preds Girls Win Gold At Penn State
The 14UG Preds team recently travelled to Penn State to compete in the 14U Open Division at the Happy Volley 2016 Championships. The girls put on an impressive display of volleyball winning the Gold in the 14U Open Division Bronze Bracket!!!
The team was made up of 5 players from Preds Ambush and 5 from Preds Invasion. The girls played against each other all season and they only had 5 practices to form a bond before the tournament. They came together at Penn State, formed new friendships, and walked away with an AAU Gold medal!
The team went 2-1 on Day 1 and 2, competing strongly against the US teams. On the final day the team battled it out to win the first 2 matches in 3 sets and winning the gold medal match in 2 straight games!
Special thanks goes out to their coach, Becky Pavan, who stepped in to coach the girls for the weekend. It will be a weekend that the girls will never forget. What a great way to end the indoor season! Go Preds!!!
Summer Camp Registration Now Available
Registration for the summer camps offered by the Preds is now open and accepting athletes.
The Preds offer 4 summer camps. The first camp of the summer is our only specialty camp, the Setter's Camp. Two sessions of the setter's camp are offered on July 4, 5, and 6 and a second session on July 7, 8 and 9 will also include a camp for liberos. During the week of July 18 to 22, we will be offering our Junior Camp and the Overall Skills Camp, which are camp for athletes that don't play at the club level. The final camp of the summer will be our Club camp for players that play volleyball at the club level.
Alex Mrkalj Selected To 16U Canada East National All Star Team!
Congratulations to Alex Mrkalj, right side hitter of our 16u Legacy team for being selected as one of 6 All stars at the East Canadian Nationals last weekend!
Alex along with his team mates played an amazing tournament finishing with a Tier 1 Bronze medal. Alex had a kill Percentage of .454 for weekend, used his powerful spin serves and put up many huge blocks frustrating many opponents. Alex always demonstrates great team attitude, drive and focus on and off the court. Alex along with 7 of his teammates will train at HPC this summer in hopes of securing a spot and representing KW Predators on the 16U Provincial team. Go Predators! Predator Proud!
Preds Finish Last Weekend Of Nationals With Hardware
In the 16U nationals, hosted in Waterloo last weekend, two Preds teams had successful ends to their seasons.
The 16u boys team coached by Lynn Vicic, Jason Gropp and Alen Brcanovic finished the year third in Eastern Canada with a Division 1, Tier 1 Bronze Medal. The team had a successful first day winning all 3 matches 2-0 placing them first in their pool.
After their success on day one the boys continued their dominant play winning games 2-0 against Atlantic Attack from Newfoundland and Impact from Georgetown. The team was on a roll going into their third and final game of the day against Tide Black from Nova Scotia but fell short and finished the day second in their pool.
On day three, the team started the quarter finals out with a nice 2-0 win, knocking out the Thundercats hailing from Markham. Their quarter final win put them against another Ontario powerhouse, Packmen from Scarbough, where after a 3 set battle and arguably the best match of the tournament, the boys lost a heartbreaking third set dropping them out of Gold medal contention. Despite the disappointment of their semi final loss the boys bounced back and decisively won the Bronze medal, once again, defeating Impact in 2 straight sets.
On the girls side, 16U Predators Black coached by Andreas Schirm and MJ Thomas, won a Division 3 Tier 2 Gold Medal.
On day one of the tournament the girls went 2-1 winning 2 their two matches in straight sets. On the second day the team went 2-1 again with 2-0 wins against Faucons AST out of Quebec and PVB from Ontario. They suffered 0-2 loss to fellow Ontarians South County Black from Windsor.
On the final day of the tournament the team advanced directly to the semi finals where they battled hard for a 2-1 win against the Hamilton Smash out of Ontario which advanced them to the Gold medal match. The team finished the tournament winning the Gold in a three set match verse the Markham Wildcats from Ontario.
Another great showing by the Preds. Go Preds!!!
Predator Proud With a Total 13 HPC Invites
With the season coming to a close the HPC invites came rolling in for the Predators! We will have representatives at the 16U HPC as well as the 18U HPC. The athletes invited will attend a training camp where they will practice and compete with the other selected athletes for spots on 16U and 18U Provincial teams. Congratulations to all the players invited to attend the camps and good luck. Below is a list of the invited athletes.
15U Girls Predators Purple
16U Girls Predators Purple
16U Boy Legacy
Alexander Mrkalj, Mark Driezen, George Busecan, Josh Janzen, Nolan Spencer, Quinton Dowling, Trevor Carleson, Josh Manheere
17U Boys Purple
Ben Newell, Hayden Cavender, Liam Schoneveld
Two More Medals At Nationals For Preds
The 15U East Nationals and the 18U Nationals saw the Preds walk away with two more medals.
At the 18U Nationals, the 18U boys purple team, coached by Darren O'Neil and Ethan Rudd, saw the boys playing their best volleyball of the season to walk away with the Division I Tier 2 Gold Medal. On the first day of the tournament, the boys started strongly winning 2 matches and losing one, placing them first in their pool after all tie-breaking procedures.
The second day proved to be much tougher with the boys winning their first match of the day against Canuck 18U Black from Alberta, before losing their next two matches against the Maverick Mustangs from Ottawa and Canuck Dinos 18U from Alberta. This put the boys in Tier 2 for the remainder of the tournament.
On the last day the boys went on a four game winning streak defeating WinMan Avalanche from Manitoba, CAFKA Black from Alberta, LVC 18U Heat from London and Smashing Bananas 18U from Saskatchewan, all in 2 straight games, to win the gold and finishing as the 13th best team in the country. Congratulations to the boys on putting it together when it counted.
At the 15U Nationals at RIM Park in Waterloo, the 14U Girls Invasion, who decided to play a year up, competed at the Division 3 level and took home the bronze medal.
During the first two days of the tournament, the girls won 5 matches and lost only 1, putting them in a position to compete for the Division 3, Tier 1 Gold Medal. On the last day, the girls defeated the Scarborough Titans Infinity in the quarter-finals and then lost a hard-fought semi-final to Burlington Blaze 15U 2 games to 1. The girls regrouped to defeated Lynx Noir from Quebec in two straight games to win the bronze medal. Go Preds!!!
14U Boys Chaos Win National Silver
This past weekend, the Preds 14U Boys Chaos travelled to Ottawa to participate in the 14U East Nationals.
On the first day of the tournament, the boys competed hard winning one match in two straight sets against MVC Maroon and losing two, both in 3 games, to Pakmen and Amiral de JDLM from Quebec. The third place finish put the boys into Division I, Tier II for the remainder of the tournament.
On the second day, the boys rebounded nicely winning all 3 matches against Heat, MVC Maroon and Barrie Elite, putting them in first place in their pool going into the playoff round on the last day. The boys continued their great play be defeating Griffons de d`Outaouais in the quarter-finals and Maverick Renegades in the semi-finals.
In the gold medal final, the boys lost a heart-breaking 3 set match to Unity Markham, falling 16-14 in the third game.
A fine showing by the 14U Boys. Go Preds!!!
13U Infuse Win Provincial Bronze
The final weekend of the Provincial Championships at RIM Park again saw the Predators Volleyball Club bring home some hardware.This time, the medal came courtesy of the 13U Girls Infuse.
Day 1 saw Infuse finish second in their pool by defeating Chatham Ballhawks Blue, and KW Predators Synergy 12 and losing to Durham Attack Black 12U. This put the girls in second place in their pool.
On the second day of the Championships, the girls again competed hard, but two losses moved them into Tier II of Division I.
The final day saw the girls winning 3 of 4 matches, defeating Thundercats in the pre-quarters and Durham Attack Black 12U in the quarter-finals before losing 2-0 in the semi-finals.
The bronze medal matched pitted Infuse against their sister team, Tempo. In a epic battle, Infuse prevailed, winning 2 game to 1, ending their season with a provincial championship medal.
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."
The Beautiful Game Of Volleyball Serves Up Many Of Life's Lessons.
For years, many Canadians have looked upon volleyball as a peripheral sport for the "not quite gifted enough," or the "play it safe" athlete.
Not good enough to excel in basketball. Not macho, or aggressive enough, to make it in hockey, or football.
But peoples' perceptions are changing. It won't all happen overnight, but gradually, more and more Canadians are appreciating the athleticism, focus and co-ordination volleyball demands of its top athletes.
To delve deeper into the many positives volleyball can offer the young athlete, we summoned the knowledge of some of this continent's volleyball stars, including players, coaches and executives.
This is what they had to say.
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