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15U Boys Quality For U.S. Nationals

US_SilverThe 15U Boys Purple team capped a very successful Rochester Can-Am tournament with a silver medal and bid for this year's USA Volleyball Junior Boys' National Championships, to be held in July in Columbus, Ohio.

The sixteen-team tournament featured three Canadian squads, and the boys had the exciting opportunity to participate in an all-Canadian final. It was a very special day, with a great atmosphere of excitement and pride in the efforts of our Canadian teams. The team competed in eight matches in two days.

On day one, they went 3-0, going 6-1 in sets with victories over Panther 15 Gold, LVC 15-2, and Eden Mizuno 15. Day two was a busy, five match day. After a relatively quiet victory over RVC 15-1, they found themselves in an exciting, three-set affair against Rochester Pace Bootlegger 15-1, a team they crossed paths with regularly last year. After taking the first set, though, the boys suffered their first loss of the tournament, falling 15-13 in the third set. Upon completion of that intense and emotional match they faced a tough mental battle, having to play immediately against Pittsburgh 15-Black. After dropping the first set they showed a good deal of character and determination, and came back to win the next two to seize the victory. After a short (and very appreciated) break, the crew squared off against BRYC Boys 15 National, who had won the tournament last year. In an exciting affair, and a two-set victory, they earned their bid for nationals and were set for the final. On this day, though, gold was not to be. The busy pace of the day, and emotional intensity of the matches, left the team both physically and mentally drained, and Durham quickly took the win.

Despite the loss in the final, the coaches were very pleased with how the team performed. They played with intensity, and had some come-from-behind wins over the course of the weekend. Complete results for the team are listed below. They are very much looking forward to the opportunity to play in Columbus in July, and will face their next competition at this weekend's OVA tournament in Richmond Hill. Congratulations, boys, on representing the Predators and Canadian volleyball so well. Go Preds!

Panther 15 Gold 25-20, 25-15
LVC 15-2 25-10, 25-17
Eden Mizuno 15 21-25, 25-14, 15-12
RVC 15-1 25-19, 25-19
Rochester Pace Bootlegger 151 25-23, 21-25, 13-15
Pittsburgh 15-Black 25-27, 25-21, 15-9
BRYC Boys 15 National 25-18, 25-23
Durham Black Attack Venom 18-25, 15-25

14U Boys Give Preds Another Gold

14UBoysGoldThe Preds 14U Boys travelled to London to compete in their 2nd OVA tournament - Challenge Cup. The team started off the day being generous to LVC Fire Heat by giving away points and then tried to play catch up. Unfortunately the team ran out of points and lost the first set 22-25. Second set showed Predator determination with a convincing win 25-12 and the third set came down to a battle of unforced errors. The Preds came up short 17-19. The second match of pool play was against the Twin Bridges Thunder. It was a straight set win (25-22, 25-9). The team finished 2nd in the pool.

After lunch, the team went on a roll. They won the quarter final match against SVC Cobras (28-26, 25-19), learning to stay patient and fight through tense points. Their semi final against Riverside and gold medal against Veolcity (25-16, 25-23) were both straight sets wins.

The team will now be part of the championship division for the tournament in February. The practice hours spent serving and passing seemed to have made an impression. Now on to the other parts of the game!

13U Boys Win Their First Medal - Gold

On Saturday January 10th, the 13U boys played in their 2nd tournament of the season, the Challenge Cup. The goal for the day was to get into a medal game and bring home some hardware.

The boys were seeded 4th and in the C pool with 3 other teams.  This meant the Predds pool play games were only 2 straight sets.  The boys split sets with LVC Fire Inferno and Oxford Crush and handily defeated Stratford Cobras. This placed the Preds2nd in the pool. 
The quarter final game had the Preds facing off against Niagara Rapids.  The Preds boys defeated them in 3 sets with scores 17-25, 25-20 and 15-11. This victory meant a semi-final matchupl against the #1 seed, LVC Fire Heat. It was a very tight, exciting game which eventually saw the Preds winning in 2 straight sets with identical scores of 25-23.

The boys were so excited to have won this match which guaranteed the team a medal.   The coaches spent some time settling some nerves and reminding the team that this was a game they could win and not to settle for silver.

After a shaky start the boys battled a determined #2 seeded team, MAC, in what would prove to be an equally exciting, tense and tough battle. In both sets the Preds were behind at the 15 point mark but battled back hard and eventually took both sets with scores of 25-23 and 25-23 ending their day with a well-deserved GOLD medal.

We couldn’t ask for a better start to 2015!  Coaches Ellen, Jason, Phil and Trevor are very proud of the kids.  They showed composure, focus and grit all day.  It’s great to have their hard work, effort and hustle rewarded.
Special thanks to Jen, Cathy, Drew and the 14U girls black team in helping us prep for this tournament.


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Preds 15U Boys Continue Piling Up Medals

The 15U Boys Purple team continued their season of OVA competition this past weekend at the Challenge Cup, in Richmond Hill. Ranked second in their first Premier division tournament of the year, the squad knew they were going to have to play with a strong, competitive mindset right from the go.

Their morning pool play matches saw them take four of five sets, winning in two against Ottawa Fusion and in three against Wasps. After a brief break, the team took a quick two sets from LVC Fire to set up a semi-final match against Durham Attack Black Venom. At the end of a very exciting and fast-paced three sets, the team defeated Durham for the first time ever and were set to face Pakmen in the final.

At the end of a very emotional, intense match, the boys were on the short end of a 21-25, 23-25 score. The coaches were very pleased with how the team played over the course of the day, and are feeling confident they can continue to improve and grow as competitors. With their silver medal the squad preserved their #2 ranking in the province, and will push toward an even better showing when their OVA season continues in January.

Complete scores from the tournament are listed below. The boys will play their next tournament this weekend, at the Rochester Bootlegger Invitational. Go Preds Go!

vs. Ottawa Fusion 25-12, 25-23
vs. Wasps 25-21, 20-25, 15-7
vs. LVC Fire 25-16, 25-15
vs. Durham Attack 20-25, 25-22, 15-11
vs. Pakmen 21-25, 23-25