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Registration Now Open
Registration for the Preds Beach Program is now open and accepting athletes wishing to participate in our beach program.
We offer a program for athletes starting as young as 10 years old and of all levels of play. Programs offered include:
- Competitve 2s Beach League.
- Junior Program for the youngest of club athletes.
- Youth Beach Program for athletes that don't play club.
- Advanced 2s Training for those athletes playing in the OVA tour and National competitions.
Summer Volleyball Camp Registration Now Open For All Athletes
The registration for the ever popular Waterloo County Volleyball Camps, which are part of the KW Predators Volleyball Club, have opened their registration for all of our volleyball camps. The club will operate four camps, which offers a camp for everyone interested in playing volleyball. The camps offered include:
|Junior Camp:||The junior camp is one of our most popular camp for boys and girls entering grades 4 to 6 (born in 2004 to 2006 inclusive). This camp will teach the very basic fundamentals of volleyball in a non-competitive and fun setting. Mixed in with the volleyball will be other activities such a games and crafts.|
|Overall Skills Camp:||This camp is intended for athletes who do not play volleyball at the club level. This camp is open to boys and girls entering grades 7 to 12 (born in 1997 to 2003 inclusive). Emphasis will be placed on properly learning volleyball skills and team play.|
|Club Camp:||The Waterloo County Club Camp is intended for those athletes that are currently playing volleyball at the club level. Athletes from all clubs are encouraged and welcome to sign up and participate in an intense and competitive week of volleyball from some of the best volleyball coaches in the province. Club players of all ages are invited to sign up for this camp.
Teams that sign up with 6 or more athletes will receive a $25/athlete discount.
|Setter's Camp:||The Setters Camp is a specialty camp that will focus on one of the most important skills in the game, setting. There will be a very low player to coach ratio, so that each athlete will get individual attention.|
For more information or to register, visit our website at www.wcvbc.ca
Duncan Cairns Joins Preds Beach Staff
The KW Predators Volleyball Club are extremely pleased to welcome Duncan Cairns as a member of the beach volleyball coaching staff.
Cairns, who coaches indoor with the Preds, brings a wealth of beach volleyball knowledge and experience to the Preds Beach Volleyball program. Cairns, who represented Canada at the U-19 FIVB World Beach Championships in Bermuda, has quite an impressive coaching resume in beach volleyball. Duncan was an assistant coach with the Canadian Beach National Team from 2010 to 2013. From 2010 to 2013, Cairns has had roles as both an assistant coach and a head coach with the Ontario Beach Provincial Team. Currently, Cairns has an ongoing role as Beach Section Coordinator at Madawaska Volleyball Camp. Cairns is a NCCP Certified Coach in both Beach and Indoor Volleyball and together with the current coaching staff of Darren O'Neil and Randy Sears, he gives the Preds one of the top coaching staffs in the province.
Any athletes wishing to join the Preds Beach Volleyball program should visit our website at www.predsbeach.org.
14U Girls Purple Win Silver At Bugarski Cup
On Saturday March 28 the Preds 14U Girls Purple travelled to the University of Guelph for their final regular season OVA tournament. After a disappointing result in their previous competition the team was anxious to turn things around with a more positive day both in their overall team play and placing at the end of the day.
The girls came out strong right from the start with a convincing 2 set win over Impact 13U Black 25-8, 25-5 to establish the overall tone of the day. This great start continued into their next match with another 2 set win over 14U Elites Venom 25-7, 25-8 which placed the Preds firmly in first place in Pool A. After a 2 1/2 hour break before their first playoff game the girls picked right up where they left off by defeating the Thunder 13U Black again in two straight sets 25-10, 25-10 to move them into the medal rounds.
The girls continued their winning ways in the semifinal match vs. Hurricanes 13U with another 2 set win with scores of 25-15, 25-22 which sent them to the Gold medal final. Facing their most difficult challenge of the day vs. Impact 14U the girls came out strong quickly going up 11-3 in the first set. The girls from Impact fought back to tie the game at 15-15 but eventually the Preds prevailed winning the first set 25-23. From here the 9 game winning streak finally came to an end when the very tough serving from Impact and the Preds struggling to get a good first pass resulted in a 17-25 second game loss. The final set went a similar direction as the second with a 15-8 win by Impact.
Despite the disappointing end to the day the team was very happy to win their second silver medal of the season. The team now looks forward to a busy end to the season with 15U Provincials, 14U Provincials, and 14U Nationals all within the next 6 weeks. Go Preds!
15U Girls Win Gold In Louisville
This past weekend, the 15U Purple girls team travelled to Louisville, Kentucky to compete in the Union Challenge. Entering the weekend, the goal was to compete with the American teams, while elevating our play in preparation for the Provincial Championships. The girls certainly did that. They came out of the gates fast with a straight sets victory over Lexington United 25-10 and 25-18. In the second game against the MAVA Tigers, the girls struggled with consistency winning the first set 25-5 with an impressive offensive display, followed by a tight 26-24 victory in the second. That adversity fired the team up heading into their last game of the day against Prodigy. They used the inconsistent play in the previous game as motivation and beat Prodigy 25-9 and 25-9. Their excellent showing left them in a good position going into Sunday's playoff round and a belief they could challenge for the tournament title.
Finishing first earned them a spot in the Quarter Finals. A 25-14, 25-19 victory over A2 Velocity Black propelled the girls into the semi finals against the host team Union. Despite giving up a 13-6 run to start the game, the girls battled back and took the first set 25-23. Not learning their lesson, they gave up another 12-6 run to start the second set, but came back to win 25-22 earning a spot in the gold medal game.
The championship matchup was a good one for the team facing Louisville's Legacy Black. The girls came out firing on all cylinders and dispatched Legacy 25-16 and 25-21 to take the Gold medal. The girls managed to go a perfect 12-0 on the weekend on their way to winning the Championship! The coaches are very proud of their win and look forward to building as a team leading up to Provincials. Congrats girls!
Preds Alumni Marisa Mota and Abby Jenkins
Garner Intercollegiate Honours
Two former Pred, Marisa Mota and Abby Jenkins were recently honoured by their respective university leagues. Marisa Mota, a libero with Dalhousie University, was selected as the AUS Libero of the Year and received first-team all-star recognition. In her third year with the Tigers, Mota was instrumental in helping the Tigers win their third straight AUS title and another trip to the CIS Championships.
Jenkins, a rookie with the Brock Badgers volleyball team, was selected as a member of the OUA All-Rookie team. Jenkins registered 85 kills, 19 blocks and 106.5 points in her first season with the Badgers after an outstanding career with the Predators.
The following is the press release on Marisa Mota's award from the AUS website.
LIBERO OF THE YEAR: Marisa Mota, Dalhousie (Kristen Ryan Memorial Award)
Marisa Mota of the Dalhousie Tigers is the 2014-15 recipient of the Kristen Ryan Memorial Award as the conference's top libero. A third-year arts student from Kitchener, Ont., Mota led the Dalhousie Tigers in digs per set (4.13) and total digs (215), good for the second and third most in the Atlantic conference, respectively.
"Marisa has been an excellent player for our team this year," said Tigers head coach Rick Scott. "She has worked extremely hard both on and off the court to improve her game and it has definitely paid off. She has been an anchor in our back court with her strong passing and defence. Most impressively, she has matured and emerged into a real leader for our team and has provided great confidence and competitiveness."
13U Boys Just Miss Out On Third Medal
On Saturday March 7, 2015, the 13U Boys Purple team travelled to Hamilton to play in the Bugarski Cup, the final regular season tournament this year. The boys were seeded 3rd overall with 4 teams in their pool. The morning started with a good match against their clubmates, the Preds 11U Boys team. Both teams played well but the 13U boys prevailed in the end. The second match was against the SVC Cobras, with the boys winning both sets (25-9, 25-22). The 3rd and final pool play match was against MAC 13U, with the Preds winning in two straight games to capture first place in Pool C.
The afternoon crossover was against the scrappy Niagara Rapids. These two teams have had titanic battle at every tournament and while the mighty Preds have never lost to Niagara, each match has gone down to the wire. The first game went as the previous ones had with the Preds winning 27-25. In the second game the Preds played very well, uncharacteristically defeating the Rapids 25-17.
The semi-final pitted the Preds against LVC Fire Heat. Playing inconsistently and struggling with serving and passing, the boys went down in 3 sets 16-25, 25-18, 8-15. This loss put the boys in the Bronze medal match. The Bronze game saw the boys facing off against Oxford Crush, a team that the Preds have battled against this season but hadn't defeated yet. In another sluggish match, the boys the match in 3 close sets, 25-22, 15-25, 13-15.
While disappointed, valuable lessons were learned as the team refocuses for the Provincial Championships April 17-19. Go Preds!
13U Boys Win Second Consecutive Medal
On Feb. 7, the 13U Boys Purple team travelled to Stratford to play in the McGregor Cup, their 3rd tournament of the season. This was ther largest tournament to date, with 12 teams participating. The Preds were seeded 2nd.
The morning pool play match pitted the boys against the #10 seed, hosts SVC Cobras. An erratic start had the team eventually winning the match in 3 sets (25-9, 22-25, 15-5). The 2nd pool play match was against the scrappy # 6 seed, Niagara Rapids. The team has played Niagara twice previously and we had prevailed in 3 sets. One of the teams goals was to try to avoid three game matches, maintain focus after the first game and win in 2 straight games. The boys knew this would be a tough game but they were able to get into a rhythm and took the match with scores of 25-21 & 25-23. This put the team on top of the B pool.
The quarter final game was against the Oakville Thunder. The teams fought hard but the Predswere able to win the match in 2 straight sets, 25-23, 25-16 putting the team in a semi-final match-up with the LVC Fire Inferno. The boys focussed, worked hard and walked away with a 2 straight set win, 25-15 & 25-15, accomplishing another one of the team's tournament goals which was to get into a medal game.
The Gold medal match would put the boys against Oxford Crush. Both teams are quite evenly match, so the team knew that this would be a tough game. Despite playing very well, the boys were unable to defeat the #3 seeded team and dropped the game in 2 sets 23-25 & 24-26, rewarding us with a Silver medal.
The coaching staff are so pleased with the team's improvements, not only in their physical ability to play but in their mental preparation and planning. The coaches are also very pleased with the effort put forth by the boys at every practice and look to improve for the Bugarski Cup on March 7.
Well done Preds!
16U Purple Boys Bronzed at 17U Championship
Congratulations to the 16U Purple team for collecting Bronze at the 17U Championship tournament in Stratford January 31. It was a more consistent level of high play than in their previous tournament.
The team finished second in pool play going 1-1, defeating Chatham 2-0 and falling 0-2 to Guelph. With continued good play the team defeated 16U Stratford in 2 straight games. The semi-final opponent was the 17U Stratford team. The team fell just short of victory, losing 2-1 to Stratford in an exciting match that was decided with the mighty Preds losing a tense third set 15-17.
Re-grouping, the team came through with yet another character win, coming through after losing the first set to defeat Forest City for the Bronze.
Up next is the 16U Premier tournament at RIM on February 7th.
ArchivesDuncan Cairns Joins Preds Beach Staff - April 4, 2015
14U Girls Win Silver At Bugarski Cup - March 28, 2015
15U Purple Girls Win Louisville Gold - March 14, 2015
Mota and Jenkins Win Intercollegiate Honours - March 7, 2015
13U Boys Just Miss Out On Medals - March 7, 2015
13U Boys Win Silver At MacGregor Cup - February 7, 2015
16U Boys Bronzed In 17U Tournament - January 31, 2015
15U Boys Win McGregor Cup Silver - January 24, 2015
14U Girls Black Just Miss Out On Medals - January 17, 2015
14U Girls Look For More - January 17, 2015
15U Boys Qualify For U.S. Nationals - January 17, 2015
14U Boys Give Preds Another Gold - January 10, 2015
13U Boys Win Their First Medal - Gold - January 10, 2015
16U Boys Capture The Christmas Spirit - December 16, 2014
15U Boys Keep Piling Up Medals - December 13, 2014
Preds 14U Purple Capture Silver At Provincial Cup - November 29, 2014
Girls 14U Black Cap Successful Day For Preds By Winning Provincial Cup Bronze - November 29, 2014
13U Boys Just Miss Medals at Provincial Cup - November 29, 2014
Preds "Play Day" A Huge Success - November 22, 2014
15U Boys Win Provincial Cup Gold - November 15, 2014
11U Girls Debut at 13U Provincial Cup - November 15, 2014
14U Girls Purple Open Season at 15U Provincial Cup - November 15, 2014
Preds Rep Teams Preparing For 2014-15 Season - September, 2014
Megan Gilmore and Duncan Cairns Join Preds Coaching Staff - July 31, 2014
Gerth and Kemperman Win Beach Gold - July 27, 2014
14U Boys Off To U.S. Nationals - June 26, 2014
Richard Eddy Selected As U of W Coach - May 3, 2014
400 Attend Preds Banquet - May 9, 2014
Cori Sears Sign With Windsor Lancers - April 15, 2014
WCSSAA All-Stars Name For 2014 - April 10, 2014
WCSSAA All-Stars Name For 2014 - April 10, 2014
District 8 All-Stars Selected - April 5, 2014
16U Girls Black Win Provincial Gold - March 30, 2014
18U Preds Purple Selected Kitchener Post Team of the Week - Mar. 29, 2014
Preds Abby Jenkins Signs With Brock - Mar. 29, 2014