As most of us know, the WEVA Bid Event held at the BNCC on April 30 and May 1, 2016 was very important to our club in many ways. Our teams have been practicing for months to achieve a number of individual and team goals, most of which were to make the cut for this tournament.
NFVB had more than any other club in the region make one of the top 8 spots in their respective age group. Each squad that participated was doing whatever it took to win a bid to the 2016 USAV Girls Junior National Championships in late June.
NFVB 12 Navy went undefeated the entire day at the WEVA Bid Qualifier on April 30th. They won 6 matches (12-0 in sets) to receive the National bid to Indianapolis. The team played cohesively and had great communication throughout the tournament. Strong and consistent serving helped them to dominate on the court during pool play and in a great 25-22 25-21 final match against Volley Fx Wish.
NFVB 13 Navy had a strong performance on Saturday, April 30th as well, going 9-1 to secure their place as the 13U WEVA regional champions. All players played a pivotal role in the day’s success with Kelly Celversley, Haley Marchewka and Emily Lewandowski leading the charge. They are looking forward to continue their success in the tournaments ahead. In the final match the Navy team had to play our own NFVB 13 Red team. The bitter-sweet match up saw scores dominated by the Navy squad, 25-14 25-14.
NFVB 13 Red did what they set out to do. They needed to navigate their schedule, and they did a fine job of giving themselves a chance later in the tournament. They hung tough and stayed patient, and when they saw their chance, they narrowly nabbed a pool play split with NFVB’s 13 Navy that was needed to qualify for a berth in the American Division.
After putting in a lot of hard work in practices the past few months it all came together for the NFVB 14 Navy team on Saturday. Being defeated twice before by VFX Conjure earlier in the year they knew this wasn’t going to be easy. They played as a team and fought hard for each point in their 25-14, 19-25, 15-8 underdog victory! Nationals here they come!
On Sunday, May 1 the NFVB 15 Navy team didn’t disappoint as they strolled through pool play with all team members contributing to the team’s success. They finished off the Volley Fx Chant team 25-14, 25-18 in the finals to earn their well-deserved trip to Indy.
In a playoff for third place the NFVB 15 Red team proved to the region that they’ve been working just as hard as the rest of the top club teams in the region. A 25-23, 25-22 win against Xtreme Wildfire earned them an American bid at Nationals.
The NFVB 17 Navy team capitalized on their strong offense and defense in the finals against Volley Fx. Rapture. Winning in two sets with scores of 25-19, 25-12 they secured another trip to nationals.
So, congratulations to the following seven NFVB teams that will represent WEVA in Indianapolis, IN come late June at the 2016 USA Girls Junior National Championships:
12’s – Niagara Frontier 12 Navy
13’s – Niagara Frontier 13 Navy and Niagara Frontier 13 Red
14’s – Niagara Frontier 14 Navy
15’s – Niagara Frontier 15 Navy and Niagara Frontier 15 Red
17’s – Niagara Frontier 17 Navy
Let’s be sure to follow our team’s results via Advanced Event Systems as well as on Twitter @NFVBjuniors during nationals and make sure to root for the other clubs representing the Western Empire Region. Make us proud and best of luck to all!