The end of year Ohio Valley Region (OVR) Championship Tournament is a very unique event. At the 16s level there were 22 National teams, 64 American teams, and 111 Regional teams. In terms of results, the Cliffs Notes version is that we played well and ended up tied for 5th out of 64 teams in the 16 American Division.
As noted above, there were 64 teams in our 16 American Division. The 32 top ranked teams were seeded into eight pools of four teams each. First place finishers in each of the eight pools went to Gold, second place finishers to Silver, third place finishers to Bronze and the fourth place finishers to the Copper Bracket. The lower 32 seeded teams were placed in 8 pools to compete for Nickel, Platinum, Aluminum and Chromium Brackets. There was no room for error since only one team from each of the top eight pools went to Gold. The competition is tough since the top 32 teams are all there and there are usually no easy wins. Many matches go 3 sets, making it a long day.
We started out a little shaky, losing the first set before fighting back to take the next two sets against Elite VBC. Scores were 21-25, 25-23, and 15-12. Next up was Force VBC. We won the first set handily, 25-9, before the wheels fell off in the second set. Five service errors and too many balls hitting the sport court on our side resulted in an 18-25 loss. We recovered very nicely in the third and deciding set, winning 15-5. That set up a match against Orange Crush VBC out of Cincinnati for the right to advance to the Gold Bracket. A solid performance resulted in a two set victory, 25-18 and 25-22. Our quarterfinal match was against the number two ranked team in the OVR, Southwest VBC out of Cleveland. They played up to their ranking and took us in two straight sets, 25-18 and 25-14, leaving us with a 5th place Gold finish.
Although we certainly never like to lose it was a very good overall tournament. We took care of business in our pool and persevered to attain Gold, with two matches pushing us to three sets. We have had more than our fair share of injuries and illnesses this year and it was nice to see the players end on a good note. We would like to give a special shout out to the parents and families for their support. Also, I would be remiss if I didn’t thank middle hitter Alissa for playing in this tournament despite her illness. She woke up sick and did not think she would be able to play. Her absence would have created a huge ripple effect on player positions so she gutted it out in support of the team. Way to go Alissa! Sad to see the books close on another club season. The coaches would like to wish all the players a great summer and a fabulous fall high school season.
Thought for the Tournament
“Remember the banana — when it left the bunch it got skinned.”
Lauren and Summer show us how to celebrate!
Kills by Carleigh
The passing of Abby
Pounds by Summer
Save by Ella
Miss Versatility – Lauren
Serve and Pass Brianna
The Oakwood Block — Alissa and Carleigh
The Ice Block