Third Week Of Provincials Bring 3 More Medals
With the 16U Boys Legacy leading the way, the KW Predators took home 3 more medals during the third weekend of the Provincial Championships.
The 16U Boys, coached by Lynn Vicic, Jason Gropp and Alen Brcanovic, had a great weekend going undefeated during the first two days of competition, which put them into the quarter-finals on Sunday. The boys didn't perform as well as they usually do during the quarter-final, but they showed great fight and character, over-coming a tough Storm Inferno team in 3 games. That put the boys up against their nemisis from Durham Attack.
In perhaps the best match of the tournament, the boys dropped a close 3 game match 25-19, 22-25, 13-15 which put them in the bronze medal match against the Thundercats Black. The boys regrouped from their tough semi-final loss to win the bronze in two straight games to finish the Division 1 Tier I provincials in 3rd place. The boys now move onto the National Championships at RIM Park on May 20-22 where they hope to improve on this finish.
The 13U boys, coached by Trevor Francis and Dave McIntyre, also showed a great deal of perserverance to win the 13U Boys Tier II Gold Medal.
The boys started the tournament sluggishly, dropping their first four matches and then winning 2 of their final 3 pool play matches. Their 2 win, 5 loss record put them into Tier II for the playoff round on Sunday. The boys played perhaps their best volleyball of the season, winning all four of their matches to win a gold medal and an overall 13th place finish in the province. Great job boys. The future looks bright.
Our final medal came courtesy of our 18U Girls. The girls, coached by Tyrone Dowling and Kate D'Arcy, started the first day of the championships well, winning two of their three matches. On the second day of the championships, the girls needed to win their pool to advance to the Division 1 Tier I championship. The girls again competed well and showed a lot of grit, but unfortunately lost one of their 3 matches, which put the in the Division 1 Tier II side of the draw.
The girls continued to play their best volleyball of the season on the Sunday winning both their quarter-final match against the Niagara Rapids and their semi-final match against against the Diamonds from Toronto. In the gold medal match, the girls again fought and scrapped, but came up on the shortend of a 2-1 loss to MVC, to finish with the silver medal.
The final weekend of provincials will be this coming weekend with the 16U girls,13U girls and 15U boys taking the court. Go Preds!!!
Registration For Preds Beach Now Available
Registration is now open for all of the Preds Beach Programs. The Preds offer 4 beach programs for various age groups and skill levels starting in late May. For more information on our beach programs, visit our website at www.predsbeach.org.
For more information or to register, click on the appropriate link below.
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.
Preds Banquet Set For May 7
The banquet is an opportunity to celebrate our season and to recognize all of our teams' accomplishments. We will also be recognizing individuals with the presentation of the Awards of Excellence, All-star Awards, and other Special Predators Awards.
The doors will open at 5:00 pm with dinner being served at 6:00 pm.
Contact your coach for more details.
Preds Win 2 More Medals On Second Weekend Of Provincials
On weekend two of the Provincial Championships, the Preds had another good weekend with two medals and overall 5th place finish in the province.
The highlight of our the weekend was watching the 12U Girls Fusion team, coached by Michelle Spencer and Nikki Pahal, win the Division I, Tier II Gold medal.
The girls, the majority of whom came through our Junior Preds program, showed vast improvement throughout the season and saved their best volleyball for the biggest tournament of the year. The girls started the tournament slowly dropping three close games on the first day of the tournament, but on the second day of the championship, the girls found their stride, winning 4 straight matches to capture the gold medal.
Congratulations girls on a great season and a wonderful finish.
Click here for an article on the 12U Provincials which features our 12U Sparks team.
The 15U Girls Purple team followed a similar path as our 12U Girls on the first day of provincials, competing well, but failing to come away with a victory. The girls continued to compete well during the second day, losing two 3 set matches and defeating Pakmen 14U Girls in 3 games.
On the third and most gruelling day of the tournament, the girls started to play their best volleyball of the weekend winning 3 matches to capture the Division I, Tier II bronze medal.
Our highest finish of the weekend belonged to the 17U Boys, coached by Kelvin Hui and Merv Young. Over the first two days of the tournament, the boys finished with an impressive 5 win, 1 loss record, which gave them a good seeding going into Sunday's playoff rounds. On the final day, the boys started stong, defeating Durham Attack 16U Boys to advance to the quarter-finals where they lost to a tough Maverick Ranger team to finish the provincial championships as the 5th ranked team in Ontario.
Congratulation to all our teams on a great weekend.
Follow our teams at RIM Park this weekend as the provincial championships continue with our 18U Girls, 13U Boys, 16U Boys and 18U Boys all competing. Go Preds!!!
16U Girls Purple Win Gold at 17U Provincial Championships
The Preds 16U Girls team, coached by Justin Collins and Mike Praught, played some of their best volleyball of the season and captured the Gold medal in Division II, Tier I of the Provincial Championships on Sunday, April 3.
On the first two days of competition, the girls finished with identical 2 win, 1 loss records which was good enough to advance the team to the Tier I quarter-finals. It was on the last day that the girls played their best volleyball.
On the first match of the day, the girls defeated Storm Surge 2-0 and the followed that up with a 2-1 semi-final victory over Ottawa Fusion. This advanced the girls to the finals where they defeated the Pakmen 16U girls.
Congratulations girls on a great showing. Go Preds!!
14U Girls Ambush Win Division I, Tier II Provincial Bronze Medal
After a highly, competitive weekend of volleyball, the 14U Girls Ambush walked away with a hard-earned bronze medal in Division 1, Tier II. With 108 teams competing at the 14U girls division, this medal places the girls as the 17th ranked team in the province.
The weekend started slowly for the girls, finishing with only 1 win after the first two days of competition. On the final day of the championships, the girls found their way, winning 3 out of 4 matches to capture the provnicial bronze medal.
Up next for the 14U girls is the 15U Championships to be held at RIM Park on April 8-10.
Great showing and best of luck at the 15U championships. Go Preds!!
Pred's George Busecan Selected as OVA All-Star
George Busecan, a member of the the 16U Boys Legacy has been selected as one of the 6 OVA All-Stars.
Busecan, who has been a Pred for the past 4 years, is coached by Lynn Vicic, Jason Gropp and Alen Brcanovic.
The 16U Boys Legacy team have consistently finished in the top 4 in the province, and have battled for the provincial title during the four years of their existence. George, who plays left-side, has always been an integral part of this team, but this year he has taken his game to a new level and his efforts didn't go unnoticed as he garnered the All-Star honour.
George and this teammates will be trying to win their first provincial title later this month during the Provincial Championships at RIM Park.
Congratulation George on this outstanding achievement.
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."
Pred's Joel Rudd Commits To Queen's University
One of the mainstays of the 18U Boys team, Joel Rudd, has committed to play for Queen's Univeristy starting in the fall of 2016.
Rudd, who has been a Pred since 2010, has been coached by Darren O'Neil, April O'Neil, Randy Sears and Chris Kitchener during his years with the Preds.
Rudd, who has been a member of both the Provinial Indoor team and the Provincial Beach team completed a dream year last year with his selection to the Canadian Junior National Team. Congratulations Joel.
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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