17U Boys Win Premier Gold
On Saturday, February 4, the 17U Boys Legacy team finally broke through a wall that had been looming in front of them for three years. In convincing fashion, they finished the day without losing a set, and captured their first ever Premier division tournament gold medal.
Heading into pool play seeded fifth, they had to face MAC 17U and took the match quickly in two sets (25-11, 25-23). This set up a rare pool play match against Pakmen Gold, and would prove to be a pivotal point in the day. In the first set the Predators held a comfortable lead throughout, and emerged with a 25-18 win. In a much closer second set, team discipline held and the squad ended the match with a 25-23 victory and first place in their pool.
The team’s approach to the playoff rounds was to tackle each match one set at a time, and maintain focus and competitive intensity throughout. After quick matches against Forest City (25-15, 25-18) and Storm Riptide (25-19, 25-11), the finals were set against Durham Attack. With a mature sense of focus and determination, the team cruised to a 25-18 first set victory. The boys knew they could not let down their guard in set two, though, because Durham’s ability to come back from 1-0 deficits was well known. Sticking to their game plan, they did not let up and took the gold with a second set 25-16 triumph.
The coaches were very proud - having called no time outs over the course of the day - and are hoping the team’s confidence and determination will serve them well over the rest of the season.
The boys will play their next tournament on Saturday, February 18, in the Championship division at the 18U McGregor Cup in London. In addition to this, the team is proud to announce that outside hitter Alexander Mrkalj has been invited to a Youth National Development Program training opportunity in Gatineau, Quebec, on Family Day weekend.
Congratulations, Alexander! Well done, Legacy, and Go Preds!
Preds 13U Synergy Wins Another 13U Gold In McGregor Cup To Remain Undefeated
The Predators Synergy 13U girls continued their winning streak by completing another gold medal performance in Chatham on February 5.
Synergy remains undefeated in 13U competition this season, after going 10-0 to win their second straight tournament. The girls entered the tournament as the top seed and quickly demonstrated why. They defeated Sarnia Twin Bridges Thunder and Chatham Ballhawks Blue to win their pool and proceed to the quarter final. There, they overwhelmed the London Fire Fury squad to head to the final four. In their semi-final, Synergy overpowered Windsor Sky Volley to head to the final. There, they faced Richmond Hill’s Venom Vipers, who proved no match for the relentless Preds attack.
Congratulations to the Synergy girls – and their coach Lisa Watson – for demonstrating strong teamwork, skill and drive to capture gold. The win secured their spot in Championship Division for the final 13U tournament of the season on March 4. - February 4,, 2017
Registration For Spring Youth Programs Now Open
Regsitration of the Spring sessions of our Youth Programs is now open.
We will again be offering a Mini/Pee Wee Preds program, our Junior Preds program and our Youth League.
The Mini/Pee Wee Preds and the Junior Preds program will both be 8 weeks in length, while the Youth League will run for 6 weeks.
We have made a change in our Mini/Pee Wee Preds. We will not be offering a Saturday program in the spring, but we will still be offering 2 sessions. We will be running our usual Wednesday night session at Sandhills and our second session will run on Monday night at Sandhills. Please sign up early as all these programs fill up quickly.
Click on the links below to register for the program of your choice.
Preds Beach Registration Now Open
Our Preds Beach program is running again this spring and summer, but with changes to make it even better. Our Advanced Twos training will be operating two times a week, as usual, but no longer will parents have to rush from work to get their children to the courts. This program will run on Tuesday and Wednesday evening, but both sessions will start at 6:00 pm.
The Competitive 2's, the Junior Beach Program and the Youth Beach Program will all run during the day on Saturday instead of during the week. Again, this will be much more convenient for parents who struggled to get their athletes to the courts last year.
Click on the links below to register for a program or for more information.
Advanced Twos Training - Registration and Information
Competitive 2's League - Registration and Information
Junior Beach Program - Registration and Information
Youth Beach Program - Registration and Information
Summer Camp Registration Now Open
Registration for the Preds Summer Volleyball Camps (aka Waterloo County Volleyball Camps) is now available to accept athletes.
We offer camps for all athletes at every level. We offer a total of five camps during the month of July which include a Junior Camp for the youngest, most inexperienced athletes, an Overall Skills Camp for those athletes entering grades 7 to 12 and don't play volleyball at the club level, a Club Camp for athletes of any age that play volleyball at the club level, along with two specialty camps.
The specialty camp include a Setter's camp for athletes born from 2003 to 2006 and a Setting and Libero camp for athletes born in 2002 and older. Click on the links below for information on these camps and to register.
Junior Camp - Athletes entering grades 4 to 6
Overall Skills Camp - Athletes entering grades 7 to 12 and have never played club volleyball
Club Camp - An elite camp for club athletes of any age
Setter's Camp - A setting only camp for athletes born in 2003 to 2006
Setter's and Libero/Passing/Defence Camp - A camp for experienced setters and liberos/passers
Results for week 2017-02-14 to 2017-02-21.
|2017-02-18||17U Boys Legacy||MacGregor Cup||18U||1st|
|2017-02-18||14U Boys Purple||MacGregor Cup||14U||3rd|
|2017-02-18||12U Girls Fusion||12U open||12U||4th|
|2017-02-18||18U Boys Purple||MacGregor Cup||18U||7th|
13U Synergy Girls Capture Bronze In 14U McGregor Cup Championship Division
The 13U Synergy girls continued their strong 14U showing this season by winning bronze at the 14U McGregor Cup Championship Division tournament held on January 28 in Kitchener.
Seeded first overall, Synergy defeated both the Sarnia Twin Bridges Thunder Storm and Stratford Stingers squads in straight sets to finish top in their pool after round robin play. They then headed to the quarter final … where they faced their own Predators 14U Elevate colleagues. Rising to the occasion, Synergy prevailed in two sets, setting up a semi-final contest against the Woodstock Warriors. Despite dominating Woodstock in the first set, Synergy fell in a hard fought, three set battle. Woodstock went on to the final – which they ended up winning. Synergy headed to the bronze medal match against their pool-mates, the Stratford Stingers. For a second time on the day, Stratford proved no match for Synergy, who won in two sets. It was their third medal on the season and their second in 14U competition.
Congratulations to Synergy – and coach Lisa Watson – for a terrific display of teamwork, skill and perseverance – and for showing improvement every time they step on the court. - January 28, 2017
Preds 15U Boys Bring Home U.S. Gold
On January 13th, the 15U Boys travelled to Rochester for the annual Rochester Boys Can Am tournament.
Saturday pool play went well with the Preds defeating Sporting Albany 25-20, 25-15, and the Rochester PaceBootlegger 15-2’s 25-22, 25-18. The boys then dropped a tough game to LVC in 3 sets 17-25, 25-23, 13-15. The days results saw the Preds finish 2nd in their pool. Sunday’s morning matches were tough and, unfortunately, the Preds could not defeat the #1 seed, Rochester PaceBootlegger15-1, losing 22-25, 21-25. The second match was against the BRYC National team where the boys again lost in 2 straight sets, 23-25, 17-25. This result dropped put the Preds in the Silver flight where they again faced the Rochester PaceBootlegger 15-2’s team. The boys put a halt to their two match losing streak, winning in 2 straight sets 25-20 and 25-9. This victory put the Preds into the Gold medal match for the Silver flight.
The Gold medal match was against a fellow OVA team, Aurora Storm. A very slow, shaky start saw the Preds drop the first set to the Storm 16-25. Determination, effort, and more hustle helped the boys even it up 25-19, forcing a third set. The Preds came out blazing and ended the game quickly with a final set score of 15-2.
The team definitely had some ups and downs and at times did struggle with the higher net height. The ability to shake off tough losses and move past them is a behaviour that is not easily learned or accepted – but that is exactly what our Preds team did. When it came down to playoffs, the boys dug in and made the choice to leave with hardware.
The coaches would like to congratulate the boys for their victory and can’t wait for our next opportunity to watch you shine!
Thank you to our sponsors who graciously support the development of this team and recognize that every little bit helps.
Thank you to our parents who not only support and take care of their athlete, but also support the coaching staff.
Lastly, the Preds Chaos would like to thank the Predators organization for providing us a club to play for, an environment for continued growth and development and a support system that allows each athlete to excel.
Introducing Jason Gropp as College/University Placement Coordinator
The Kitchener-Waterloo Predators Volleyball Club is proud to announce the naming of Jason Gropp as its new College Placement Coordinator.
In this new position, Jason will be assisting the club with finding post-secondary playing opportunities for its graduating players. He is employed as a teacher with the Waterloo Region District School Board and has been involved with the club for six years, as an assistant coach, and has worked in both the girls’ and boys’ programs from 14U to 17U.
During this time he has been involved with a number of athletes who moved on to play at the college or university level, including Sydney Greulich (Northwood University), Hannah Poole (Madonna University), and Darian Gropp (Fanshawe College). He is currently providing assistance to the 17U Boys Legacy team, and is now expanding that role to being one of service to the rest of the club.
“I’m excited about this possibilities this new position presents,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to being able to help the club, and see our athletes take their play to the next competitive level.”
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