USA BJNC 2014 was a great and memorable event for our teams! The weather held out, the convention center was a good venue and the hotel was fantastic. If only we could get all of our teams to figure out how to advance without having to play in a challenge round…
Still, we are not used to watching our graduated seniors walk into the airport that last time. It is just about the most bittersweet moment for us as a program. We are so proud of our teams and athletes for their performances this summer in Houston, TX.
We remain irrefutably the best, most successful juniors volleyball club program in Nevada. We know we owe that all to our remarkable young men and their stellar families. Thank you!
ROYAL entered the event seeded 21st overall and began the tournament with a team that was originally seeded fourth in their pool that went on to finish tied for 5th overall. The tournament was a great learning experience with some wonderful matches. Marquee wins against a very good Coast team that finished tied for 5th overall and Pipeline that finished 18th overall are very encouraging signs for a great future. ROYAL ended the event in Flight 1 and finished 29th overall. This very good 16’s team will continue to grow and develop (we expect) into a highly successful team throughout their playing careers within our program. Congratulations and thanks to Coach Nelson for a wonderful summer!
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RED has become affectionately known as “the Little Engine that Does”. We shared earlier the extraordinary compliment the team received from the two officials that worked their epic match versus Paiea (26-28; 34-32; 15-13). The officials commented that the match was perhaps the best match they worked or watched in at least a decade. RED only lost to teams that were seeded and finished higher. The best news to share is that we have already had conversations with and/or been contacted by several college programs with high praise for our team’s skillful, determined play and high interest in exploring possible recruitment of our great athletes. RED began this event seeded 26th overall and improved by finishing 21st overall and in the Bronze bracket. More outstanding, this core group had finished 2013 BJNC in Reno, NV winning Flight 4 and finishing 36th overall. We are proud of the extraordinary growth over the past year! Congratulations and thanks to Coach Augustin for a wonderful summer!
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BLACK completed a remarkable tournament with the core nucleus of this team finishing their third BJNC together. Each day of the championships presented unique challenges and this group continued to offer solutions. Entering the tournament with seeded 13th, the opening match was a hard-fought loss in a deciding set (13-15). A hard-fought win against a very good Diablo team saved day one. This tournament was structured oddly, to say the least, and we opened day two against the same Diablo team we had defeated on day one…in fact, we played them in back to back matches. The advantage went to Diablo and again Black was forced to tough out two wins to advance. A hard-fought second set against Ohana (25-18; 32-30) secured our spot in the top brackets for day three. Day Three the team battled to win their three team pool and secure their spot in the Elite Eight. A great win to end day three against a solid Ventura team meant somehow we would open our bid for a medal on day four playing back to back against an opponent for a second time. The team worked and toiled but could not muster their best volleyball against a team that had the opportunity for revenge. Our loss in the National Quarterfinals meant a 5th place finish overall for Black team. In 2013 playing in Reno, NV, this team finished 18th and in the Bronze division. What an improvement! We are extraordinarily proud of the growth and development of this team in just one year. Congratulations and thanks to all our athletes!
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Everyone has been home nearly a week or more and we genuinely hope everyone has settled nicely into summer. We encourage you to find ways to continue playing. One option is to play in beach tournaments held in southern CA. We have at least two athletes that have committed to playing a couple of CBVA events this summer. You can use the link to find out more. The cost per event is $45 per team. If you are planning to play, please contact Coach Rios to share!
We will back back just after Labor Day for the 2014-2015 season! Look for new information about our programming throughout August.
Coach Rios will again represent Las Vegas as a member of the USA Volleyball High Performance coaching staff. Coach Rios will serve on the Youth A1 coaching staff with outstanding college coaches from across the country. A giant “thank you” to all of our Vegas Volleyball athletes whose performances and work create these opportunities.
We have a few families that still have outstanding tuition balances. Although it feels like a short, mad dash, the summer season is quite expensive. We appreciate your assistance in closing out our season in a positive manner.