Just Another Weekend…with 17 Teams Playing!
It was another busy weekend for the Infinity Volleyball Academy. The President’s Day Weekend saw action on both the girls and the boys side, and there is plenty to get caught up on! Infinity had 12 girls teams in action, and 5 boys teams in action. This is on the heels of some very successful weekends for the club. Several teams have medaled in recent weeks, including a 1st place gold for 17 Blue girls at Kutztown on 2/11, a 2nd place finish by our 18 Blue Boys team on 2/12, and a 2nd place by our 16 Blue boys on 1/22.
All in all, our teams have been developing nicely on the court and off, as the opportunities to bond at these tournaments are plentiful. Taking full advantage of the friendships and character that team sports offers, we could not be prouder of this fine group of young men and women. Keep pushing forward Infinity, and never forget that the PERSON > PLAYER.
Capitol Hill Classic - Washington, DC
13 Blue headed in to DC off a 3rd place finish at the JVA Steel City Freeze in Pittsburgh. Some stiff day 1 competition proved to be a difficult challenge, with 13 Blue dropping their first two matches in 0-2 set losses to VA Juniors, and CJV. They did not hang their heads, and finished up with a strong win against BRYC National. Day 1 was the wake-up call they needed, and they started out with 2 set victories over somewhat local rivals Delaware United, and ETHOS Partner TCA Philly 13 Thunder. A tough loss to CJ Heat in their last match by a total of 5 points put them in the Bronze bracket for Monday. There, they would bow out of the tournament to VA Elite 13’s, finishing up a respectable 17th out of 24 in 13 Open.
14 Blue most recently took 3rd place out of 20 teams at the February Frost tournament on 2/4, so they were looking to build on that strong showing. They opened up the tournament with a 2 set loss to MVSA 14 Airbenders, who would go on to place 9th. Another hard-fought 2 set loss to No Panic 14 Matrix set them up for a Monday out of the medal brackets. They did not let that drain their spirits, as they would finish the tournament on a run of 6 straight victories. These included some great victories against Central Jersey Volleyball Academy, Club Ace Long Island, and an awesome match vs. neighbor Club Integrity. When the dust settled, they came home with a 33rd place finish out of 64 teams in 14 Open.
15 Blue came roaring into the Capitol coming off a 3rd place out of 24 teams in Pittsburgh at the JVA Steel City Freeze. This hard-working group got off to a fast start with 2-0 wins vs Allegro and No Panic. They ended day 1 with a set-back to eventual 5th place finisher EC Power 15 True. Sunday, Day 2…proved to be their nemesis as they went 0-3 on the day. They lost a close battle with 3rd place finisher Academy, before dropping a 3-set contest to Keystone Juniors and a 2-set match vs ECVC, who finished 9th. The bronze bracket on Monday would provide a 1st round match-up vs SYAVBC from Virginia, who would get the better of 15 Blue in a 3 set decision. 15 Blue headed home with a 29th place finish out of 64 in 15 Open.
16 Blue was hoping to build on a strong showing out in steel town, after securing a 5th place finish out in Pittsburgh at the JVA Steel City Freeze. They would have to travel to DC somewhat shorthanded as their starting MH and OPP could not make the trip. With a 4’11” Libero playing OH, and some lineup adjustments, they were able to compete very well despite the missing players. Day 1 they were able to go 1-2, losing a very close match to 9th place finisher Academy 16. On day 2, they would open up with a 2 set defeat at the hands of North Carolina KAT, before beating Delaware United. Playoff day on Monday would provide an early exit, facing defeat from CMASS 16 Smack is a close 2 set loss. 16 Blue comes back home finishing 53rd out of 64 in 16 Open.
17 Blue, coming off a gold medal at the February Frost 17’s tournament where they did not drop a set, was looking to avenge a tough showing in Pittsburgh. With some 3-set losses to 18 Open teams, they didn’t get the results they wanted at the JVA Steel City Freze. They would come out strong in DC with a convincing victory vs Firebird VBC, before dropping the next match vs CNY Blast. A victory vs CALI 17’s would keep them in contention for gold. An opening loss to Sideout Sports, and a 2 set victory vs SRVC, set up a win to stay in gold bracket match-up with VA Juniors. After an great match that went back and forth, 17 Blue would succumb by 2 points in each set. Monday playoffs provided an early exit with a loss to NC Academy, sending them home with a 21st place finish out of 64 teams in 17 Open.
18 Blue was coming off a strong couple weeks, finishing 3rd out of 16 teams at the Nook Freeze, and also competing well at the JVA Steel City Freeze tournament. Behind a very strong team effort, and a history making individual performance by Holly Owen, DC would be very hospitable tot his team. A 2-1 first day would put them in gold medal contention on day 2. After victories vs Premier Volleyball DE, Sideout Sports, and JOCO, the gold medal was in sight. After beating up on Jammers in the first round of the gold playoff bracket, they would run out of gas with a loss to Central Penn VBC, providing a 5th place finish in 18 Club. However, 18 Blue’s Holly Owen came away with her own personal hardware, winning the best attacker in the 18’s division!!
Infinity Boys Team Updates
15 Blue Boys has been playing some great volleyball this season. With a strong 2nd place finish in early January at the Renegades 16’s tournament, and some good results out in Chicago,they moved into February looking to earn some hardware. At the Renegades 16’s tournament on 2/19, they were up for the challenge! Taking the time to install some new offense, the boys gelled nicely going 6-0 in pool play and earning a first round bye. A10 from Pittsburgh would give them their first set loss of the day. The possibility of playing the Infinity 16 Blue team provided extra motivation, and they bounced back from that adversity to win in 3. A ton of back and forth rallies, and a lot of pride and passion gave fans and families a great final, with 15 Blue getting the best of 16 Blue. What a reward to see both teams in the finals!!
16 Blue took their athletic and passionate team into February with several 2nd place finishes under their belt. The Sleigh Ride tournament, Renegades, and Liberty 16 Boys all have provided hard fought 2nd place finishes for this team. With the NorthEastern Championships coming up at the end of the month, the Renegades 16’s tournament would be the last tune-up. After dominating pool play, and beating First Capital in playoffs, they had a match-up with their brothers, Infinity 15 Blue. The 15 Blue team, running a new, faster offense would get the better of 16 Blue, who earned a 2nd place finish. Great group of guys playing some strong volleyball heading into the Bid!
17 Blue was hoping President’s Day weekend would provide a repeat performance of their most recent outing. Earlier in February, they earned the gold medal at the Renegades 17’s tournament on 2/5. Heading into the Liberty 18’s tournament, they knew they would have their work cut out for them. After competing extremely well all day, they secured a playoff spot. A tough match-up vs Club Lehigh 18’s would end their day, losing in quarters. Definitely a good way to end, getting battle tested as they head in to the Boys NorthEast Championships 2/25-2/26.
18 Blue has provided some ESPN SportsCenter Top 10 type moments this season, with some incredible rallies in Chicago and local tournaments. This athletic bunch always looks like they are having a blast, as Steve and Pat keep them charging forward towards the Boys NorthEastern Championsips on 2/25-2/26. They fought hard on 2/12 at the Renegades 18’s tournament, losing to Club Lehigh 18’s 23-25, 23-25 in the finals. One week would be all they needed to avenge that loss, beating Club Lehigh in the semis at the Liberty 18’s tournament, 25-22, 25-22, providing plenty of emotion after that victory. They would earn a 2nd place finish at Liberty, not being able to recover from the high of beating Lehigh, losing to First Capital in 3. Great work boys!
Girls' Prez Day Classic
12 Blue, after some strong performances at the MLK and Nook February Classic, was coming in looking for some more jewerly to take home. They would open up the 2017 Prez Day Classic with straight set victories against EC Power 12 Butterfly, Quickset Stars, and EC Power 12 Denim. They would finish up day 1 with a 3 set victory vs. EC Power 12 Powder. Day 2 in the gold playoffs would see them lose a close match vs EC Power 12 Periwinkle, beat a spirited EC Power 12 Denim again, before losing a tough one in the finals to EC Power 12 Periwinkle by 13-15 in the 3rd set. Another 2nd place finish, earning them some silver medals to go around their neck!
13 Black continues to make great progress, as their hard work at practices is showing. Since the MLK, and even the Surge girls tournament on 2/5, their skills and game-play continue to improve. The 2017 Prez Day Classic provided another opportunity to see their hard work in action. They opened up the tournament with some tough 2 set losses to Club Integrity and EC Power 13 Horizon. They then went on to split their last 2 matches on Saturday, with 1-1 set decisions vs. EC Power 13 Midnight, and Potomac 13 Elite. On Sunday, the playoffs started with a two set defeat at the hands of ETHOS partner Yorktowne 13 Open Blue. However, they bounced back with a great match vs. Potomac Elite again, losing in 3 by the scores of 16-25, 25-16, 12-15. Great progress 13 Black!
14 Black came into the 2017 Prez Day Classic with some encouraging results behind them. At the JVA Steel City Freeze tournament in Pittsburgh, they fought their way to a 7th place finish out of 20 teams. As the tournament got underway, they got off to a fast start, winning in 3 sets over EC Power 14 Bayou and Impact 14’s. Their last match would be a tough loss to EC Power 13 Sky, the eventual tournament champions. On day 2, playoffs started with a passionate, hard fought match vs Fusion VBC, but they cam out on the wrong end of a 3 set loss 25-20, 10-25, 13-15. As they wrapped up the tournament, they would succumb in 2 sets to Relentless. All in all, a good showing finishing up in 9th place out of 21 teams.
15 Black, after making quite a statement at the MLK tournament, was looking to continue making noise in the 15’s age division. The competition at the 2017 Prez Day Classic would test them significantly, as they look to solidify their position in the rankings. Day 1 would consist of 2 set victories vs. Allegro and Fusion, and a tough loss to MVSA Starz. Sunday playoffs would get kicked off with another MVSA opponent, this time MVSA Wild, which Infinity would lose in 2. Their last match would be a setback in 3 to 2nd place finisher EC Power 14 Iceberg by the scores of 14-25, 25-22, 12-15. They left the Easton area with a 9th place finish out of 32 teams.
16 Black would also get in on the trend of starting fast, as they opened up the 2017 Prez Day Classic with consecutive victories. They would dispatch Xtreme 16 Green and Sporting Albany without a hitch. Their last match of pool play on Saturday would get the better of them, as they couldn’t solve the problems EC Power 16 Navy presented. In some close action, they lost that match in 3, 25-19, 25-27, 9-15. Playoff day on Sunday would open with a difficult loss to High Line 16, before finishing up the gold bracket playoffs with a loss to EC Power 16 Patriot. Some great progress as they fought tough on Sunday, finishing up in 9th place out of 28 teams.
17 Black came out throwing punches from the start of the 2017 Prez Day Classic, as they didn’t drop a set on day one. With straight set victories against Ballyhoo, West Shore YMCA, and Pitt 3 Rivers, they set themselves up nicely to be in gold medal contention on day 2. An intense, come from behind 3 set victory vs High Line 17, and another hard fought 3 set victory vs Extreme 17 Purple had the gold medal in their sights. Unfortunately, it would have to wait, as EC Power 17 Sterling would snatch it from their grasp in the semis, losing 21-25, 25-27. After two days of superb volleyball, losing some very close matches by 2 points, they ended up in 3rd place out of 16 teams. Great job girls!