The boys of 18 Elite started the season out strong, registering a 2-1 record in the opening tournament of the year.
“We played well I thought. Served well, passed well. And it’s always a serve and pass game anyway,” analyzed Head Coach, Tasse Mosse, “We just ran into a really good Balboa Bay team in the last match of the day,” he continued.
18 Elite beat 3DVC (25-7, 25-15) and Oasis (25-21, 25-14) handily before suffering their first loss of the season to Balboa Bay (11-25, 23-25).
“We were able to push Balboa to a tight second set, which I was proud of. I want a team of fighters, and I thought they did a great job of that. Which isn’t easy after losing a first set like that. So I’m excited about that, and this team’s overall potential,” said a forward-thinking coach Tasse.
The boys of 18 Bolt clawed their way back after two losses to finish 3rd in the pool, ahead of their initial seeding.
After dropping two tough matches to Rockstar (18-25, 27-25, 9-15) and Central Cal (18-25, 21-25), SG Elite put their competitive spirit on full display, beating Evolution in two sets (25-20, 25-20).
“It was really nice to finish better than we were supposed to. I think it did a tremendous amount for our confidence level. It’s only going to get better from here and the nice thing was figuring out how we’re going to do that after this weekend’s play,” preached head coach, Frank Salmaron.
The boys of 17 Elite started the day ranked 3rd in the pool and finished 2nd, taking out Evolution (21-25, 25-18, 15-8) and Spectrum (25-6, 25-12) on the day.
“You always want to improve. I felt like we did that today. And it was nice for the guys to see what they are capable of against real competition. I know it’s early, but it was fun to watch them compete,” said head coach, Hugo Ayala.
After losing the first match against OCVC (22-25, 15-25), 17 Elite rallied back with excellent serving, defense and competitive desire.
“We responded after a tough loss the first match of the day. At this point in the season, improvement and competitive response is what you want to see,” finished Ayala.
The boys of 16 Elite jumped a spot to finish second in the pool by defeating Forza West (25-17, 25-22) and Genuine (25-23, 26-24).
“Holy cow! The second match against Genuine was back and forth until the very end. It really shows you how a lot of times it’s one or two plays that make the difference. Today, we were the team that made those plays when we needed it. I hope the guys see how important those plays are now, and take that attitude into practice,” said head coach, Cami Martin.
The boys of 15 Elite overcame some key injuries and obstacles to finish 2-1 on the day, beating Rise (25-10, 25-20) and Blacksand VBC (25-15, 25-7) respectively.
“We didn’t finish how we wanted, but it’s early, and we’re still learning new systems. We want to win now, sure. But the most important thing is winning in July. While this is an extremely talented bunch, I think they boys all know how much work they need to do in order to learn some new systems, and achieve their goals,” said new head coach, Brian Thornton.
In the last match of the day, 15 Elite lost to 949 in a nail-biter (26-28, 23-25).
“Honestly, a lot of calls didn’t go our way in the last match of the day. That happens sometimes. As the season goes on, we’ll learn to put ourselves in better situations to minimize those things,” concluded Thornton.