15 Elite goes over the block for a kill at the SCVA Boys Invitational!
ANAHEIM, CA - For the first time in club history, three boys teams qualified at the Boys Invitational, securing their place at Junior Nationals in Dallas, Texas in July! Those teams are:
18 Elite won 7 straight matches to start the tournament, suffering their only loss in the champion ship match against Balboa Bay 18 White (25-10, 21-25, 9-15). Their incredible run earned them a silver medal and a USA Division bid—and they could have never done it without competitiveness and grit.
“There were a bunch of times in the tournament where we’d be down by three or four points and we never gave up. We just chipped away. One time we were down more than 5 points late, and won. It really says a lot about these teams determination and grit. They’re never out of a match. Can’t wait to see what we can accomplish in the second half,” said head coach Taase Mose.
16 Elite beat Wave to finish second in their second-day pool to collect their Open Division bid! Their only losses came at the hands of eventual winner Balboa Bay and medalist Rockstar in the quarterfinals.
“We passed well and sided out at an extremely high rate. It’s rare you get a team that passes as well as we do and can also be terminal. Those kids have worked hard the entire fall and it was great to see it all pay off. Couldn’t be more proud of them and the work they’ve done,” exclaimed head coach Hugo Ayala.
16 Elite finished 5th in the tournament and will resume competition after their high school seasons.
15 Elite survived not one, but two three-way ties in their pools to shock the field and steal an Open Division bid. They finished the tournament 5th overall with a 5-3 record, behind a never-say-die attitude and excellent serving.
“I think I almost had about four heart attacks,” head coach Kendall LaCivita joked after the tournament, “They sure don’t make it easy, but that’s a team that knows how to win. It was such a great way to finish off the fall—the finish they deserved. I learned a lot from them this year and I’m proud of every point. Can’t wait to see what they do at Junior Nationals at Dallas in July,” she finished.