ITVC 15 Black finished their season in Orlando at the AAU National Championship playing in the 15 Premier Division. The long 4 day tournament was filled with teams from across the nation that 15 Black had never faced. It was a great tournament with lots of hard fought play and a great way to end the season. The team went 2-1 in each pool the first 3 days and went undefeated the final day winning the Pearl Division. Way to finish strong 15 Black!
ITVC had a successful weekend as a club. After sending 5 teams down to Eugene for the MHM Classic, our 15 Black team was one of the top 15s teams to take 13th overall out of 128 teams in the 16 Open Division. Back at home our 14 Black and 12 Black Team won their tournaments... 14 Black didn't drop a set and 12 Black won a 3rd set tie breaker to battle to become Champs! Overall a great weekend of learning and competing for ITVC... Thunder Strong!
13 black wins ECC 13 Open!!!!! So proud of these girls and all our players and coaches this weekend. We won, we struggled, we fought... But in the end we are ITVC! Proud of our VB Family! Thunder strong!
Notable finishes: 13 black CHAMPIONS!!! 15 black 5th in 15 Open 15 blue moved up 8 spots in 16 Club 16 black seeded 26th, finished 13th 16 Open 14 black ran a 5-1 and I think our setter ran 15 miles :) They battled!!!
We had some standout performances this weekend! 16 black went 9-1 in Reno qualifier as they continue to improve their game! 18 black moved up 40 spots from their original seed in Reno with only one middle.. They battled and improved! 13 black took 2nd overall at Regionals and 12 blue won the silver bracket.. Both teams competing all weekend! All of our teams are working so hard and improving.. We are so proud.. Thunder strong!
13 Black battled well winning all their matches on the last day in 14 Open
Our club had an amazing showing at the NWJrs tournament! One 2nd place, 2 3rd place, 1 5th and 1 6th place finishes!!! We are so proud of how our players are competing! Keep up the excellent work IT!
12 Black took 6th out of 19 teams
13 Black took 33rd in 14 Open out of 40 teams
14 Blue took 5th in 14 Club out of 40 teams 14 Black took 3rd in 14 Open out of 40 teams
15 Black took 2nd in 15 Open out of 31 teams
15 Blue took 19th in 15 Open out of 31 teams
16 Black took 3rd in 16 Open out of 28 teams
Our only boy in the club had a birthday last week... so here is a shout to Luke for turning 11! Also we had some good finishes at seeding day. 14s finished in the #1 spot overall, 15s finished in #4 spot and 13s finished #11. 13 Black finished 2nd in MLK tournament and both 14 Blue and Black were in the Gold bracket as well. In Eugene,15s took 6th out of all the 15s teams playing in 16s bracket, 16 black won their bracket the last day and 18s held seed and played tough! And a personal thanks to all the parents, coaches and players for help with our youngest ITVC player in Eugene smile emoticon12 Black and 12 Blue have their first Power league tomorrow as well as all other teams, so we wish them the best!! Thunder Strong!
ITVC 14 Black finish the season strong as they headed to the Summer Soiree in Anaheim, CA and took 1st out of 92 teams! We are so proud of the work these girls have put in all season long. The focus and determination for this team to finish first vs. teams from California and Hawaii was amazing. Way to go girls!
So proud of all our teams this weekend at ECC! We worked hard, had some amazing points and supported each other... Loving our IT Family! Big congrats to 14 Blue that won the 14 club division! Allie and Cole were named to the all tournament team! 13s lost in semis of gold and 15 black took the 15 open bronze division... Nice work!!!
Thunder Beach bringing home the hardware and bids to USA Junior Beach Tour National Championships!
Amazing day for Thunder beach today at the USA Junior Beach Tour tournament in Vancouver! We had one player at the U16s level play, Maya, and her partner Bailey and they won the U16 division!! We had 2 teams at the U14 level play and they were both in the final, Jana and Alli taking second and Cam and Katie winning it! At the U12 level we had 2 teams play with Alena and Yasmeen making it to the semifinals but having to play another Thunder team, Teagan and Sarah, who ended up taking 2nd at U12!! All first and second place teams qualified for the National championship in Virginia beach in July! So proud... Way to bring home the hardware! Go THUNDER!
Way to ROCK Regionals ITVC! We are so proud of how our teams all improved their initial rank going into Regionals. Great job coaches and players.... way to work IT!
18 Black ranked 10th in D1 ended up 6th
17 Black ranked 9th in D1 ended up 8th 15 Blue ranked 6th in D3 ended up 3rd
14 Black ranked 4th in D1 ended up 3rd
14 Blue ranked 14th in D2 ended up 13th
13 Black ranked 14th in D1 ended up 9th
12 Black ranked 5th in D1 ended up 3rd
18 BLACK had a rough day at Power League 4. Black started off defeating Puyallup Juniors and Evergreen Jrs. VB in straight sets. Then 18 BLACK had a disappointing lose to SIVA in three, 15-17! Ending up second in Pool Play, 18 BLACK again had another disappointing lose in three to Washington Elite who 18 BLACK had beat the previous three times we met. 18 Black is back in the gym this week to improve and re-focus.
17 Black had a solid showing at the last power league. We held our seed in pool play, going 1-1 with a win over Hood Canal and losing a close battle to 253 Elite. After pool play, the team started the double elimination tournament on the right foot, beating Smokey Point in two. The team kept the momentum rolling against Capital Ice, winning a hard fought first set 26-24, but was unable to hold on for the entire match losing in three. The team rebounded and closed the day with a decisive win over Moxie. Throughout the season 17 Black continues to improve and to work hard in all aspects of their game. We are looking forward to the challenge of competing in the Northern Lights Qualifier in Minnesota this week.
16's focus for the day was aggressive serving, scrappy defense, and smart offense. Our first match versus Lake Tapps was a solid demonstration of how effective a strategy that can be as we led the entire match, handily winning in two. Our next match versus Lake 15s proved more difficult as Lake's own serving and smart tipping put us under a lot of pressure. We had a hard time adjusting to their offense, and lost in two close sets.
We finished second in our pool, and won against Lake 16s, by returning to our focus of strong serving and picking up our defense. Next up was Capital Ice whose strong offense in the middle put us under a lot of pressure. We dropped the first set, then made some blocking and defense adjustments and led the second set for most of the game but ultimately let it get away from us. After a long break reffing the championships, we had to face OP for 3rd place. We dropped the first set, but we were able to regroup, stick it out and pull out a win in 3.
15 Black continued the upward climb as we played our first Power League in Flight 1 as the #8 seed. We rolled over Sudden Impact Lightning and Puget Sound 15-2 and took 2nd place in our pool. In our crossover match we struggled with an injury to one of our top outside hitters and couldn't adjust enough to compete well against WVBA 15-1. Although we lost that match, we finished the Power League season at #4 and in Flight 1. This was a huge accomplishment for us, and we're proud to know that we deserved to be playing with the best teams in the region! MVP for the day was Shelby, libero, whose hard work at learning how to read hitters and pass better really showed this weekend!
15 Blue had a good learning experience this last power league tournament. The morning pool play was filled with a lot of inconsistent play falling to both SVVC 15 Fusion, and to SSVBC 15 Blue. Bracket play then pitted the girls against Reach 15 Blue to stay in the flight, but inconsistent serve receive forced the loss. 15 Blue played its most consistent in its final match but still lost to Lake Tapps 15 Ocean 25-23 25-22. 15 Blue is looking forward to building off its dramatic increase in offensive production from its middles and couple it with more consistent serve receive and intensity for the upcoming PSR regional tournament.
14 Black had a slow start to barely beat Lake Tapps, but chemistry improved constantly throughout the day. Hustle and defense won the Sabotage match in 2. Smart attacking and sound setting won the Fusion match also in 2. Finally, the team put it all together in the crossover versus Capital Ice with common resolve, tough serving and focused defense. Team did not drop a single set.
2 Tournament Champions, plus other Tournament Updates
ITVC 18 BLACK had a great weekend of volleyball. 18 BLACK started the tournament at the 50th seed going 3-0 beating Juniper 18-1, CCE 18-1 and Capital Ice 17-1 on Saturday maintaining the 50th seed. 18 BLACK continued their strong play and improving their seeding to 35th by defeating VIP Jrs. 17-1 and PJVBC 18 Purple, but falling to Seattle Jrs 17 in three. Going into Fight 3 as the 35th seed 18 Black beat a tough Club Gold 18-1 Blue team but lost to a steady KJ 17 Baden team ending the tournament as the 34th seed. Girls bonded and showed the true spirit of “lokahi” unity all weekend. Parents were very supportive and helpful and all had a great weekend getting to know the coaches. After sitting in the Portland traffic it was nice to get home! All in all a very nice weekend of volleyball and fellowship.
ITVC 17 Black had a great team improvement weekend in Eugene. We started off the weekend with two hard-fought battles, unfortunately coming up a few points short in each one. We finished the day off with a decisive win, holding our seed in our pool. On Sunday, the girls got off to a strong start but lost their rhythm partway through the first match. We rallied back and won the second match soundly. The last match of the day was a tough battle, and we stayed tenacious throughout, but a few miscues cost us the match, 25-27 and 24-26. On Monday, we hit our stride, taking 3 matches in a row 2-0 and winning our flight. It was a great development weekend with all the players improving and contributing, and we’re excited to improve!
16s went down to Eugene this weekend starting as the 46 seed our of 96 teams. We had a strong start to the weekend! Webfoot is always a fun team to play as they are very competitive, unfortunately we weren't quite ready and dropped in two. Then, after a rough start against Reach dropping the first set, we started to find our rhythm and battled to the end of a 3 set nail-biting win. We carried that momentum into our next game against Reign and cleaned up in two games. This put us in the Gold Division. The competition was tough the next two days and the team had some ups and downs, eventually taking the 23rd spot overall. We are proud of how our team battled during most of our matches and we are excited to continue to work as a team to improve!
Playing at Juanita High over the three-day weekend, 15 Black dominated their first day in the PM Wave. Behind a strong serving game, they didn't miss a beat while cruising to a +73 victory margin through the first pool, setting up to be in one of the top two pools on Sunday. Starting off against NW Jrs, they continued racking up aces, easily winning the first set and then gritting out a 25-23 win to take the match. In their last two pool play matches, they showed persistent spirit and power at the net as they overcame significant deficits in both matches to post victories against Spaceneedle and Valley View's.
Monday brought an earlier start time, the privilege of the Gold bracket, and the challenge of the NW Jrs 16s team. In that semifinal battle against the host team, 15 Black commanded the net, forcing lots of tips and riding an improved defense to victory in a back-and-forth match. The final match pitted them against that same Spaceneedle team that had given them trouble before, but a few final bursts of aggressive serving and great plays against a powerful hitting team secured the tournament win! With an undefeated tournament behind them and a Seahawks victory to savor, the girls are very thankful for a triumphant weekend, and will fight hard next weekend to improve their Power League standing.
15 Black would also like to thank Eugene Wong for all of his contributions as our passionate assistant coach for the past week!
On day one of the MLK tournament, 15 Blue placed third with two tough losses to a 16's and a 15's team, Apex and Northwest Juniors Elite. They beat Sabotage 16's to gain a first place seed in the second day's pool, which they held with wins against two other Northwest Juniors teams in games to 25 and a loss to Apex in 3 sets cut down to 15. Due to the amount of games won, they came away holding on to first place. The third day, they lost their first match of tournament play to Athena. The first two days of the tournament, the players improved with every set. The early third day elimination from tournament play has encouraged 15 Blue to continue working hard in practice. They can't wait to prove their determination in the first day of power league this Saturday.
What a great weekend our 14 Black team had!! They started the tournament as the #1 seed and went through 3 days of great team work and with some tough serving and net play we finished the tournament as champions!! Thanks to Ferdi and Lauren for leading this group to victory... we are so proud of them!
The U13 had a solid weekend. We had moments of greatness and some moments to improve on. We placed 10th out of 18 teams. We played with a new rotation that helped improve the all over play. The girls showed stamina playing 4 back to back games on Saturday. Overall a solid performance by our 13s team!
What a great weekend! Our 14 Blue team came out very strong Saturday and Sunday. On Day 1, going in as the #3 seed in our pool we ended up taking 2nd place overall by defeating Space Needle VBC, but then losing to WVBA 14 Mizuno. On Day 2, the girls came out firing on all cylinders! We were seeded #3 in our pool again, but proved that meant nothing as we defeated Bothell VBC and Intensity VBC in 2 sets! The second half of the day started shortly after, being seeded into a 3rd round of pool play against the same Space Needle team and our own very ITVC 14 Black team! We battled against ITVC, keeping the score within reasonable margins both sets. They were keeping us disciplined during the match, while we made sure to keep them on their toes, but unfortunately wasn't' enough pull out a victory. We played Space Needle for the second time at the Tournament and ended up splitting the games 1-1 due to time constraints. I think the 14 Black team got us a little tired out. wink emoticon Good news was, we ended up in the GOLD BRACKET!! Tournament play started on Monday and we were faced up against another WVBA 14 team. We battled to three games, but unfortunately couldn't get our communication and serve receive locked in and let the 3rd game slip through our fingers.
Overall, We're very proud of the way we played all weekend. We came out serving and hitting strong and proved that we are still a force to be reckoned with! Now, we need to head back to the gym, work out a few kinks, and come out swinging at POWER LEAGUE #1. Let's keep working hard team! GO THUNDER!
12s are Silver Champs!!
The U12's had a great weekend at the MLK. The team displayed a great attitude and played strong for a Silver Bracket win. The girls served very well and grinded through some tight battles over the two day event. With an overall match record of 12-6, the girls lost tough battles to eventual finalists 253 and Fusion. We learned much and are ready to kick off Power League next weekend.
The girls did fantastic over the weekend! 14blue started the tournament in a tough pool; starting the day losing a close 3 game match to eclipse, then losing to the number one team in the tournament, but they bounced back and took a 2 game match against NW jrs team to finish third. The girls played one more match, in the second pool for the day, and again took the match in two. Riding the high of winning on Saturday, the girls went on to sweep their second pool finishing first. Tournament play saw the girls meet eclipse again, exacting revenge to take the match in two. Heading into the semis for the silver division the girls lost the first set, but came back in the second to force a third. The girls dug deep, but it wasn't enough to win the match, losing to the team who ended up winning the division. The girls outdid themselves, playing a higher level of volleyball; we will take this exceptional weekend and prepare for Spokane!
ITVC 13 Black dominated the NW Jamboree in Yakima finishing 6th out of 24 teams in the 14U Power division. Starting Day 1 pool play ranked 4th, ITVC 13 Black went on to finish 2nd in the pool with wins against Team Yakima 13 Gold and Columbia Jrs 14 Black while taking first seed Sideout 14-1 to a close 3 games. In the 2nd round of pool play ITVC 13 Black again finished 2nd beating Club Gold 13 -1 and KJ Baden 13 Baden while taking 1st seed NCWVBC 14 Black to 3 games. ITVC 13 Black finished pool play in the gold 14-1 Bracket. Seeded 6th, they played their quarterfinal match against Sideout 14-1 once again. After two long, point for point rally games and one setter injury, ITVC 13 Black lost in their closest and most intense game of the weekend. Despite the loss, ITVC 13 Black finished as one of only three 13s teams in the top 8 and more impressively as the highest ranked 13s team at the NW Jamboree.
What an amazing tournament our 12s had!! We played 9 matches and dropped only 2 sets to WIN the 12s division! We faced KJ in the finals to win. Every player on our team played in all matches and we saw some huge improvement from everyone. It was such a fun tournament and it was so great to watch our players perform match after match! Way to go 12's!!!!
ITVC 16 Jake grew tremendously over the three day NW Junior's President's Day Tournament. We began the tournament without our starting libero and MB1, and at the beginning of our second match we lost our starting OH1/team kill leader to injury. The team played out of sorts and flat against tough competition. The top two teams from the pool were eventual 2nd and 5th place finishers. Staring down our first potential winless day of the season, the team rallied around the consistent play of day 1's MVP Olivia Jacobsen/OH to pull out a gutsy win and earning 3rd place in the pool. The second day of competition Hope Dahlquist/MB (day 2 MVP), joined the team after missing the first day leading the team to a 2-1 record and second in the pool. On the third day, Hope once again was needed by her high school basketball team, but our other middles, in particular Kati Staudt (day 3 MVP) stepped up huge winning two matches in tournament play. We lost in the finals to Webfoot Silver in 3 games, but the team played with rejuvinated focus and defensive intensity. It was incredibly encouraging to see the team step up and win tough tournament games (one of those games was an 18-23 comeback win) while missing our top two leaders in kills, our blocks leader, and our digs/passing/serving percentage leader. This tournament was invaulable as far as increasing our depth and providing more competition for practice.
We had a good time in Eugene/Springfield! Blue won all their games on Saturday in a 5 Team pool. Then lost all our games in three on Saturday in a very competitive pool! 16 Blue played very well, with a lot of intensity and energy on Monday and won all three matches to take the “Roosevelt Division” with a ranking of 17 out of 50 teams. We revenged our loss to Siskyou VBC on Sunday winning the Championship match easily. Despite one of our middles has a sprained ankle and our right side blocker being in Hawaii, we did well.
14 Black had a great President's day weekend. Entering the open division as a 12th seed and missing several players the girls stepped up against some top quality competition. All throughout the weekend we fought hard taking second in our pool both days earning us a spot in gold bracket. The girls fought hard in bracket play but we came up short in our match. 14 Black finished 5th overall moving up seven spots. More importantly we improved in our individual skills and in our overall play as a team. Great job ladies!
14 Blue - After starting strong, the team fell back into some old habits, and ended pool play the 4th seed. Looking to bounce back from Saturday play, the girls went on to play their best match winning against a tough WVVC team on Sunday, however, the girls couldn't find the same energy the rest of the day losing their final match in 3 against a NWJrs team, ending in a head to head finish with us falling, again, to 4th finish. Starting play Monday in Flight 1, the girls couldn't manage to pull ahead losing in two. With these two weeks off, we will go back on the practice court, and get back to basics and reinstall our competitive drive.
ITVC 13 Black dominated the NWJRS President's Day Tournament 14 Club division this weekend finishing 2nd out of 31 teams. They went undefeated the first two days of pool play winning all 6 of their games and losing just one set out of 13 sets played total. Seeded 3rd going into playoffs in Gold Bracket, ITVC won their quarter final match against Bothell VBC U14 in two (25-18, 25-12) to advance into semi-finals against Banks VBC 14-1. They started the first set strong with a heavy lead before several serve receive errors cost them the game 23-25. The second set, ITVC again pushed a heavy lead to win 25-12, forcing the deciding game. The 3rd match started off rocky with 4 serve receive errors in a row. Down 7 points, 4-11, the girls rallied and with strong serving and defense ended the game 15-12.
In the championship match, ITVC played Performance U14. They started the first game missing 6 straight serving opportunities with a the score 8-16 by mid-game. Despite rallying 9 points to catch up to Performance, they lost the first game 17-25. The second game started out much more consistent but nerves and exhaustion got the best of the team and ITVC lost 18-25. ITVC 13 Black finished the President's Day Tournament in 2nd place playing their most consistently high level of volleyball over the course of three days. They made huge improvements in their defensive game, serving consistency and on court communication. ITVC 13 beat out several top 14-1 teams and was the only 13s team and the only Puget Sound Region team to finish in the top 4 in the 14 Club division.
ITVC's U12 black had a great weekend of growth at the NW Juniors President's Day Tournament. The girls started out the tournament with tough matches against the top two teams in their pool. One was a clincher three-set match that we lost 12-15 in the third set, the other they lost in two. After a rough start in the pool they went on to beat NW Juniors to finish third in their morning pool. Island Thunder began the second round of pool play ready to fight, defeating NW Juniors Elite in two sets to end Sunday's matches. The girls continued to show their heart Monday morning as they fought to rank first in their pool after winning two, three-set matches, one finishing 17-15, the other 16-15. This gave Thunder the confidence they needed as they headed into bracket play in the afternoon. The girls played very well, worked as a team, and showed their capability by winning three matches in a row to finish the tournament with a bronze medal.