Presidents’ Day Cup – Feb 13-14

2016 Presidents Cup

2016 Presidents’ Day Cup

The Dayton Juniors Presidents’ Day Cup is by far the largest volleyball tournament hosted by any club within the Ohio Valley Region (OVR), with over 388 teams representing 72 clubs across 7 states and Canada. Given the tournament’s February timeframe the weather can sometimes be a factor. I always wondered what would happen if a Level 3 Snow Emergency was declared. Under those conditions the OVR requires tournament hosts to cancel the tournament and refund all entry fees. That would essentially bankrupt the club since we would still incur many of the tournament expenses such as facility, court and gym rentals at multiple locations in Dayton and Columbus. Weather insurance is cost prohibitive so the Club must just take its chances.

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

Although bitterly cold this year, the snowfall held off till late afternoon on Sunday. So our reward for playing well and making it all the way to the Gold semis was a slow ride back to Dayton from Columbus, on roads make of snow and ice. I guess that is a small price to pay for the satisfaction gained from a good tournament performance. And much less painful than if we were one of the teams returning home to New York or Canada.

Enough about the weather – back to the tournament. In the 16 American Division there were 24 teams, divided initially into 8 pools of 3 teams each. The seeding committee did us no favors as they seeded us 21st and put us in with two extremely talented teams. In that first pool every match went 3 games and all three teams tied with a 1-1 match record and a 3-3 game  record. If tied on match record and game record the third tiebreaker is total point differential of all your games. Kaepa Buckeye had a -8 point difference and Maverick and our team again tied with +4 points each. That forced it to the 4th tiebreaker, “head-to-head” results. Since we had beaten Maverick in our match with them, we took 1st place in the pool.

Obligatory Team Huddle Picture

Obligatory Team Huddle Picture

Based on the results of the initial pool all teams were repooled for a second round late on Saturday. This time we were able to win both matches in two straight games to once again place first in our pool. This set up a “challenge match” on Sunday morning at 8 am, with the winner going to Gold and the loser to Silver. Finishing our second pool on Saturday at 9:45 pm made for a late dinner and an early Sunday wakeup call.

I am happy to report we won our challenge match in two very competitive games, placing us in the 8 team Gold playoffs. Our first Gold match was against Kaepa Buckeye, who we had lost to in 3 games on Saturday, the players took care of business and in two great games we reversed the previous day result. Moving on to the semis we met a very good ball control team in Toledo Dynamic Volleyball. After losing the first game we overcame a 15-20 deficit to take the second game 26-24. A poor start in the third put us in a hole we could not climb out of and we lost the deciding game 10-15, placing us tied for 3rd out of 24 teams. Toledo went on to win the Gold.

All in all, it was a very good tournament for us. A sweet Valentine’s Day present. We overcame a lot of adversity and played extremely well at times. Of course, we took note of some weaknesses to work on in our upcoming practices. A special shout-out to Sue Robinson and Brenda Remmetter for orchestrating the weekend events and a great team meal late on Saturday. Also a big thank you to those who supported the team throughout the weekend.

Thought for the Tournament

“Remember the banana — when it left the bunch, it got skinned.”

Ashley (8), on the set from Gwen (10), pounds the ball between the block.

Ashley (8), on the set from Gwen (10), pounds the ball between the block.

Anyone can pass a volleyball. But Faith can do it with her eyes closed!

Anyone can pass a volleyball, but Faith can do it with her eyes closed!

Three suckers. Or is it six?

Three suckers. Or is it six?

Grace's bad slide attack splits the block.

Grace’s back slide attack splits the seam in the block.

A nod here and a nod there and pretty soon you are all rested.

A nod here and a nod there and pretty soon you are all rested.

Taylor (L) and Danielle (R) both trying to shape their platform to target.

Taylor (L) and Danielle (R) both trying to shape their platform to target.

Danielle with the lovely lucious lucidious line shot.

Danielle with the lovely lucious lucidious line shot.

R2D2 (a.k.a. Grace)

R2D2 (a.k.a. Grace)

Sara absorbs the ball as Amanda yells at her to stay in athletic posture.

Sara absorbs the ball as Amanda yells at her to stay in athletic posture.

High protein cupcakes I presume.

High protein gluten free cupcakes I presume.

Amanda with the intimidating block.

Amanda with the intimidating block.

Audrey goes low to play the ball. Wait --- Already is low!

Eyes on the ball, Audrey goes low to make the pass.

The ugly truth about Club Volleyball --- thousands of plastic water bottles!

The ugly truth about Club Volleyball — thousands of plastic water bottles!

A pleasing positively powerful perfectly placed pound by Ashley.

A pleasing precise positively powerful perfectly placed pound by Ashley. Set by Gwen.

We didn't even work on this play in practice and Dani (L) and Grace (R) work whatever it is to perfection.

We didn’t even work on this play in practice and Dani (L) and Grace (R) work whatever it is to perfection.

Rachel taking a break from her rowdy cheering.

Rachel taking a break from her rowdy cheering.

One of Mel's scintilating succulent sordid silky smooth sparkling serves.

One of Mel’s scintilating succulent sordid silky smooth sparkling serves.

Faith displays calm cautious completely captivating concentration.

Faith displays calm cautious completely captivating concentration.

The joust at the net --- Gwen wins!

A joust at the net — Gwen wins!

I hope Ashely emerges from her cacoon in time to warm up.

Ashley, trusting no one, sleeps with one eye open.

Big bad bewildering beautifully bodatious block by Taylor.

Big bad bewildering beautifully bodatious block by Taylor.

Would appear the block is just a tad late to block Grace's quick attack.

Would appear the block is just a tad late to touch Grace’s quick attack.

Kylie intently studying her sister Sara's passing style.

Kylie intently studying her sister Sara’s passing style.

Mel (L) and Audrey (R) accomplishing a Vulcan mind meld.

Mel (L) and Audrey (R) accomplishing a Vulcan mind meld.

The high block requires Amanda to jump high, reach high, and hit high.

The high block requires Amanda to jump high, reach high, and hit high as Faith provides coverage.

Coach Megan making a note to remind herself to pack baby formula next time she leaves the house.

Coach Megan making a note to remind herself to pack baby formula next time she leaves the house.

Sara prepares to execute her famous sumo set.

Sara prepares to execute her famous sumo set.

Faith (R) and her sister Grace (L) partake of the Saturday evening pasta.

Faith (R) and her sister Grace (L) partake of the Saturday evening pasta.

Despite the disgruntled look on Taylor's face she did get this ball up.

Despite the disgruntled look on Taylor’s face she did get this ball up.

Rachel texts her sister's game stats to the Cedarville Gazette.

Rachel texts her sister’s game stats to the Cedarville Gazette.

I pity the poor line digger as Amanda is about to deliver.

I pity the poor line digger as Amanda is about to unload.

The latest, and youngest, Blue Crew fan --- Avery Grace!

The latest, and youngest, Blue Crew fan — Avery Grace!

Rejection by Ashley!

Rejection by Ashley!

Players gather round to watch Audrey sacrifice her body to play the ball.

Audrey sacrifices her body as she tries to decide which teammate to pass the ball to.

Danielle with the carefully crafted crazy cruel cannonlike cross court kill.

Danielle with the carefully crafted crazy cruel cannonlike cross court kill.

Don't know what it was but it made 3 coaches pretty happy.

Don’t know what it was but it made 3 coaches pretty happy.

Gwen (L) and Grace (R) frustrate another attacker.

Gwen (L) and Grace (R) frustrate another attacker.

A tired Sara awaits her turn to ref.

A tired Sara awaits her turn to ref.

Great extension on this "1" ball by Grace.

Great extension on this “1” ball by Grace.

What a nice gesture by the coaches to get the players Valentine's Day balloons. Too bad they from another team's camp!

What a nice gesture by the coaches to get the players Valentine’s Day balloons. Too bad they are from another team’s camp!

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