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Reno Recap

May 10, 2021

Bay to Bay sent 12 teams to the NCVA Boy's No Dinx Qualifier in Reno, Nevada this past weekend. 8 of our 12 teams earned a bid in their assigned divisions, and five teams brought home the Gold medal in their age group. Check out each teams results below:

Bay to Bay 13-1: Playing up in the 14 USA division, coach Beau and Hillary's squad went 2-5 finishing in 10th place. The young guns were all over the gym watching our older teams play. Coach Hillary stated that the 13-1's even started calling for "GO" balls after watching the 18-1's for one match ๐Ÿ˜‚ 

Bay to Bay 14-1 ๐Ÿฅ‡: Going 6-0 on the weekend, the 14-1's claimed the only bid in the 14 Open division. Behind some stellar team play, the boys did not drop a set on their path to the championship. Even more importantly, the boys got some great team bonding time watching the older teams play as well as a round of bowling at the Grand Sierra resort.

Note: at Junior Nationals there are three distinct divisions: Open division (top 36 teams in the country), USA division (teams ranked 37-72) and Club division (73 rank and higher).

Bay to Bay 14-Premier ๐Ÿฅˆ: Coach BJ & Jon's squad went 6-1 on the weekend losing a close 3 set battle in the Championship match. When asked, the coaches said they were extremely proud of the teams growth and development over the course of the past year, and this tournament was a testament to their dedication. 14-Premier clinched a USA bid with their 2nd place finish.

Bay to Bay 15-1 ๐Ÿฅ‡: Coach Frank & Allie's squad were firing on all cylinders this weekend, going undefeated in their run at the NorCal championship. They defeated a strong Adversity Volleyball Club team (Chicago area) in the finals. This victory clinched a 15 Open bid for the team.

Bay to Bay 15-Club: Coach Arin filled in for Coach Gregg and Natalie and the boys of 15-Club did not skip a beat. They went 3-3 on the weekend, and 4 of their 6 matches went to third sets. The team narrowly missed knocking off the #2 overall seed in the tournament on day #1, but lost in the third set. Coach Arin stated that he loved the energy the boys brought and was proud of their effort through multiple closely contested matches.

Bay to Bay 16-1 ๐Ÿฅ‡: Coach Arielle brought coach Kevin Rakestraw out of the "bullpen" to fill in for coach Javi as he is on paternity leave for the birth of his son Nico (congrats coach!). Since the 16-under division only had two teams in it, the 16-1's team played up in the 18's division on the first day of the event, going 2-1 against the 18's teams. On Sunday they played a best of five match against the other 16's team to determine who would receive the sole Open bid. The 16-1's won in three sets behind a score of 25-15, 25-22, 25-13.

Bay to Bay 16-2 ๐Ÿฅ‡: Coach Josh and John's team took home the 16 USA division championship, never dropping a set on the weekend! With a record of 7-0, the team showed a tremendous amount of tenacity, grit, and most importantly: consistency. With this win, the 16-2's will enter the Las Vegas qualifier with a USA bid in hand and an opportunity to see where the stack up with the rest of the countries 16-under teams.

Bay to Bay 16-Club ๐Ÿฅ‰: Coach Lavelle and Jamil's team played fantastic this weekend. They went 5-3 and their only losses came to Bay to Bay 16-2's (1st place) and NCVC 16-1's (2nd place). In their first match of the tournament, the 16-Club team pushed NCVC (the then #1 seed) to three sets, narrowly losing in the third 12-15. This effort earned the team a place in the Gold bracket where they won the 3rd place match and punched their ticket in the 16 USA division.

Bay to Bay 17-1 ๐Ÿฅ‡: The 17 Open division also only had two entries, so the 17-1's played the first day of the tournament in the 18 Open division. The team went 3-0 and then played a best of 5 match on Sunday to determine who would win the 17 Open bid. In a closely contested match, the 17-1's came out on top with some timely service pressure and consistent offense. The 17-1's won the bid behind a score of 30-28, 25-23, 25-18.

Bay to Bay 17-2The 17-2's went 3-4 on the weekend finishing in 4th place- just out of bid contention. The teams only losses of the tournament came against the Gold, Silver, and Bronze medalling teams. The boys will look towards Las Vegas in their pursuit of a USA bid.

Bay to Bay 18-1: The 18-1's went 4-2 on the weekend and got knocked out of bid contention Sunday afternoon by a very hot NCVC team. The boys will look to regroup and refocus their efforts for the Las Vegas qualifier.

Bay to Bay 18-2: The boys went 3-4 on the weekend but found a way to win the right games and get themselves a USA division bid with a 4th place finish at the NCVA tournament. Coach Sam and Pin-Joe noted that it was a strong team effort with each and every player contributing in big ways throughout the entire tournament.

Have any highlights, photos, or stories to share from the weekend? Email, DM us, or tag @baytobayvolleyball so we can share with the club!

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