With April bringing the start of the MLB baseball season, it’s only appropriate that the Academy Girls begin the month with a volleyball double-header. Except this version of a double header means the girls program heads to Philadelphia in two consecutive weeks for the Northeast Qualifiers (NEQ). In the first round of the double header, the girls 13 – 15s teams were on deck. See below for a quick recap of the weekend’s performance.
The 13 Red team opened their tournament the right way – by going 3-0 during the first day of pool play. The girls day featured wins over AVA, Penn Highlands, and Vienna Elite. During the second day of pool play, the girls dropped matches to NVVA and Beach Elite, while picking up a win over Ignite in two straight sets (25-18, 25,8). After the first two days of pool play, the girls had a record of 4-2 which qualified them for the Silver Playoff bracket. In the Silver, the girls faced the DE Juniors in the first round and won in three sets (21-25, 25-12, 15-7), before falling in the second round to the eventual Silver bracket champs, Coastal 13 Blue.
During the first day of pool play, the 14 Red were 2-1, picking up wins over the TCA Magic (20-25, 25-14, 15-13) and Beach Elite (25-21, 25-16). From there the girls had an even stronger second day of pool play as they went 3-0 by defeating the Paradigm Riot, SMJ 14 United, and Keystone Juniors Premiere. After two days, the girls had an overall record of 5-1 and headed to their playoff bracket where they defeated the PGH Elite in the first round, the EC Power in the second round, and Summit CJVA in the finals to win their playoff bracket!
The 14 White had a rough first day of pool play as they went 1-2, picking up a win over CHVBC in two straight sets (25-23, 25-19). The girls also had a rough second day as they dropped three matches, including a tough 3-set match against No Panic (25-23, 21-25, 15-8). In the girls playoff bracket they faced MDJRS in the first round and won in three sets (25-13, 23-25, 15-9) before falling in the finals to Cali.
The 15 White team hung tough during this tournament. During the first day of pool play they dropped their matches. The second day of the tournament, the girls would face a similar challenge, however the day was highlighted with a three-set match with No Panic (17-25, 25-20, 15-11). In their playoff bracket the girls faced dropped a match against the Firebird 15s.
The 15 Red team opened their tournament by dropping matches to Triangle and Metro before picking up three straight wins over the next two days. The girls defeated the Husky 15 National, NVVA, and CPVBC before dropping a match to Brandywine. With a 3-3 record after two days of pool play, the girls qualified for the Bronze playoff bracket, where they faced the NYC Juniors in the first round and fell in three sets (21-25, 25-16, 15-10).
Stay tuned as this weekend the girls 16 – 17s teams head to Philadelphia for the second week of the volleyball double-header!