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WSHSBVA to Start USAV Club Team

In response to getting kids into USAV tournaments, the Association is creating a low cost Club Team. There will be no practices, the coach, The Commissioner will be volunteering to coach the team. The cost will be $35.00(USAV membership fee) + team registration. The coach can carpool up to 6 team members for transport to tournaments. Tournaments will be local, south as Portland, East as Spokane. For each tournament we will add you to our team and afterwards you will be released from the team, so you can play on more formalized club teams. To find out more click here.

The first tournament is on Sunday January 26th. Here is the release from CEVA concerning the tournament:

All-American Mik Berzins will coach a clinic from 9-10 am before our first boys tournament on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at Evergreen High School in Vancouver, WA. Have you registered yet? http://www.cevaregion.org/boys/ceva-boys-tournament-registration

Mik is currently the Graduate Assistant coach at Oregon State University. Mik came to OSU after an All-American career at Ohio State from 2009-12. He is the program’s all-time leader with 902 digs and is second in digs per set at 2.23. He is a native of Brinklow, Maryland and was named a third-team All-American in 2012 by Volleyball Magazine and was a First-Team All-League selection after totaling 278 kills and 235 digs.

He is an outside hitter and has played in 114 career matches, seeing action in 404 sets. He averaged 1.21 kills per set (488 kills total) along with 100 assists, 25 service aces and 104 total blocks, including 16 solo. He helped guide Ohio State to a national title in 2011 and then reached the NCAA Final Four in 2009, 2010 and 2011. In addition to 2012 All-Conference honors, he was also named an All-League second-team selection in 2009.

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Graham-Kapowsin Wins Spring Open Tournament

Graham-Kapowsin High School winners in 2013
Graham-Kapowsin High School winners in 2013

The first annual tournament was met with great praise and great play. It left the kids wanting more. Several student athletes asked if there was going to be more tournaments. The volleyball club Powersurge wound up the winners, comprised mostly of Graham-Kapowsin High School players, and a few from Washington, Curtis, Bethel, and Spanaway Lakes High School, won with a combination of power and fineness to win the Tournament. Led by there setter and tournament MVP LeShawn E. Kapenda Nathan Peredo from Washington High School, the team was the number 1 team in the tournament both in seed but especially on this day.

Marrysvile-Getchel came in second, though they did not make it to the championship round losing in the winners bracket to Cascade High School in the quarterfinal round, but eventually avenged the loss by defeating the powerful Cascade High School in the 2nd place game. The story of the Tournament was Odea High School, who in each defeat took the team GKHS, Cascade, and Marrysvile to either a third game (pool play) or extra points losing to Marrysvile 32-30 and therefore ending up in fourth place. Kelso High School and Bethel finished the tournament 5th and 6th respectfully.

The hitting was hard, the blocks were furious, and the kids had a great time. The commissioner when asked about next years event, he would only stipulate that it would not coincide with Mother’s day, the CYO track championships, The Border Smackdown, the Regions Tournaments, or Memorial Day weekend but that it would be in either April or May, possibly early June. The date will be released in late July early August of this year.

Thanks to Puyallup Jrs Volleyball Club and the city of Puyallup for hosting the tournament.