16U Aquila Roughed Up in Indy
February 17, 2020
The Family Day weekend saw our 16U Aquila take to the courts in Indianapolis for the President's Day 2020 Tournament hosted by Team Indiana.
As pool play started on Saturday afternoon, the girls let their nerves get the better of them, dropping the first match in straight sets to an average-at-best opponent. After a game off, the girls returned to the court in hopes of brining more focus and more effort for their second match against another average team. The team played marginally better but could not muster enough positive play to get the job done, dropping another straight set match. The third and final match of the day saw Aquila pitted against the strongest team in the pool. This was easily the best match of the day for Aquila however the girls could not maintain any consistency in serving and passing and dropped their third straight set loss of the day to CVC, the eventual winners of the tournament who went undefeated on the weekend.
Sunday saw Aquila as the top seed in one of two Bronze pools, and a chance to reset and finish the weekend on a positive note. In the first match of Bronze pool play, the girls came out reasonably strong and confident, taking the first set 25-14. Unfortunately, there was little positive momentum retained from the end of the first set to the beginning of the second as Aquila started to tank and eventually lose the set 25-22. Now on the ropes of dropping the fourth match of the weekend, the team could not bring enough of their training efforts into the third set to pull them out of the doldrums, eventually dropping the set 15-8 and moving on to their fifth and final match of the weekend. Aquila won their final match in straight sets, but it was too little too late.
Aquila will have to shake off the disappointing trip to the US and quickly focus on regaining their form as they set their sites on winning an OVA Championship tournament at 16U this coming weekend.
A Down Weekend for LSVC 14U
February 9, 2020
Our two 14U teams took to the court this past weekend with hopes of progressing up the ladder with a few timely wins. Unfortunately, things did not play out as planned.
The Shujaas made the trip to Newmarket, ON to participate in a Trillium White tournament. Entering the tournament as the eighth seed, the Shujaas started the morning off with a matchup against local rival Defensa 1WhiteFour. A hard fought match saw the Shujaas fall in three sets however there was no time to rest as they had to turn things around quickly to play Durham Attack Invasion. A two set match secured a second place spot in the pool and direct entrance into the quarter finals. Things started to unravel for the Shujaas in the afternoon, where they dropped a three set match to the Georgian Cubs and then went on to miss an opportunity to remain in Trillium White by dropping their final match.
For the Isihlangu, the final result was not much better. Also entering their Trillium Green tournament as the eighth seed, the Isihlangu also faced local rival Defensa 1WhiteThree in their first match. This was a good test for the Isih as their roster consists of mostly 11-12 year olds playing up at 14U to avoid triple ball. The first match concluded with a tough two set loss. The second match of the day pitted the Isih against the KW Preds Infinity. This match was much more even, with both teams sneaking a set each to force a third. The Isih were up 13-11 and just needed to seal the deal with a strong serve, however a missed serve lead to four unanswered points and a 13-15 third set defeat.
In the pre-quarter match vs. Waterloo Tigers, the Isih cruised to an easy first set victory 25-18. The wheels then came off and saw the Isih completely collapse, losing the next two sets (and the match) 13-25 and 4-15. The Isihlangu were now set to play their fourth match of the day for an opportunity to play in a fifth and final match for fifth place. Even though the team played admirably in the second set to force a third, it was just not meant to be as the girls dropped their third three set match of the day and finished a disappointing ninth.
Both 14U teams have a couple of weeks off to prepare for their fourth and final OVA tournament of the season before Provincials. Good luck to them in the training gym, and hopefully better results are on the horizon!
March Madness Volleyball Academy
Registration Now Open!
February 6, 2020
In recognition of the growing interest in our Volleyball Academy Program, we have just added a third block of sessions.
For the month of March, we will be offering four one-hour skills sessions for girls ages 9 - 12. This academy is open to new athletes as well as current Academy kids that want to continue to build upon the skills that they have already being working on in previous sessions.
Dates for this program are March 2nd, 9th, 23rd and 30th (Mondays) from 6 - 7 pm at St. Mary Catholic Elementary School in Oakville. For more information, click here.
We look forward to seeing some new and returning faces in a couple of weeks!!
Upangas Wobble, Place 5th in Championship Tournament
February 2, 2020
It was a wild and whacky weekend in a number of ways. Wiarton Willie and Shubenacadie Sam couldn't agree on the remaining length of the winter season, Jimmy G. proved that the 49ers running game was at the core of their success this NFL season, and in much smaller and more relevant news, a few of Lakeside Volleyball Club's teams took to the courts for OVA and International tournament play.
Hosting another tournament at Garth Webb in Oakville, our Upangas entered the Championship event as the ninth seed and faced a couple of local rival clubs in morning pool play. A couple of quick losses opened the trap door and placed the Upangas in a pre-quarter qualifier vs. KW Preds Honey Badgers. A grueling three set match saw the Upangas squeak by with a narrow victory, placing them into a quarter final matchup with a tricky Forest City squad. FCVC came out firing and easily brushed aside the Upangas in straight sets to move on to the semis while dropping the Upangas into a match vs. EVP Eagles Bodanis for 5th/7th and an opportunity to stay up in Championship for the fourth and final OVA tournament of the season.
The Upangas were stricken with mental and physical exhaustion during their final match of the day. After easily taking the first set, the Upangas shut down. After handing away points like candies on Halloween, the Upangas found themselves in a third and deciding set. Fortunately, EVP came into this set completely spent and incurring error upon error, gifting many points back to the Upangas from their disastrous second set. The Upangas made it interesting by keeping EVP in the match, only for EVP to serve a ball out at 12-14 and granting the Upangas the gift of staying in Championship.
The Upangas will have to find a way to transfer their skills from the training floor to the tournament floor moving forward in their continued quest for a D1 placing at Provincials.
Entering their Trillium White Tournament in Stouffville, ON as the 9th seed, the Inkemba had a rough day at the office, dropping a few winnable matches that would have helped them climb the rankings. Unfortunately, it was not to be and the Inkemba left the day as they entered: 9th. With one more OVA tournament to go prior to Provincials, the Inkemba will look to train hard and pull out another top three result to enter Provincials on an upswing.
Travelling for a one day BNCC Blizzard tournament in Buffalo, NY on Sunday, the Shujaas found success during their morning pool play, keeping a clean sheet, 6-0 record and headlining the Gold Playoff Bracket for the afternoon. A tough, hard fought match in the Semis was their only blemish on the day but was a hard pill to swallow as the Shus were eliminated from the tournament. Hats off to the team for their efforts though, as they finished the tournament tied for 3rd place!
Entered into the same tournament in Buffalo as the Shujaas, the Isihlangu (12-13U players playing up to 14U) fought hard in their morning pool play. Although the win column didn't reflect their efforts, the squad did win a set convincingly while dropping two more sets 26-24 throughout the morning. The Isih entered the afternoon playoff rounds in the Bronze bracket. They fought hard (as they usually do) and fell short on advancing to the final match. However, the learning experience for this group was immeasurable and will only help to continue propelling them forward.
NEXT UP: 14U Shujaas and 14U Isihlangu play in the OVA McGregor Cup on February 8th. Good luck to both squads!
4th Place for Aquila in 16U OVA Challenge Cup
January 26, 2020
It was a long day at the office for Aquila this weekend, as Lakeside hosted the 16U OVA Challenge Cup - Championship B division.
The team's efforts in pool play saw them take out the Durham Rebels as well as a decently sized and skilled Leaside Lightning team in successive straight set victories. Although there were peaks and valleys throughout each match, Aquila managed to take top spot in the pool and enter the playoff rounds of play well positioned for success.
That is where things went sideways. Pear-shaped, if you will.
Aquila was matched up with Markham Unity in the quarterfinal round of playoffs. What seemingly should have been a stress free match proved to be the Mount Everest of contests. Poor court coverage, lack-luster defense and a shrinking level of energy plagued Aquila in what ended up being a three set fight to the death. Fortunately, the girls held it together long enough to outlast the Unity and move into a semi-final match against Titans Helios.
In the semi-final, the Titans displayed their usual solid base level, picking up every ball and covering the floor with maximal effort. Such was not the case on the other side of the net, where Aquila could not muster up the same level of compete to get the job done. Dropping the match in two straight sets (18, 19), Aquila not only missed out on playing a team from Leaside that they defeated in the AM, but also lost the opportunity to move up to Select for the next tournament. A heart-breaking set of circumstances, which led to a Bronze Medal match versus Mavericks (Ottawa).
In the Bronze match, Aquila seemingly were spent, dropping the first set 25 - 15. The second set brought out a little more compete from Aquila whom managed to fight to a 25 - 21 set victory and push the Mavs to a third. Ultimately, the tank was empty and the Mavs cruised to a 15 - 8 third set victory and headed back to Ottawa with some hardware.
As Aquila hits the halfway point of the season, they will need to find a way to fight through some of the physical and mental challenges of long tournament days in order to compete for top honours in their tournaments rather than settling for what has become common place thus far this season: playing for third.
Upwards and onwards.
JVA Rock N' Rumble 2020
January 20, 2020
Lakeside Volleyball headed down to Cleveland, OH to take part in the JVA Rock N' Rumble for the second year in a row. The previous year's club results were dismal to say the least. This year saw Lakeside as a club improve in the level of compete brought to the tournament, and this reflected in the win column for a couple of teams.
The 16U Aquila played remarkably well on the Sunday to close out their weekend, taking home the top spot in their pool and the club's first hardware from this event. Our 15U Upangas had a less then ideal start to the tournament on Saturday, dropping all six sets to average competition. However, Sunday brought the Upangas a new day and a new focus. Two hard fought three-set matches provided the team with their first positive showing in Cleveland, earning them top spot in their playoff pool.
For the Inkemba, Shujaas and Isihlangu, all teams fought hard and gained valuable experience that they will take with them into the back half of the OVA season.
Until next year, Cleveland...