The new year is off to a flying start for our young Lakeside warriors!
Our 15U, 16U and 17U teams have all participated in at least one tournament since the calendar flipped, with tournaments in Buffalo over the January 6th weekend, as well as OVA action and the JVA Rock ‘n Rumble tournament in Cleveland, Ohio.
Lakeside had six teams travel to Buffalo for the Northeast Tournament Series Event #1. This 16U tournament had all four of our 15U teams plus our two 16U teams compete, with some good results against some talented teams from Rochester, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, and of course the host club, Niagara Frontier. The teams were able to shake off some rust, with Askari and Walezi finishing the day in the middle of the Gold Bracket.
This past weekend, our 15U teams took to the courts in Hamilton, Woodbridge, and Simcoe for the OVA Challenge Cup. On Saturday, our Shujaa squad took 5th in their tournament to remain in Trillium White. Sunday saw our other three teams play in their tournaments, with Walezi losing in two sets by three points each in their Championship Division Gold Medal matchup against Niagara Rapids. The team MAY have a shot at moving up to Select for the McGregor Cup in February. It would be a well-deserved placement.
Billao and Sjambok completed in Simcoe and Woodbridge respectively. Both teams put up a good fight in every match and came away with a couple of 7th place finishes.
In Cleveland, our 17U Isihlangu competed in the Open Division, while our 16U Askari took to the courts in the Club Red Division. Both teams struggled to build any sort of momentum on Saturday, however the Isihlangu were able to secure a win in their cross-over match and land a spot in the Gold Bracket for playoffs. On Sunday morning, the Isihlangu came out flat against a formidable opponent and saw their chance at the Championship side of the bracket fade away. However, the team bounced back in a big way for their final match of the tournament, taking out the 9th ranked NIVA 17U team in two straight and finishing 9th overall in the competition.
For the Askari, the team did not perform at a level that they are capable of but it was a great learning experience and will take those learnings into their next OVA event in two weeks.
Congratulations to all teams that participated in events these past two weeks. Our 18U and 14U teams take to the court this coming weekend for OVA tournament play. Good luck!