Our oldest team 18 Gold is also one of our newest teams to the Phoenix Volleyball NJ family.
Coach Don who also coaches at Kean University brings along 2 players from Saint Peter's Coaches Brittany & Kristina to complete his staff. The team practices out of Kushner in Livingston. This team is comprised of a host of newcomers with 4 Juniors. Only one player has prior experience with Phoenix Volleyball NJ, Sr. Haili Nelson.
After a scrimmage with 17 Red the week before, 18 Gold was ready for action in MD. The ladies were chosen as the # 1 seed for the 17 - 18 Girls Division. The team got off to a slow start by losing in 3 sets to Pitt Elite Black 17. The team quickly recovered in defeating MDJRS 17 Reg and Evolution 17 -2 each in 2 sets earning the 8 seed as they moved to bracket play the next day.
As bracket play began across the net was a familiar foe, Phoenix 17 Red, a team that the ladies just scrimmaged a week earlier. 18 Gold advanced in the tournament with a 25-20 25-20 match victory to see Pitt Elite Black 17 awaiting their arrival. The ladies did not fare any better in this match as the team lost in 2 sets to set up a bronze medal match with PEVBC 18 Blue. 18 Gold finished in 4th place after losing to PEVBC in 2 sets and lost only to teams that finished ahead of them in the standings.
A great showing for the team that has been together for 2 months. A bright future lies ahead as there next opportunity to play will be GEVA 18 Open # 1 on February 8.