All the teams in action had the luxury of playing in the facility where they practice at the NJ Sports House. Every team made the playoffs so a good weekend for all. Let's recap.
14 Black who has been improving each and every week drew a tough pool with Performance 14 Navy & LHVA 14 Purple. Both of those squads made it to the Semifinals and our ladies were 3rd in Pool B. Due to the pool play games record of 4-4, 14 Black still had a shot at winning the tournament. But the day was ended for them by the eventual tournament winner Digs 14 White who won Pool A.
14 Red were in Pool C and drew Aspire 14 Blue & Cut Shot 14 Elite and finished 3rd. And just like their Phoenix sisters finished well enough to advance to the playoffs. The ladies ran into the same Performance 14 Navy squad and lost in a hard fought 2 sets 25-16 & 25- 21. A good day for 14 Red and according to Coach Karen "played some really great volleyball and they continue to improve and raise their level of play with each tournament".
15 Black had a similar day to their younger Phoenix sisters as they ran into 2 teams that were in the semifinals Essex 15 Black & Golden Dragons 15s. 3rd place was good enough to advance to the playoffs and ran into Pool A winner LBVC 15 -1. Another good outing for the squad as the season has stabilized.
15 Red has been riding high and this team swept through Pool C and won every match in straight sets and had the highest point percentage. The ladies drew 2nd from Pool B Arsenal Elite 15 U and won again in straight sets. Then Essex 15 Black was waiting to complete a Phoenix sweep in the semifinals. This match was back and forth as every set went to extra points. In a nail biter Essex won the match 25-27, 28-26, 19-17. 15 Red lost once all day and in the most exciting match of the day.
All teams will be back the weekend of April 8 & 9.