Phoenix Volleyball 16 Red Team, took their first tournament of the season by storm, taking home the gold and winning the entire tournament.
After traveling snowy roads up to Hartford, CT, 16 Red started their first day strong, going 3-0 in their morning wave of pool play. Despite a slow morning, the play picked up at the day progressed. The last match of the day was where the team put everything together. Their communication, ability to find empty spots, in addition to passing and moving well, led the team to their final win of the day. Club Director Annie and Coaches Jamie and Nicki were extremely pleased with the level of play, especially after a sort practice week due to snow. The 16 Red Team carried their momentum and success into Sunday's playoff round.
During their playoff morning, 16 Red found themselves competing against fellow GEVA club team, Performance 16 Navy, in the quarter finals. Phoenix triumphed winning in two straight (25-17, 25-11). After a break in the day,16 Red took on Pride 16 1 in the semi-final game, winning 2-1 sets, putting them in the finals against a second ranked, B & B 16 Black. Though they games were close, 16 Red kept their energy up, with heads high and cheering on point, Phoenix swept B & B 2-0 (26-24, 25-20) to take home the gold! In a great start to the season, 16 Red coaches and players hit the gym again for practice this week, to work towards continuing their winning streak at their next tournament in the end of January.