Monday, April 26, 2010

More Open Bids Earned For Nationals!

Three more PSR junior girls teams earned "open" level bids to the national championship event this past weekend.

In Reno, Nevada, the Far Westerns national qualifier awarded bids to both WVBA 15 Mizuno and Island Thunder 17 asics. WVBA 15 Mizuno placed 2nd overall in their age division, earning the silver medal for the event.

At the Mizuno Northern Lights national qualifier in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the KJVBC 18 Baden squad finished in 3rd place overall, capturing the bronze medal and punching their ticket to nationals.

Previously earning open-level bids were both UPVBC 18's and WVBA 16-Shannon.

The national championship event will take place later this summer in Reno, Nevada.

Congratulations to all of these great achievements!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Junior Regional Championships Kick-Off This Weekend For U12, U13 & U14 Age Groups!

Three age divisions will determine regional champions this weekend. With the championship comes a bid to the USA Volleyball junior national tournament to be held in Reno, NV this summer. Winners will earn a "National" level bid, while runner-up teams will earn a bid into the "American" division.

Teams in the U12, U13, and U14 age groups will compete at high school gyms around the Region this Saturday and Sunday. The majority of teams competing previously played in the PSR Junior Power League Series, of which helped to determine the seeding into the regional championship events. PSR teams that did not previously play in the Power League Series are also eligible to compete in regional championships and were seeded based upon submitted competition results.

For the U12 and U13 age groups, competition will begin with pool play in the morning. Based on pool play results teams will move into either a Gold Bracket (which will determine the regional champion) or Silver Bracket. All bracket play will be single elimination, except for the final rounds of the Gold Bracket, of which a 3rd-4th place match is offered due to the potential for bids to trickle down.

A total of 20 teams will compete in the U12 division, led by the top-seed in Capital Ice 12's. The U12 teams will compete this Sunday, April 25th, at Highline Community College.

In the U13 division, PSVBA 13 National is the #1 seed among 24 teams competing at both Kentwood and Auburn-Mountainview High Schools, also on Sunday, April 25th.

In one of the largest regional championship fields for 2010, the U14 division will pit a total of 53 teams competing for the regional title over the course of two days. Leading the way is UPVBC 14, which previously earned a "National" level bid by winning the Pacific Northwest Qualifier in Spokane, WA earlier this season.

The U14 division will begin first-round pool play on Saturday, April 24th, at the following high schools: Ballard, Roosevelt, Lincoln, Shorewood, and Mountlake Terrace. Following morning pool play, teams are seeded into second-round pools with top teams moving into Division I, while the remaining teams move into Division II. The first two rounds of the second-round of pool play will be played Saturday afternoon. *Please note that some teams may need to travel to a new competition site for afternoon play.

On Sunday, April 25th, round two pool play will be completed, of which leads to the U14 bracket play. There will be four levels of single-elimination bracket play for Division I: Gold (which will determine the champion), Silver, Bronze, and Copper. Division II single-elimination bracket play will offer three levels: Gold, Silver, and Bronze. Again, the Division I Gold Bracket will also conduct a match to determine the 3rd and 4th place teams due to the potential for bids to trickle down.

Facilities for Sunday will differ slightly as completion of Division I pool play will be held at both Roosevelt and Ballard High Schools, while Division II pool play will be played at both Fife and Decatur High Schools. For Sunday's bracket play, teams may need to travel depending on which bracket they are scheduled to compete. The sites for bracket play are as follows: Divsion I Gold & Silver (Roosevelt HS); Division I Bronze & Copper (Ballard HS); Division II Gold & Silver (Fife HS); Division II Bronze (Decatur HS).

For a complete list of pools, schedules and information, please visit the official Puget Sound Region website.

Good luck to all teams!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Cascade Volleyball Boys Event Results

Courtesy of: Kathleen Logan

Cascade Volleyball Club recently held a U14 boys clinic and scrimmage, in conjunction with a U18 boys tournament at Ballard
High School.

Many thanks to those who assisted and played in this past Sunday's boys power clinic and tournament. Most especially to our guest expert co
ach Dave Roast, region Commissioner and day official John Bryant, and volunteer referee Jeff Curtis. Special recognition goes to Scott Baumler and Cascade Volleyball Club for hosting and providing the manpower to run such a great event.

Space Needle Volleyball Club was the overall winner of the double round-robin tournament, with Cascade and Vanguard (Portland) rounding out the field.

PSR Boys to USA High Performance Programs

Congratulations to the following PSR boys that were selected to 2010 USA Volleyball High Performance programs:

USA Youth National Team -
Matt West - (4th year selected to USA HP programs)

USA Junior A3 Camp -
Max Ozuna (2nd year)
Seanne Roy
Christian Smallwood
Max Elkin

USA Youth A3 Camp -
Dominic Van der Jagt (2nd year)
Tom Logan

Good job guys!

Final PSR Power League Standings

Power League is complete. Four events are in the books and the points have been totaled to determine the final standings.

Congratulations to the following teams, each winning the series for their respective age divisions (click the red links to view the complete list of final standings):

U18 - UPVBC 18
Notes - U17 teams also played in this combined division with ITVC 17 Asics finishing with the greatest total of earned points among all U17 teams, placing fourth overall; UPVBC 18 and KJVBC 18 Baden were the only two teams to compete in all Platinum level events against the top teams from our neighboring Columbia Empire Region.

U16 - WVBA 16 Shannon
Notes - WVBA swept the top-three spots (2nd - WVBA 15 Mizuno; 3rd WVBA 16 Chris) as WVBA teams won each of the four Power League Series events.

U15 - Capital Ice 15
Notes - Capital Ice 15's won two of the four Power League Series events to solidify their place at the top; PSVBA 15 National and KJVBC 15 Baden were the other two event champions.

U14 - UPVBC 14
Notes - U13 teams also played in this combined division with PSVBA 13 National finishing with the greatest total of earned points among all U13 teams, placing second overall.

U12 - Capital Ice 12
Notes - Just over 50 points separated the top-three finishers in the U12 age division, with only ten points separating first and second place (UPVBC 12 Black); Power Surge 12 Black finished third.

Congratulations to all teams! Stay tuned for Regional Championship information...

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

PSR Power League Concludes This Weekend!

The Puget Sound Region Power League Series will conclude this weekend with the final seeding events for the U12, U14, U15 and U16 age divisions. Final standings will determine each team's points to be added to previous Power League event points earned, which will determine seeding into the regional championships to be held in May. Events will be held either Saturday (April 10th) or Sunday (April 11th) at various venues around the region.

Below are links to pool and schedule information for each age division (by date)

Saturday (April 10) -


Sunday (April 11) -


Good luck to all teams!