2019 Junior Nationals Recap

The 2018-19 season finished with a whole lot of fireworks this past week as 15 Bay to Bay teams descended upon the Ken Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. On the whole, twelve Bay to Bay teams finished in the top-15 of their respective divisions. Including 7 podium finishes: 2 Gold medals, 1 Silver, and 4 Bronze. Checkout each teams recap below!

Bay to Bay 12-1: The 12-1's brought home the 12-under National Championship after defeating Torrimar of Puerto Rico 25-20, 25-14 in the finals. The 12-1's went a perfect 8-0 on the tournament and didn't drop a set! This is the first time a team from California has ever captured the boys 12-under National Championship, and marks the 4th year in a row that Bay to Bay has medaled in the 12-under division. Read the USA Volleyball press release.

Bay to Bay 12-1's celebrate their National Championship

Bay to Bay 12-2: For the fourth year in a row, Bay to Bay sent two 12-under teams to compete in the 12-under division at Boys Junior National Championships (BJNC). These young guns went 1-5 on the weekend, but played some tremendous volleyball as 4 of their 6 matches went to three sets. Highlights included almost upsetting Torrimar on day 1, losing 14-16 in the third set.

Bay to Bay 12-2's and 18-1's at the SCVA West Coast Classic

Bay to Bay 13-1: After three days in Dallas, the 13-1's finished with a record of 7-1 losing in the semi-finals to Torrimar of Puerto Rico. This Bronze medal finish was a fantastic capstone for the 13-1's season who proved themselves to be one of the top 13's teams in the nation with a 9th place finish in the 14-Open division of the West Coast Classic and a 1st place finish in the 14-under division of NCVA Region Championships. Bright futures ahead in this age group!

Bay to Bay 13-2: It was no surprise at all within the club that the 13-2's had a stellar showing at BJNC. After winning the 13-under division in Northern California the 13-2's Coach Josh and Dalton helped navigate the boys to an 11th place finish in Dallas. On day 2 of the tournament, the 13-2's upset the #5 overall seed 949 and had two match points against OCVC which would have clinched a berth in the GOLD division. The boys ended up losing in three sets to OCVC 16-18. This forced the 13-2's, OCVC, and 949 into a 3-way tie for the berth into Gold. The 13-2's avenged their 3 set loss to OCVC in a 1 game playoff 25-21 but then fell just short in another 1 game playoff against 949 by a score of 23-25. Amazing showing players, coaches, and parents!

Bay to Bay 13-2's celebrate winning the 13's division at the NCVA Qualifier

Bay to Bay 14-1: Throughout the past three years, this group of players has consistently finished near the top of the division. Three years ago they took Bronze in the 12-under division (as 11 year olds), then Silver in the 12's division in 2017, and Silver in the 13's division in 2018. This year, Coach Frank and Allie's 14-1's solidified themselves as the top 14's team in the country going a perfect 11-0 after defeating Balboa Bay 19-25, 25-22, 15-8. Congrats team! Click to watch video of their National Championship match.

Bay to Bay 14-1's celebrate their National Championship win

Bay to Bay 14-2: The 14-2's finished in 13th place, going 6-4 at BJNC and made it all the way into the day 3 power pool, narrowly missing a berth in the Gold bracket after losing a three set match with MKE Sting 25-22, 17-25, 13-15. We are extremely proud of this team and all they accomplished this season. They solidified their place as one of the top 14's teams in the region and showed loads of promise for the future.

Bay to Bay brought home 2 gold, 1 silver, and 4 bronze medals from Dallas, TX

Bay to Bay 14-Club: Coach Kevin and Attila's team also finished in 13th place in the Club division, demonstrating the tremendous depth of our Bay to Bay teams in the younger age groups. In their day 3 power pool, the 14-Club came out hot and defeated the number 1 seed in straight sets. They also pushed MB Surf to 3-sets before falling 6-15. These boys are in a great position as they make the move to the higher net next season.

Bay to Bay 15-1: At the 2018 BJNC, this team lost a heart breaker in the quarter finals to Balboa Bay 17-19 in the third set. In 2019, the boys met a familiar foe in the Quarters: Balboa Bay and the rematch did not disappoint as Bay to Bay won a three set battle 16-14 in the third set. Throughout the tournament the boys played at an extremely high level during tense and pressure filled situations. Credit coach Chad, Russell, and Mason for keeping the boys dialed in over the course of 4 days. Theo Snoey and Ryan Duross were named to the All-Tournament team.

The 15-1's celebrate a jump serve ace from Theo Snoey

Bay to Bay 15-2: The 15-2's caught fire at Junior Nationals bringing home the Silver medal in the 15 Club division, eventually falling to Balboa Bay in the finals. Coach Todd, Wyatt, and Aleks helped navigate the team to a 9-2 finish on the tournament (their only two losses were to Balboa Bay on day 2 and in the finals). Justin Han, Vishnu Kannan, and Albert Chang made the All Tournament team.

Bay to Bay 15-2's snap a photo after advancing to the semi finals

Bay to Bay 15-Club: Coach Jarrod and John's team showed a tremendous amount of resiliency at BJNC, starting off the tournament with a few tough three set losses in their first six matches. The boys rebounded with four straight victories to win their flight and end with a record of 4-6 in a loaded 15-Club division!

Bay to Bay 15-Club score a big point on day 3 of BJNC

Bay to Bay 16-1: The 16-1's continued to prove themselves a force to be reckoned with on the national level, finishing in 11th place in the silver division. The 16-1's lost their one match playoff to get into gold by a score of 25-21, 18-25, 16-18 in the third set. Coach Steve, Javi, and Ryan said they were extremely proud of the grit their team showed throughout the tournament.

Bay to Bay 16-1 gather for a team photo on day 3 of BJNC

Bay to Bay 16-2: Behind the leadership of Coach Chris and Jordan Chu the 16-2's battled their way into the gold bracket of the 16-Club division winning 10 matches in a row before falling to the eventual champions Vanguard. Highlights included defeating HPSTL in the one match gold playoff in front of a packed crowd and a hard fought victory against a strong Outrigger team in the quarterfinals. Casey VanWandelen and Owen Brune were selected to the All-Tournament team.

Bay to Bay 16-2's brought home the bronze medal in the 16-