With 17 Bay to Bay teams competing under on roof it was a fun filled weekend at the Santa Clara Convention Center. The club brought home 16 top-10 finishes, 9 podium finishes, and 5 division championships.
Bay to Bay 18-1 🥇: The 18-1's had a stellar weekend at the Bay Area's premier volleyball event going 7-0 on the weekend. Propelled by a stellar team effort, the 18-1's had 11 of their 12 players healthy (finally 😉) and we're able secure the Gold medal after defeating Pacific Rim Volleyball (25-19, 25-21), NCVC (25-16, 25-25-10), and MVVC 18 Red twice (25-18, 25-23) and (25-18, 25-27, 15-7).
Bay to Bay 18-Premier 🥇: The 18-Premier squad proved their determination throughout the course of the Fall. After being bumped down to the Aqua division to start the year the Coach Ryan and Mark's squad scratched and clawed their back through the NCVA Power League and came into the travel tournament season with a head full of steam. After a strong showing at SoCal Cup, the boys took care of business in NorCal going 7-0 and securing the Gold medal with big wins over Academy Volleyball (25-19, 25-21), Red Rock Volleyball, BAVC, and MVVC 18 Black (25-23, 19-25, 15-7).
Bay to Bay 17-1 🥈: Coach Alex and Ryan's team played in the smallest division of the tournament (3 teams in 17 Open) and battled their way through a grueling "best of 5" format. The boys went 2-0 on day one, beating MVVC 17 Red (21-25, 25-20, 29-31, 25-17, 15-9) and KU'IKAHI (25-19, 25-17, 25-17) but fell in a close battle in the finals with MVVC (25-17, 23-25, 10-15).
Bay to Bay 17-Premier 🥇: The 17-Premier team went 7-0 and finished on the podium for their fifth straight tournament behind a stellar team effort. On the weekend, the team went to a decisive third set 5 times and came out victorious in each showing.
Bay to Bay 17-Club: Coach Lavelle and Andrew's team finished out the weekend in 4th place going 3-3. They lost a close battle for third place to MVVC 17 National (25-14, 26-28, 12-15) but per usual, were one of the most entertaining teams in the gym. If you ever want to see a team play with passion and energy from the first point, then make sure to add this team onto your list.
Bay to Bay 16-1 🥇: The boys of 16-1 did not a drop a set all weekend en route to their gold medal finish. They had clean sweeps of Bay to Bay 16-Premier, Red Rock, NCVC, and MVVC 16 Red. This is their 5th podium finish at Far Westerns dating back to when this team was 12 years old 🤩
Bay to Bay 16-Premier 🥉: On day one of the tournament the 16-Premier team lost two close matchups with MVVC 16 Red (23-25, 25-21, 11-15) and NCVC (26-28, 25-16, 13-15) but rebounded nicely in the day 2 bracket to go 2-1 and defeat Red Rock Boys 16-Taylor to take home the bronze. The boys also showed off their dance moves 😂
Bay to Bay 16-Club: The boys went 4-1 on the weekend finishing in 5th place of the 16 USA division. They had big wins over BAVC 16 Black and Flight Academy out of San Luis Obispo before falling to MVVC 16 Black in the quarterfinals (20-25, 24-26). You can check out all of the 16-Club teams matches streamed on their YouTube channel (the video quality is insane!)
Bay to Bay 15-1 🥇: Coach Chad and Javi's team went 5-0 on the weekend with big wins over NCVC 15-1 (25-16, 25-18, 26-24) and MVVC 15 Red (25-21, 25-22, 25-18). The team did a nice job handling adversity and making the most of the tournament with two teams dropping out in the middle of the event. Huge shoutout to the boys of 15-1 for showing up to support the 15-Premier team in their USA finals match before their own Open finals match.
Bay to Bay 15-Premier 🥈: Coach Gregg and Natalie's squad played some great volleyball on the weekend going 5-1 losing a close matchup with MVVC 15 Black in the finals (24-26, 22-25). There were some great highlight plays including some stellar plays in the finals including some highlight saves from libero Harry Shi and some huge crossing route swings from opposite Andrew Casale.
Bay to Bay 15-Club: Coach Erin and Luke's squad had a nice 4th place finish in the 15 USA division defeating Slainte to put themselves into the top four on day two. Somehow some way the 15-Club team played the same MVVC 15 Black team three times over the course of the 2 day event. Undeterred, coach Erin had the boys playing some great volleyball together and have shown great strides from the start of the season.
Bay to Bay 14-1: With only two teams entered into the 14 Open division, the NCVA decided to combine the teams into the 14 USA division. The only problem was that they forgot to add the two 14 Open teams (Bay to Bay 14-1 and MVVC 14 Red) into the tournament schedule. With a quick scramble on Saturday morning they were able to add both teams into the event as the last place seeds. Due to the seeding, the two 14 Open teams met in the quarterfinal match where the 14-1's lost an entertaining matchup with MVVC 14 Red (12-25, 25-23, 13-15). On the weekend, the boys went 5-1 and are looking forward to another opportunity in Chicago.
Bay to Bay 14-Premier: Coach BJ and Sarah's team went 3-2 on the weekend finishing in 7th place of the 14 USA division. They lost a close matchup with Lakas 14's (16-25, 25-23, 6-15) but had a big win over NCVC 14-1 (17-25, 25-9, 16-14). The boys did a great job going around to support other teams, specifically in the 14's division.
Bay to Bay 14-Club: Coach Andrew and Cassie's squad finished 13th in the 14 USA division after going 2-3 on the weekend. Their two wins came against Aspire 14 Bandits (25-12, 25-22) and SF Elite 14 Manalo (8-25, 25-18, 15-11).
Bay to Bay 13-1: Coach Arin and Pin-Joe's team finished 2nd in the 13-under division going 4-1 on the weekend. They had nice wins over MVVC 13 Black, Academy 12's, Bay to Bay 13-Premier and 12-1 and fell to MVVC 12 Red in a closely contested match on day 1 (28-30, 23-25).
Bay to Bay 13-Premier: Coach Jon and Brendan's team finished in 5th place after taking down their club mates in the 12-1's. It was a fun filled matchup and coach Jon and Brendan attributed a "good scouting report" from their Tuesday evening scrimmage against the 12-1's as the deciding factor in the victory 😂.
Bay to Bay 12-1: Coach Mason and Freddy's team is always a fan favorite and the boys put together some great strings of volleyball this weekend. Their best match came against MVVC 12 Red when they played on fire but fell just short in the third set (25-19, 22-25, 13-15). The 12's also won the best dressed award for their matching socks with Coach Mason and Freddy's faces on them (check the video out here).
Next up, we have 13 teams (14-Premier and up) heading to the Chicago tournament over MLK weekend! The Winter Championship is consistently one of the most well run and entertaining tournaments of the year. See you in the Windy City 😊
TL;DR Click to view all team finishes
Bay to Bay 18-1: Finished 1st in the 18 Open division going 7-0
Bay to Bay 18-Premier : Finished 1st in the 18 USA division going 7-0
Bay to Bay 17-1 : Finished 2nd in the 17 Open division going 3-1
Bay to Bay 17-Premier : Finished 1st in the 17 USA division going 7-0
Bay to Bay 17-Club: Finished 4th in the 17 USA division going 3-3
Bay to Bay 16-1: Finished 1st in the 16 Open division going 6-0
Bay to Bay 16-Premier : Finished 3rd in the 16 Open division going 2-5
Bay to Bay 16-Club: Finished 5th in the 16 USA division going 4-1
Bay to Bay 15-1 : Finished 1st in the 15 Open division going 5-0
Bay to Bay 15-Premier : Finished 2nd in the 15 USA division going 5-1
Bay to Bay 15-Club: Finished 4th in the 15 USA division going 1-5
Bay to Bay 14-1: Finished 5th in the 14 USA division going 5-1
Bay to Bay 14-Premier: Finished 7th in the 14 USA division going 3-2
Bay to Bay 14-Club: Finished 13th in the 14 USA division going 2-3
Bay to Bay 13-1 : Finished 2nd in the 13 USA division going 5-1
Bay to Bay 13-Premier: Finished 5th in the 13 USA division going 1-4
Bay to Bay 12-1: Finished 6th in the 13 USA division going 0-5