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SoCal Cup Winter Formal Recap

Our eldest teams travelled to Anaheim, California for the SoCal Cup Winter Formal. This tournament is considered one of the largest recruiting events of the year since it takes place just before the start of the college season and it is very well attended by collegiate coaches from across the country.


Bay to Bay 18-1 🥈: Went 7-2 on the weekend finishing in 2nd place in the 18 Open division. Coaches Matt, Ryan, and Sean tested out a new lineup on day 1 of the tournament and the results were "medium rare" which resulted in an early loss to Pinnacle. The boys elevated their level of play on day 2 and took down MB Surf, MVVC, and Front Range in a fantastic display of volleyball. On championship Sunday the boys took down Ocean Bay in 3 sets, then avenged a loss to 949 in Chicago with a 3-set victory in the semis before falling in the finals to MB Surf. Coach Sean stated to the team, "We need to carry that momentum into the practice gym and make each session as competitive as possible".


Bay to Bay 18-Premier 🥉: The boys of 18-Premier continued their rise in competitiveness with a third place finish at Winter Formal finishing with a record of 7-1. Their only loss came in the semi-finals to a strong MVC team from Arizona (23-25, 23-25). Coach Andrew stated it was a great result for the team but we still have work to do to become the best possible team and teammates we can be.


Bay to Bay 18-Club: The boys of 18-Club balled out at Winter Formal finishing 5th place in the gold bracket. Coach Pin-Joe said, "I really saw the team buy in to the concepts and positions we have been training and it showed in the results". Coach Pin-Joe was riding solo since head coach Ryan Bridge just welcomed his newborn daughter Claire into the world 1 week ago! Congrats Ryan and Katie 💙


Bay to Bay 17-1: The 17-1's went 6-2 on the weekend and finished 5th in the Gold bracket of the 17 Open division. They had a few highlight victories in pool play against COAST and OCVC. In the Gold bracket the boys took down the #2 ranked SoCal team: WAVE (21-25, 31-29, 15-13) before falling to eventual champion Balboa Bay in 2 sets (25-22, 25-14).


Bay to Bay 17-Premier: Coach Lavelle and Dylan's team went 5-3 on the weekend finishing in 5th place of the Gold bracket. The boys had multiple hard fought battles on the weekend including a 3-setter against eventual champion AZ Fear. Coach Lavelle said, "It was a great improvement from Chicago, but we still have room to improve on the offensive side of the ball moving into Sacramento".


Bay to Bay 17-Club: Coach Nick and Kyle's team went 6-1 on the weekend and finished in 5th place of the 17 Club division! The boys went to 3-sets in 5 of their 7 matches. In their quarterfinal matchup they fell in a tight matchup to SG Elite (21-25, 23-25).


Bay to Bay 16-1: The 16-1's came in as a 2 seed in their pool but took down Team Rockstar in 3-sets to take over the #4 overall seed. On day 2, they came up against a fiery Miami United team and lost a barn burner (20-25, 33-31, 14-16). From there they took down NCVC and lost another tight matchup with Balboa Bay (23-25, 25-20, 11-15).


Bay to Bay 16-Premier: The boys of 16-Premier were a perfect 9-0 on the weekend and brought home their second straight tournament title in the 16 Club division. On Championship Sunday they boys went to 3 sets in every single matchup (say sorry to your parents 😂). They took down AZ Fear for the tournament Gold.


Bay to Bay 16-Club: Coach Lacey and Kyle's squad went 6-2 and finished in 5th place of the 16 Club division. The boys played some very compelling volleyball on the weekend while missing a few players. Guys stepped up into different roles and were able to help the team succeed. In the quarterfinals 16-Club lost a tight 3-set match to eventual champs Bay to Bay 16-Premier (25-23, 12-25, 12-15).


Bay to Bay 16-National: The boys of 16-National went 2-5 on the weekend while playing in the Club division of 16's. Nicknamed the cardiac kids of the weekend, the team went to 3 sets in 6 of their 7 matches. Coach Teddy and Brian noted some great improvements from Chicago.


Director Highlight: In the 16-National final match of the day it was a battle of Bay to Bay alumni. Coach Teddy and Brian both played for Bay to Bay at the same time as APEX1's coach Freddy Batiratu (older brother of 18-1's player Sani Batiratu).


Bay to Bay 15-1: The 15-1's finished in 5th place of the 15 Open division going 6-1 on the weekend. The boys played some fantastic volleyball throughout the weekend and made nice strides from Chicago to Anaheim. Coach Javier commented on the improvements in the teams consistency and effort over the course of the weekend.


Bay to Bay 14-1: Coach Arin, Alex, and guest coach Joel Schneidmiller's team came away with a 5th place finish in the 14 Open division this past weekend. They just missed a berth in the semi finals when they lost a close match to eventual champion Rockstar (20-25, 25-23, 16-18). On the weekend the boys played some other great matches against COAST, SCVC, and Spike and Serve.

 

Congrats to all of our players, coaches, and parents for an awesome weekend in Anaheim! All of our teams will be back in action this weekend at NCVA Region Champs (click here for tournament seeding).

After Region Champs we will be in our holiday break (no practices until the New Year). Don't forget to check out our special Holiday Camp with Stanford coach Daniel Rasay:

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