Champions - AZ
Sky 12 Terminatorz Roster: Carina Arellano, Amanda Benson,
Jamie Hulsey, Ali Mayer, Taylor Norman, Sarah Sponcil, Ali
Svorinic, Mia Teilborg, Kristyn Westfall, Allison York. Coaches:
Sean Parchmann & Denise Nasser
Sky Terminatorz live up to name-A Dynasty is Born!
Parchmann had to only look across his own gym floor all season
long to see
the team he would battle to
the ultimate end.
And in the end, his 12-Terminatorz finished what they started
March 10, taking home the 12AA Region Championship and
firmly placing Parchmann and Assistant Coach Denise Nasser as
the architects of a dynasty.
the 4th straight year, AZ Sky’s 12’s squad,
led by Parchmann and Nasser, have dominated the 12’s division
from the get go. This year they earned the #1 ranking in preseason
and carried it to an undefeated end. So dominant has Parchmann’s
squads been that they have only dropped one Region match in the
last 4 years!
this year, they faced their sister team, the AZ Sky 12-Thunder
in the finals of the 12AA Division. And for the first time in
a forever, the Terminatorz played with their backs firmly against
the first set, they came back and tied the match only to see
the Thunder race out to a seemingly insurmountable 12-3 lead.
But the Terminatorz proved their mettle and outlasted their brethren
16-14 to take the gold medals.
Runner Up - AZ Sky 12-Thunder Roster: Jordan Anderson,
Summer Eaton, Melissa
Head, Trianna Henry, Ashley Hull, Kirsten Nguyen,
Megan Salamun, Casey Tierney, Hayden Walker, Kailee Weiler,
Danielle Westfall. Coaches: DT Nguyen, Alexandria Eaton,
“AZ Sky could not have asked for a better region finish,
having two of their top 12's teams compete in the championship
match. The teams get along great with player friendships and
even sisters on both sides.” Parchmann said.
Thunder Head Coach
D.T. Nyugen said of his battling group, “Our
motto is to play like the score is 24-24 and that was very fitting
for this championship match.”
about his team’s long road to the gold. “Our
team this year has come a long way. It's always Denise’s
and my goal to groom five setters and this year we achieved that
once again.” He says.
“We pushed them hard at serving and now most of the coaches
in the club would not want to be on the receiving end of our
serves. This season our blocking has become formidable and we
have plenty of attacking power. But above all we try to teach
passing and ball control and we don’t move beyond that
until it meets our standards. It is hard to beat a team that
can put a ball exactly where they want!” Sean says.
Say what you will,
the unprecedented successes of Parchmann’s
squads have a common thread; to expect a lot, and keep raising
the bar. “Coaching girls 12 and under isn’t much
different than coaching other ages.” Parchmann explains
in detail. “I’d say the biggest mistake a coach can
make is to treat them as if they were 12 or under. We push our
athletes hard but I think we push them in a fun environment.
We constantly raise their goals and set new expectations. We
practice drills and situations that are more difficult than they
will face in normal games. Around all of that, we sprinkle simple
team building activities to help them appreciate how important
it is that they work together. I believe in building pride and
confidence through achievement, not in flashy team outfits, accessories
or huge rewards for winning. It’s not a groundbreaking
approach but it has earned four straight Cactus Classic and Region
Championships. It’s also given us some memorable finishes
at National Qualifiers, including a silver medal at Colorado
Crossroads this year. We are proud to have the honor of taking
a fourth AZ Sky team to the Junior Olympic National Championships
this season to represent Arizona.”
to a growing concern though in teaching the younger ages of
our sport. “It disturbs me that there is
so much specialization at such an early age in this sport. Player’s
skills and potential are being sacrificed so that a position
on a team can be filled. As a coach, I think it’s my job
to make a more complete volleyball player and I can do that more
freely at the younger ages.”
While Parchmann and
Nasser don’t know what their future
holds for next season, their record these past four years can’t
be ignored. “It’s so important to teach these athletes
well at an early age.” He pleads. “Most of our previous
athletes that have come through our 12’s program are still
amongst the best in their age group today.” Parchmann says
proudly. And for Parchmann, Nasser and these Terminatorz, v.
07, the best IS yet to come.
Ever Region 12A Championships
Champions - Agape Juniors 12-1 Roster: Hollianne Childress,
Emily Dobbs, Madelynn Fretto, Tiffany Gary, Cheyanne
Laizure, Sara Latham, April Sorensen, Kelsie Wright. Coaches:
Sue Krieger & Jody Cecil
Juniors 12-1 team is the Champion in the first ever 12A Division
Region Championships. The AZ Region 12's Division has grown
over the past few years to need a second division of play.
These teams battled in the 12's Division all year and were
rewarded with the opportunity to play for their own Championships.
Congratulations to Agape Juniors 12-1 team for taking the Gold
Medal and to Flagstaff Juniors 12-1 team for the Silver Medal.
|12A Runner Up - Flagstaff Jrs 12-1 Roster: Shilo Bailey,
Brandy Batoon, Taryn Brandel, Victoria Garten, Jessica Mesa,
Abigail Moffitt, Taylor Moody, Megan Robertson, Taylor Smith,
Nikki Tachias. Coaches: Jessica Woods, Nick Bowling, Danielle
Division Final Standings
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