|Colorado River Parker Dynasty 18's - Team Members: Mary Elizabeth
Alford, Alicia Alford, Jennifer Dewey, Patty Flores, Maryam Gary,
Gonzalez, Secilee Hooper, Felicia McGee, Staci Mitchell, Elizabeth
Preito, Tahnee Sharpe, Samantha Sosa, Amber Swick, Megan Zynda.
Coaches: Dan & Marie Maya
Colorado River Beats
the Odds, Club Red for 18’s Club Title
One hundred and forty
miles west of Phoenix, Daniel and Maria Maya took the best the
city of Parker, AZ had and made them champions.
It wasn’t an easy
road, but one that used the winds and bumps to their advantage.
As Daniel says, “Their dedication is
what got them to this level.”
The level of which he
speaks is the Region Championship for the 18 Club division, a first
for his Colorado River 18-1’s team
who downed Club Red’s 17-Black team in the final held Saturday,
April 28th at South Mountain Community College.
Daniel and Maria undertake
running the Colorado River Club team to further their region’s play. “My wife and I are both
high school volleyball coaches.” Daniel says. “We do
club because you will not compete at State if you don’t. Unfortunately
we do not have the easy access to club like the girls of the Phoenix
area. My wife and I wish we had all of these great coaches available
to coach our girls. We have to do it all. I guess the advantage we
have is we are the only club in this area and we can pick the best
to travel to Phoenix.”
“The other reason we have been successful is these girls are
very committed to the club.” Maya says emphasizing his point
about sacrifice. “Many play softball and track. They only go
to the club tournaments that don’t interfere with those activities.
These girls rarely have a weekend off and they often come to practice
volleyball after a hard afternoon of high school softball and track
|Club Red 17-Black Team Members: Erin Cooper, Samantha Esserm,
Lauren Fielding, Shea Hansen, Jenna Hines, Maria Huenneke, Samantha
King, Audrey Purdue, Ashley Totten, Taite Wall. Coach: Terri
Club Red’s road, while not as long or perilous, was bumpy
as well. “I thought I was going to be the assistant of this
team”, Terri Spann says, “And I inherited the team after
the 1st tournament of the season. I don't think they knew what they
were getting into with me as their coach, but I changed my style
of coaching for them and they took me in with open arms.”
Spann’s style showed early and often as the 17-Black squad
stayed in the top 2 teams of the Championship division all season. “We
always worked hard no matter what.” Spann says. “Going
into regionals we were preparing for the unexpected thanks to prom!
We had our whole team throughout the pool play and crossover and
then lost half of our team to prom for the bracket play. But our
girls knew what we were going against and were not going to use that
as an excuse.”
Maya was ecstatic about
how his 10th seeded girls played the day and into the finals. “Our
girls played great for the finals. They finally learned how to
win a championship.
We just told the
girls to play to win. We feel in the past we had played not to lose.
The attitude of attack and score was what we tried to sell. What
ever it was, the girls played awesome. It also helped that we did
not have softball, track, or prom on this day. We were only missing
one of our impact players.”
But Maya points to an
attitude that helped his team get to the pinnacle of their division. “We try to live by a quote I saw on a Nike
T-Shirt. ‘Champions aren’t made by chance. Champions
are made by CHOICE.’ Our girls have been working for this championship
since they were 13 years old. The sad part about this championship
is we are the only ones who know how big an accomplishment this is.
Our community is not aware of how many teams are in the 18 and under
Championship Division or how competitive this level of play is. Championships
at this level don’t happen by chance. We are very proud of
our team’s accomplishment.”
Equally proud is Spann
of her girls. “I felt like we grew
as a team mentally and physically.” Terri says smiling. “I
wanted this team to improve as a team and individually so they could
take it into their high school teams and they did both.” She
says proudly. “All of my players stepped up, learned a lot
of new things and had an open mind while doing so. I'm just grateful
they accepted me as their coach when they didn't expect it to be
18 Club Final Standings
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Squared Coach's Clinic Brings In Heavy Hitters
Gold Medal Squared founder and lead clinician Dr. Carl McGown
discusses the program and its systems with eager coaches. U.S.
Men's National Team coach Hugh McCutcheon is in the background
in the grey coat.
The Gold Medal Squared
Coaching Clinic held April 20-22 at Arizona State University not
only gave some Arizona coaches a chance to learn
their system, it was also a mini who’s who of volleyball’s
USA Volleyball coaching
legend Carl McGown, the founder and lead clinician for the Gold
Medal Squared program was joined
by U.S. Men’s
National Team coach Hugh McCutcheon for the three day clinic. Several
of the program’s summer clinicians were on hand as well to
learn the program from its founder.
For information on Gold Medal Squared clinics, go to www.goldmedalsquared.com
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