for letter, set for set, player for player, the top two clubs
left standing in the boys Open Division slugged
it out. One using speed, the other experience. On this day, speed
Arizona Premier Volleyball 18 Errea team topped Arizona Primitive
18-Black team for the Arizona Region Open
Championships on December 20th. Coach Matt Dyck celebrates his
back to back Region titles knowing his fellas put heir best ont
eh floor when it meant the most. "This year's team was special
because most of these guys have been competing together for a few
years now. There are lots of great friendships and that made the
win just as special." Dyck says.
18-1 squad had beaten APV in three of the final four finals and
had won the last four. But in the semifinal
match Dyck's dudes did what they had to. "The match against Molten
was the most exciting match I have been a part of in all my experiences
coaching boys volleyball in the AZ Region. They are a great team
and it was a great accomplishment to beat both Molten and AZ Primitive
in the Championship Bracket and also winning it 2 years in a row."
quick offense was able to stymie Fred Mann's Primitive squad.
"APV played very well." Mann concedes. "The difference
was probably their tempo. We took too long to adjust our block
to the speed of their offense."
has always been to run our offense at a a faster tempe than anyone's
in the Region and also anyone
we will see at a national qualifier." Dyck says of his team. "Our
faster offense helps us make up for lack in size in certain situations.
They are a very savvy volleyball group."
Mann's squad was no less savvy. "I feel like this
team is small but experienced. Our setter for example has been
a varsity starter for 4 years. IT is fun to have a smaller scrappy
In the end though, APV showed it is the preeminent
boys' program in Arizona in winning its second title in two years
and proving Dyck's speed demon approach to the game is a success.
"Because these boys have been playing together for a while on APV
they don't panic, they understand each other, the system and what
it takes to win."
While there was no 16's division in the Open, the
Fear 16 Red team competed in the Open the entire season. Head Coach
Troy Dueling said of his boys, ?My main two things that I want
to see out of my teams are consistency and hard work. With this
team they had no option but to do both of those. Being a 16's team
competing in the Open Division we had no choice but to play at
a high level."
Fear's 16 Red top ten finish in the Open division
gives Dueling a great look into the future with this talented group.
"I think the one thing that was special about this team was their
attitudes. This was a very talented 16's team and not everybody
had the role they wanted and the playing time they wanted but everyone
had a great attitude and played their role on the team."
Rounding out the top 8 was Molten 18
Black (3) and AZ Fear 18 Red (4), AZP
18 Gold (5), Zia 18's (6), Molten 17 Black (7) and Club Cactus
Boys Open 18
Champions: APV 18 Errea
- Raul Aguirre, David Charles, Andrew Christ, Yvell Demosthenes,
Kennedy, Jake Klewer, Bryan Lafrese, Patrick Tunnell,
Garrett Voge, Christopher Winters.
Dyck, Michael Doyle, Brenden Kerr, Tyler Taylor
Cody Denton, Craig Felton, Nathanael Fuller, Alexander Hamill,
MIchael Ismeurt, Steven Law, Jared Morrison, Brett Riggs,
Alexander Schlossnik, Micah Steiner
Boys 16 Open
AZ Fear 16 Red
Kevin Balzer, Timothy Ciurdas, Michael Crotty, Drew Davis,
Mitchell Neilson, Christian Nix, Dustin Odorcic, Jonah
Tenorio, Sean Wilson, DevinZotovich
18 Club Champion
- Mesa 18's
Dallas Allred, Derek Espinoza, Aaron Favreau, Kevin Fleming,
Cedar Glasgow, Ronald Gonsalves, Ryan Grant, Joshua Noble,
Tyler Ray, Todd Riding, Nathan Smith, Willian Stewart,
Weston Stewart, Jonathan Stones, Steven Viall
McKenzie Cotter, Anthony Millanes
- Cochise 18 Thundercats
Jake Bailey, Hunter Barrett, Jeffrey Blaskowsky, John Carl
Henson, Phillip Hightower, Stephen Huff, Charles Shinn,
Traveis Swaggerty, Michael Toddie, Phillip Under
Todd Bradbury, Rebekka Brown, Amy Cooper
16 Club Champion
- Molten 16 Black
Jeffrey Chapman, Dane Flaherty, Zachary Greene, Jacob Keck,
Jacob Kelty, Alex McBride, Ryan Olsen, Richart Taft Peterson,
Colten Sammons, Douglas Shoemaker, Brad Tanner, Trennon