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The Arizona Region’s 2007 High Performance Clinics were held in mid June at Phoenix College to rave reviews for both age groups.
“ The clinic overall was the best clinic my daughter has attended.” Said Connie Panagiotakopoulos of her daughter Anna’s experience in the HP Select age group camp, held June 11-13th under the direction of Melissa Wolter.
“I felt my daughter was given a lot of valuable information and many new drills to help develop her game.” Panagiotakopoulos added. The coaching staff, especially Melissa, also inspired her and instilled the notion that you must be willing to work hard consistently in order to get to that next level, which for Anna would be preparation for high school. Anna has attended several camps in valley and away, and this was by far, one of the most productive yet.”
Thirty athletes attended the Select camp which was aided by Phoenix College Coach Karen Sitkiewicz, South Mountain Community College coach Pat Mooney, and former High Performance team players from the past, Kelsey Thomsen, Dana Edington, Stephanie Snow and Sarah Reaves. “The HP program did a lot for me, and I wanted to give a little back!” Reaves said.
In the older Youth division, the camp was given a lift when head coach Erikka Gulbranson arranged for National Team libero Nicole Davis to join the coaching staff.
“This was such a hard working group of ladies, both Nicole and I were greatly impressed.” Gulbranson said of her girls.
Bree Homesey of Glendale was succinct in her praise of the camp. “ It was the first camp that I really enjoyed going to and I wanted it to be longer!”
The Arizona High Performance Program will await the January meetings before deciding its course for next year.
The Arizona Region is finalizing plans to host its first annual Golf Tournament to help raise funds for charitable programs throughout the Region.
The tournament will be held at the Phantom Horse Golf Club located at the Pointe South Mountain resort in Phoenix.
A 7:30 a.m. start on September 15 th includes a golf car, practice balls and bag tags in addition to lunch. The cost for the event is $120 per individual and $400 per foursome.
The tournament will coincide with the Region’s General Assembly held before the beginning of the 2007-08 club season. For costs and availability, contact Christy at the Region office at 602-454-1367.
The Arizona Region’s Junior beach program finished up its halfway point with tournaments last week. For points leaders, tournament winners and pictures of the tournament winners, go to the beach link on the Arizona Region website.
The Junior Coed tournament is July 8th at Victory Lanes. Also coming up soon, stops in Tucson on July 14th and August 4th, a final stop in Flagstaff on July 28th and the final installment of the college girl’s tournament held at Victory Lanes July 22nd.
The Region’s second installment of the Father’s Day Father/Daughter tournament saw 30+ teams compete in 4 age divisions for medals and a whole lot of fun under a day that started at 113+ on the sands of Victory Lanes.
The Darris family drove up from Tucson and captured the 12’s division over Team Tielberg.
The 14’s were won by Team Nelson who topped Team Keller in the final.
For the second year in a row, Team Beal took the gold topping Team Nielson in the final.
In the 16’s division, Team Gott topped Team Ronda for the gold.
The tournament did claim one hamstring and one big toe, but the rest of the night was enjoyed by all. Congratulations to the winners and all that braved the heat.
In what U.S. Head Coach Mike Hulett dabbed “the most significant match since winning the bronze medal at the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games,” the U.S. Women’s Sitting Volleyball team rebounded from two straight losses to the Netherlands earlier this week by sweeping the Dutch 3-0 on June 28th at the Wellness Center on the campus of University of Central Oklahoma.
Cave Creek alum Lora Webster is a starter for the team looking to earn a bid to the 2008 Olympics. You can follow Lora and the rest of the team on the USA website.
Flagstaff Athletic Club is hosting the 2 th installment of the Big Gun Beach Volleyball Tournament on July 21st and 22nd, and August 11th and 12th. For more information, you can check out the Region’s Beach page or call 928-779-5141 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Anna Gott and partner Betsi Metter have been winning gold medals the past few seasons on the Arizona sand at a record pace, but they recently flexed their beach muscles in Southern California and came away with similar results.
Gott and Metter took second in the AAU California Regional Championships on June 3rd. The top two teams from this tournament qualified for the AAU Junior Olympic Games in Knoxville, TN July 28-31. Congratulations Anna and Betsi.
USA Volleyball is offering free specific online newsletters for Junior Girls, Junior Boys, Beach, Women’s National Team, Men’s National Team and Coaches Education. You can go to http://www.usavolleyball.org/FreeNewsletter/ to sign up for the newsletter you want.
In order to make these newsletters as timely and as interesting as possible, USAV is asking for your help. Please let them know about stories that feature junior players, coaches, and programs. They want to know about accomplishments on and off the court. Do you have any photos to share? Are there any budding poets or authors in our junior ranks?
Please help us recognize these talents and accomplishments that we know flourish at the high school and club levels. Feel free to submit photos and story ideas at any time to Bill Kauffman (girls) and BJ Evans (boys). Please get the word out to coaches, players, parents and tournament directors that USA Volleyball wants and needs your ideas and contributions.
Check the Arizona Region site at www.azregionvolleyball.org and check out the Camps link to find links to several volleyball camps going on around Arizona and surrounding areas.
Men and Women over 50 (Especially men 60-70) are needed to fill Senior Olympic teams in the upcoming year. There are three tournaments a year, the next one in Prescott in August. The cost is $20 per player
Join the Senior Olympics!!! You'll have a lot of fun and you might see some old friends......
Phoenix College Volleyball Coach Karen Sitkiewicz announced this week she is forming leagues for High School aged girls over the summer to be played at PC.
The leagues will run for 4 weeks on Tuesday nights (6, 7, and 8pm match times). Your team chooses if they would like to participate in June, July, or both and the teams will play in 2 matches per night. One official and a scorekeeper will be provided, no uniforms are needed and there are unlimited substitutions.
For information on this league and other programs at Phoenix College, contact Coach Sitkiewicz at email@example.com
A boys only volleyball camp has been scheduled for the second year at Goldwater High School. The camp will cover basic and advanced skills along with a one day tournament.
- July 25-26-27
- Cost $40
Go to www.goldwatervolleyball.com to sign up and for more information
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