The second stop on the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Power League, MAPL Raleigh, brought excellent junior girls' competition to the Triangle. With 156 teams, U13-U18, from New York to Georgia MAPL Raleigh is among the largest indoor volleyball events in NC. The 2014 champions were: Black division [16-18s] Triangle 18 Black; Blue division [14-16s] A5 Mizuno 15-1; Red division [13/14s] Beach Elite 14B Adidas.
Tournament Host, Triangle Volleyball Club, thanks all participating teams and spectators, Quest for Excellence Sports, Carolina Region Officials, countless volunteers, sponsors [Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance, RedHat, Backyard Bistro, Molten, Virscidian, Triangle Friends, Cat Kearns/Realtor-RE/MAX, Carolina Region, Fairfield Inn & Suites/Brier Creek, Fairfield Inn & Suites/RDU Airport, Jimmy Johns, Kilwins, and WakeMed], the City of Raleigh, and RCC staff.
MAPL Raleigh returns in 2015 on March 7and 8.
Presidents’ Day Weekend saw sixteen teams on the road; four teams in Chicago at the Presidents’ Day Challenge and twelve at Capitol Hill Classic in Washington, DC. Also, the eastern side of the state was able to hold their regional tournaments and we had several teams competing.
Carolina Region: unfortunately 13’s was cancelled but 14 Steel played in 14’s at Triangle and we were able to get 14 Silver placed in 15’s at Triangle. The kids responded great with 14 Steel and 14 Silver both emerging from pool play into bracket and ultimately to the finals. 14 Steel finished in 2nd place and 14 Silver ended up winning the 15’s tournament.
The Presidents’ Day Challenge is hosted by Sports Performance [IL] and has a field comprised of many JVA [non-USAV] teams that we don’t often compete against until AAU’s Junior Nationals. Clubs considered amongst the strongest in the country converge in Chicago for three days of intense competition. From start to finish each match is very competitive.
15 Black [Open]-21st/32
16 Black [Open]-12th/48
17 Black [Open]-10th/32
18 Black [Open]-6th/38
Capitol Hill Classic is the largest event on the eastern seaboard with 875 teams in attendance. This event also recognizes individual accomplishments towards team success. The following athletes were recognized: Best Digger, Katie Lawson [14 White], Best Receivers, Logan Mosley [13 Black], Alex Gray [15 Silver], Makenzie Morrison [16 White] and Tori Pearce [18 Blue]; Best Setter, Caroline Bunting; and Best Blocker, Bre Andrea. Makenzie Morrison also earned MVP honors in the 16 Club division.
13 Black [13 Open]-2nd/16
14 Black [15 Open]-27th/64
14 Blue [14 Open]-11th/40
14 White [14 Club]-T3/80
15 Blue [15 Open]-17th/64
15 White [15 Club]-T5/111
15 Silver [15 Club]-T3/111
16 Blue [16 Open]-T13/64
16 White [16 Club]-1st/119
16 Silver [16 Club]-T33/119
17 Blue [17 Open]-25th/64
18 Blue [18 Open]-T5th/56
The Evening of Champions is hosted annually by the Greater Raleigh Sports Council to celebrate the Triangle's professional and amateur teams, athletes, special events, and fans. Jenna Hinton, Assistant Director and Head Coach of Triangle 14 Black was selected to receive the John Freehaler Sports Volunteer of the Year award. Hinton was recognized for her service to youth and, in particular, the disabled population. Over the last several years Hinton has spearheaded Triangle's partnership with Bridge II Sports to promote and offer sitting volleyball [a paralympic sport], create a adaptive sport chair for disabled, and assisted with the hosting of the Southeast Valor Games.
Since 2003 Triangle has hosted a club wide retreat day. The day is devoted to team pictures and team and club building activities. This year Triangle's 270 student-athletes spent their time painting jump boxes, writing letters and hanging out with their Big/Little brothers and sisters. To cap off the event a panel of Triangle's senior class answered questions for younger athletes and reflected on their experience at Triangle. Many thanks to all our volunteers and Coach Jenna Hinton for putting the day together.
Ten Triangle teams, 14-18 Black and Blue, traveled to Hampton, VA for the first MAPL event of the 2014 season. MAPL is unique in several ways. First, it is mixed age division competition [two divisions with 54 teams each] designed to bring the very best teams on the eastern seaboard together, under one roof, to play tough competition. Second, it is power pooled; every match is competitive unlike other multi-day events where seeding can make first day/wave matches less challenging. Triangle had an excellent showing capturing 1st, 2nd, 9th, T11, and T13 in the BLACK division [18 Black, 17 Black, 18 Blue, 16 Black, 17 Blue] and 3rd, T11, T19, 32, and T41 in the BLUE division [16 Blue, 15 Black, 15 Blue, 14 Black and 14 Blue].
Richmond, VA - Twenty Triangle teams competed in the first travel trip of the season, Richmond's Monument City Classic. Triangle finished with an overall 112-49 record on the three day tournament which included many Triangle v. Triangle matches. Top finishes include 18 Blue [18 Open Champions], 17 Black [17 Open Champions], 15 [15 Open 2nd place], 18 Black [18 Open 3rd place], 15 Silver [15 Club 3rd place] and the first ever Triangle 12 Black team to compete at Monument City finished at an impressive T3/8 for the weekend. Congratulations to all Triangle teams on a great weekend!
The Wisconsin Badgers and Penn State Nittany Lions will face off in the 2013 Women's Volleyball Division I Championship Match. Katie Slay '10 helped lead the Nittany Lions to an impressive 3-0 sweep of number three seeded Washington in the semi-final match. Haleigh Nelson '12 and the Badgers toppled the reigning National Champions and number one seeded Texas Longhorns in a 3-1 semi-final. Wisconsin and Penn State will play Saturday, December 21st at 9:30 PM EST and can be viewed on ESPN2.
Be sure to catch the 9th Annual Triangle Alumnae Match, Sunday, December 29th at 6:00 PM. Triangle alums from the past 11 years will take on the Senior Class of 2014 in a best 2 out of three showdown at Triangle. The Alumnae took home the trophy last year, will they be able to capture it again?
Congratulations to Triangle Alums Jill Edwards (Class of 2010), Katie Slay (Class of 2010) and Madi Bugg (Class of 2012) on their outstanding accomplishments this season. Madi Bugg was named to the 2013 AVCA Division I Second Team All-America and PAC-12 Setter of the Year. Jill Edwards was named to the AVCA Divison II Honorable Mention All-America Team and the Capital One Divison II Academic All-America First Team with a 3.58 GPA. Along with leading her team to the Final Four, Katie Slay was named AVCA Division I Third Team All-America and the Capital One Division I Academic All-America of the Year with a 3.64 GPA.
Tune in tonight and see Katie Slay (Triangle Class of 2010) a senior at Penn State, and Haleigh Nelson (Triangle Class of 2013) a freshman at Wisconsin, join Washington and Texas in a battle to see who will be crowned National Champion. Both semi-final and championship matches can be watch on ESPN2. Wisconsin (12) will take on Texas (1) at 7:30 PM and Penn State (2) will play Washington (3) at 9:30 PM.