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Tuesday April 29, 2014

Easter Weekend Closes Triangle Qualifier Season-Easter weekend saw 14 Triangle teams head to four different cities to compete in their final national qualifier of the 2014 season. Nine teams earned impressive top ten finishes; with at least one in every age group 13-18. 

In total for the 2014 season Triangle had 37 qualifier appearances by 20 teams. Fifteen top 10 finishes were earned by teams from 12’s to 18’s. In addition, teams from the Black to the White level shared in top ten accomplishments which represents the best overall qualifier performance in Triangle’s history. 

Results from last weekend follow:

Northeast Qualifier-Fort Washington [Gaylord], MD




13 Black

13 Open


14 Black

14 Open


14 Blue

14 USA


14 White

14 American


Northern Lights Qualifier-Minneapolis, MN

15 Black

15 Open


15 Blue

15 USA


15 White

15 American


Lone Star Qualifier-Dallas, TX

16 Black

16 Open


16 Blue

16 USA


16 White

16 American


Northeast Qualifier-Philadelphia, PA

17 Black

17 Open


17 Blue

17 USA


18 Black

18 Open


18 Blue

18 USA



"What We Learned About Our Teams" by Mike Schall

This past weekend was a unique one in our history and certainly in my time here as the Associate Director. Triangle Volleyball Club sent teams to four different cities across the United States to compete in National Qualifiers. Two 18’s and two 17’s teams traveled to Philadelphia. Three 16’s teams went to Dallas. Three 15’s teams flew to Minneapolis. Three 14’s teams and one 13’s team hopped on a bus to National Harbor (Washington, DC). 

For the first time in my tenure and in Triangle's recent history, no Triangle teams earned a bid to Junior Nationals through a Junior National Qualifier yet it felt like the most successful season ever. This past weekend alone, nine of our fourteen teams competing finished in the top 10 in their respective age divisions. 14 White (American), 17 Blue (USA), and 18 Black all were defeated in matches that would have given them a bid to Nationals. Did we fall short of a goal. Yes. Triangle 18 Black even had set as one of their season goals winning a qualifier. We fell short…and I wouldn’t trade the attempt of going after something big for anything.

For the casual, and even interested, observer, the only measuring stick that counts is ‘win or loss.’ When someone asks, “how did you do,” they just really want to know the outcome of your match.  That is the easiest and sometimes most misleading way to measure ‘how we did.’  Throughout my career, I have had good losses and bad wins. As Coaches, I think we should have a different set of criteria for evaluating success, especially when looking at it in the context of an entire season. Did our teams get better? Did we play the best that we were capable of playing? Did we play hard? Did we stick together? How did we handle adversity? How did we handle success? Did we take care of each other? Did we respect the game?

As a Coach (in case you didn’t notice, I think the title Coach should always be capitalized) and Club Director, I believe the criteria for success listed above can be achieved regardless of the outcome of a match, finish in a tournament, or bid qualification status. Would I rather win than lose? Of course. I think anybody with a pulse would agree. I was honored to coach a team this year that continued to get better (and we will continue that through AAU’s), cared deeply about each other, and competed at their very best in the biggest matches. We fell a little short, but we will be connected forever. I think that’s what matters most.

Go Triangle!

Friday April 11, 2014

Triangle Volleyball Clubs 2014 Summer Camp Program is Open! Our summer camp offerings have something for every age and level of player.  Visit the 'Training' tab in the navigation bar and select the series that is right for your athlete.  All summer camp registrations can be made online through Oasys Sports by clicking the 'Register Now' button on our home page or camp pages. 

Tuesday April 8, 2014

Coach Robin Bugg was selected to receive a USA Volleyball Youth Junior Olympic Volleyball Division [YJOVD] service award for significant contributions made coaching junior club volleyball.  Bugg's resume is impressive with over twenty years of coaching experience at the middle school, high school, club, and collegiate levels.  She has served as head coach for high school programs in Texas, Utah, and West Virginia and has 16 years of experience coaching club.  The 2014 season marks her seventh year on staff at Triangle, serving three years as the head coach of 18 Black, and most recently as the head coach for 17 Black.  Her 2010 18 Black team became the first team from North Carolina to "double-qualify"  for the prestigious 18 Open division at Junior Nationals with a second place finish at MEQ and the championship at the Lone Star Classic.  That team under her leadership earned a T-15 finish in Open at USAV Jr. Nationals.  In 2011 she led 18 Black to a third place finish at the Big South National Qualifier, qualifying for a second consecutive year.  At nationals 18 Black finished 13th in the Open Division - the highest finish of any Open team in North Carolina history.  In 2012 Bugg led Triangle 17 Black to win an Open bid at the Lone Star National Qualifier by placing 4th in the tournament.  This was the first-ever Open bid at the 17s age group in both Triangle's and North Carolina's club volleyball history.  

From 1992-2000, Robin served as co-director and head coach for the North Dallas Juniors Volleyball Association.  During her time with North Dallas, she helped over 80 student-athletes earn athletic scholarships and won several North Texas Region and Tour of Texas Championships.  In total Robin has made 13 trips to the USA Junior Olympic Volleyball Championships as a coach.  

As a middle blocker and three-time team captain with the University of Tennessee (1980-1983), Robin led her team to two SEC championships and three 9th place finishes at the NCAA tournament.  The three time All-SEC selection still holds several records at her alma mater, including career aces, career blocks, and most blocks in a match.  Robin was inducted into the Lady Vol Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005.  

"Without question Robin has achieved tremendous success on court" stated Triangle's Executive Director, Sherry Fadool.  "It is Robin's ability to manage the delicate balance between driving an individual's and teams' performance and guiding and mentoring athletes to be young people of strong character, kindness, and good citizenship that makes her uniquely qualified for this award."  Fadool adds, "To be certian, Robin's influence extends beyond our athletes to the entire coaching staff who look to her for technical guidence, competitive experience, and coach mentorship." 

Monday March 31, 2014

Triangle has recently announced a partnership with Courts 4 Kids  to plan a summer mission trip to Costa Rica.  Courts 4 Kids in partnership with organizations such as Triangle work with community members in economically disadvantaged areas to build courts which provide kids the opportunity to play sports.  The mission team will spend the next several months preparing for their trip by raising funds, learning about the culture of the people they will work side-by-side with for nine days, and participating in the "head and heart" training.  To learn more about the mission trip please visit Triangle's Courts 4 Kids page HERE.  To learn about the Pledge for Points fundraiser for the trip please click HERE

Tuesday March 11, 2014

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.

Thursday February 27, 2014

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

Thursday February 27, 2014

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.

Wednesday February 5, 2014

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.   

Wednesday February 5, 2014

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].