IN THE NEWS: July 27, 2018
Two nationally recognized club ranking platforms have chosen Triangle amongst the very best in the nation.
PrepVolleyball.comTM recently released its final 2018 National Club Rankings for high school-aged Club teams (15-18s). Each age-level list ranks the top 80 teams in the country. Triangle was one of only 23 clubs in the country to have a team on every list. As the only club in North Carolina to be ranked so highly in all age levels, Triangle was also one of just three southeastern clubs to reach this status [A5 (Atlanta) and OTVA (Orlando-Tampa)]. The Triangle team rankings on PrepVolleyball.com's list for 2018 include:
- Triangle 15 Black - 76th
- Triangle 16 Black - 12th
- Triangle 17 Black - 23rd
- Triangle 18 Black - 78th
Additionally, US Club Rankings has ranked Triangle as the 37th best club in the country making it six consecutive seasons of Triangle being ranked in the top 40. No other club in North Carolina has achieved such national acclaim.
PrepVolleyball.comTM is the leading online destination for girls' and boys' club, high school and college volleyball. "Prep" is a division of Advanced Sports Media Group (ASM) which hosts the online and on-field destinations for the 20+ million passionate athletes, and the 30+ million supportive coaches, administrators and fans, by providing high-quality content, statistics and services for the sports they love and by helping these athletes pursue future ambitions.
This award recognizes a youth sports organization that embraces a "kids first" approach, evidenced by their implementation of recognized best practices and policies that protect kids and promote safety within their organization. Criteria for selection includes demonstrating a heartfelt passion, commitment and contagious spirit for helping kids succeed in youth sports activities while maintaining a commitment to established safety procedures. This award praises organizations' commitment to kids' safety and health, demonstrating to young people that it is possible for Sports to Teach Respect, Initiative, Values and Excellence without compromising safety.
Triangle is one of only two organizations selected twice as a S.T.R.I.V.E. award finalist (2013 and 2018). This prestigious recognition and ultimately earning the 2018 S.T.R.I.V.E. award is the result of Triangle’s continued commitment to injury prevention through investment in numerous initiatives that advance athlete safety by minimizing the injury risk potential of Triangle athletes. “We are beyond ecstatic and humbled to learn that NCYS has selected Triangle as a leader amongst all youth sport organizations in the areas of athlete health and safety,” stated Sherry Fadool, Triangle’s Executive Director. Fadool added, “Back in 2009 we placed an intentional focus and dedicated significant resources towards implementing a comprehensive training program. Without question, nutrition, hydration, strength and conditioning, functional movement and mobility, and rest and recovery training are critical to athletic performance. Combined with gym improvements to reduce injury risk and by providing on-site physical therapy consultation services aimed at identifying and treating any early signs of the most common overuse-type injuries in volleyball, we can better insure that our athletes realize their potential and enjoy a lifetime of participation in sport.”
At a date this fall to be determined, Triangle will be presented with the S.T.R.I.V.E. award, a U.S. flag which will be flown over the nation’s capital in Triangle’s honor, and a $5,000 prize.
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Triangle Volleyball Club selected as S.T.R.I.V.E award finalist
For the second time in five years the National Council of Youth Sports recognizes Triangle
Morrisville, NC, May 25, 2018: For the second time in just five years Triangle Volleyball Club has been selected among the five finalists for the National Council of Youth Sports’ [NCYS], S.T.R.I.V.E. Organization of the Year award. The S.T.R.I.V.E. Award [Sports Teach Respect, Initiative, Values, and Excellence] was established in 2012 and is presented annually by NCYS and award corporate sponsor, AIG. The five finalists are selected from amongst the many nominations by an NCYS judging panel comprised of youth sports industry leaders.
This award recognizes organizations that embrace a "kids first" approach, evidenced by their implementation of recognized best practices and policies that protect kids and promote safety within their organization. Criteria for selection includes demonstrating a heartfelt passion, commitment and contagious spirit for helping kids succeed in youth sports activities while maintaining a commitment to established safety procedures. This award praises organizations' commitment to kids' safety and health, demonstrating to young people that it is possible for Sports to Teach Respect, Initiative, Values and Excellence without compromising safety.
Triangle’s is one of only two organizations selected twice as a S.T.R.I.V.E. award finalist and is a result of Triangle’s continued commitment to injury prevention through investment of considerable energy and resources in programs that advance athlete safety by minimizing the injury risk potential of athletes. “We are excited to hear that the NCYS selected Triangle again as a youth sports leader in the area of athlete health and safety,” stated Sherry Fadool, Triangle’s Executive Director. Fadool added, “Our administration, coaching staff, strength and conditioning team, and physical therapy partners share a common goal to keep athletes in the game and on the court. Through active identification and correction of weaknesses in an athlete’s fundamental movement and mobility patterns while also addressing any early signs of our sports’ most common overuse-type injuries we can better insure that our athlete’s participation in sport is lasting and enjoyable.”
The “Five-for-STRIVE" finalists' profiles will be featured on the S.T.R.I.V.E. Organization of the Year webpage and promoted via social media. The S.T.R.I.V.E. award winner will be selected through a public voting process that runs from June 1 through June 22. The S.T.R.I.V.E. award winner will be recognized at a ceremony held in their home town where they will receive a $5,000 award. Once voting opens on June 1st, Triangle’s supporters can visit the NCYS S.T.R.I.V.E site to view Triangle’s submission and place their daily vote [every unique and verifiable email address may vote ONCE PER DAY].
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Friday, May 11, 2018: The athletes and accomplishments of the 2018 season were honored at Triangle's annual End of Season Celebration held at the Raleigh Convention Center. In addition to team awards and special recognition Triangle recapped an exciting season both on and off the court. The highlights of this season's service includes:
- Collections for Note in the Pocket
- First all-veteran competitive sitting team formed
- Began partnership with Gigi's Playhouse - an adult Down's Syndrome Achievement Center
- Funded a tournament trip for Borinquen Coqui 16-1F as part of our Hurricane Maria relief efforts.
- Host site for the North Carolina Special Olympics Volleyball Summer Games
- and more.
The following individuals were recognized for above and beyond service to Triangle's mission "to educate the whole person through excellence in the sport of volleyball."
- Mary Elizabeth Finegan Award for Service
- Madelyn Wilson '20 (Honorary 16s team member, Apex Friendship) - Despite a life-changing diagnosis of stage 4 Hodgkins Lymphoma this past fall, Madelyn, not only battled her illness but she found a way to raise over $20,000 for Duke Children’s Valvano Day Hospital and the 5100 Children’s Oncology wing. Madelyn, now cancer-free, and in recovery from her aggressive treatment is working hard to make her way back to the court.
- Meredith Blum (Coach 16U Boys, 12 Steel, and 12 Regional AAU) - Meredith works with nearly everyone of our service programs and consistently volunteers for club activities and events.
- Iron Triangle Award - recognizes athletes with a deep passion and commitment for health and fitness
- Maya Starr, Triangle 13 Blue, Group 3/4 (Monday/Wednesday)
- Lauren Denney, Triangle 15 White, Group 2 (Tuesday/Thursday late)
- Kaeli Braswell, Triangle 16 Blue, Group 1 (Tuesday/Thursday early)
- Sam Casey Caram Excellence in Coaching Award - Brian Bacchi. Brian coached Triangle 15 Silver, resourced Group 1, and is coaching 16 Regional AAU this season.
- The Board Award - Emily Curtis, Triangle 18 Blue, Class of 2018. Triangle's most presitigious student-athlete award recognizing the athlete who best personifies Triangle's mission and character and so named in honor of Ashley Brooke Board McMullin, Class of 2004. Emily has played at Triangle for eight years and currently serves as the assistant coach of Triangle 14 White. She has worked with our youth program and volunteers with other club teams and programs throughout the year.
- Triangle Cup winner - Triangle 14 White. The Triangle Cup is an internal and friendly competitive service challenge.
Triangle Awards are individual team awards that recognize the athlete on each team that best represents the core values of our club. The Triangle Award winners for 2018 are:
- 11 Black-Rory Wingo
- 11 Blue-Abby Silinski
- 12 Black-Erin Curtis
- 12 Blue-Sydney Muffler
- 12 White-Sally Perez
- 12 Silver-Susan Migdal
- 12 Steel-Emerson Conigliaro
- 13 Black-Delaney Hodgin
- 13 Blue-Kate Kilpatrick
- 13 White-Ashley Ju
- 13 Silver-Allie Ferrell
- 14 Black-Alex Hatchett
- 14 Blue-Lottie Johnson
- 14 White-Tessa Justus
- 14 Silver-Mary Broderick
- 14U Boys-Kristian Smith
- 15 Black-Ashley Cao
- 15 Blue-Blair Jones
- 15 White-Isabelle Downs
- 15 Silver-Maggie Pattyson
- 15 Steel-Walker Williams
- 16 Black-Grace Patrick
- 16 Blue-Kaeli Braswell
- 16 White-Cameryn Ekeler
- 16 Silver-Brooke Fryar
- 16U Boys-Luis Rivera
- 17 Black-Gabby Brown
- 17 Blue-Abby Wordsworth
- 17 White-Natalie Williams
- 18 Black-Claire Campbell
- 18 Blue-Daryn Armstrong
- 18 White-Mackenzie Calton
- 18U Boys-Max Mrus
Destiny Cox, 6'1" Outside Hitter (Triangle 18 Black, Carrboro HS) and Ade Owokoniran, 6'3" Middle Blocker (Triangle 18 Black, Wakefield HS) have been named to the 2018 USA Women's Junior National Team [WJNT]. They are among just twelve (12) players selected from across the nation to represent the USA at the 2018 NORCECA U20 Continental Championships. Cox and Owokoniran will train beginning June 8 at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center (OTC). They will depart for Aguascalientes, Mexico on June 16th and compete over six days in the NORCECA U20 Continental Championships.
Triangle 18 Blue captured a bid to USAV 18s Junior Nationals in the USA Division in Anahiem, CA at the Northeast Qualifier last weekend. 18 Blue entered the tournament a 14th seed and started the tournament off going 3-0 in their Day 1 Pool.
After a 2-way tie in their pool on Day 2, 18 Blue beat Excel 18 National White, 25-23, in a single set tie breaker to take 2nd in their pool and head to the Gold Bracket on Day 3.
18 Blue won their first two matches in the Gold Bracket, taking them to the semi-finals of NEQ and awarding them a bid to USAV Junior Nationals in Anahiem. After losing their semi-final match, 18 Blue finished T3 with a 7-2 record. Good luck at Nationals!
Congratulations to 16 Black and 17 Black who qualified for USAV Junior National Championships in the Open Division over the weekend at the Disney Volleyball Showcase in Orlando, FL. Triangle 16 Black won the Open Division of the national qualifier - going 9-0 during the 3 day tournament. Triangle 17 Black finished in 2nd place, losing the championship match to Top Select 17 Elite Blake out of Florida.
To catch the full story - click below to read the Prep Volleyball articles on both teams [Prep Volleyball membership required].