Getting to Philadelphia for the Northeast Qualifier [NEQ] had its challenges. But a canceled flight and tough back-to-back with The Big South National Qualifier just the weekend prior was not going to stand in the way of this young team achieving one of its many goals this season.
Triangle 15 Black began NEQ as the overall third seed after falling just short of qualification at Big South with a 7th place finish. Determined to achieve a different outcome at NEQ they began day one with two solid 2-set wins in pool play and setting up a showdown with Metro 15 Travel. The match with Metro went three sets; 15 Black ultimately triumphed [19-25, 25-18, 15-12] to win their pool. Day 2 would put them in a pool with EC Power [PA], Madfrog [TX], and Rockwood Thunder [MO]. A repeat performance of day 1 puts 15 Black with two 2-set wins and a battle for first place in the pool with undefeated Rockwood Thunder. The match is close but 15 Black falls in two given them second place in the pool but a birth in the 4-team Gold pool on the final day of play. The bid to USAV GJNC's is secured on day two as both Rockwood Thunder and Texas Advantage had previously qualified this season.
Not settling for qualification alone, the team embarks on its Gold pool against overall number one seed Texas Advantage. In an exciting 3-set match Triangle comes up just short [20-25, 25-20, 15-7]. In their second match they turn the tables and defeat Rockwood Thunder in two sets [25-21, 27-25]. Their final match is a repeat against Metro 15 Travel which they drop in three sets [15-25, 25-23, 15-6]. The resulting three-way tie for second place falls to Triangle based on set percentage and the team secures a solid second place overall finish.
Triangle 15 Black's qualification earns them one of thirty-six spots in the prestigious Open division of USAV Girls' Junior National Championships. The event will be held in late June in Minneapolis, MN.
The members of Triangle 15 Black are: Megan Bost [West Johnston HS], Lauren Della [Panther Creek HS], Jade Demps [Broughton], Destinee Dorsey [Carrboro HS], Sydney Dowler [Green Hope HS], Alexis Engelbrecht [Green Hope HS], Adriana Kim [Durham Academy], Kaya Merkler [Chapel Hill HS], Skyler Rogerson [Millbrook HS], Courtney Zwikker [Chapel Hill HS]. The team is coached by Emily Whitsett and Alston Godbold.
The Big South Qualifier serves as the kick off to the qualifier season for teams aged 12-17s. Over the years Big South has grown to ca. 1400 teams and has also become increasingly competitive. It is the one qualifying event where it is possible for Triangle to enter both national and regional plus teams since it is drivable.
Speaking of driving; it is regrettable that our five-bus motorcade was caught up in the I-85 bridge fire and collapse. It is worth mentioning and appreciating the calm manner with which both staff, and especially, our bus drivers responded to this situation. We ended up losing about 1 ½ hours and having a later dinner than hoped for but all were safe. Thank you Calvin and your team from AT&T bus service!!!
Back to the court. The qualifier experience is unique to USA Volleyball; with USAV Junior National bids on the line the Georgia World Congress Center is full of excitement and, often, considerable tension. Teams compete within their age level and at a competitively appropriate division. Open is the highest division; followed by USA and then American. The only exception is the 12’s division which hosts National and American divisions only.
With an overall record of 108-74 Triangle secured seven (7) top ten finishes and sixteen (16) finishes in the top ½ of the field for their respective division. The finishes of our teams are below. It is truly impressive to see the success achieved by teams at all age and team levels.
Additional kudos to Triangle 18U Boys and 14U Boys for their participation in A5’s Battle of the Belligerents. Both teams earned a T3 overall finish.
|12 Black||12 National||9/16||6-2|
|12 Blue||12 American||T31/54||3-4|
|13 Black||13 Open||T15/23||3-3|
|13 Blue*||13 American||T9/108||5-2|
|13 White||13 American||T35/108||3-4|
|13 Silver||13 American||T86/108||2-6|
|14 Black||14 Open||19/22||3-5|
|14 Blue||14 USA||T37/72||7-1|
|14 White||14 American||T41/159||5-3|
|14 Silver||14 American||T106/159||4-4|
|14 Steel||14 American||T29/159||4-4|
|15 Black*||15 Open||T7/31||4-5|
|15 Blue||15 USA||T74/116||6-3|
|15 White||15 American||T24/176||6-3|
|15 Silver||15 American||T50/176||4-4|
|15 Steel||15 American||T50/176||5-3|
|16 Black*||16 Open||T5/35||5-2|
|16 Blue*||16 USA||T9/110||6-2|
|16 White||16 American||T17/176||7-3|
|16 Silver||16 American||T77/176||3-4|
|17 Black*||17 Open||T5/40||7-1|
|17 Blue||17 Open||T19/64||5-3|
|17 White*||17 American||T9/103||5-3|
*Gold bracket/pool participant on final day of play
Over the January 28/29th weekend was the first stop of the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Power League [MAPL, pronounced M-apple] series held in Hampton, Virginia. MAPL is a unique mixed-age division event which looks to bring the most elite volleyball teams along the eastern seaboard together in one event. MAPL events utilize a power-pool format to create competitive match ups throughout the two-day event. MAPL events are big draws for collegiate recruiters and nearly 80 colleges and universities were represented at MAPL Hampton.
Triangle sent fifteen (15) teams to the event held annually at the Hampton Roads Convention Center and the Boo Williams Sportsplex. Teams compete in one of three divisions: Black [16-18’s]; Blue [14-16’s]; and Red [13/14’s].
Triangle records and finishes are:
[Team, Win-Loss Record, Finish/Field Size]
RED DIVISION [13-14’s]
13 Black, 4-3, T7/24
14 Blue, 4-3, 9/24
BLUE DIVISION [14-16’s]
14 Black, 5-3, T27/66
15 Black, 8-0, 1st/66
15 Blue, 2-4, T21/66
15 White, 5-2, T41/66
16 Blue, 6-2, T3/66
16 White, 4-2, T29/66
BLACK DIVISION [16-18’s]
16 Black, 3-4, T5/66
17 Black, 8-0, 1st/66
17 Blue, 2-4, T13/66
17 White, 5-3, T35/66
18 Black, 6-1, T3/66
18 Blue, 5-2, T17/66
18 White, 5-3, T33/66
rall record 72-36
The second stop of the Mid-Atlantic Power League is MAPL Raleigh, hosted by Triangle Volleyball Club on March 11 and 12.
The 2nd Annual City of Oaks Challenge was held at the Raleigh Convention Center, January 14-16, 2017. The City of Oaks Challenge welcomed 177 teams to Raleigh, NC during MLK weekend. Along with teams, parents and spectators over 50 college recruiters were in attendance during the first official weekend of the 2017 recruiting season. Downtown Raleigh played host to teams from along the eastern seaboard and as far as Puerto Rico.
Since its first year the City of Oaks Challenge has grown from 147 to 177 teams on 25 courts. The growth and popularity of the event would not be possible without the support of the City of Oaks Challenge sponsors - Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance, Molten and the Carolina Region, along with numerous volunteers and tournament staff.
We would like to congratulate all tournament champions and thank each team for their participation. Please visit Advanced Event System for official tournament results.
Triangle enters its 12th season as a CR tournament host. We look forward to welcoming 1000's of athletes, coaches, and spectators to our facility this season. Please keep in mind that we are a host site only for these events - meaning we do not determine which teams play at Triangle, the seeding, or tournament format. We simply execute, on behalf of the CR, their tournament offerings.
If you plan to attend an event at Triangle please review our facility information.
Inclement Weather Situations - we recognize that weather can create unsafe travel conditions for teams. When such conditions affect the majority of teams planning to attend and/or our facility is not accessible due to weather conditions we will cancel or delay the start of a CR tournament held at Triangle. NOTE: The Carolina Region does NOT make-up any canceled events and handles any and all refunds of team entry fees.
- Teams attending CR events can be from great and varied distances away from Triangle. Just because the participation of one or two teams is affected by weather does not mean the event will be canceled or delayed. Of primary concern will be the conditions at Triangle and those affecting the majority of participating teams.
- Notifications of tournament cancelation or delays will be on our social media feeds and website. We will also communicate all information to the Carolina Region for posting on their website, www.CarolinaRegionVB.org.
- We try to be timely in posting the status of a tournament but weather conditions can change unexpectedly so plan to continually check our website, social media feeds and the CR website.
- Spectator information letter
- Visitor's Guide
Triangle began its' 15th season at the Raleigh Convention Center on Monday, November 16, 2016 at the club's annual Signing Night Celebration. The families of Triangle's 32 teams gathered to meet staff, hear from Executive Director, Sherry Fadool, and Associate Director, Mike Schall, and celebrate. The 15th season of Triangle also brings the largest membership in the club's history - 342 athletes will represent Triangle on court this season.
For a look at Triangle's 2016-17 rosters, click HERE.
July 24, 2016
PrepVolleyball.com, the leading authority which provides the most comprehensive coverage of junior club volleyball, just recently released their final national club rankings for 2016. Four Triangle teams were included on the list including 15 Black [41st], 16 Black [49th], 17 Black [46th], and 18 Black [Honorable Mention]. This is the first year where Triangle teams have been included on the final national club rankings in every age group covered by PrepVolleyball.com. Furthermore, these selections put Triangle among an elite group of only eighteen clubs in the country to have a team listed in the top 50 of each the 15's, 16's, and 17's age level. "To see our teams achieve national recognition from 15's through 18's is truly an exciting accomplishment", stated Sherry Fadool. "To be considered among the best in the southeast and included on a list with the very best in the nation is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of our student-athletes and coaches."
To see the complete lists visit www.prepvolleyball.com
A Triangle Serves team of coaching staff and athletes traveled to Guayajayuco, Dominican Republic July 6-14 on a Courts for Kids mission trip. During their 8-day stay the team will work with the people of Guayajayuco to construct a court to create a play and gathering place for the community. This cross-cultural experience also fosters greater global understanding, compassion for the economically disadvantaged, and life-changing experiences for those involved. This is the second such trip for Triangle who took a team to Ciudad Neily, Costa Rica in 2014. Our story from 2014 can be found at http://courtsforkids.org/triangle-volleyball-club-in-costa-rica/
To share in this experience please read the daily journal of trip leader, Mike Schall, Associate Director, Triangle Volleyball Club
Courts for Kids [C4K] is an official 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, based in Vancouver, Washington.
C4K mission statement: To foster love, compassion, service and an expanding worldview as we take teams to economically disadvantaged areas, partnering with local organizations and community members to build courts which will provide kids with the opportunity to play sports.