Friday, December 6, 2020 | Media Day - Canes announce their agreement with the WCC to serve as their permanent practice facility. The Canes currently hold less than 25 practices per season at their current practice facility. With the state-of-the-art facilities at the WCC the Canes plan to hold all practices, except those on game days, at the WCC. How exciting!!! We are thrilled to welcome the Hurricanes organization to the WCC.
After two narrow qualification misses at Sunshine Volleyball Showcase (4th place) and Big South National Qualifier (3rd place) Triangle 13 Black learned of their 'at-large' qualification for USAV Girls' Junior National Championships. The Open division is the highest level of competition at USAV nationals and 13 Black is among only 24 teams nationally earning bids through the qualifier process.
The members of Triangle 13 Black are: Avery Booker, Erin Curtis, Teagan Hogan, Julianna Horta, Suna Merkler, Sydney Muffler, Belle Patrick, Sally Perez, Jordan Smart, and Asia Thigpen. The team is coached by Jason Curtis, Camden Spade '11 and Britni Johnson '14.
April 8, 2019
For the 6th time in the past seven years Triangle has qualified 17 Black for the Open division at USA Volleyball's Girls' Junior National Championships. Triangle earned it's Open qualification at The Big South National Qualifier in Atlanta held April 6-8. The bid places Triangle 17 Black in a field of 36 Open qualified teams representing the strongest teams in their age level competing in girls' junior club volleyball nationwide. The latest rankings from PrepVolleyball.com (March 28, 2019) have Triangle 17 Black ranked as the 9th best in the country.
Triangle 17 Black will compete for a national title in Indianapolis, July 2-5, 2019.
The members of Triangle 17 Black are (Top Row, L to R): Priscilla Jones (Green Hope HS), Jade Demps (Broughton HS), Kaya Merkler (Chapel Hill Hs), Alexis Engelbrecht (Green Hope HS), and Sydney Dowler (Green Hope HS) and [Bottom Row, L to R]: Alli Grant Avery (Arendell Parrot Academy), Taylor Thomason (North Raleigh Christian Academy), Destinee Dorsey (Carrboro HS), JaKya Moore (Enloe HS).
March 19, 2019:
18 Black headed to Baltimore to compete in the Northeast Qualifier seeking an Open division bid to the USAV 18s Girls Junior National Championships. With the Open division being the most competitive and full of some of the best teams in the country qualifying would be no small feat. 18 Black were one setter down heading into the event and unfortunately on day 1 their only remaining 'true' setter was taken out by a concussion. The team fought through day 2 to land in the Silver bracket on the final day of competition. With three total bids to award and three previously qualified teams in Gold, 18 Black was still in line to earn a bid. To do so would require them to defeat Paramount (a 3-set MAPL loss for 18 Black earlier this season). With one of the team's liberos and an outside hitter setting a 6-2 they took the court. The lineup had numerous players in different positions than typical - they had a middle playing 6 rotations and lost a primary passer to the role of setter. Without question the odds were stacked against 18 Black, but they jumped on court determined to give it their all. When the final whistle blew, they had battled through three sets to win against a powerful Paramount team (25-22, 22-25, 15-12). They had qualified, but this crew decided that wasn't enough. In the Silver bracket final the match up was a weary but determined band of eight against EC Power 18-Royal (ranked 68th nationally vs. 73rd for Triangle). After dropping the first set, Triangle battled back to get the second and third sets (21-25, 25-22, 15-12) and finish in fifth place overall.
Triangle 18 Black will play for a national championship in Dallas in late April.
The members of 18 Black are [Top Row, L to R]: Kayla Spells (NC School of Science & Math), Lexi Cole (Jack Britt HS), Cera Powell (Northwood HS), Logan Pope (East Chapel Hill HS), Brooke Hanshumaker (Apex HS) and Coach Jim Freeman and [Bottom Row, L to R]: Coach Keisha Demps, Jordan Gower (Leesville Road HS), Logan Mosley (Cary Christian School), and Brittany Wood (Broughton HS). Not shown: Skylar Buckley (North Raleigh Christian Academy)