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16u Summit Girls – 4th

Our 16u Summit girls team play invitational tournament on November 17th. The girls played well in their first tournament together as a new summit team and placed fourth.

18u Legend Girls – 5th

This weekend our 18u girls had their first tournament of the season! They battled hard, ultimately coming in 5th.

17u Legend Girls – Bronze

Our 17u Legend Girls team won the bronze this weekend in the 18u championship division! Great play by all girls!

17u Summit Girls – Silver

Our 17u Summit Girls finished the 18u Provincial Cup Trillium event by winning the silver! The team fought hard all day and made their coaches proud. Great job ladies!

15u Legend Girls – Gold

The 15u Legend girls fought hard for the gold medal, with many of the afternoon games going to 3 sets! MVP of the tournament is Ava Willms with 12 big blocks on the day. Nicole Willms had the highest hitting percentage at 32% and the most kills at 26. Kennedy Millin served 41 times with only one error and Hope Nicholson had the highest passing average.
Great job girls!

15u Rival Girls – Silver

Our 15u Rival Girls had an amazing start to the season winning a silver medal! The girls went undefeated all the way to the finals before dropping the last game of the day. They showed grit and determination all day with 2 come from behind victories. Way to go girls!

17u Summit Girls – Bronze

Our 17u Summit Girls won bronze in the “Championship A” division of the 17u provincial cup! Only losing 2 matches to the silver and gold medal winners, the team fought hard and represented themselves very well.
Great job ladies!

Rapids Announce New Coach – Tommy Sloan

Niagara Rapids are pleased to announce that Tommy Sloan will be joining the Rapids coaching staff as Head Coach of the Niagara Rapids 16U Legend Team. There has been an influx of amazing new coaching talent in the Niagara region! One of those is Tommy Sloan, who is the new Niagara College Men’s coach. Coach Sloan comes from Alberta with a strong coaching resume. He was the Assistant Coach at Brandon University (2017/2018) and previous to that the Head Coach at Keyano College women’s program (2014-2017). Coach Sloan also has previous club experience, coaching with the Northern Lights Volleyball Club for 3 years. Beth Schulz, President of the Rapids, said, “It’s incredible to have such an experienced coach move into the Niagara region! His collegiate experience will raise the bar for our club girls. Tommy is an enthusiastic supporter of the club system, and recognizes the value of great training at this level. His willingness to get involved with the Rapids organization is amazing, and greatly appreciated! Coach Sloan brings not only a passion for the game, but a strong background and knowledge of the women’s game at a post-secondary level. Tommy has also accepted a second position with the rapids, and will function as the Technical Coach for all of the Rapids 16U teams. Welcome to the Rapids Coach Sloan”!

 

Rapids Announce New Coach – Natasha Spaling

The Niagara Rapids are pleased to announce that Natasha Spaling will head coach the Niagara Rapids 14u Legend girls team!!

Natasha Spaling is a graduate of the Masters of Coaching program at the University of Alberta, and the Kinesiology program at the University of Waterloo. While at Waterloo, she competed for the Waterloo Warriors volleyball team for four seasons, including three years as a team captain.

Currently Natasha is the head coach for the Niagara Knights women’s volleyball program. Prior to joining the Knights she served for two seasons as an assistant coach for the University of Alberta Pandas volleyball program winning back-to-back USport silver medals. She is actively involved in youth indoor and beach volleyball programs in both Ontario and Alberta working with the KW Predators and Jr. Pandas volleyball clubs, as well as the Volleyball Canada Centre of Excellence programs. Natasha has also been on staff as an assistant coach with the 17U Team Ontario provincial program.

Beth Schulz President of the Rapids said ” it’s not every day that someone with Natasha’s resume moves into the area and we are more than thrilled that she has accepted the 14u Legend Head Coach position. Natasha has already been at our High Performance Camp and she is engaging, enthusiastic and knowledgeable!!  Natasha has also accepted a second position with the Rapids and will function as the Technical Coach for all of our 15u teams.  Welcome on board Natasha – we are delighted to have you“!!

 

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