December14, 2019 – So it was another great tournament for the 13U girls Rapids Thunder. We may not have got the result that we had hoped for but the girls put forth a great effort and showed they could deal with adversity and come together as a team. We entered the day seeded second and had high hopes to finish in the medals. After a strong start winning our pool without dropping a set the girls found themselves in tough against the KW Predators Purple but with a gutsy performance down the stretch pulled out another 2-0 victory to go into the semi finals.
13u Rapids Thunder
In the semi’s we faced off against a very strong Defensa 1 Purple squad. The girls showed real fight by forcing a game 3 despite losing Aurora Blundell in game 2 to a wrist injury. Without her strong all around presence the girls really pulled together as a team and took it as far as they could, eventually falling 17-15 in the 3rd set.
The bronze medal game proved to be an equally tough match. We faced off against the Markam Revolution Ice and despite a valiant effort by all the girls, we fell victim to what may have been an emotional dip and a little lack of focus after a tough loss in the semifinal, and came up a little short losing again in a 3rd set.
At the end of the day, we hope the girls are just as proud of themselves as we are as coaches, parents,grandparents, and siblings!
We saw some real improvements and some areas to focus on, both as individuals and as a team.
Mila Burattini is proving to be a force to be reckoned with and Madi Haverkamp continues to show the heart of a lion when tracking balls. We look forward to the day Haley Epp realizes her jumping potential and starts hitting balls from the rafters.
Aurora once again played a very consistent game on both sides. Relentless defense and steady offensive make her a real asset to our team. The break couldn’t come at a better time for her as we want her to take the time to heal up and return to the team.
As co-MVP’s Matea DiBacco and Ally Shultz contributed all day long. Matea’s always positive never quit attitude, paired with her steady play and willingness to time after time take the team on her shoulders was invaluable again. Ally proved that when she wants to take over the net she is one of the best in the division. She finished the day with 31 kills and 13 blocks!
With 2 practices left before Christmas the coaches can’t wait to get in the gym Tuesday and start working towards the next tournament.
Way to go girls!!