17Us battle to the end in Waterloo

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According to Coach Cliff…

The 2015-2016 edition of the Eastern Ontario Volleyball Club’s 17U Air Force team concluded their season on a snowy Sunday morning at RIM Park in Waterloo with a hard fought loss to our arch nemesis Vikings from Cornwall. The loss sent the team home after a very good performance at the OVA’s Ontario Championships.

As coach of this wonderful group of athletes, it was difficult to see the season end this way. These girls deserved a much better fate this season then they finished with.  They worked very hard all season to hone their skills but unfortunately all of the hard work did not translate into wins. However, it was a very successful season in the growth of this group of players. All of these wonderful young women played to the best of their abilities and with determination and passion. They represented themselves, their parents, and the EOVC in a positive manner.

You should be proud of what you accomplished this year. It was once again an honour and a privilege to coach you this season.

A huge thank you to Laura, my assistant coach, for all the work and time spent with this group this year. You should be proud of what you did for these girls. 

A big thank you to all the parents for your continued support of your daughters. You should be proud of these young ladies as they can do amazing things.

I look forward to whatever the 2016-2017 OVA season brings. Some of you will be back, some will move on to the next journey in your life. Whatever you do, I wish you the best of luck. I have enjoyed the time I have spent with you and I hope that I have given you the passion to play this wonderful game for many years to come.

According to Coach Laura…

As the girls know, because I have said it so many times before, it wasn’t so much the technical or scores that made my year but more the times on and off the court and all the quirky moments in between. You guys were a pleasure to coach and a pleasure to get to know off the court. Always ready for a giggle, but always eager to learn more as well.

In regards to our results – no, we didn’t end how we wanted to this year, but as Cliff has said, these girls grew so much this year in other ways. I saw each and every one of them grow as players, as friends, and as competitors. At times I wasn’t sure if there was an aggressive bone in their bodies, but boy did they prove me wrong. Girls flying across the back court to save a ball in defence, a middle throwing out a clean kill from 3, our setters putting the ball where it needed to be – no matter how difficult that pass may have been… all of that has come from the effort you girls have put into this season. So congratulate yourselves on that.

Sometimes you may have felt unnoticed in your efforts on the court, but I want you to know I noticed, Cliff noticed and each and every time it happened it made us proud. You guys took what we gave you and asked of you and delivered in the best way you could and that’s all we could have asked for – all I could have asked for. Thank you for that. Thank you for being patient with me, for listening to me, and for seeking out my advice when you needed it.

Thank you so much to all of the parents for the time and support you have shown throughout the season. We really wouldn’t be able to do it without you. Thank you so much to Cliff for running the show this year and for letting me butt in every once in awhile with my ‘two cents’. You put so much into the year and I really appreciate everything you’ve done.

Last but not least, I want to thank my parents. Without them I really wouldn’t have been able to be a part of this season or this club. Their support is never unnoticed. Enjoy your summers and I’ll see you around!

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