16Us dive into Provincials

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Photos by Eva Edwards

The 2014-2015 OVA season came to an end last weekend for the 16U Girls Air Force squad with a tough loss in the playoff round of the 16U Ontario Championships at RIM Park in Waterloo. This trip to Provincial Championships was the first for most of the girls, but certainly not the last for this talented group of young players.

The weekend was made up of some great play, some mistakes, tears, hugs and a lot of smiles. The journey these young ladies have traveled since September has been a long one. They have improved their skills and level of play and have gelled into a very close-knit team. They are poised for a great 2015-16 season.

“As a coach, you want your players to learn to play the game, to develop their technical skills, to develop confidence in themselves and in their teammates, and a love of the the game. I can honestly say this group of young athletes did just that this year. You should be proud of your accomplishments this year girls, and build on them for next year. You represented yourselves, your parents and the EOVC in a very positive manner. Well done girls! I look forward to September when I get the chance to start the next leg of your volleyball journey with you.” — Coach Cliff

For one last time this season, we offer thanks to all those who so richly deserve it at the end of a long season:

Thanks to Eva Edwards for all the time she takes at tournaments to record these wonderful moments in photos. It is easy to take this for granted, but it should be known that most teams do NOT have a full time photographer along for the ride.  Thank her if you can.

Thanks to the parents who support their daughters and the team all year long by driving, catering, cheering and paying for the girls to do all these wonderful things.

And thanks to Coaches Cliff, Jon and Kristen for taking all of their volunteer time to give this gift of sport to these wonderful young ladies. It’s easy to get used to all of this, but they do it because they can, not because they must. Thank you so much for being volunteers and for taking our girls on this amazing ride.

Photos from 16U Bugarski Cup in Cornwall

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Photos by Eva Edwards

The Air Force 16U Girls headed to Cornwall on March 7th to compete in the OVA 16U Girls Bugarski Cup/Trillium. Here are some photos from that event.

Strong finish for 16U Girls in Ottawa

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Photos by Eva Edwards

The Air Force 16U Girls travelled a short drive on Saturday to compete in the OVA 16U Girls McGregor Cup/Trillium at De La Salle HS in downtown Ottawa. The girls worked hard throughout the day and, despite some tough scores in their earlier matches, they pulled it all together at the end of the day, scoring a 3-set match victory against Vikings and competing right to the last minute against Maverick Derringers. Thanks go out to Cliff, Jon and Kristin for leading the girls through the day and to the parents for feeding and cheering on the girls.

Match scores for the day were as follows:
vs. Maverick Trailblazers (Ottawa): L/0-2 (9-25, 4-25)
vs. Fusion (Ottawa): L/0-2 (9-25, 8-25)
vs. Fusion Explosion (Ottawa): L/0-2 (5-25, 4-25)
vs. Ottawa Valley Vikings (Pembroke): W/2-1 (14-25, 25-22, 15-10)
vs. Maverick Derringers (Ottawa): L/0-2 (7-25, 25-27)

16U Girls take a few more steps forward in Ottawa

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Photos by Eva Edwards

Our 16U Girls took the short drive northeast to Ottawa to participate in the OVA 16U Girls Challenge Cup/Trillium at Merivale and Confederation High Schools in Nepean. Perhaps Coach Woods put it best: “As a coach all you can ask of your players is hard work, effort, commitment and to enjoy what they are doing. The EOVC 16U Girls Air Force team showed these traits yesterday in Ottawa. Although it was a bit of a rough day, the girls continued to work hard and learn that the game of volleyball is not as easy as some people might think. Mistakes were made, lessons were learned, but at the end of the day, everyone seemed happy and ready to move forward. I am very proud of this team. There are a lot of young and inexperienced players who continue to work hard and improve each practice and at each tournament we play in. The new year looks bright and who knows – we may just accomplish something great in April. Do not look at yesterday as a failure but as a motivation to be better. Good jobs ladies, Looking forward to 2015.”

The day’s match scores were as follows:
vs. Maverick Stampede (Ottawa): L/0-2 (7-25, 9-25)
vs. Fusion (Ottawa): L/0-2 (6-25, 12-25)
vs. Fusion 15U Explosion (Ottawa): L/0-2 (18-25, 18-25)
vs. Maverick Stampede (Ottawa): L/1-2 (25-8, 18-25, 4-15)