SoCal Volleyball 16U Girls Finish Higher Than Seeding at Volleyball Festival
The girls 16-under team of the Santa Barbara-based SoCal Volleyball Club competed at the Volleyball Festival in Phoenix and finished higher than its seeding after four days of competition.
Coached by Greg Novak, the SoCal 16-Greg team finished 37th out of 97 teams. It entered the tournament seeded 43rd.
â€œEach day the level of competition intensified,â€ Novak said. â€œOf the 10 teams we played, two of them finished in the top 10.â€
SoCal 16-Greg was comprised of players from Dos Pueblos, San Marcos, Santa Barbara, Bishop Diego and Laguna Blanca.
â€œThe goal was to finish the tournament with a higher placement and the team achieved that goal,â€ Novak said. â€œWe battled and every day I could see an improvement in each of our players. Each of the players made some spectacular plays and I have vivid memories of each of them. It was a great season and Iâ€™ll miss each of the players but look forward to seeing them during the fall high school season.â€
The SoCal Volleyball Club is directed by Matt and Megan Oâ€™Carroll. The club fielded girls travel teams at the 16 and 13s level. The club offers summer camps and clinics and hosts a summer trip to Spain at the 15 and 18s level.
Members of the club have access to large-scale recruiting services and an online database that includes contact information for every college in the country.
â€œWe offer more than just the gym and ball, said Megan Oâ€™Carroll. â€œWe offer a place for the kids to grow through character and kindness and be part of a family.â€
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