---It's a wrap; results of the last weekend:
U18 earned a bid to the U18 Junior Nationals in Dallas, TX and flew down last week. On Friday they lost one match that they shouldn't and earned a huge victory over one of the big-time clubs from Texas. This set up a rematch against the team they lost to earlier and this time they took care of business and won. This pushed them up into the top tier of pools for Saturday. On Saturday they lost two and won one putting them in the Bronze tourney. The two they lost were to teams in the final 8 on Sunday. Rivals won the first Sunday against a S. Cal team, then lost in the Bronze finals to a Hawaiian team. Final finish 21st out of 64 teams. Congratulations to U18!
U17 competed Sunday in the ERVA U18 Regionals. Although they started pool play in the second set of pools, they won all 3 matches to win their pool and were swept up to the Gold/Silver play-in matches where they fell to a tough Kootenai Elite team. This dropped them to the Silver tournament where they found their tank on empty and bowed out. Final finish 17th out of 26 teams.
U16 started their 2-day Regional competition on Saturday missing a few players but still managed to finish 2-1 and also moved to the Gold/Silver play-in matches where they also fell, losing to Splash National. This placed them in Silver where they lost again which dropped them to a Silver Consolation tourney. They won both of those matches and finished Regionals 21st out of 52.
U15 was in the same tourney, starting off in the 4th set of pools and won all three to take their pool! This brought them up to Flight 1 where they lost to a MVA team twice, albeit with a win sandwiched in between. Big improvement through the year for this team.
U14 was another team on the rise as the season progressed. At U14 Regionals, they started off in the 3rd set of pools and went 2-1 on Saturday. This placed them in the Copper bracket where they unfortunately dropped their next two and finished the tournament 39th out of 56 teams.
U12 was a very young team but played much older throughout the season. On Saturday at U12 Regionals, Rivals U12 went 1-2 in a tough pool, then were placed in the Silver tournament bracket where they beat OOS, then Renovators before falling in the Silver championship to Team Yakima 29-27 22-25 15-17. That must have been an exciting one to have watched.
Congratulations to all our teams who competed this last weekend and thank you to our great coaches! Go Rivals!