This past weekend was a busy one for the girls of 12UA. Saturday featured a long, early morning drive to Hillsboro, MO where they played in the JeffCo 13s tourney, the first time the team has played up a level this year.
For most teams, playing up is just part of the deal. For 12s, playing up means a different ball and a higher net so it was certainly a different experience. In addition to those challenges, the team also had to adapt to a missing middle hitter who was attending a family funeral.
Always up to a challenge, the girls battled through pool play, narrowly going 1-2 and falling to the silver side of the tournament. While waiting for the silver playoffs to begin, the girls began cheering for our sister team, H2 13 Crush who was in the other bracket and playing well (Crush was then found at 12UA courtside cheering on their younger clubmates — a neat scene).
Fans of the team also were able to witness the girls playing some of their favorite games during the breaks as they basked in the 75 degree weather playing Ninja and Museum (no I don’t understand the rules).
The girls won the first round of the silver playoffs to advance to the finals where they were narrowly edged out. All in all it was a successful day and good preparation for the playoff round of the Premier League which was the next day.
The Premier League pool winner would advance to the Gold round next week so it was two pretty important matches against Team Momentum Orange and HiP Boys Royal. Back at full strength, the H2 girls took on Team Momentum first and prevailed 25-14, 25-19 against the undermanned, but scrappy Momentum girls (two of their girls were out with the flu). The HiP boys then defeated Momentum in three sets setting up a winner goes to gold match.
Not sure what it is, but when 12UA plays against boys, they often have some close sets. Today was no different as the boys didn’t let many balls hit the ground. Fortunately 12UA prevailed 27-25 and 25-22 to advance to the gold round (and a guaranteed top three finish) next weekend against TESL Red and St. Charles Stars.
Next week brings two intense practices, another 13s tourney, and the Premier League Gold finals!