On Sunday, in their first tournament together, the ladies of H2 14-1 IL West showed up at Oakville High School and took 1st Place in Gold at the Jamming in January Tournament. We started off hot using our speed transition and dialed in serves to take out NSSC 14-2 in two. On to an over matched Blue Dragons team that fell on the end of a second set 19-1 blowout thanks to a 14 serve, 10 ace run by setter Baylee Revermann. In our last match of pool play, we split with a tough Imperial Intensity team losing a close first set only to easily take the second 19-8 earning us 1st place in pool play. Moving into the playoff bracket, we faced a scrappy Aces Royal team that just didn’t let a ball hit the floor. After losing the first set, the ladies of IL West reverted to what got us here, our superior serves. Consistently leaving the Aces out of system and led by a key serving run by Libero Emily Johnston resulting in five aces, we took the second set. Going into the third set with the Aces, IL West started off on fire with pinpoint serves again from setter Baylee Revermann and middle hitter Riley Kleber, it wasn’t long before we were onto a rematch with pool play split Imperial Intensity. With this their first tournament together, and now battling for Gold, the championship jitters visited us losing the first set to Imperial. A key coach’s move to place right side Myah Helmkamp on strong side block against Imperial’s hard hitting outside hitter worked, relegating her to one kill the rest of the match. This allowed us to stay in system using our speed and power to take the second set. The ladies saw Gold at the end of the tunnel and would not let a fast start by Imperial deter them. Another serving run by Emily leading to two aces and as Myah stepped to the line with a chance to close the match out. Three serves later, including a final closing match ace, and the ladies of 14-1 IL West achieved Gold in their first match of the season!

This was a true team effort across the board. The feeling was electric in the gym. Key accomplishments for the day were outside hitter Tori Mohesky who led the way with 21 kills, seven serving aces and so many rally saving digs Coach Tori and I lost count. Middle hitters Riley Kleber and Kenadi Barriger weren’t far behind with 19 and 13 kills, respectively with Riley collecting eight serving aces. Outside hitter Hailey Cortinas brought in nine kills and six aces on the day. Setter Bayle Revermann contributed 68 assists and an ice cold 13 aces. Libero Emily Johnston anchored the defense with 21 digs and a tournament tying team high 13 aces. The girls get a weekend off before going into the H2 UA Series tournament next Sunday. A fantastic effort by all 10 girls this day allowed them to achieve their tournament goal. But this is the first step to a great season of learning and team accomplishments. Great job ladies, Coach Tori and I are very proud of you!