Entries by studio2108

H2 14 Illini West Red Continues to Push Through to the End

Another great weekend of volleyball! Team RED continues to improve every week, and definitely didn’t disappoint this past weekend at Principia College. Placed in a strong pool in the morning, they played some of the best volleyball I’ve seen them play to date. Finishing 2nd in pool and heading to the GOLD bracket one more […]

Girls Take Home 2nd at Panther Classic

On Saturday April 21, H2 Illinois 14 Black competed at the Panther Classic in Greenville Illinois. The morning was off to a very good start with taking second in their pool, defeating SI eclipse 14 Gold and Air Assault VBC AR but losing to Attack in 2 sets. After losing that match to Attack, they […]

H2 Illinois West 14 Black Finds What’s Been Missing

Last weekend at the Show Me Kansas City Qualifier April 13-15, the girls finally found what they have been missing for the last few weeks. After the roller coaster of emotions and loss the girls have felt the last few weeks, they finally found the cohesion they needed for the weekend. This weekend was one […]

H2 14 Illini Red Prepares for Gateway Regionals

At the H2 Sports Under Armour #22 tournament this past weekend at Forest Park Community College, H2 Illini West Red had another successful weekend. After having a team drop from their pool last minute, it was decided that 3 matches to 19 would be played no matter what. After having a slow morning and losing […]

H2 Illinois West Black Back on Top

It’s been a few weeks since we have seen H2 Illinois west in the top of their tournament, but at the H2 Sports Under Armor #22 tournament on March 31, the girls took home the gold! The girls started the morning pool play off rather well with taking on H2 STL Crimson but lost a […]

Not Ourselves…But We Will Make It…

I was going to bypass this week’s “Blog”, but decided to send one out. Our team played well, but not at the competitive nature we are accustomed to seeing in us.  In our “end of day huddle” on Saturday, I suggested to the team that some days you have to wipe out times of struggle and […]

Illinois State Title for H2 STL 15 Black Team Athletes

On Saturday, the culmination of a historical season came to an end for the All Saints Academy Lady Saints volleyball team from Breese, IL as they captured the Southern Illinois Junior High School Athletic Association Class S State Championship. The Lady Saints entered the SIJHSAA State Championship with a 27-0 record, not having dropped a […]

H2 STL 15 Black Setter State Award Recognition

Congratulations to H2 STL 15 Black setter Sarah Gingrich! Sarah earned the 2018 Southern Illinois Junior High School Athletic Association Jim Burnes Leadership Award. Competition for this award is based on the following criteria: GPA, sports participation, community activities, specific honors, a typed essay, and recommendations from inside the school and the community. As you […]

H2 STL 15 Black Takes 5th at JVA Bloomington

The weekend of 10 and 11 March, H2 STL 15 Black travelled to Bloomington, IL to compete in the JVA Illini Elite 15U/16U Central Finale. Entering the tournament, the team was hot and only continuing their streak finishing 2nd in Gold in the previous two week’s tournaments. The girls knew we were going to face […]


Day 1: Match Win/Loss Record: 1 – 2 Early morning struggle to be “ourselves” Ended on a good note to win last match convincingly (2 – 0) Team outing at NCAA Hall of Fame!!! (3 Thumbs Up) Team and Parent Pizza Dinner!!! (3 Thumbs Up) Day 2: Match Win/Loss Record: 3 – 0 Afternoon matches; […]

Great effort by H2 South in Marion, IL

H2 South played tough on Sunday despite being short an OH. They came out Second in pool play to go to the gold division. They went 3 games with the team that eventually won first place. Great job H2 South. Onto Indy this weekend!!

Focus is the Key

Pool Play: 5 – 1 Tournament Play: 4 – 1 This was a one bracket tournament (my favorite) and we won the championship! The best part of this win was that we remained focused throughout the event. What did we do well? We….fought to stay consistent We ….did not play down to our opponents We….corrected […]

Middle School Title for H2 STL 15 Black Team Athletes

Congratulations to the Southern Illinois Junior High School Athletic Association Regional Champions All Saints Academy from Breese, IL. The Saints entered the SIJHSAA Regional Championships as the small school Region 11 overall #1 seed hosted the tournament. The 300 plus fans that came out to watch, some of which were from other schools in the […]

H2 15 Crush Makes Tremendous Showing in 17s Tournament

The H2 15 Crush team played in the H2 17s Tournament this Saturday. In pool play, Crush defeated the 17s Powerhitters in three straight sets. They then played H2 16 Under Armour. After losing the first set 15-19 in a hard fought battle, they went on to win the next two sets, 19-11 and 20-18 […]

What We Can Become

Pool Play: 1 – 5 Tournament Play: 2 – 2 We missed the semi finals in the St Peters Tourney…Gold only. I like these types of tournaments because you have to compete with everyone to get the prize…what we can become… Although we lost our second bracket match remember what we went through in the […]


The H2 Illinois West Black team took home third place at the March Madness tournament. The tournament took place on March 4th at the TESL center. The girls started the day stronger than we normally have been by making great plays and lining up well on blocks! The girls were ready and extra awake since […]

H2 STL 15 Black back-to-back 2nd in Gold!

“Okay campers, rise and shine, and don’t forget your booties because it’s cold outside…it’s Groundhog Day!” Well maybe it isn’t February 2nd and Bill Murray isn’t in Punxsutawney, PA, but Sunday sure felt like it. After finishing 2nd in Gold at the Thunder Classic last week, the ladies of H2 STL 15 Black came into […]

Small, But Steady Steps

Crossfire Tournament Pool Play: 3 – 3 We spilt with every team in Pool Play which by points landed us in Silver We went undefeated in Silver Bracket: 4 – 0 Silver Champions! What does this mean? To me it means we are taking steps towards getting better and better to compete at the level […]

H2 South takes 1st in Gold

The H2 South (16’s) attended a 2 day tournament Hit it to win in Indiana. They came out undefeated taking 1st in gold. This team has impressed me so far this year. With one 1st place gold metal, three 2nd place metals, and placing in two times gold brackets so far.  

H2 STL 15 Black Take 2nd in Gold

On Sunday, after a week off the ladies of H2 STL 15 Black returned to action at Crestview Middle School at the 15U Thunder Classic and captured their third 2nd place in Gold on the 2017-2018 season. After taking 2nd in Gold in their first tournament of the year a 16U in Perryville, the next […]

H2 14 Illini West Red Continues to Move Up the Ranks!

After a few weeks off from tournaments, the ladies of Illini West Red 14’s came back very prepared at the PAO Challenge in St. Charles, Missouri this past Sunday. While previously not meeting their full potential in pool play, the girls set a new standard by coming in first place in their pool, with Aerowyn […]

H2 18 South – Weekend Results

The H2 South team ended up 2nd in Pool play at the MAC tournament. We played some of our best games in pool play We went to the Gold bracket. We lost the first game against the 1st place team from the other pool. We had 2 players from the 17 Cardinals that played with […]

We Achieved a New “Beginning”

What a day we had…Sunday. After being placed in a 3rd seating, we came very close to beating the #1 seed in the 2nd set… ahead by a 7 point margin, we lost 21-19. In the second match versus the #2 seed team, we split sets… However, against the #4 seed, unfortunately we could not […]

H2 15 Crush Goes Undefeated AGAIN

H2 15 Crush had another amazing day last Saturday at the Gametime Sports 12-team tournament in St. Peters. The team went undefeated in pool play defeating the Hometown Hitters, MOVA Gold, and Blue Dragons to advance to the gold championship. In the semis, the girls defeated the Club Gemini Comets 19-10 and 19-11 to advance […]

H2 continues to move up in National Ranking while rising to the challenge playing in Premiere Division

On the weekend of February 17- 19th, H2 14 Illinois West Black participated in the Presidents day tournament that was located at the Saint Louis Convention Center. This particular tournament was the first 3-day tournament the girl had participated in this season. For this being the longest tournament, the girls played amazing and showed some […]

President’s Day 2018: 15Cardinal ranked 9th Overall

The weekend started off with Pool play on Saturday. 3 very tough matches Adrenaline 15 Black-W Crusher’s 15s -W Illinois Heat 15s -W Started off a busy weekend 3-0 match play. It wasnt without ups and downs. This team is as strong as any I have coached. They have never given up on one another. […]