Eight SMASH Girls teams' 2019 seasons got underway in Hartford, CT at New England Winterfest #2.
Juniors club teams from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, New England, and Quebec competed in three days of tournament play over Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend.
SMASH 16s and SMASH 18s each went undefeated en route to Open Gold crowns. SMASH 17s placed 2nd with 18s Attack and 16s eXtreme also posting Gold bracket finishes. 17s Black Ice and 16s Sparks placed in Silver and 18s Blizzard placed in Bronze.
Over the two Winterfest weekends, sixteen SMASH Girls teams combined for a match record of 80-25 and won four of the seven age groups.
Congratulations to all athletes and coaches for a fantastic opening tournament! Next up for eleven of the older SMASH teams are February's NERVA Open Qualifiers in Springfield, MA.
Two SMASH Volleyball Club athletes were recognized today as a 2018-19 Gatorade State Player of the Year - Riley James from Massachusetts and Maile Somera from Rhode Island.
Both play for nationally ranked SMASH 18s, who open their 2019 season next weekend at New England Winterfest in Hartford, CT.
This is Riley's second Gatorade POY award (2016-17) and Maile's third consecutive honor! Both seniors led their high school teams (Barnstable, MA and Barrington, RI) to their respective Division I state championship matches last fall.
James has committed to Bryant, and Somera to Yale, for collegiate volleyball next autumn.
Congratulations, Riley & Maile!
Six current SMASH players, and four former ones, were among the 2018 Boston Herald Girls Volleyball All-Scholastic recipients:
Kaleigh Fitzgerald, SMASH 17s
Riley James, SMASH 18s
Aleksandra Qose, SMASH 18s Blizzard
McKenzie Rae, SMASH 18s Blizzard
Chelsea Simmons, SMASH 18s
Ashley Wang, SMASH 18s
Congratulations to these student athletes for their incredible high school seasons!