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. 18s Attack, 17s, and 16s eXtreme all posted Gold bracket finishes, with 17s Black Ice and 16s Sparks placing in Silver and 18s Blizzard placing in Bronze.
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.
Many SMASH Volleyball Club athletes were recognized this fall for outstanding high school seasons, including the Boston Globe's Player of the Year and All-Scholastic selections, multiple league/conference Most Valuable Players, and dozens of league/conference All-Stars.
Congratulations to SMASH 18s' Riley James, who garnered her second Globe Division 1 Player of the Year award!
Seven other current SMASH players (plus seven former ones) received Globe All-Scholastic recognition, including SMASH 18s' Gabrielle Bailey, Christina Conforti, Abigail Rae, Chelsea Simmons, and Ashley Wang, plus Kaleigh Fitzgerald (SMASH 17s) and Aleksandra Qose (SMASH 18s Blizzard).
36 current SMASH players (from just seven travel teams!) are league All-Stars in the Globe's coverage area, with 19 additional former SMASH players receiving All-Star nods from their conferences.
MVPs of the Tri-Valley, EIL, ISL, Patriot, Middlesex, Merrimack Valley, Hockomock, and Dual County leagues are current or former SMASH players.
Congratulations to all these student athletes for their impressive hard work, dedication, and accomplishments!
The NCAA Division 1 Women's Volleyball Tournament will air this week with semifinals on Thursday on ESPN and the final on Saturday night on ESPN2.
Be sure to watch the top teams in the country battle it out for the 2018 national championship!
Thursday 12/13 = Stanford vs BYU, 7pm on ESPN
Thursday 12/13 = Illinois vs Nebraska, 9pm on ESPN
Saturday 12/15 = national championship match, 9pm on ESPN2