NERVA sent five Regional HP teams to the USAV High Performance Championships in Fort Lauderdale, compiling a 3-37 match record over five days of international volleyball competition.
Thirteen players from eight different SMASH travel teams participated, comprising 25% of the rostered selections.
Three SMASH alumnae (Claire Bialek, Miska Legatova, and Paulina Modestow) took part as assistant coaches, and SMASH 15s & Babson College head coach Eric Neely helmed the Women's Junior team.
In an all-SMASH final in 18 Gold at Hampton Beach in New Hampshire, U17 Christina Butera & U16 Makayla Marucci defeated SMASH 17s teammates Pamela Chiakpo & Kaleigh Fitzgerald.
Defense wins championships? The two liberos from 17s Black Ice and 16s eXtreme certainly made a strong case.
Mak & Tina didn't drop a set all day under azure skies at the NERVA Regional Beach Qualifier event put on by North East Beach Volleyball.
Pam & Kaleigh will head next to Indianapolis for USAV Indoor Nationals, where SMASH 17s will compete in 17 USA with a bid they earned at Colorado Crossroads.
Congratulations to these awesome SMASH Volleyball Club sand pairs for a great day at the beach!
Fourteen SMASH Girls travel teams competed at the NERVA Championships on May 5, 2019. (Ten of these teams were competing above age level.)
SMASH won the New England regional title in U18 (seventh time in last eight years), and in U14 (sixth time in last eight years).
With two of the Top 5 volleyball teams in New England (SMASH 17s & 18s Attack) sidelined for the regional championships due to NERVA attendance rules, SMASH still placed four teams in the Top 10 in New England U18. SMASH 18s placed 1st, SMASH 16s placed 3rd, 17s Black Ice placed 6th, and 18s Blizzard placed 10th.
In U16, SMASH placed four teams in the Top 12, and five teams in the Top 20. 16s eXtreme placed 3rd, SMASH 15s placed 8th, SMASH 14s and SMASH 16s Sparks placed 11th, and 15s Power placed 19th.
SMASH 13s were champions of 14 Open, with 13s Thunder and SMASH 12s placing 2nd and 3rd in 14A. SMASH 12s Energy placed 2nd in 13A.
Congratulations to all teams for such a strong season of growth and improvement. Keep up your hard work this summer!