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!
Three younger SMASH teams traveled to Atlanta for the second weekend of the Big South National Qualifier. They were the only New England teams at the nearly 400-team tournament, and were excited for the opportunity to play teams from Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, and North Carolina.
Making their fourth straight appearance at BSQ, SMASH 14s finished 4th in 14 American Gold! Posting a 9-2 record, the 14s played as many sets (25!) as any team in the 3-day event.
SMASH 13s took 2nd in 13 American Silver, becoming only the second SMASH 13s team to compete at a national qualifier!
SMASH 12s became the first SMASH 12s team to ever travel out of New England, plus the first to compete at a national qualifier!!
Congratulations to these awesome athletes for an amazing trip :)
With seven teams competing out of region at Big South, nine SMASH teams held down the fort at NERVA IV, winning five of eight tournaments entered. (Note, seven of these teams were playing either 1 or 2 years above age level!)
It was a breakthrough day for several teams:
SMASH 16s eXtreme made history by winning 16 Open Gold, and SMASH 15s Power carried the day in 16 Open Bronze.
SMASH 13s Thunder got rolling with huge momentum in the playoffs seeing them through to victory in 14A, and SMASH 12s obliterated the field in 14B.
For the second time in as many tournaments, SMASH 18s improvised a shorthanded lineup that was still untouchable in 18 Open Gold.
The 2019 NERVA Series will conclude on May 5.