Friday May 2nd & Saturday May 3, 2014
You pick which night your team will play!
SIGN UP your team for a night of FUN, LAUGHS, & FRIENDS
Event is open to anyone....
willing to take on the challenge with the 4 foot ball!
Please register by 4/18/14
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See you soon!
The Midwest Penguin Volleyball Club, in partnership with ECHO, will host the second annual Big Ball Bash Friday, May 2 through Saturday, May 3 at Center Court Sports Complex in Waukesha.
Last year, nearly 200 people attended the inaugural event and raised more than $5,000 for Penguins headed to Nationals. Teams competed in a cross-over type volleyball tournament, and instead of using traditional volleyballs, teams used a giant four-foot inflatable ball for the matches.
"We had such a great time last year," said Anne Slattery, co-founder of ECHO and director of Midwest Penguins. "It was a great event that supports the mission of ECHO and also helps us raise money for our teams headed to Nationals. We're looking forward to making this year's event bigger and better than ever."
Several Midwest Penguins volleyball teams recently competed in Regional Qualifying tournaments. Two teams have earned qualifying bids to the USAV Junior National Volleyball Tournament as a result of their performance at the qualifiers, but even more performed well enough to improve their rankings.
“We’re very proud of our teams,” said Janice Siebert, club director. “Qualifying tournaments give us the opportunity to compete on a national scale against the best of the best. Our standings indicate our athletes and coaches can compete with the best of the best.”
Below is a summary of Penguin team standings from three regional qualifying tournaments. The Badger Qualifier, held in Milwaukee, and the St. Louis and Indianapolis Qualifier.
131-- 2 out of 5 (Earned American Bid)
141—1 out of 10 (Earned National Bid)
142 -- 7 out of 10
151 -- 7 out of 10
161-- 4 out of 10
171-- 7 out of 8
172-- 6 out of 8
St Louis Qualifier
131 -- 21 out of 100 (Silver bracket)
141 -- 21 out of 116 (Silver bracket)
142 -- 35 out of 116 (Bronze bracket)
151 -- 29 out of 129 (Silver bracket)
152 -- 69 out of 129
161-- 9 out of 96 (Gold bracket)
162 -- 81 out of 96
171 -- 29 out of 93 (Bronze bracket)
172 -- 51 out of 93
Three Midwest Penguins teams have earned bids to the USAV Nationals competition, held in June. The Midwest Penguins Boys 14 team earned a bid in January and the Midwest Penguins girls 131’s and 141’s teams followed suit, earning their own bids last weekend.
“We’re extremely proud of our Penguin athletes and coaches,” said Anne Slattery, co-director of Midwest Penguins and coach of the Penguins 131’s team. “They’ve worked hard, and earning these bids so early in the season is an impressive feat for any team.”
The boys were the first to earn their bid at a qualifying tournament in Chicago on January, 19.
“Our boys played hard,” said Justine Wamser, coach of the Boys 14’s team. “It was great to see their hard work from practices pay off. They really left it all on the court.”
The Boys National Tournament will be held June 28 through July 5 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas.
“Texas here we come,” Wamser said. “We’re excited, but we also know there are some things we need to work on. We’re lucky to have some time to prepare. We know our boys will continue to work hard, and as coaches, we will too.”
Two Midwest Penguins girls teams earned a bid this past weekend at the Badger Region Qualifier at Arrowhead High School.
The competition was tough, but both teams came out on top with a bid, Slattery said.
“Earning the bid is definitely one of the main goals of the season, but we know there’s more we need to work on,” she added.
The USAV Girls Junior Nationals Tournament will be held June 24- July 3 in Minneapolis Minnesota.
The 131’s team faced tough competition in their pool, facing West Allis Lightning and OVBC Purple 13’s. They rallied back from a tough first game loss to OVBC Purple 13’s to win the next two sets 25-23 and 15-12. The team adjusted well to a new 5-1 offense, but struggled with a new serve receive pattern and fell to West Allis Lightning in the third set.
“We played well, but we have not yet peaked,” Slattery said. “We see so much potential in all the players and we have a great team dynamic.”
The 141’s team faced a grueling schedule and competed in 7 matches- 15 games. They competed hard, and according to coach Janice Siebert, “truly earned this bid.”
“We played almost everyone there, and worked very hard to achieve this goal,” Siebert said. “I truly believe everyone who walked out of that gym on Sunday knew the Penguins were here to win this.”
The 141’s suffered a devastating loss to West Allis Lightning, but came back strong and managed to defeat West Bend Power, a team they couldn’t get past last season.
“That was a turning point for us,” Siebert said. “It was great watching each and every player execute the things we’ve worked so hard at in practice. Just an exciting day. We’re so proud of our team.”
Slattery hopes more Penguins teams will join these three at Nationals, several are already poised to do so.
“We’ve got a great program, and great athletes who represent us very well,” Slattery said. “We’re excited about the progression of the season, and can’t wait to celebrate with these teams and others as they continue to succeed and grow as athletes and individuals.”
The Midwest Penguins Volleyball Club has earned a Gold Seal from the Badger Region Volleyball Association. The seal indicates the club is in excellent standing with Badger Region policies, procedures and business methods and reflects the Club is a registered business entity.
The Badger Region Volleyball Association started awarding seals to regional clubs this season.
The Midwest Penguins Volleyball Club, established in 1997, has earned the Gold Seal, the highest awarded by the Region.
"We're very proud of this new honor," said Anne Slattery, club co-director and co-founder. "We've always strived for excellence, and it's great to be recognized by the region for our efforts.
The Badger Region has developed a list of requirements to earn the seal. These include being up-to-date on regional member fees, registering with the Internal Revenue Service, attending club director meetings, ensuring coach and staff registration with USAV and having coaches attend IMPACT and CAP I, CAP II educational courses. It also includes informational items like having a website, posting handbooks and other policy information.
"This recognition is for the entire Penguin community," said Janice Siebert, club co-director and co-founder. "Our coaches and athletes work hard to comply with our requirements as a club as well, and we appreciate the work they've done to help us earn this honor."
The Midwest Penguins will be able to display the seal on the Midwest Penguins Website and documentation for the 2013-2014 season. Each club needs to reapply for the seal each year.