The Midwest Penguins teams competed at a very high level at this year's USAV Junior Girls National Tournament in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
All athletes and coaches represented the organization well, and we could not be more proud of their dedication and commitment.
Check out our teams' final standings here.
Thank you to everyone who competed and participated in the Fifth Annual Big Ball Bash! You helped make the event a great success, and we cannot thank you enough for supporting E.C.H.O and Midwest Penguins USAV National teams!
Big Ball Bash Volunteers
The 37th Annual USAV Girls Junior National Tournament will take place in Minneapolis, MN this year, and several Midwest Penguin Teams plan to participate.
The Midwest Penguins 131s, and 141s will compete in the USAV Nationals Division; 15Elite and 161s will compete in the American Division; 171s will compete in the Patriot Division and the Midwest Penguins 151s team is expected to receive a reallocation bid to compete as well.
"We're so proud of the way all our teams competed this year," said Anne Slattery, club co-director. "For some of our teams the season has come to an end, but we're looking forward to a few more weekends of great volleyball and cheering on our National Teams as they compete."
Teams headed to Nationals will host several fundraising events over the next few weeks including the Fifth Annual Big Ball Bash happening Friday, May 5 and Friday, May 12 at Center Court Sports Complex.
More than 40 teams each night have accepted the challenge to take on the 4-foot-ball, Slattery said.
"We're looking forward to another fun, and exciting event for a great cause," she added.
Midwest Penguins Volleyball Club, in partnership with E.C.H.O.- Empowering Change Through Healthy Opportunities, a nonprofit organization that provides individuals and families with educational programs and recreational activities to promote health and fitness will host the two night event.
The event will raise money for E.C.H.O, and Midwest Penguins teams headed to nationals.
“We’re thankful to everyone who has participated in the event in the past, and who has helped make it so popular,” said Slattery, MWP Club Co-director and Co-founder of E.C.H.O. “Due to the demand, we’ve scheduled the event for two Friday nights this year, May 5 and May 12, to provide more opportunity for people to choose and participate.”
Teams will compete in a cross-over volleyball tournament during the event using a massive 4-foot inflatable volleyball.
Volunteers, including Midwest Penguin National Team Athletes, and sponsors help make the event possible.
Center Court will provide food and drink specials for the evening, and Penguin teams have generously donated baskets for a drawing valuing between $100 and $150. A silent auction will also take place.
T-shirt sponsors for this year's event include: Bay Marketforce; Bender Levi, Larson & Associates, SC; Center Court Banquet Hall; Chucks Auto; Mulligan; Culver's; Devine Consign; FEI; Great Lakes Rubber; Grandma Mueller; Grow Hope at Saint A; Halquist Stone; Hartland Service Automotive Repair Center; Interstate Batteries; Milwaukee Office Products; One Touch Point; Riedel Sports; Rocky Rococo; Saint Thomas Moore; Sobelman's and Westbury Bank.
Court Sponsors Include: Arrow Carton; Chuck's Auto; Culligan Water; Edward Jones; Fairway Stacked; Flawless Face; Grow Hope at SaintA; Hartland Service Automotive Repair Center; Interstate Batteries; Lewinski Family; M3 Financial; Milwaukee Office Products; Rocky Rococo; Saint Thomas Moore; Vrakas CPA + Advisors; and Renaissance Design and Renovation
"A huge thank you goes out to our volunteers, our sponsors and our title sponsor E.C.H.O., this event would not be possible without their assistance, and we couldn't be more grateful," said Slattery.
Everyone is invited to attend the event and partake in the festivities even if they didn't register a team, participate in the silent auction, and the raffle and enjoy the tournament entertainment.
Several Midwest Penguins teams competed in the Badger Bid National Qualifier event in Menomonee Falls this past weekend. Participating teams included Penguin 131, 141, 14-Elite, 151, 15-Elite, 161 teams.
All teams competed well, and four came away with bids to USAV Nationals. The 13-1 and 14-1 team both took first place in their tournaments and walked away with National bids. The 15-Elite and 16-1 earned American Bids.
"It was a great weekend for Midwest Penguins Volleyball," said Anne Slattery, club co-director. "We are very proud of the way all our teams competed."
With the exception of the 13s tournament, each team participated in a two-day event. Teams were required to win enough games in pool play to qualify for the second day of games. The 13s tournament, with seven teams, competed on Sunday.
Midwest Penguins 171s team competed for its chance at a national bid last weekend. The team faced some tough competition, and came up short when vying for its National Bid. The 17s team will participate in USAV Nationals in the Patriot Division, but will join the 151s team, and the 14 Elite team by competing for a second chance at a national bid at qualifying events in Indianapolis at the end of March.
For weekend updates on all our teams, visit the individual team pages here.
"Our teams are literally crushing it this year at Nationals. We couldn't be more proud of these athletes and their coaches. Keep it up ladies.
Their success is a testament to all the hard work you've ALL put in to help make Midwest Penguins great.
As we wrap up this season, we're looking ahead to next year- Our 20th ANNIVERSARY as a club.
Wow. We can't hardly believe it. It feels like just yesterday we put together our first team.
This club has brought so many great people together- incredible athletes, coaches, parents... incredible friends... an incredible family.
We're so glad each and every one of you has been a part of our journey- and we ask that you help us remember.
Please share with us your Penguin memories. Post your past team photos to our Page, tag your friends and invite them to share, or just send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org
As we look ahead to our 20th Anniversary we'll be looking for your ideas for a reunion.
The Penguin family has always been a close one, and this year we're looking to celebrate what has helped make Midwest Penguins great.
Anne & Janice
Our new "mini club" season is designed to fit the schedules of many busy families.
It's the perfect blend of training, competition and tournament play.
Eight weeks- 26 practices - 3 Tournaments
Session II begins March 9!
Registration is now open for The Midwest Penguins Annual Big Ball Bash.
This year's event will take place on two weekends,
Friday May 5th & Friday May 12th, 2017
Teams can select which evening they'd like to play.
The event is open to anyone willing to accept the challenge, and take on the 4-foot ball!
Proceeds from the event will benefit E.C.H.O., a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of healthy living, and Midwest Penguins team headed to 2017 Nationals.
SIGN UP your team for a night of FUN, LAUGHS, & FRIENDS