Monument City Classic Jan 14 - 16, 2012
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Wonderful tournament to start the season! 
Second Place in 15's Open Division 2.  4-4 record.  Great job! 

Some Tournament Info!

Websites!!

The tournament is played at the Richmond Convention Center.
403 North 3rd Street, Richmond VA  23219

The tournament website is here.
Directions to the Richmond Convention Center is here.
Parking info can be seen here.   I recommend parking in #5.

There is metered parking all around the RCC, but the meters aren't enforced on Saturdays or Sundays!  More info on parking and the Monument tournament here.

We believe that the tournament pairings and results will be available here

Our Division:
We are in 15's Open.....where the best
15's teams in the area will battle it out! 
 

Memories of #10, Alexandra Arnold

Initial thoughts and fears fill the minds of each and every one of us as we begin the 3 hour drive to our first tournamentÖ..the Monument City Classic. Our bodies are filled with adrenaline and fear. For some of us Monument is just a repeating event but we were ready to conquer whatever came our way as a team. This was our first real test of the year as a team. On Saturday afternoon we walk into our first real barricade of the season. That day we went 0-3 but we never let it bother us. Less than 48 hours later we walked out of the Richmond Convention Center as a Division 2 finalist. One person wasnít the reason we came home with that title. Teamwork is the reason we got were we did. That teamwork is what is going to help us get better and better at each tournament we go to this season.  Together we can do the impossible and Richmond was only our starting point.

The volleyball ricochets off the blockerís hand and referee blows the whistle. The parents begin to cheer and we all run into a huddle. Nothing could have contained our excitement. We ended up finishing as a Division 2 finalist in the Monument City Classic.  Richmond was the starting point of our season. It didnít go as smoothly as we expected but if we had went 8-0 we wouldnít have learned what we did. Richmond gave us a chance to practice what we have learned so far and see what we need to practice. Together we grew as a team at Richmond and itís only the beginning of our season.Can't wait for Saturday to do it all again!



Memories of #4, Piper Roe

I love going to Monument every year. Monument is a great way to start the volleyball season, meet new people, and a great way to make memories! These are some of my team's memories: together we watch, getting kicked out of certain areas, Tebowing, dog piles, team trains, elbow tag. :)
 

Memories of #3, Hannah Shields
My favorite part of this weekend was getting to know my teammates better. Sure, playing volleyball was amazing, but being around all of my teammates and coaches while playing, made it even more special to me.  Dave & Busters, O'Charley's, and eating pizza back at the hotel was so much fun. We all learned more about each other and had fun while doing it. I can't wait to spend another weekend with everyone in Tennessee!
 

Richmond Convention Center Rules

Typical Richmond Convention Center Rules.
No outside food is allowed in the RCC......
but some years they have allowed food inside.  Odd.

Coolers are not permitted in the RCC at all......
but they let us to do that some years also.  Really odd.

Normally:  Unattended coolers can not be left outside the RCC
 and we are normally told that folding chairs would not be allowed into the facility......but yet they are sometimes. 

Well, this is from the Monument City website:

  • NO COOLERS of any kind, of any size, or for any reason are permitted in the Greater Richmond Convention  Center. Coolers left inside the building will be removed to the outside of the building. Coolers left outside the building are the sole responsibility of the owner, but may be confiscated if security deems them a hazard.

  • Neither the Richmond Volleyball Club nor the facility will assume any responsibility for coolers or providing a place for them.

  • This is a Greater Richmond Convention Center rule that we must enforce as a condition of our contract. This is not our rule. We understand people do not like this, and neither do we. But we are bound by the terms of the contract and cannot negotiate this away. We apologize for any inconvenience it causes.

  • Any individuals who ignore or verbally abuse the security staff will be asked to immediately leave the premises. Please abide by the rules and let the tournament be enjoyable for everyone.

Memories of #7 Michelle Kembel
Nerve racking; the words most teams would use coming into Monument. I mean why not? Itís the first tournament, you havenít played that much as a team, you should be nervous, but when you ask us what word first came through our head about Monument I think it would be excited or anxious. Even though we didnít come out on top, we still managed to accomplish one huge task that some teams will never accomplish and thatís loving every single player on the team even after the first tournament which I think itís safe to say we all still do; which is awesome. So with that said, the weekend was great, the coaches are amazing, and let the games begin!



Memories of #1, Carden Clark


I had a great time the three days we were in Richmond. I was excited about the extra time I would get to spend with my teammates, so I could get to know them more personally. The time we spent together making hair ribbons, going to Dave & Busters, and hanging out at the hotel and eating pizza was just wonderful. Most of all I enjoyed playing volleyball with all of my teammates! I'm so happy to be apart of a team where we get along on the court and off the court. Its very hard to find such a great group of girls like my teammates that all get along. Also I was happy with how well we played. Even thou the first day was bad, I think we made up for it the other two days! And that's also another thing I love about this team, even thou we do bad some games we never give up and give 100 % every time! :) That's the story of my great experience in Richmond with my volleyball girls.:)

Saturday's Results

Record/Stats

 

Matches

Sets

 

Team

Won

Lost

Won

Lost

Final

Car.Islanders 15Elite (Palmetto Region)

2

1

4

2

 

NC Elite 15 Black (Carolina Region)

3

0

6

1

 

NVVA - I.C.E. 15-2 (Chesapeake Region)

1

2

2

4

 

NRV 15 National (Old Dominion Region)

0

3

1

6

 

Matches - 2 of 3

1st Team

2nd Team

Schedule

Score

Work Team

Car.Islanders 15Elite

NVVA - I.C.E. 15-2

Court 17 at 1/14 3:00PM

2-0

NC Elite 15 Black

NC Elite 15 Black

NRV 15 National lost

Court 17 at 1/14 4:00PM

25-27,
10-25

Car.Islanders 15Elite

Car.Islanders 15Elite

NRV 15 National lost

Court 17 at 1/14 5:00PM

21-25, 25-19, 15-9

NVVA - I.C.E. 15-2  

NC Elite 15 Black

NVVA - I.C.E. 15-2

Court 17 at 1/14 6:00PM

2-0

Car.Islanders 15Elite

NVVA - I.C.E. 15-2

NRV 15 National lost

Court 17 at 1/14 7:00PM

23-25,
21-25

NC Elite 15 Black

Car.Islanders 15Elite  

NC Elite 15 Black

Court 17 at 1/14 8:00PM

2-1

NRV 15 National

Sunday's Schedule

Record/Stats

 

Matches

Sets

 

Team

Won

Lost

Won

Lost

Final

Academy 15 Diamond

2

1

4

3

 2nd

RVC 15N (OD)

1

2

2

4

3rd

piedmont mizuno 15

0

3

2

6

4th

NRV 15 National

3

0

6

1

1st

Matches - 2 of 3

1st Team

2nd Team

Schedule

Score

Work Team

Academy 15 Diamond

piedmont mizuno 15

Court 21 at 1/15 3:00 PM

 2-1

RVC 15N

RVC 15N

NRV 15 National
Won

Court 21 at 1/15 4:00 PM

25-10,
27-25

Academy 15 Diamond

Academy 15 Diamond

NRV 15 National
Won

Court 21 at 1/15 5:00 PM

 25-19,
25-18

piedmont mizuno 15

RVC 15N

piedmont mizuno 15

Court 21 at 1/15 6:00 PM

 2-0

Academy 15 Diamond

piedmont mizuno 15

NRV 15 National
Won

Court 21 at 1/15 7:00 PM

 23-25, 25-23,
15-5

RVC 15N

Academy 15 Diamond

RVC 15N

Court 21 at 1/15 8:00 PM

 2-0

NRV 15 National

Record/Stats

 

Matches

Sets

 

Team

Won

Lost

Won

Lost

Final

No. Va. Premier 15

2

0

4

0

1

VA Elite 15s

0

2

1

4

3

NRV 15 National

1

1

2

3

2

Matches - 2 of 3 to 25(15)

1st Team

2nd Team

Schedule

Score

Work Team

NV Premier 15

NRV 15
National lost

Court 31 at 1/16 1:00 PM

2-0 (25-22, 25-16)

VA Elite 15s

NRV 15
National Won

VA Elite 15s

Court 31 at 1/16 2:00 PM

2-1 (25-20, 14-25, 15-13)

NV Premier 15

NV Premier 15

VA Elite 15s

Court 31 at 1/16 3:00 PM

2-0 (25-14, 25-20)

NRV 15 National

Our final match record:  4-4.   Our final set record:  9-10.
Let's do it again next weekend..... in Sevierville, TN!
 

Memories of #20, Amelia Dalton

Together we sacrificed our time and effort to play what to most people is just a game. But to us this is our life and our passion.
This weekend we got to show everyone what were made of and all of those hours of practice paid off! Together we did!!:)
 

Memories of #26, Kayla Goumas

This weekend, the Monument City Classic was very fun. I think that we worked together like a team. Everyone worked very hard and we played well but i think we could play a lot better! We all have room for improvement, especially with serving, passing and setting.  As a setter I can work on being more consistent giving each hitter the same set every time. We won some, and we lost some this weekend, finishing 4-4. Even after Saturday, day 1, when we started the weekend 0-3 our whole team was still able to smile and get along after the end of the day. This is different from teams I have played on before where girls start yelling at each other and blaming one another for her own mistakes. I love all of the girls on our team and when one of us is down the rest of the team picks her up. We were down by a lot in some games and we all worked together and encouraged each other to come back and win! I also thought that the coaches had a great impact on us this weekend. I have been on teams before where the coaches just sit and yell at the players from the sidelines. Some coaches pull girls out of the game and never put them back in, and some coaches don't have faith in each of their players. I really appreciate Coach Houser, Coach Easter, and Coach Caroline for encouraging us throughout the whole tournament. If they pulled one of us out of the game they would explain why and tell us what we needed to fix and they would give them another chance on the court. Even in the games we lost, they told us we what we did good but we could be doing even better. It's nice to have coaches who support all of the girls on the team. Overall I feel this weekend was a good start to our season. We all have a lot to work on, but if we all continue to get along and play with our hearts, together we can and together we will reach our goals!




Memories of Coach Easter

Can't wait for Saturday to do it all again!

Memories of Coach Houser
I was so very impressed by these girls' love of the game, their love of each other,
and their constant cheerfulness towards their teammates. 
Agree with Coach E:  Let's do it again!


Team Check-In

Team check-in will begin on Friday, January 13, 2012 at 5:30pm in Hall B of the convention center and will conclude at 10:30pm. To enter the convention center, the coach or a parent should go to the entrance of the convention center on the corner of Third and Marshall Streets.

  • A team representative needs to bring a copy of athlete's Medical Release Forms. The forms do not need to be notarized.

  • The team representative will also need to bring the "Roster Form" printed from AES with them. A club representative may check in their entire club.


Memories of #15, Leah Clayton

My weekend in Richmond was a lot of fun.  I am sure all the tournaments we go to this year will be great and as we work together and get better it well be more fun.  I was a little nervous but as the day went on I felt better.  The fellowship off the court was the most treasured.  I have only known these girls for 2 months and feel I have known them forever.  I love the way we play with passion and for the love of the game.  I am so excited for the next tournament. 

OUR TEAM HOTEL!

From Mrs. Roe:  "I have booked us into 13 rooms at the Holiday Inn Express (about 3 1/2 miles from Short Pump Mall) and 12 miles from the Richmond Convention Center.  Each room has 2 double beds, free parking and breakfast included."

The hotel website is here.

Holiday Inn Richmond Northwest I-64
9933 Mayland Drive, Richmond, Va   23233

Please get the confirmation number from an email from Mrs. Roe.
This is SUPER!

 


Leaving After Saturday!  See ya tomorrow! 
 

Recruiting Seminars

On the Monument website here

College Recruiting Seminar

VolleyballRecruits.net will be hosting FREE recruiting seminars 1-2 times per day on Saturday & Sunday during the Monument City Classic. At the seminar players and parents will learn how to attack the recruiting process as they discuss:

  • The Recruiting Timeline - things you should be doing as a Freshmen, Sophomore, Junior and Senior to stay ahead of the game

  • The Importance of Video (and how you can take high quality footage)

  • How players can maximize their exposure among the college coaches community

  • Rules of the recruiting process


In the past:  Virginia Commonwealth University's head women's vball coach, James Finley, has conducted a FREE recruiting seminar Friday evening. The seminar has been held in the Sports Medicine Building which is next to the Siegel Center. The address has been 1300 West Broad Street.  I see no mention is this on the 2012 Monument website. 

 



I told the team to warm up.  What's going on?     :) 
 

List of Team Accepted Into 15s Open

 

Team Code

Team Name

Club Name

fj5brndy1ch

Brandywine Bobcats

Brandywine Vball Club

fj5caris1pm

Car.Islanders15 Black

Carolina Islanders

fj5cjvvb1cr

CJV 15

Carolina Jrs Vball

fj5clbrd1cr

Club Red 15 Red

Club Red

fj5ecjvc1cr

ECJVC 15 Black

East Carolina Jr Vball Club

fj5elite1od

Beach Elite 15 Black

Beach Elite Vball

fj5icstr1cr

IC Stars 15-1

I.C. Stars

fj5mdjrs1ch

MDJRS 15 Elite

MD Jrs VBC

fj5mvpjc1pm

MVP 15-Gold

MVP

fj5mvsav1ch

MVSA 15 Riot

MVSA VBC

fj5ncvba1cr

Academy 15 Diamond

NC Vball Academy

fj5neltb1cr

NC Elite 15 Black

NC Elite Vball Club

fj5nrvjo1od

NRV 15 National

NRV Jrs

fj5nvpvb1ch

NV Premier 15

NV Premier

fj5nvvai1ch

NVVA - I.C.E. 15-1

Northern Virginia Vball Association

fj5nvvai2ch

NVVA - I.C.E. 15-2

Northern Virginia Vball Association

fj5odrcl1od

Clash 15N

Clash Vball Club

fj5piedm1cr

piedmont mizuno 15

Piedmont Mizuno VBC

fj5ruvjr1od

Roanoke 15 Red

Roanoke United

fj5rvcjr1od

RVC 15N

Richmond Vball Club

fj5scmid1pm

SC Midlands 15 EliteG

SC Midlands Vball

fj5trngl1cr

Triangle 15 Black

Triangle Vball Club

fj5vejvb1ch

VA Elite 15s

Virginia Elite

fj5trngl2cr

Triangle 15 Blue

Triangle Vball Club

 


 

Driving Directions For The Weekend:

To Our Team Hotel On Friday Night: 
            
   (These directions assume that you're coming into Richmond in I-64.)
ŗ Take the Gaskins Rd North exit, EXIT 180B for 0.3 mi
ŗ Merge onto Gaskins Rd. and go 0.6 mi
ŗ Turn  left onto Mayland Dr   (Starbucks is on the corner) for less then 1/10 of a miles.
If you reach W Broad St you've gone about 0.2 miles too far
ŗ 9933 Maryland Drive, Richmond, VA 23233-1462 is on the left.
If you reach the end of Mayland Dr you've gone about 0.1 miles too far

2 hours 48 minutes from Roanoke.  178.4 miles.

If youíre coming on I-64 Saturday morning directly to our playing site:
From West of Richmond I 64 East Bound to I-95 South to 64 East Bound:
Interstate 64 East to junction Interstate 95 South to I-64 East/Third Street Exit#75. Bear right for 3rd Street (Do not go straight on the junction, it will take you to I-64 East). Travel ahead to 3rd and Marshall Streets. The Greater Richmond Convention Center's Parking Deck will be on the left on 3rd Street.
Time from Roanoke:  3 hours, 20 minutes.

Directions from our team hotel to our playing site:
Get back on I-64 East, and use the directions above. 
15 minutes.  12 miles.

Directions from the Richmond Convention Center back to our team hotel:
ŗAs you come out of the parking garage, turn left (one way)- go 0.2 mi
ŗTurn right on BROAD ST - go 0.2 mi
ŗTurn right on BROOK RD (one way) - go 0.3 mi
ŗBear left on W LEIGH ST - go 0.1 mi
ŗTurn right on N BELVIDERE ST - go 0.1 mi
ŗTake ramp onto I-95 NORTH toward WASHINGTON/CHARLOTTESVILLE - go 2.8 mi
ŗTake exit #79 onto I-64 WEST toward POWHITE PKWY/CHARLOTTESVILLE -
ŗTake the Gaskins Rd North exit, EXIT 180B.  0.6 mi
ŗMerge onto Gaskins Rd.  0.2 mi
ŗTurn left onto Mayland Dr.   (Starbucks is on the corner)   0.08 mi
If you reach W Broad St you've gone about 0.2 miles too far
ŗ9933 Mayland Drive, Richmond, Va 23233-1462 is on the left.
If you reach the end of Mayland Dr you've gone about 0.1 miles too far
 



 




 
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