Coach Tina Diaz of the Palmdale Starlings couldn’t have put it better. “Whew! What a weekend! I think Im still going through an adrenaline rush right now from all the hoopla and excitement.” We couldn’t agree more. From the Opening Ceremony — where Diaz’ gals stole the show with in their tutus and headbands — to the weekend of high level play and champions being crowned, the 19th edition of the Starlings National Championship was a stunning success.
Of particular note, our friends from south of the border emerged as a new powerhouse, winning the 18s, 16s, and 12s divisions. Under the tutelage of Ruben Cheu, who has coached most of the girls over the years, their remarkable ball control paid off in a big way. Congrats to them and to San Gabriel — one of our clubs always in the running — who won the 14s division. Newcomers who surprised everyone with their improved play were Indianapolis, Mobile, Brevard County and Cudahy. Nice going! It signals great things for their programs in the future.
This past weekend, the Baltimore Starlings attended the Nashville Starlings Volleyball Combine along with the Nashville, Louisville and Toledo Starlings which was hosted by Fisk University. It was a great turn out! It was a weekend combine which exposed the girls to college life by staying the weekend in the dorms and working with a collegiate coach. This was great exposure!
Shout out to Lakeshia and Sara Grams for the invite. If it goes unsaid, I couldn’t appreciate you more for your kind gestures and patience with working with the Starlings program. Thanks for the continuation to grow the game and giving our girls the chance to fly!
Here is the latest list of Starlings players that played on collegiate teams in 2014. We congratulate them on their achievement and hope that this inspires others to follow in their footsteps.
The 18th Annual Starlings National Championship will be held San Diego on June 19-21, 2015. Mark it on your calendars and start your team on the path to a good performance at this showcase event. We’ll provide more information as the tournament dates get closer.