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Club update from Starlings Hoyt, Kansas:
… ready to start another club volleyball season with the first year Starling’s team member from last year which they will have to move up to 13 and under this season. Wanted to also let you know that a majority of last years Starling’s player also play together in the Royal Valley Middle School 7th grade team and are doing well with a record of 6-1. I have had so many parents comment on how have the opportunity to participate in club vball last year has made a world of difference in there attitude, skill level and competitiveness. The word had gotten around in this little rural town that I am getting emails from the near by city of Topeka parents that they want their daughters to try out for Starlings this up and coming season. I hope to add a 10 and 12 and under Starlings team but only time, funding and resources will tell.
From Melissa Tecumseh from Starlings Hoyt, Kansas
From Director Gwen Wilcher:
- All of our 12s and 13s girls made their middle school teams this season so hopefully they will be great starlings this upcoming club season.
- We sent our seniors off this year with one attending Claflin University, Orangeburg S.C. and Spartanburg Methodist, Spartanburg S.C. They both received volleyball scholarships.
From Director David Cordes:
I am hip deep in the Middle School Season and having fun. I have a really young (4 – 8th grade, 4 – 7th grade and 2- 6th grade players) 8th grade team, very inexperienced (no club players), very short team (tallest girl is 5’3″, half of them are under 5′ tall and 7 of the girls weigh less than 100 lbs). We are going to get killed in some of our matches, but we are having a blast. I am trying to turn them into a copy of some of the Tuba City teams I have seen at Nationals – not much offense but absolute monsters on defense.
But I am also ready for the club season to start. I love these young beginners, but I really miss being able to talk, teach, practice and play volleyball offense, defense, strategy and more advanced skills with the older girls. I have also been helping out part time with a small parochial high school team and every hour I spend on the court with those girls just makes me want the club season to start even earlier.
From Director Fred Howell:
As the year winds down, I just wanted to share some of our accomplishments with you. We won our fair share of local tournaments and did well in a number of the bigger ones. We played 10’s, 12’s, 14’s, 16’s, and 18’s. I did all the coaching but I did have help with some of the tournaments. The 12’s and 14’s played USAV and AAU and the rest played only local AAU tournaments. As always money was very tight but we made it through another regular season, played in a few local AAU beach tournaments, and the 12’s went to AAU nationals since we are so close to Orlando.
Our club has become a little more cosmopolitan and that has helped and hurt the direction I am trying to take the Brevard County Starlings. I am committed to preparing girls for college and believe that means providing the girls with life lessons as well as volleyball skills. You know what I mean.
I am maintaining positive relationships with the Florida USAV region office, Brevard Community College (local in our community), University of Central Florida (about 40 miles west of us), and Bethune Cookman University (about 70 miles north of us) for the last couple of years. Several of the high school coaches also work with me. As always I am stressing to the girls that the goal is to grow up to be a educated, responsible member of society. We want to make a Starlings difference.
BCSVS Tournament results
14’s 5th AAU Orlando Spring Fling
14’s 5th AAU FL regionals
14’s 6th FL USAV regionals club div
12’s 2nd USAV Disney classic
12’s 3rd AAU FL regionals
12’s 15th AAU nationals club
12’s 16th FL USAV regionals