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Sunday, February 24
Power Surge 18 Boys Debut at Highline Community College
18 Boys at Highline 2.23.13
Nothing like some strong but timely and "encouraging" words from Coach.
Aloha Power Surge Ohana,
Yesterday, Sat 2/23, our boys played in their very first tournament of the season.  It was a men’s B/BB tournament and it was and is a great tune up tournament for our boys who are preparing to play against other U17/18 teams in the Pacific Northwest, namely the Spokane Boys Volleyball Club, next week Sun 3/2 at Highline Community College again. 
But stepping back a little, since Nov of 2012, I’ve been trying to get a boys team going by running boys open practices, but to no avail.  Finally this past Jan 2013, I called it quits, it just wasn’t happening.  But then basketball season was over for some, boredom sets in a bit, a few boys started asking if the team was still playing, and voilà, the guys started to get serious about playing.  Last week they all came together for the first time, about 9 or 10 of them for their very first practice of the season.  Two practices that week, two practices this week, and here we are in a men’s tournament.  Go figure!
So now the guys (sometimes I slip and call them ladies, no disrespect to either the guys or the ladies, just habit) are legit, they have a practice schedule, a tournament schedule, and they even have a team picture on our website.  Check it out ladies, the only legitimate U18 Boys team this side of Snoqualmie.  Actually our boys’ ages range from 14 to 17, but per USAV’s age definition, we are a U18 team.  And they all come from 5 different high schools; Washington, Lakes, University Place, Graham-Kapowsin and Spanaway Lake (need someone from Bethel, please, maybe... Spencer???).  The south sound is well represented on our boys team for sure. 
Long story short, the boys won one match and that was the final match in the playoffs against a team who’s name I won’t mention but their initials are HISYM.  In that match we won in 2 straight games, 25-22, 33-31.  Yes, that is not a typo, that 2nd set went into triple overtime.  There were 9 B/BB teams, 3 pools of 3 teams each.  At the end of the day we finished with a 1-3 record, finishing 3rd in the Silver Bracket.  In all 4 matches, the boys played well.  In fact, I would say, considering their very late start in the season, their performance was exemplary. 
The boys definitely have some structure in their game:  the foundation (ball control) is there but still a little shaky, the walls (serve-receive formations, offense, defense, transitions) are up but need strengthening here and there, and the roof (setting, communication, chemistry) has a few leaks but its all coming together.  And come together they must, because next Sunday is their real test.  If I could wave a wand and choose one thing that would be improved right now in the boys’ game, I would choose ball control.  Because when you possesses strong ball control skills, you have a strong and sure foundation.  And when you have a sure foundation, anything you build on it can and will stand. 
A lot of very good things happened at the tournament.  There were some great blocking by our middles and right sides, some great digs by our back row, several long and exhausting rallies, and execution of some very good plays.  Usually it takes months before a team will even attempt a quick attack in the middle at a tournament.  But the boys ran several quick attacks in the middle from the get go and they even ran some successful quick back sets, which is simply outstanding.  On the officiating end, Vaa (with help from his mom) did a great job keeping score, and the rest of the team did a great job paying attention, calling lines or serving as the R2. 
I don’t normally do this because I strongly feel it takes a team effort to win.  But every so often you get a player who, through his athleticism, his experience and knowledge of the game, his amazing all-around skills, and his humble and unassuming leadership, brings the whole team together and makes the team perform much better.  He is the one who can take any good or bad pass and connect it to the hitter, the one who designs and runs our plays, the glue that binds the team together.  That player is Nate Peredo, our setter.  As you all know, the setter is the quarterback of the team.  There are many good setters out there.  But besides possessing amazing skills, what separates a good setter from a great setter, is a setter’s ability to make everyone feel comfortable out there, make everyone feel important and part of the team, and make everyone feel like playing with you and for you.  Nate does that for this team and is a major reason why this team plays so well together.  [Vallerie Noa does that for our 14s, by the way.]  This ability or charismatic leadership has to come from within, it is not something I or any coach can teach.  Nate is just wired that way, and therefore it comes out in his game and his steadfast leadership.  I received many compliments from other players regarding the team and especially regarding Nate, all very well deserved compliments. 
Congratulations gentlemen, and well done!  You all did a great job in your season opener, keep up the good work.
Coach Kama

2013 Boys Banquet at OCB
2013 Boys Banquet, Old Country Buffet
Friday, July 5
Boys End 2013 Season With Great Food and Great Company!

Our 2013 season have finally come to a very memorable end.  We had our banquet at the Lakewood Towne Center Old Country Buffet Restaurant on June 18th.  Great food, great conversation, great company.  Unfortunately LaShawn and Andrew were not able to make it.  But besides those two absences, it was the perfect celebration of a fantastic season, following an incredible 2-day boy's international volleyball tournament in Spokane, WA in mid May. 

The highlight of our season was definitely the Border Smackdown (BSD) tournament in Spokane, 18-19 May.  8 boys were able to attend.  
     1.  Nate Peredo - Setter, Senior, Washington HS
     2.  Jacob Ruley - Right/Backup Setter, Freshman, Graham-Kapowsin HS
     3.  Daniel Stakhovich - Middle, Senior, Curtis HS
     4.  LaShawn Kapenda - Middle, Senior, Washington HS
     5.  Andrew Cruz - Outside, Senior, Spanaway Lake HS
     6.  Rodion Zuravlev - Outside, Senior, Lakes HS
     7.  Vaa Noa - Junior, DS/Right, Graham-Kapowsin HS
     8.  Ramsey Noa - Freshman, DS/Middle, Graham-Kapowsin
     9.  Anthony Martinez - DS/Right, Senior, Bethel HS (Did not attend Spokane Tourney)

Last year, May 2012, was the inaugural year of the Border Smackdown (BSD) tourney and we just barely had enough players to enter a team in it.  We had 7 players total, but 2 players had to get an exception to policy approved before they could play:  the coaches daughter, and a player who had already graduated the year before.  We also picked up a last minute player who was only able to attend the last 3 practices before heading to Spokane.  So really, we only had 4 legitimate players, which meant we had to redo all our systems.  On the way there and while there, the team had to learn their rotations and serve-receive formations.  Out of 8 matches, we won 1 match and lost several close ones.  In spite of all the last minute changes, it was still a great and exciting experience for the team. 

This year we had 8 solid players heading to Spokane, however, only 3 of them were on the 2012 team (Nate, Vaa & Ramsey) and 3 were first year players (Andrew, LaShawn, and Jacob).  But right before heading to Spokane, we entered a Boy's tournament at Sunrise Courts in Puyallup.  There were 6 boy's teams in attendance and after winning that tournament, it gave us a much needed boost for the Border Smackdown.  Many good things happened at this tune-up tournament at Sunrise Courts.  Our offense really started to click, especially the quick attack in the middle, and our passing, something we have been working on so much all season long, started to come together in this tournament.  It was exactly what we needed to prepare for Spokane. 

Finally after working out all the transportation and hotel arrangements, after all the fundraising, we headed to Spokane for the BSD on Friday 17 May 2013.  It was an exciting adventure for the boys, we were a much improved team from last year, which made this trip even more exciting. But the results also bore that out too.  Last year's 1-7 record was easily surpassed by this year's team record, 5-3.  The competition was amazing, as usual.  We lost to the top 2 teams from Canada and to the #1 team from Spokane.  We played well against these 3 teams but couldn't string enough consecutive points for the win.  These 3 teams also played so much better against us than when they played against the other teams, a testament to the reputation and high standard our boys set on day 1 of the tournament. 

The BSD tournament forced our team to kick it up another notch, which we did.  But not having sufficient experience playing constantly at a very high level, kept us a bit on par with the best, but not enough to surpass the best.  Had we experienced more matches like these throughout our season, we would have been much more prepared.  But still, winning the boys tournament at Sunrise, then winning 5 of 8 matches in Spokane, it was an amazing and very satisfying experience and accomplishment for our boys.  

This 2013 season we had only 3 months of preparation, starting our first practices in early February.  Normally our season would have started in November, the same time as the girls.  But there just wasn't enough interest in November, no matter how much we tried to get the team going, too many other conflicting interests.  But in this short 3 month period, our preparation was stripped down to only the things that matter most, ball control and systems.  Add to that the boys' unusual and high level of commitment, the team made some astounding leaps and bounds in their game.  All experienced major improvements in their ball control skills, and it was amazing to watch the inevitable improvement in their overall game as individuals and as a team, when the focus is on the things that matter most.  I couldn't be any prouder of every single one of them.  One can only wonder what they would have accomplished had they started the season 3 months earlier.

It would have been enough if their volleyball skills and knowledge were the only things that improved so remarkably.  But what set this team apart from all previous boys teams we have had over the years, was the chemistry and relationships the guys developed with one another over their very short season.  They all got along so well, no drama, and that is what we all will remember, more than anything - the very close bond and relationships.  As a coach, I couldn't have asked for a better group of guys.  It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. 

Coach Stan Stakhovich, our boys coach from 2 years ago, is back and was gracious enough to celebrate with our team at Old Country Buffet.  Miss Niva and Miss Emily were also great team Moms, organizing team fundraisers, coordinating transportation, schedules, equipment, etc.  I could always count on Miss Niva to have our volleyball equipment at every practice.  She committed going to Spokane even though she knew it would be right during her birthday.  When Miss Emily found out, her family in Spokane made a birthday cake for her and the team sang Happy Birthday to her.  She cried.  A big thank you also to Miss Emily's family in Spokane who hosted us for dinner at their home once again this year.  They always put out a great spread.  Thank you soooo much!

Although Anthony did not attend the BSD in Spokane with the team, he was able to join us late, after work, at the team banquet.

Great job gentlemen, great season, great memories!!!

Coach Kama
Respect All, Fear None!

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