This is the third time in the club’s 20-year history that at least three teams qualified for the event which until a couple years ago was called the “Junior Olympics.”
Making the journey to the Ohio capital wil the Seal Beach 14s, 13s and the 12s. years old and under teams will all go east in search of a national title during late June/early July at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Ohio’s capital city.
“It’s always a great accomplishment for any club to send multiple teams to the JO’s, and I’m really proud of the hard work these young ladies have put into this year,” said Tony Rodriguez, club co-director and coach of both the 14’s and 12’s teams that will go to Ohio. “We have sustained a very high degree of success for 14 and under players for many years and now we are committed to bring the same type of success to the high school level players.”
Rodriguez and fellow- long-time coach Maria Fattal and Rick Evans purchased ownership of the club from Bob O’Brien a few years ago. O’Brien founded the club in the mid-1990s and developed a very strong program for the younger ages. As players grew older, many left to play for other clubs in the SoCal area. The new owners have said they want to develop a stronger program for the olders which will keep local players from having to go elsewhere to play on top quality teams.
Seal Beach’s 14’s and 12’s teams received at-large bids and will compete in the 48-team National Division for their respective age groups, which consists of teams that won one of 10 JO qualifying tournaments around the country or ranked highest in their respective regions.
The 12’s team won the Southern California Volleyball Association (SCVA) 2012 Season Tournament and is currently ranked #1 among 144 teams in Southern California with an overall mark of 37-8. The 14’s (pictured left) are ranked 5th among 350 teams in their age group in SCVA.
The nucleus of the 14’s team is making their 3rd straight JO’s appearance. As 13 year olds, the team traveled to Atlanta, Ga. to compete in last year’s national championship tournament, placing third out of 48 teams on the American Division and bringing home the bronze medal.
This year’s 13’s team, coached by Roger Goodwin, founder and former director of Long Beach’s Ichiban Club, is ranked 8th in their age group with a record of 26-9 and received an at-large bid to the JO’s to compete in the American Division, which also consists of 48 teams.
The 12’s and 13’s teams will play in Ohio June 29 to July 2, while the 14’s competition will take place June 30-July 3.
In 2012, the Seal Beach Volleyball Club had 11 teams competing in seven age divisions from ages 12 to 18. Competition began in early January and culminates with the Junior Nationals in late June. SBVBC’s teams not traveling to Ohio will compete in the season-ending SCVA’s “Summer Soiree” tournament in Anaheim in June.
SBVBC’s Summer Program for indoor and beach volleyball runs from early July through mid September and includes “open gym” for both high school and middle school players (10-14 yrs old) as well as camps, skills clinics and beach training. Tryouts for next season’s teams will take place in early October (12-13-14’s teams) and early November (15-16-17-18’s teams).
More information on the Seal Beach Volleyball Club is available at their web site at http://www.sealbeachvolleyballclub.com .
Tony Rodriguez, (714) 931-1952 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Rick Evans, (714) 504-6326 or email@example.com
Maria Fattal (562) 430-1092 or firstname.lastname@example.org