Saturday, May 25, 2013

Sound Premier Volleyball Team Falls Twice on Tough First Day of Volleyball at the Premier Volleyball Leauge National Championship Tournament.

#11 Sara Bendorf led all hitters at the 1st day of the PVL Championship.
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The Sound Premier Volleyball Team started their first match of the Premier Volleyball League Tournament at 5am Pacific time, which was 8am local time in Louisville, KY.  Not only did they face a tough time difference, but they also faced the number one team in the tournament, defending champions The Hoosier Exterminators.  The Sound fell in straight sets to the Exterminators and lost by the same score later in the morning to the Northern California Dream Team.

Outside hitter Sara Bendorf led all hitters for the Sound with 11 kills.  She also tallied two blocks for a team leading total of 13 points scored on the day.  Captain Katie Silliman had five kills in the middle to go with her team leading 6 blocks.  Angie Alvord also had a good day in the middle with seven kills, two blocks and an ace.  Outside hitter Marlayna Geary contributed eight kills and opposite Jessica Vanzant scored seven points on four kills and three blocks.

Leilani Ramsey anchored the Sound defense through the course of the day and was the foundation of their rapidly improving serve receive.  Whitney Buck and Ashley Allen shared time at setter through the two matches as head coach Bill Neville searched for winning combinations.  All 12 players on the Sound Premier roster say playing time on day one of the tournament.

The Sound will continue to pool play starting at 8:30am Pacific time on Sunday May 26 against the Western Empire team.  They will play their final match of the initial five team pool at 1:30pm Pacific time on Sunday.  The top four teams of the pool will be seeded into the second round of the championship tournament which will be played on Monday May 27.  The bottom team will be seeded into the consolation bracket.

PVL Update

Pool 1
The #1 seed Hoosier Exterminators are undefeated after the first day of the tournament.  They postedvictories over the Sound Premier Team and the Badger Blizzards.  They will likely face the North California Dream Team for the Pool One top spot on Sunday.  Pool 1 Standings

Pool 2
Team North Texas leads Pool two with a two win zero loss record.  Arizona, Great Plains and Great Lakes are all in the hunt to finish at the top of that pool.  Team Evergreen is 0-2 and nervously hoping that outside hitter Meghan Ganzer will be able to play in the rest of the tournament after rolling her ankle on Saturday.  Pool 2 Standings

Pool 3
The Pioneer Mayhem arrived on the PVL scene and declared themselves contenders with wins over the Iowa Ice and Team New England.  Iowa Ice pulled the upset of the day with a five set win over the #3 seeded Florida Wave.  The Heart of America Havoc suffered through a tough first day of the tournament with a pair of losses.  Pool 3 Standings

Live Streaming of the PVL Championship
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Court 3 Sunday May 26 vs Western Empire  8:30am Pacific TimeCourt 4 Sunday May 26 vs Badger Blizzard  1:30pm Pacific Time