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Saturday, January 26, 2019
BVA Indoor Tournament Championships

The Bermuda Volleyball Association's Men's Indoor Volleyball Tournament took place inside the Warwick Academy Gymnasium.

In Semi-Final action Hit it from the Back took on the Bombers and pulled out a 25-14, 25-11 victory to move on to the Finals.

In the other Semi-Final the Ace Boys (Men's National Team) took on the Boys Junior National team, Ace Boys came out on top 25-13 and 25-16.

The final was tightly contested, the Ace Boys would be crowned champions, but it took 3 sets to defeat Hit it from the Back 21-25, 25-19 and 15-11.

In the third place match, the Bombers also needed 3 sets to see off the JNT Boys 15-25, 25-17 and 16-14.
Thursday, January 24, 2019
Junior National Team Prepare for Festival

As part of their preparations for an upcoming International Tournament, the Mizuno Boston Volleyball Festival, the Bermuda Junior National Boys Volleyball Team played an Exhibition Match against a Senior School All Star Select Team.

“It’s the first time we’ve done this and it was a great opportunity for the National Team players to get a competitive match in advance of their overseas tournament,” said National Team Coach Denise Somerville. “We’re really excited that BF&M has come onboard as a sponsor for this tournament and the tour to Boston, which will really help the team as it gets ready to represent Bermuda.”

Somerville said, “Despite not training together the All-Star team put in a good performance and I hope it’s a sign of things to come.”

“The exhibition match had a secondary purpose and that is to give some of the players who made the All Star team but do not play volleyball regularly, a chance to experience a higher level game and maybe entice them to explore the sport further.”

“We know that there are a lot of good athletes in Bermuda who enjoy the game but don’t do any regular training,” she said. “Volleyball is a game that can be played year-round in Bermuda, both indoors and on the beach, and it offers not only opportunities to travel but also pathways to education through scholarships.”

After the match the BF&M Junior Volleyball Tournament Trophy was awarded to the National Team captain Connor Somerville with additional awards with National Team Player Tyler Hurdle earning MVP and Best Hitter, while his teammates Connor Somerville, Steven Camara and Conor Sinclair earning Best Setter, Best Server and Best Libero respectively. All the awards were presented by Keiran Hamilton, Youth Development Officer for the Bermuda Volleyball Association.

National Team MVP Tyler Hurdle said, “The All Star team did really well and gave us a good fight. I think we were a bit cocky at the beginning and they put a good few points on us, but then we got a little scared and played like we should have.”

Meanwhile, All Star Select team player Schyler Smith said he could see himself playing more Volleyball in the future and wished the National Team luck in Boston.

“I think they are going to represent Bermuda well,” he said.

The Mizuno Boston Volleyball Festival takes place in Boston from February 21st – 25th and features over 700 teams competing in multiple age-groups.

Coach Somerville said, “In addition to representing their country, the tournament is also a chance for Bermuda’s players to showcase their skills with a number of college scouts attending the event.”

“The players are training really hard to get ready for the tournament. This match was a good experience for both teams and I hope we can do it again in the future.”
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
BSSF All-Star Volleyball Round Up

There were mixed results at Warwick Academy during the Bermuda School Sports Federation All-Star Volleyball matches.

The Red Team was dominant in cruising to victory over the Blue Team in straight games 25-11, 25-11 in the Senior School Girls match.

Katherine McPhee proved unstoppable with her serve in the Girls match. The Warwick Academy student scored 8 straight points to start the match for the Red Team. The Blue Team could never recover despite the defensive efforts of MSA Libero Cailey Longworth.

The Red Team kept piling on the points with fine front row play from Saltus’ Sy Mcpeek, match MVP Warwick Academy’s Amber Simons and setter Zori Seymour also from Warwick Academy.

The second match saw much of the same with McPhee again serving first. The score was 13-0 before the Blue Team could get on the scoreboard. They got into the game and made a rally before finally falling 25-11 again.

The Blue Team won two straight close games in the Senior School Boys match 25-20 25-22.

The Senior Boys match was much closer but the Blue Team was never under threat of losing the match. The Blue Team was led by an arsenal of hitting from MVP Tyler Hurdle from Saltus Grammar School.

The Red Team rallied late in the second set but it proved to be too little too late. Steven Camara from Warwick Academy was named MVP from the Red team.


Blue Team:

Mount Saint Agnes:
Monique Cordeiro, Caroline Amaral, Erin Cardoso, Cailey Longworth

Bermuda High School: Olivia Taylor, Sophia Stevens, Layla Kurt

Berkeley Institute: Elena Munoz, Kaylee Lema, Mary Carreon

Coaches: Mark Hamilton, Beth Rae

Red Team

Saltus Grammar School:
Sy McPeek, McKenna O'Donnell, Alexa Saldok, Lindsey Pacheco

Warwick Academy: Zori Seymour, Katrina McPhee, Amber Simons

Cedarbridge Academy: Kelise Stewart

Coaches: Juanita Blee, Denise Sommerville


Blue Team

Mount Saint Agnes:
Conor Sinclair, Blake Horseman, Tyler Pimental, Josh Blee

Saltus Grammar School: Connor Sommerville, Ben Edwards, Schyler Smith, Tyler Hurdle

Coaches: Mark Hamilton

Red Team

Warwick Academy:
Steven Camara, Joshua Thorne, Hannibal Leningrad, Adam McDonald

Coaches: Juanita Blee, Denise Sommerville

Sunday, December 09, 2018
Bermuda Volleyballers Conclude Competing in Florida

The Bermuda Volleyball Associations’ Junior National Girls program concluded competing in Daytona Beach, Florida in the 2018 Florida Holiday Challenge.

On Day two Bermuda’s Under 14 team finished 13th in the Division after finishing with a 0&5 Record. Bermuda went down in their opening match on the day in straight games to the DME Elite 14 D team in straight games 25-12, 25-7, they would then fall in straight games to the Top Select 14 Lake Nona Jen team 25–21, 25-18.

The Bermuda Under 16 team finished with a Record of 0 & 5 as well, this after falling to Top Select 16 lake Nona Luis in straight games 25-18, 25-16 and they went down in straight games 25-11, 25-13 to Pinellas Heat 16 Elite team.

In the Under 18 Division, the Bermuda team would finish 6th with a Record of 0 & 5, Bermuda went down in straight game to Pinellas Heat 18 Heat 25-17, 25-17, they would then fall in straight games to Vision CPT 25-9, 25-10.
Saturday, December 08, 2018
Bermuda Volleyballers Begin Competing in Florida

The Bermuda Volleyball Associations’ Junior National Girls program began competing in Daytona Beach, Florida in the 2018 Florida Holiday Challenge.

Bermuda’s Under 14 team went down in their opener in straight games to the Top Select 14 team 25-10, 25-10, they would then fall in straight games to the Pinellas Heat 14 Elite 25–21, 25-11, DME Elite Under 13 would then defeat the Bermuda team 25-7, 25-10.

The Bermuda Under 16 team are 0 & 3, this after falling to Top Select 16 in straight games 25-10, 25-7 and they went down in straight games 25-8, 25-4 to Gainsville Juniors One team. The Bermuda team would next go down to the Top Select 16 Black team in straight games 25-14, 25-5.

In the Under 18 Division, the Bermuda team went down in straight game to Top Select 18 Top 25-16, 25-10, they would then fall in straight games to NB Scout Team 17 Two 25-11, 25-13 and they would end the day going down in straight games to Top Select 18 Lake Nona 25-15, 25-20.
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