Triple block by 16 Orange
MLK weekend was the first qualifier weekend for HPSTL and the boys brought back three bids to start the season. The three teams to earn bids were 18 Royal, who finished 2nd, 17 Royal, who finished 3rd, and 14 Royal, who finished 5th. Aside from the bids, it was a great weekend for all our boys high school teams. 17 Orange was a few points shy of taking down the eventual champion and finishing in the Gold bracket, while 17 White and 15 White each finished 11th in their respective club divisions. Finally, our 13 Royal team turned some heads by finishing 9th in 14 Open. Unfortunately, they were pitted against 14 Royal in a match for a bid and finished just shy of the win.
IL 11/12 Future's huddle
The Winter Championships in Chicago also held an 18s girl's qualifier since 18s nationals are in the spring. G18 Royal finished 7th after a tough day one pool, where all four teams finished the tournament in the top seven. G18 Orange finished 11th in USA to start their qualifier season. Both teams will have their next chance to qualify at the Gateway Bid Event before heading to MEQ.
HPSTL 11s and 12s also kicked off their Gateway League over MLK weekend. Girls 11 Royal and girls 12 White finished with the top records at 5-1 and 2-0 respectively from the weekend. The ice brought some complications as not all teams were able to play both days with playing venues being shut down. The weekend was also exciting for our boys 11s and 12s as they competed against the girls teams. The boys teams finished 5-12 and are anxiously awaiting the next chance to prove themselves against the female foes.
Overall the weekend was tremendous as many matches went to three sets and teams were able to compete and see what they need to work on in practice. We are excited to see their improvement in the coming weeks and months as our teams make moves up the ladder!
|B18 Royal||2nd (BID)|
|B17 Royal||3rd (BID)|
|B17 White||11th (Club)|
|B16 White||11th (Club)|
|B14 Royal||5th (BID)|
|B13 Royal||9th (14 Open)|
|G18 Orange||11th (USA)|
B14 Royal celebrates successful day 1 with dinner
What to do for the last sandwich? Giants, Wizards, Elves!!
|G 12/11 Future||0-2|