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MLK Weekend Recap

By Andy Halaz, 01/17/17, 2:15PM CST


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!

Winter Championships

Team Finish
B18 Royal 2nd (BID)
B18 Orange 43rd
B17 Royal 3rd (BID)
B17 Orange 13th
B17 White 11th (Club)
B16 Royal 17th
B16 Orange 21st
B16 White 11th (Club)
B15 Royal 17th
B14 Royal 5th (BID)
B13 Royal 9th (14 Open)
G18 Royal 7th
G18 Orange 11th (USA)

B14 Royal celebrates successful day 1 with dinner

What to do for the last sandwich? Giants, Wizards, Elves!!

11s/12s GW League

Team Record
G11 Royal 5-1
G11 Orange 3-4
G11 White 2-4
G11 Gray 2-4
G11 Black 2-4
G12 Royal 2-2
G12 Orange 3-1
G12 White 2-0
G12 Gray 2-1
G12 Select 0-4
G 12/11 Future 0-2
B11 Royal 3-3
B12 Royal 0-2
B12 Orange 1-1
B12 White 1-2
B12 ILL 0-4