In Illinois, Sky High Volleyball began its 2019-2020 club campaign , with the 15’s, 16’s 17’s and 18’s all in action last weekend.
At the Sky High Holiday Classic on December 14th, Adidas 15-1 NS finished in the semifinals after being defeated by Attack 15-Select, the eventual tournament winner. En route to the semi’s, the team went undefeated defeating Motion Volleyball 15 GRN (25-14, 25-15), Attack 15 Blue (25-13, 25-17), Sky High 15 Ricci (25-13, 25-7) and Sporting MKE 15-Green (25-8, 25-9) in pool play. In the quarterfinals, they defeated their own Sky High-Adidas 15 White team 25-20 before losing in the semis to Attack, 25-23, 25-15.
Sky High’s Adidas 15 Black team participated in the 16’s Holiday Classic on the 15th and went undefeated in both matches and sets, finishing first. The team that includes six returners from last year’s 15’s team that finished 12th at AAU Nationals in the Club Division added three new players this season, setter Maggie Duyos, 6-4 RS/OH Campbell Paris, 6-3 MB Tricia Kennedy, and OH Jessica Horwath. All offered added height, athleticism, and varsity experience. 15 Black held every team to under 18 points per set, defeating EVC 16 Select, Sky High 16 Hotwagner, and IVVP 16 Black in pool play. They then went on to earn playoff wins over Sky High 16 Cortez, River City 16 Blue, and defeated The Edge 16 Black in the final 25-16, 25-13.
Sky High’s Adidas 18 Red squad also went undefeated in their Holiday Classic, defeating Sky High 18 Vilsoet (25-11, 25-10), Sky High Adidas 16-1 NS (25-15, 25-12), and Sporting MKE 18-Green (25-13, 25-15) in pool play. In the playoffs, they went through Iowa Rockets 18-1 (25-16), and Motion Volleyball 18 BLU 25-13, 25-18, to meet their own Sky High Adidas 17-1 NS in the final. They were also undefeated headed into the final after defeating Motion Volleyball 16 GRN (25-18, 25-21), Sky High 18 Bob (25-14, 25-12), and ROCK VBC 17-1 (25-16, 25-8) in pool play.
On the way to the finals, they encountered a tough Fierce Elite 18 Adidas team that they defeated by a narrow margin of 25-22, and an even tougher Sky High-Adidas 16-1 NS team that they defeated 25-18, 27-25 to make the finals. Sky High Adidas 18 Red would go on to win the final 25-18.
Sky High Volleyball is a big club with nearly 100 teams and programs, at both the regional and national levels, as well as boys teams and a youth academy. The club has won 11 national championships in USAV and AAU, as well as six silver medals, 12 bronze medals, and developed over 90 All-Americans. It is easy to see why they have had a wealth of success. But, what most people don’t see is how much time and work goes into developing into a successful club, and to grow the game at every age. Only time will tell how far Sky High will go this season, but they are off to a strong start.