Over 450 club players and family members attended the first annual 2013 Niagara Frontier Recognition Night on Tuesday, May 21 from 6-7:30pm. The club recognized the accomplishments of teams and individual players from the Travel, Local and House Programs.
The coaches from each team handed out an individual “Coaches’ Award” to a player from their team who had a passion for the game, character and good sportsmanship. Throughout the season, each player’s hard work and leadership was visible on and off the court as well as their positive attitude and inspirational outlook.
Maria DePeters, one of the original players from NFVB’s very first 18′s team in 2005, shared her experiences as a player and the impact it has made on her life involving the sport of volleyball. She noted how proud she was of the club’s accomplishments since the club was formed nine years ago.
TREO Sports presented an award to Emily Rand and BNCC presented a certificate to Ashley Dryzmala for her work at youth clinics.
NFVB club awards handed out were:
Helping Hand Award – Rachael Bartosz (18-2s)
“Hands of Gold” setter award – Noelle Poloncarcz (17-1s)
“Golden Shovel” defense award – Sara Crandall (18-1s)
“Smoking Gun” attacker award – Alex Brown (18-1s)
“Director’s MAHALO Award” – Lainey Pierce (18-1s)
The 16-1s and 15-1s teams were recognized for winning gold medals, finishing first and earning GJNC bids at the Northeast Qualifier.
The club unveiled a series of banners for finishes at past USAV Girls Junior National Championships, USAV National Qualifiers and yearly Western Empire Volleyball Association (WEVA) Bid Tournament Champion banners from 2006 through 2013.
Local and House players watched from the balcony as our Travel 1s and 2s scrimmaged following the presentations. Teams are still training for their season ending tournaments in Chicago, Pittsburgh and for Nationals in Dallas, TX. -
It was a great night for the local and house players to meet with each other one last time before the summer.
The list of individual award recipients and photos can be found HERE.