Another season of club volleyball is in the books and it will rank as among the most memorable, in part because of what SCVC 17Roxy accomplished on Thursday. In a 17 Open division at Junior Nationals littered with players considered among the top 100 talents in their respective classes, a team with precisely no one in the top 100 came to Chicago and won the hardest division there is to win.
And the Southern California Volleyball Club didn’t backdoor its way to the title by finding a clear path paved with upset victims. SCVC did it the hard way, by taking down many of the elite teams in this division. It was a most impressive run by a most impressive team, one that teaches us that a team that believes in itself and works together can achieve at the highest levels even when no one else believes.
“Each SCVC player contributed to this championships run, having game changing moments throughout the four days of play,” noted coach Melissa Boice. “This team worked and believed. No one moment out shines all the moments that created the Gold Medal!”
SCVC, whose more touted 15s team lost just once in a ninth-place showing earlier at Junior Nationals, went 10-1 over four days. Its only loss came to national top five Colorado Juniors 17Kevin on Day 1 in pool play, but the team more than made up for it by knocking off top-seeded Dynasty 17 Black to secure first place in the opening pool. SCVC then won its Day 3 pool by defeating AAU national champion OT 17 T Aaron, then made the Gold Bracket with a convincing win over Triple Crown 17s champion NKYC 17 Tsunami.
On the final day, SCVC defeated ultra-physical, national top five TAV 17 Black in the quarters and No. 7 1st Alliance 17 Gold in the semifinals, coming from a set down in each, to set up a rematch for the title with Dynasty. After splitting two deuce sets, SCVC won the race to 15, 15-11, to capture the first Open national championship in club history.
Boice said that the title would not have been possible without contributions from the entire roster.
“Setters Thea Morris and Hayden Lin ran smooth, effective offenses,” she explained. “OHs Kendall Beshear and Sarah Hom were six-rotation rocks both passing, serving, and terminating. MBs Jade Dudley-Epps, Rachel Moglia and Siena Hertlien were workhorses the entire tournament blocking, transitioning and getting critical kills in every match. Libero Taylor Deckert was a smooth operator in the backrow making big digs and controlling serve receive continuously. Opposites Chloe Hynes and Kaila DeBeer were critical with kills, blocks and passing moments that turned matches around. DSs Alyssa Bauer, Logan Hunter and Malina Young each had momentum-shifting serves and digs that allowed us to continue on our winning path.”
To give added context to SCVC’s remarkable achievement, the highest profile recruits on the team’s roster are Beshear (Cal Poly) and Deckert (USC). Only three others are committed to play at the next level, and they are bound for San Jose State, St. Edward’s University and NYU.
17 Open runner up Dynasty, by contrast, has junior outsides committed to Nebraska and Arizona, respectively, a libero headed to Purdue, middles committed to UNLV and Wake Forest, a rising junior setter recently pledged to Nebraska and another youngster, Ashley Mullen, considered perhaps the best recruit in the Class of 2025.
And SCVC defeated that team TWICE! The magnitude of the achievement cannot be overstated!