Fledgling club shines at tourney
Being extremely “goal minded” and fundamentally sound are two of the goals of the inaugural FRVBC-Mountain Division teams, training for the first time out of Edwards.And, they didn’t disappoint in their first Rocky Mountain Region-USAV Power League Seeding Tournament held last weekend at various sites in Denver and Colorado Springs. Although many of the RMR teams have been training, and competing, since late November, the Mountain Division U-17s and U-15s got a late start due to their head coaches’ impending marriage and honeymoon and the fact that the Division I college women’s volleyball team that they were both assistant coaching – Winthrop University of South Carolina had made the NCAA playoffs.
Despite all that, the FRVBC-Mountain U-17s and FRVBC-Mountain U-15s achieved all of their team goals in Sunday’s contests including a third-place finish in their division for the U-17s and fourth-place finish for the U-15s:U-17sThe Mountain Division U-17s started off the day a little tentative against the Glenwood Springs Defiance Volleyball Club, losing a close match. However, they quickly picked up the pace as they won the remaining two matches in their pool and then defeated a much taller Rocky Elite team in a crossover match to better their seed and finish third in their division.
U-15sThe Mountain Division U-15s likewise had an inspiring first tournament as they won their first two matches in pool play before succumbing to KWVBC out of Casper, Wyo., in their final match of the round robin, and then finishing in fourth place after losing a tough match to the Juggernaut VBC, of Wheatridge in their crossover match.
CoachesThe head coaches of both teams are Aaron Shephardson and Jolene Shephardson of the U-17s and the U-15s, respectively. Both coaches have extensive playing and coaching resumes with Aaron, also, counting a stint with the USA Men’s National Team and a two years playing professionally overseas included in his biography. The newly weds have moved to the Vail Valley permanently to establish a full-fledged training program for Western Slope volleyball players. Such a program allows mountain kids the opportunity to garner collegiate level training without having to travel to various programs on the Front Range as they have had to in the past.