Thank you to all Fear athletes for such a great finish in the region, and a spectacular regular season. We would also like to thank the families that made all this possible, supporting our transition into the east valley. For those going to qualifiers, we wish you luck, and for all others, we hope you have a great school season!
Congratulations to Patrick Ross and Tommy McGrath for signing Division I at McKendree University! McKendree is located in Illinois, just outside of Saint Louis, Missouri. McKendree competes in the MIVA, which includes Ball State, Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne, Grand Canyon, Lewis, Lindenwood, Loyola-Chicago, Ohio State, and Quincy. The MIVA has proved to be one of the most competitive divisions in men's volleyball, having a member crowned the National Champion 4 times in the last 6 years, as well as a runner-up (Loyola-2014 & 2015, Ohio State- 2011 & 2016, Lewis- Runner-up 2015).
Patrick Ross attends Boulder creek High School in Anthem, AZ. During his time there, Patrick was instrumental in assisting his team in capturing the state title in 2016, receiving second team all Division Honors, and he lead the state in kills and percentage as an outside hitter. He allotted 455 Kills, with a hitting percentage of .425, and added 169 digs and 58 aces. Patrick is Undecided in his major, and is graduating with a 3.5 GPA. We wish Patrick the best of luck in his future endeavors!
Tommy McGrath attends Brophy Preparatory in Phoenix, AZ. During his time at Brophy, Tommy has received Honorable Mention All division I honors, as well as a runner-Up finish in the 2015 Division I State Championship. In 2016 Tommy finished the season with 192 Kills, a hitting percentage of .378, and added 57 solo blocks (59 total) and 3 aces. Tommy is pursuing a degree in Business Administration, and is graduating with a 3.8 GPA. We wish Tommy the best of luck in his future endeavors!
For the Link to the full article from McKendree, click here
Season is now upon us, which is marked by our first official tournament day, saturday, September 24th. with this comes certain questions and concerns, which is only natural. Click Here for the link to the arizona Region Boys Tournament Info Page, which gives a simple breakdown for where each team will be playing, and how they are seeded within their pools, which we posted an image of below
How long does the tournament go for?
Tournament starts at 9:00 am, and the end time depends entirely on how long each match goes. for example, one pool could have each match go to 3 sets, resulting in longer match times, which can alter the "rough" start times for the next match. typically the days go until 5pm, and no longer than 7pm.
How is the tournament formatted?
The tournament is formatted to begin play at 9:00 am, and the coaches will typically communicate what time the team should arrive. The play schedule will be posted at a tournament info desk by the main entrances inside each facility, which will give a rough play schedule for each team in the pool. For divisions 1-7, pool play will be followed by a single elimination cross pool match, determining what place the team will be for the next tournament. for divisions 1-6, The top 4 teams in each division move up, and eh bottom 4 will move down. In Division 7, these teams will play on the lower net height, so these teams will not change division, only ranking.
What can I bring in terms of food/Chairs/Camps?
For each of the playing locations, food is permitted to be eaten outside, with nothing besides water brought inside the facility. Parents are welcome to bring coolers and pop-up tents, which can be used outside in between games. For Spiral, Aspire, Court One, and Kingdom Courts, each facility has viewing areas, with bleachers surrounding the courts.
What is the Address for where my athlete is playing?
Kingdom Courts- 11410 N. 19th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85029
Aspire- 8350 S. Kyrene Rd, Suite 107, Tempe, AZ 85284
Court One- 9100 S. McKemy Street, Tempe, AZ 85284
Spiral- 400 N. 56th Street, Chandler, AZ 85226
For any further questions, please contact taylor Stallman firstname.lastname@example.org
Since 2012, only two clubs in Arizona have been named AZ Region Champions in the 18’s Division; Arizona Fear and Spiral Volleyball Club. In 2014, Spiral won an Open Boys Junior Nationals Championship under Director Molly Stark; Spiral was also the runner-up in the club Division in 2015. In this same time frame, AZ Fear won two Region Championships and three Club Division Bronze Medals.
In the Fall of 2016, both of these powerhouse programs will join forces for boys, closing the gap between North Valley Fear VBC, and Spiral (boys program only) in the East Valley. This opportunity will create the ultimate competitive environment. Players will train with top players from across the state, and all players will benefit from the high-level coaching that both clubs provide.
So how does this affect your athlete? Tryouts for both the travel and regional teams will be held and formed at both locations. Travel Teams will compete in out-of-state tournaments/qualifiers multiple times within the club season, and will practice at Kingdom Courts, as well as the Spiral Volleyball Facility. Regional Teams will compete in the region tournaments as well as the Holiday Classic in December (Anaheim, California), and will practice solely on their own sides of town.
Our mission in this transition is to create a boys club that can consistently compete at the highest level on the National stage. We are excited about this new journey, which we feel will help immensely elevate the level of competition for Arizona Boys Volleyball.
After having 7 teams travel and compete in California, Fear Volleyball is on the road a week later for the Boys Junior National Championships, located in Dallas, Texas. The 18 White, 17 White, and 16 White are looking to medal at Nationals, after 3 years of the 18 White taking Bronze, in back-to-back-to-back seasons.
The 18 White begins their quest on June 29th, going in as the 2 seed overall in club division, after placing 13th in California.
The 17 White's journey starts on July 1st, going in as the 6 seed overall all in club division, after placing 15th in California.
The 16 White starts their battle on June 30th, going in as the 16 seed overall in club division, after placing 21st in California.
Wish them luck as they battle for the next four days, competing to make it back up to the podium once more!
Congratulations to all Fear players who received All-Division Recognition, competing for various high schools in the 2016 spring season. Also, congratulations to the Fear Coaches who received Coach of the Year recognition! Click here for the full list
Coach of the Year: Troy Dueling
Player of the Year: Liam Santa Cruz
Grady O'Neil- 18 White
Liam Santa Cruz- 18 White
Andrew DeLeon- 18 White
Patrick Ross- 17 White
Bryce Whitman- 18 White
Connor Dunn-16 White
Ryan Serrano- 17 White
Jakob Chavez- 17 White
Tommy McGrath- 17 White
Fred Miller- 18 White
Nate Thompson- 16 White
Coach of the Year: Nick Price
Player of the Year: David Kisiel
David Kisiel- 18 White
Alex Marsh- 17 White
Wesley Hunter- 17 White
Huge congratulations to Fear Club Director, Troy Dueling, on winning his second State Championship, his second title in 3 years! The Boulder Creek Jaguars finished off the season with an outstanding 45-2 record, beating the Perry Pumas in an riveting 4 set match on May 14, 2016. The scores of the final match were 17-25, 25-17, 28-26, and 25-21.
Fear Libero Grady O'Neill led the match in digs for the night, racking up a season-high 38 digs, scooping up just about everything Perry swung near him. Middles Cooper Salmen and Ryan Serrano formed a wall at the net, with Cooper Salmen finishing off set 3 with the game winning block, bringing Boulder Creek to a 2-1 lead on the night..
Fear players Bryce Whitman, Patrick Ross, and Liam Santa Cruz (AIA Division I Player of the Year) led the Boulder Creek attack, with the offense called by Fear Setter, Andrew DeLeon. Liam Santra Cruz led the team in kills with 20, and Bryce Whitman finished the night strong, going for 16 kills on only 29 attempts. Click here for the link to the AZ Central article
Following a grueling 5 set match vs. UCLA on Thursday, May 5th, the Ohio State Men's volleyball team took down #1 seeded BYU in a quick 3 set match on Saturday, May 7th, winning the NCAA Division I National Championship. Congratulations to Ohio State on winning their second championship in 5 years! -see full article
Congratulations to all of the coaches at FVC on their playoff berths, and special thanks to all of the athletes who made that possible. This season head coaches Kyle Brainard, Troy Dueling, Tony Oldani made it into the Division I playoff bracket, and head coach Nick Price made it into the Division II playoff bracket.
Each bracket fields 16 total teams leading up to the state final, which is on May 14th, 2016 at Mesquite High School. The Division I match will be at 6:30, and Division II match will be at 4:15.
In the first round of Division I, on May 7th, Tony and Kyle will battle it out at O'Connor High School, seeing who makes it into the quarterfinals. Meanwhile, if Boulder Creek (#2) wins its first match, they will meet the winner of O'Connor (#7) vs. Brophy (#10) in the quarterfinals, with Boulder Creek being the host school. In the Division I bracket, Seton Catholic enters as the favorite, taking the overall #1 seed, playing Sunrise Mountain (#16) in the first round. Best of luck to all of the Fear coaches and athletes in the post-season!
In the spring of 2016, while high school volleyball programs are in session, there is a youth volleyball movement going on.
Growing the game within the club scene, Fear had a region leading 3 teams; Fear 14 White, Fear 14 Blue, and Fear 12 White, which participated in 4 tournaments, gaining game experience before moving on to high school.
Thanks to the Arizona Region for organizing this spring season, to the 31 young athletes who participated, and to the parents who supported. We hope to see all of you this summer for tryouts, thank you for #growingthegame in Arizona!
Arizona Fear Admin