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Terri Spann 2014 Volleyball Clinics & Camp
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Terri Spann 2014 Volleyball Clinics
 

 

Clinic #3

When: Saturday, August 2

Cost: $60

Age Level: All

Where: ASU Fitness Complex

               (Maroon Gym)

Clinic Time: 9:00am-12:00pm

 

Skills: HS Tryout Warm-Up

           Position will be focused on

 

Where: Clinic 1, 2 and 3 @ Arizona State University in Sun Devil Fitness Complex (also known as Student Rec Center)
Off Apache Blvd. and Normal Ave (See Campus map for exact directions: http://www.asu.edu/map/interactive/?campus=tempe)

 


2014 Festival Spotlight

AZ Storm 14 Thunder Festival team was spotlighted during the 2014 Festival Tournament. Coach Greg Martin had the opportunity to speak on the benefits of playing on a team and the relationships built during their season.
 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vY63y6b_gJM&feature=youtu.be


Congratulations 16 Thunder!!

2014 - 16 Open National Champions!

Back to Back Champs!

 


 

Congrats to Outside Hitters Khalia Lanier and Justine Spann who were named 16 Open All-Americans and Katie Oleksak (centered) for being MVP!

 

 


Prep Volleyball Article on Storm

 

Arizona Storm 16 Thunder needed all 20 of Khalia Lanier’s kills to overcome big-blocking and motivated TAV 16 Black, 26-24, 25-21, to win the 16 Open national championship Thursday afternoon in Minneapolis. With the win, Storm, which lost just once to a 16s team all season, repeated as USAV age group national champions one year after bringing home the Arizona Region’s first-ever Open title.
Lanier, PrepVolleyball.com’s National Sophomore of the Year, said that this one was more challenging.
“It’s so much harder to try to live up to everyone’s expectations,” said Lanier, daughter of NBA Hall of Famer Bob Lanier. “I think we did an amazing job.”
Storm was 8-0 heading into Thursday morning’s semifinal versus Madfrog, but had thrice been taken to three sets, including by Rancho Valley, which won the first set of the do-or-die quarterfinal match the night before.
“That was a huge wake-up call but I was confident in our team and knew we would turn it around,” said Storm setter Katie Oleksak. “ I knew that Madfrog could do the same, which is why we had to stay consistent.”
“We said, ‘Hey! If we really want this we’re going to have to fight to the end and take our game to the next level,’” added libero Kamryn Hill.
Trailing 2-1 early in Game 1 to Madfrog, which finished tied for third as 14s and 15s, Storm went ahead, 8-3, on a 6-0 run served by MB Lauren Stivrins. AZ Storm extended its lead to 15-7 on a block by Justine Spann and kill from Willow Johnson. Madfrog never got closer than six points the rest of the way. Spann’s kill, which completed the 25-18 win, had Storm switching sides leading one set to zero.
 

Khallia Lanier challenges the block of the 10-6 touching Jada Burse

in the 16 Open finals. Lanier had 20 kills in two sets against TAV’s

massive and supremely athletic front court to help AZ Storm repeat

as champions

 

Game 2 was close early but Storm eventually pulled away, sweeping, 25-17, on a thundering front slide from Stivrins.
Claire Embry and Jill Duffin, who both made the all-tournament team, played credibly in defeat for Madfrog, which was doomed but its inability to convert first-contact kills.

 

“We just didn’t serve-receive well,” said Frog coach Pacific Conanan. “We were constantly out of system. They are very scrappy. Against that team you have to be able to put the ball away on the first contact. We didn’t have it today.”
Asked if he was satisfied with the third-place medal, PC said this:
“It’s okay; it’s not what I wanted for this team because it has finished third the past three years. That’s not what we want. At the end of the day you still love and cheer for them. They tried their best. It just was not our day today.”
Texas Advantage, unappreciated all year, reached the final by defeated Northern Lights in straight sets. TAV’s massive block, keyed by 6-5 Imani Davis and 6-3 Darrielle King, really bothered Lights, which barely qualified for Open but showed late-season improvement by tying for third at AAUs then winning its pool here.
After losing Game 1, 25-17, Northern Lights fell behind 11-5 in Game 2 after a Megan Duncan kill for TAV then rallied to tie at 11-11 on the serve of Hannah Angelli. Allena Heath scored for TAV to end the 6-0 run, but Lights had momentum and, behind the passing and defense of Natalie Haben and hitting ofBrittany McLean and Ashley Brueggeman, built a 23-19 lead, two points from an anything-can-happen third set.
TAV had other ideas, however. Duncan scored to get Geoff Kiessling’s team within 23-20. A block from King and two more Duncan smacks followed. TAV, getting strong defense from Tarin Mergener, had tied the set up!
Brueggeman, who played for Alamo in San Antonio last club season before moving to Minnesota , scored to give Lights set point and should have had a swing to send the match to three sets. But the Minnesota team mishandled a free ball and Heath took advantage, pounding home the overpass to send the match to extra points. After OH Chloe Dousette, playing on a bum ankle injured earlier in the match, gave Lights another set point with a great angle shot, Heath scored again to tie the game. A Lights hitting error and block from Davis and Chandler Atwood put TAV into the championship match.
“It is really disappointing,” said Northern Lights coach Lynne McDonald. “To not be able to pull it out is like a dagger. It made them sad instead of proud of what they’ve done.”
***
As Storm and TAV warmed up for their finals clash, Madfrog’s Conanan suggested there was only one way any team could defeat Storm.
“You have to be able to play with them point for point and get a mini run to get over the hill,” he said.
Though Storm’s players took the floor with gold glitter shimmering in their hair, they were not at all looking past the team from Texas.
“We went to three last year with TAV the first match of Nationals,” Oleksak explained. “They look like a way better team this year. I’m excited to play them.”
Playing before a packed house, including USC head coach Mick Haley and Texas head coach Jerritt Elliott, two of only about 20 college coaches who decided to stick it out to the end (Wake Forest, Harvard, Tale, Tulsa, Fresno State, among others), Storm yielded the first point to TAV on a setting error, then scored four of the next five, on kills from Spann and Lanier and blocks from Stivrins and Hannah Combs, to take a 4-2 lead. The lead was 9-4 after three more Lanier kills and great defense at the net from Oleksak and behind the 10-foot line from Hill, before TAV, which came into the final sporting a 60-11 overall record, made a move.
That move came in the form of the big-blocking King, a long athletic dynamo in the middle who plays much bigger than her listed height of 6-3. King had three solo blocks and added a kill and both Duncan and Heath contributed scoring swings as Texas Advantage closed to within 13-12. Oleksak’s great set to Lanier slowed TAV’s momentum but did not stop it. Another King kill and another King block tied the set at 16s.
TAV wasn’t done and used kills from Duncan and King, set up by Jordan Fate, one of two setters TAV used along with Claire Schwettmann, to take its first lead since 1-0. Two Heath kills gave Texas Advantage its last lead at 22-21, but TAV simply could not stop Lanier. Her ninth kill of the set tied things at 22-22 and her tenth, an absolute bomb, gave Storm set point at 24-23.
TAV tied up Storm on a Davis kill assisted by Schwettmann, but a Lanier tip, her 11th kill of the game, gave AZ Storm the lead once more. Spann’s well-disguised tip helped Storm escape with the 26-24 win.

With Alyssa Chisholm serving and digging, Storm thundered to a 5-0 lead to start Game 2, getting two kills from Spann and a Stivrins block as part of the run. TAV could have raised the white flag then and there but did not. With libero Taylor Murata selling out to keep the ball up and Duncan, King, Davis and Gabby Howard scoring, TAV rallied from down six to get within a deuce at 13-11.
Lanier, who had been quiet to that point in Game 2, with only two kills, came alive with a shot from the back row then a strike way over the block to give Storm some breathing room. Oleksak, who would earn tournament MVP honors, was brilliant with her deceptive sets and sprawling to cover tips to the middle of the court.
TAV would not go away, however, and used a kill and laser ace from Atwood, two King kills and block fromJada Burse to get within 20-17. TAV should have cut the lead by one more, but a net violation bailed out Storm, which got kills from Johnson and Spann to lead late, 23-19.
Atwood and Davis scored in the closing moments for TAV, which would have been fine had Texas Advantage been able to stop Lanier. Her 19th kill, an absolute howitzer, gave Storm four championship points at 24-20. Two points later, Lanier’s twisted wrister down the line delivered back-to-back titles for the Arizona squad.
“Lanier. Ridiculous! There’s just no stopping her,” said Kiessling.
“I don’t know that they played their best and we didn’t take advantage,” he added.
“We were composed the entire time,” said Storm coach Teri Spann. “Bottom line, we came here to win. I’m just excited that we did it. We had a lot of tough matches but we were able to look back at the past, remember that good feeling and take care of business when it mattered most.”
“Last year meant so much,” said Hill. “We never thought we could do it. We hoped that we could this year. We had a huge target on our back. We tried hard, played our hearts out and, when we did it, it was the same exact feeling. I want to feel that each year.”
Lanier, who finished with 20 kills, credited the coaches and her teammates for her strong performance.
“With my team rooting for me and all of us playing for each other we knew we had to come out strong and on fire,” she said. “So I tried my best. They supported me and I supported them.”
Lanier’s kills came on a variety of swings and tips. She showed power and the touch that comes from hours of training.
“We work on the line shots that were really successful that game and those tips – going up hard and deciding to tip at the last second – really worked,” she said. “We trained so hard, especially at the end we were going five times a week. It’s paid off and we’re going for a third one next year.”
“We have a lot of work to do,” said Spann when asked what’s left for this team to accomplish. “There are so many girls in this class that are playing up who are phenomenal. Every year we have to keep working hard and training. The one advantage we have is the bond we have together. These girls like playing with one another and embrace every moment they have together.”


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