Kenzie's coach was able to get the varsity team into the Durango Fall Classic this year. Going into it, we were pretty sure they were going to take a bit of a beating. But, that's not what happened at all this weekend at Coronado High School. They held their own in Friday's games against Marymount (ranked 19th nationally), Ralston Valley and Kamehameha (ranked 82nd nationally and first in Hawaii). Taking a set from Marymount and taking the first set against Kamehameha all the way to a score of 39-37.
Saturday was a long day. Starting their first game at 8:30 that morning (they had to be at Coronado an hour earlier than that) and playing their last game around 5:15 that evening. Silverado played three local teams today. Keeping all of those games to two set matches. The last game of the tournament against La Salle went to three sets with Silverado winning 2-1. It was very exciting watching them receive their trophy. Until one of them dropped it on the ground. ;)
A few days before the tournament, the Review Journal posted this...
Silverado’s girls volleyball team was a late addition to the field for the Durango Fall Classic. The Skyhawks hope to show they belonged in the tournament all along. Silverado is one of 10 local teams entered in the 22nd annual Durango Fall Classic, which opens Friday at four valley schools and features several nationally ranked programs. “We see it as an opportunity and challenge for the girls,” first-year Silverado coach Eric Drum said. “This is probably the most elite tournament in the valley during the high school season. It’s going to be great for us. Playing against higher-level competition will only make us better.”
Silverado was added to the 63-team field this summer when another team dropped out and meets Kamehameha (Hawaii), Marymount (California) and Ralston Valley (Colorado) in pool play Friday at Coronado. The Skyhawks, led by outside hitters MacKenzie Carter and Sydney Berenyi and setter Tehani Faitau, were expected to be one of the top teams in the Class 4A Sunrise Region this season and haven’t disappointed. Silverado (10-1) hasn’t lost a set against in-state competition, and its only loss was against Central (California) at the Las Vegas Invitational last month. “I’m very pleased with the start of our season,” Drum said. “We definitely have a lot of work to do, but we’ve played, competed and won against some really good programs in the valley.”
The Durango Fall Classic opens Friday with matches at Coronado, Durango, Green Valley and Palo Verde. The championship bracket final is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Durango. Assumption (Kentucky) is the two-time defending tournament champion. Coronado finished 12th in 2015, the best showing by a local team since 2003. “Overall, big picture, I’m looking for us to be a better team than when we started,” Drum said. “The team that improves the most during the tournament is the real winner.”
Then after the tournament, they posted this...
Silverado volleyball players rushed center court and clamored to touch their new pyramid shaped trophy on Saturday evening at Coronado High School. No, they didn’t win the prestigious Durango Fall Classic. But the Skyhawks do have some new hardware for their trophy case. Silverado topped Faith Lutheran, Shadow Ridge and La Salle (Calif.) on Saturday to claim the tournament’s Challenger Division — a consolation bracket for the fourth-place teams in Friday’s pool play. The Skyhawks posed for pictures with their new trophy and passed it among themselves to admire with fans and friends.
“I think the team that improves the most in the tournament is the team that’s the winner eventually anyways,” Silverado coach Eric Drum said. “Really we’re looking big picture. We’re looking down the road. We want to get better and that’s why we enroll in these tournaments.” The Skyhawks picked a good one with the Durango Fall Classic, which is sponsored by Nike and widely recognized as one of the top high-school volleyball tournaments in the country. Eight of the top 25 teams in the country came to Las Vegas for the two-day event, and Silverado took its share of lumps on Friday with losses to Marymount (Calif.) , Ralston Valley (Colo.) and Kamehameha (Hawaii).
“I think the girls weren’t sure what to expect. Probably me too,” Drum said. “I think after that pool play, even though we lost all three, we proved that we belong.” The Skyhawks arrived to Coronado on Saturday refocused and defeated local foes Faith Lutheran and Shadow Valley in straight sets to set the stage for the 25-21, 15-25, 25-15 consolation victory over La Salle (Calif.). Outside hitter Sydney Berenyi was a force on the perimeter with 24 kills. Middle blocker Mariah Morris had eight kills and kept several points alive with intelligent passing and playmaking. MaKenzie Carter had 11 digs and eight kills and Tehani Faitau had 37 assists.
“We weren’t expecting the big win or anything like. We actually felt like we had nothing to lose,” Berenyi said. “I think that we came more in sync. We started to work together more and our chemistry got much better on the court.” The Skyhawks will have a few days to regroup for games against Coronado and Foothill. They’ll travel to California next weekend for another invitational, too, before returning for the remainder of conference play. “We feel that every week is a new launch point. We want to be better on Friday that we were on Monday,” Drum said. “The girls have bought into that mentality and I think this (victory) was part of it.”
I only took a few pictures at the tournament, but I got quite a bit of video. Except the Durango game for some reason.
Day One | Game One | Silverado vs. Marymount
Final score: 27-25, 15-25, 13-25 Kenzie had 8 kills, 5 digs, 2 aces
Day One | Game Two | Silverado vs. Ralston Valley
Final score: 20-25, 23-25 Kenzie had 10 kills, 4 digs, 5 aces
Day One | Game Three | Silverado vs. Kamehameha
Final score: 37-39, 15-25 Kenzie had 10 kills, 8 digs, 3 aces
This game was so awesome to watch. I think all the girls played harder during this game than they have ever played. People couldn't stop talking about it. And the game made the DFC Instagram page.
Day Two | Game Four | Silverado vs. Durango
Final score: 25-14, 25-19 Kenzie had 8 kills, 2 digs, 1 ace
Day Two | Game Five | Silverado vs. Faith Lutheran
Final score: 25-15, 25-20 Kenzie had 10 kills, 8 digs, 1 ace
During this game, some chick came and sat down right by Darric's feet. She was cheering/screaming really loud as Silverado gave away four points in a row to Faith. Then Kenzie finally got the chance and whacked the ball down on their side of the court and Darric became BOOM dad. You know, that annoying dad that yells BOOM during games. If you listen carefully, you can hear it at about 1:21.
Day Two | Game Six | Silverado vs. Shadow Ridge
Final score: 25-21, 25-19 Kenzie had 10 kills, 5 digs, 1 ace
This was the first time this season they've played an actual game against Shadow Ridge, but it doesn't really count because they were missing Whittnee N.
Day Two | Game Seven | Silverado vs. La Salle
Final score: 25-21, 15-25, 25-15 Kenzie had 7 kills, 11 digs