Recap of 15 Open Divison 1....TAV's Black and Blue teams played well, finishing 1st and 2nd. However, tough day for Skyline getting upset by TRV and the Tornados. TRV had a nice tournament finishing 3rd overall. They lost a very close 3rd set to TAV VB Blue in the semi-finals.
The first round started with TRV Elite upsetting Skyline RoShamBo 2-0 (25-19, 25-22) and TAV VB Rags Blue coming from behind to win in 3 against upset minded Dallas Premier. After losing the 1st set 25-17, TAV Blue got on a roll midway through a close 2nd set to win 25-17. In the 3rd set, Premier led 8-4 and 10-6, before TAV Blue caught fire with a couple of late kills by OH Kacy Guajardo; to take the lead and win the set 15-11 and match 2-1. TAV VB Rags Black downed Asics Willowbrook from Houston 2-0 (25-22, 25-18). Willowbrook played really well (looked much better than they had in San Antonio) and held a big lead in the first set before TAV Black went on a 13-2 run to take the lead and win the set. Austin Juniors Mizuno bested the Texas Tornados 2-0 in two very close sets.
In the semifinals, TAV VB Rags Black faced Austin Juniors (AJV). These two had played a very close and emotional 3 set match in San Antonio, so there was a lot of anticipation about the rematch. However, today it was not to be as competitive, as TAV Black controlled the game from the outset, took advantage of the height differential, and cruised to victory 2-0 (25-15, 25-19) over AJV. The other semi-final however, was a great battle, with TAV VB Rags Blue finishing victorious over TRV Elite 2-1 (25-27, 25-22, 16-14).
In the consolation bracket battle for 5th place, Skyline RoShambo and the Texas Tornados squared off. Skyline won the first set 25-21 and looked like they were going to win the 2nd set, but the Tornados refused to be put away and pulled out a 29-27 victory. The 3rd set was surprisingly all the Tornados, as they won 15-2 to win the match. Skyline seemed to be a slightly better team, but losing that 2nd set, after being in control at the end of the set, seemed to take the fight/focus out of them in the 3rd set.
TAV Black faced TAV Blue in the tournament finals, with TAV Black prevailing in the match 2-0 (25-22, 25-15). This win marks TAV Black’s 4th straight tournament championship and puts their season record at 25-1.
It was a strong day for both TAV teams. TAV Black had a reasonably consistent day with some strong serving and pretty consistent passing translating into good sets and big kills. This was also Black's best blocking of the season, as they controlled the net throughout most sets. TAV Blue showed their toughness in coming from behind a couple of times to win 3 set matches against quality opponents who were playing well. Their 2nd set against TAV Black in the championship was a disappointing end for Blue, but points to the consistency and mental toughness they still need to achieve to reach the potential this team has.
Tour of Texas – Stop #2, Dallas - D1 Standings:
- TAV VB Rags Black
- TAV VB Rags Blue
- TRV Elite
- Austin Juniors Mizuno
- Texas Tornados Mizuno
- Skyline RoShamBo
- Dallas Premier Mizuno *
- Asics Willowbrook *
* In the Division 1 and 2 challenge matches, D1 Dallas Premier lost to D2 #2 ranked Alamo Kaepa in two, while Willowbrook defeated D2 #1 ranked SVA in 3 sets. That means that Willowbrook will remain in Division 1 for the next Tour stop, but Premier falls to Dvision 2; being replaced in Division 1 by Alamo Kaepa. The next stop on the Tour of Texas will be March 13th in Houston.