News Release: February 21, 2019 – Bermuda’s Junior Boys National Volleyball Team travels to Boston tomorrow for the Mizuno Boston Volleyball Festival, February 22 to 24, 2019.
The Festival is part of a series of tournaments held in the US by JVC Tournaments and will feature upwards of 700 teams competing in youth divisions for both boys and girls.
Bermuda’s team has been preparing for months for this tournament that will see them compete in the Under-18 age group against teams from the US, Canada and beyond.
“So far there are 68 teams in our age group, so it will be very competitive,” says Denise Somerville, coach for the Junior Boys National Team.
“It is a three-day competition with the results of the first day determining our placement into either the Gold, Silver or Bronze divisions. Once decided, we will stay within the division for the remainder of the tournament.
“All matches will be best three out of five to 25 with the deciding game, if necessary, to 15 with no cap! Meaning the game has to be won by two points and will continue until it has been reached.
“We will be playing loads of volleyball, which is what we want, buut it will test the team on their fitness, determination and focus.”
The coach says the team competed in the Silver division at the 2018 Asics Midwest Junior U18 Boys Tournament in Chicago and returned home with the win.
“It’s difficult to have too many expectations because we haven’t faced any of the teams before, but our goal is to represent Bermuda to the best of our ability, play hard and be successful,” she added.
In addition to the team competing in the Festival it is also an excellent opportunity for individual players to be scouted by colleges and universities (NCAA Divisions 1, 11 and 111) with the possibility of recruitment for athletic scholarships.
The team selected by the coaches to travel consists of nine players selected from the Bermuda Volleyball Association’s Junior National Programme. They are Joshua Blee, Nathan Cabral, Steven Camara, Benjamin Edwards, Seth Malpas, Aidan McPhail, Conor Sinclair, Dimitri Gugliemucci and Connor Somerville (Captain).