Competing in the 34th Boys Junior National Championships held in Reno, Nevada (on the shores of Lake Tahoe) from June 28 through July 1, the first time a BRYC boys team secured a bid to this prestigious tournament,the BRYC “Smack” 14 boys took on teams from across the country! Performing admirably, way beyond the level that could normally be expected of a third-year team, the boys took 2nd place in the bronze division for an overall 14th place finish out of 32 teams. Even more impressive was that they finished 2nd of all East Coast teams, behind only perennial power Pace Rochester, and 6th among all the non-California teams. It was an outstanding finish to a great season!
As impressive as their finish was their style of play and their tenacity. Out of eleven best-of- three set matches that the team played, eight of them went the full three sets, with the BRYC boys winning five of them, and were complimented by several opposing coaches on their defensive style, ability to control the ball, and their "never say die" attitude!
Congratulations to coach Victor Talamoa and the boys for an outstanding season!
While BRYC has had a Girls’ volleyball program for a number of years, the BRYC Boys program was only started in 2010 by former standout collegiate players Rob and Jeanne Baily (George Mason University and the University of Maryland respectively), with the assistance of Volleyball Commissioner Mark Thompson. BRYC’s goal was to give boys in the area a chance to play volleyball, whether looking for the next level through the BRYC Club program, or starting out as a beginner. The three were pleasantly surprised at the number of boys at the first tryout and were able to form 2 U14 teams that included the Baily’s two sons along with other boys of all skill levels.
The boys had a great first year, traveling to nearby tournaments in Virginia Beach and Richmond. The second year (2011-2012) saw another two teams of U14s and the addition of a U12 team. This year, our third, BRYC continued with these three teams plus a U15 team made up mostly of boys who had played the past couple of years as U14s. The U15 team had great success, winning several local tournaments, winning the silver playoff bracket in the Rochester Can-Am tournament, and placing seventh in the Boys East Coast championships.
BRYC’s philosophy on player development and playing opportunities is leading to returning players and steady growth, hopeful that this will eventually create enough of a groundswell to allow boys volleyball to take its place as a sanctioned high school sport in Northern Virginia where there are now two men’s college programs, George Mason University and Marymount University. That status will allow the sport to truly be considered a viable option for boys to pursue, and open the sport up to a whole new set of boys who would have not known of its existence otherwise.
For more information about the boys program please visit the club’s website.