On July 1st - 7th, three Rize athletes, Emma Jeffrey (14U), Madison DeCoste (16U) and Jayde Marchand (16U) took part in a grueling 6-day Elite Development Camp in Sydney. This camp was also the final selection camp for our Provincial teams who train in Halifax from July 24th-28th and then travel to St John's, NL to proudly represent Nova Scotia in the Eastern Elite Championships on July 29th & 30th. As one of the six 16U coaches who was honoured to be asked to participate in this high-level development camp and selection process, I can attest to how hard each and every athlete worked and how much they grew as competitive athletes and teammates while they learned the latest in offensive and defensive systems.
I am very proud to announce that Jayde Marchand has been chosen to represent Nova Scotia and the Richmond Rize on our Provincial team. Congratulations Jayde!! You were asked to make significant personal sacrifices by moving to the Libero position early in the camp and all who watched you in action were very impressed with how you fully embraced your new role to help the team succeed. We are sure you will be a force on the Provincial team.
~ Michael Hawke - President, Richmond Rize Volleyball Club
Congratulations to Jayde Marchand for being named a tournament All Star in the 16U Tier 1 Provincial Championships. What a great accomplishment!
Congrats to the 16U Girls who went into the Provincial Championships seeded 8th in Tier 1 and finished the competition placing 4th in the province. What a spectacular result and all are to be congratulated! Great work Jannick and all the 16U girls. You did us proud!
Congrats to the 14U Girls team for winning the Bronze Medal at the Subway Silver Platter in Antigonish. Great work ladies!
Congrats to the 16U Girls team and Coach Jannick for bringing home the Subway Silver Platter! Great games and excellent sportsmanship by all! So proud!
The 18U Girls took home the Bronze medal in their tournament held at RECA. Congratulations on a great start to the season.
The 14U Girls took home the Silver medal in Antigonish in there first tournament played by traditional volleyball rules. Lots of great serving and play making from our girls lead to a semi-final win over the Antigonish Stoirm. The Gold medal match saw us up against a very strong and experienced team from Cheticamp. Congratulations girls on a great day!
Back row: Coach Michael Hawke, Kelsey Rutherford, Aliyah Bingle, Jayden Samson, Leaha Martell, 'Toria Bowen and Elyse Boudreau. Middle row: Katelyn DeCoste, Brenna Cunningham and MacKenzie Joyce. Front row: Rebekah Richards and Mollie Fraser.
The 15U Girls took home the Bronze at their first tournament of the season in Sydney. All the girls played their hearts out and contributed to the victory! After finishing second in their pool, the girls learned to create their own momentum and pushed hard with great team spirit to take the Bronze. Congratulations Girls! The first of many medals!
From the left: Assistant Coach Ron Savoury, Head Coach Carassa Murphy, Monique Savoury, Haley Samson, Sian Boudreau, Gina MacAuley, Maddy Matthews, Becca MacLean, Megan Martens, Jenna McPhee, Coach Michael Hawke.
Rize on three two. 1, 2 Rize!
What a way to start the season. The 16U girls CHOSE to accept Silver medals in three sets against Force 16U Tier 1!! The girls demonstrated that they are not only great volleyball players but absolutely amazing athletes with impeccable characters when they chose to modify their level of the game when a seriously injured player was required to remain on the court in order for the Force to complete the game. I am soooo very proud of each of you. You earned so much more respect that any Gold medal could represent in that Cape Breton Attackers 16U tournament!! Congratulations to you all.