"INSIDE THE BOX"
A TRIBUTE TO 18 GOLDHAHN
A SACRIFICE FOR A TOP TEN FINISH
On April 23rd - 25th, our team competed with the best athletes, best teams, and best clubs in the nation at the 2021 USAV 18s Juniors National Championships. Never did I think I would be flying back from Columbus, Ohio in the midst of a pandemic with a top 10 finish with our Encore 18 Goldhahn squad. It was at this moment that I could not be more proud to represent Encore Volleyball and this group of young women.
Our path was one for the books - we started building our squad at 16U and after 3 years, our team was finally able to confidently say “we are going to medal at Nationals”. This year we talked about it and believed it. While 10th place isn’t gold, silver or bronze, it’s the process that matters. Never once did this group waiver. In the current season, we trained for 8 months, played in 2 tournaments, and finished at the top tournament with people talking about Encore Volleyball. Our athletes had 4 coaches demanding excellence day in and day out, yet these kids stayed committed to the journey. Extra practices, extra workouts, extra film sessions… the list goes on and on. They did the ‘extra’ because they believed that ‘extra’ works.
In a world of instant gratification, impatience, and perfection, I’m here to say that volleyball doesn’t follow that blueprint. This was a 3 year journey. This was a ‘buy-in’ from players, parents, coaches, the club, and leadership. This was a sacrifice. A sacrifice for a top 10 finish. This reminds us how much more work we have yet to do.How do we get to #1? How do we become a threat at every age group in the Open division? How do we become the club that every college wants to recruit from? Our work is cut out for us. It is a journey, but it is possible. Here’s what I know: Northern California volleyball gained a little respect last weekend. We must do more. To the younger athletes in the club and in the region: start the work now… whether your chance in the spotlight is this year, or in 3 years - be ready! Know you did everything in your power to prepare to be your best.
I know my team did everything in their power to be their best. Encore prepared them to be their best, and for that I am grateful. FInishing 10th place is not first place. We had some disappointing, pivotal matches in Ohio that could have changed our fate, however I walked away from the court beaming with pride. These girls made me excited to walk in the gym every day, their parents were insanely supportive, and a leadership team that made it all possible. I know we taught them grit and what working hard really means. They are a part of a family forever and will leave a legacy for all future Encore athletes to emulate. As many of our young women head off to college, they will take with them this amazing journey and a piece of Encore and what we represent: Commit. Unite. Compete.
Thank you ladies for such a special season. I wish you all the best.
Your biggest fan,
Coach Katie Goldhahn
EVERY KID DESERVES A CHAMPION
Encore Juniors provides aspiring volleyball players an opportunity to learn the basic skills and fundamentals of volleyball at an introductory, yet competitive level. Encore Juniors brings Encore leadership, coaches, and student-athletes together to teach the next generation of players how to be the best version of themselves on and off the court! It is our responsibility to provide our student-athletes with the tools to champion their life!
And, with so much uncertainty in the world, we are happy we are able to provide a safe & fun solution for our youth allowing them to express themselves through the sport of volleyball while building and maintaining community. We are welcoming all girls and boys ranging from 4 years old to 12!
4 -12 (Pre-K - 6th Grade)
May 15, 2021, 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Please visit our website to learn more & register today!
A PAUSE FOR GRATITUDE
FROM THE HEART
We are honored to take this moment and share a couple letters from student-athletes at the U! They are our future, and they know they will always have a home away from home here at LEMO!
I can now call you my second home. I know everyone here has my back through thick and thin, and like my parents, will always want the best for me no matter what. For that I thank you for creating another safe space where I can be my true self. ~ LEMO Student-Athlete
These past 8 years of being a part of Encore have been incredible. It is like a second home to me and is a big part of who I am. All the coaches, trainers, and people that I have met through these past 8 years are people I call family. Thanks for welcoming me into the Encore family and for being a part of my volleyball career. ~ Encore Student-Athlete
There is no community as supportive. In two short years, I have grown to love the amazing community that fills each space with so much love and enthusiasm. I am so grateful for everything that the community has taught me and the way that they have welcomed me.
~ Activated Student-Athlete