Dramatic final day propels Ultimate B18 Gold to title

 
Ultimate Volleyball Club out of Frankfort needed its B18 Gold and B17 Gold teams to win their finals matches on Sunday to for Ultimate B18 Gold to win the Palos Point Series 18s Division title outright.

Mission accomplished.

Ultimate B18 Gold defeated SPVB B18 Lenny 25-18, 22-25, 15-10 – a team it had lost to earlier in the day 22-25, 25-20, 15-8 – to win last weekend’s tournament, and Ultimate B17 Gold edged Adversity 18 Purple in Sunday’s third-place match 18-25, 25-22, 15-13 to deny Adversity a share of the overall title.

Ultimate 18 Gold won the 18s Division with 20 points, followed by Adversity 18 Purple (21) and SPVB 18 Lenny (21), with Ultimate B17 Gold finishing fourth overall with 28 points.

“Adam Beck, the point series tournament director, said it was as close as the final day has ever been,” Ultimate Volleyball Boy Director Joe Hovanes said. 

The Palos Point Series is a four-weekend, eight-day event that began back in November with teams competing in a 18s-17s division and a 16s-15s division.

“We are totally supportive of each other player and coaches,” Hovanes said. “It’s really something Troy Vidovic and myself are pushing for. We have other full-time, jobs but this is our passion and we love it and want others too as well. We have a really good thing going.”

Seventy-six teams from throughout the Midwest competed in the 18s-17s division while another 70 teams participated in the 16s-15s tournament.

Hitmen 16 Elite, which won the 16 Open division at the Winter Volleyball Championships at McCormick Place last month, topped the 16s-15s division.

Top 18s-17s finishers February 10-11
 1. Ultimate B16 Gold
2. SPVB B18 Lenny
3. Ultimate B17 Gold
4. Adversity 18 Purple
5. Southport B18 Blue
6. Hitmen 18 Elite
7. Di Elite 18 Green
8. MVC B17 Jake
9. SPVB B18 Alpha
10. SPVB B18 Charlie
11. SPVB B18 Elite
12. Adversity 17 Purple
13. Pipeline 18 Nike

Top 16s-15s finishers February 3-4
 1. Milwaukee Sting B16 Gold
2. Hitmen 16 Elite
3. MVC B16 Brad
4. Adversity 16 Purple
5. Chicago Bounce 16 Red
6. Ultimate B16 Gold
7. SPVB B16 Elite
8. MVC B16 Tony
9. Southport B16 Blue
10. SPVB B16 Alpha
11. Di Elite 16 Green

Final Standings 18s-17s
 1. Ultimate B16 Gold
2. Adversity 18 Purple
3. SPVB B18 Lenny
4. Ultimate B17 Gold
5. SPVB 18 Elite
6. Pipeline 18 Nike
7. SPVB 18 Alpha
8. D1 Elite 18 Green
9. Adversity 17 Purple
10. Hitmen 18 Elite
11. Club 1 Boys 18 Red
12. Pipeline 17 Nike
13. Ultimate 18 Blue
14. Breaker 18 Nike
15. SPVB 18 Charlie
16. WS Storm 18 Navy
17. SPVB 18 Bravo
18. SPVB 18 Delta
19. Ultimate 17 Blue
20. Chicago Elite B18 Elite

 Final Standings 16s-15s
 1. Hitmen 16 Elite
2. Ultimate 16 Gold
3. SPVB 16 Elite
4. D1 Elite 16 Green
5. CVC 16 Adidas
6. Adversity 16 Purple
7. Hitmen 15 Elite
8. Club 1 Boys 16 Red
9. Cyclones 16 Black Adidas
10. Hitmen 16 Black
11. SPVB 16 Alpha
12. Ultimate 16 Black
13. SPVB 15 Elite
14. Ultimate 15 Gold
15. Uno Boys 16 Elite
16. Chicago Elite B16 Elite
17. Ultimate 16 Blue
18. Chicago Bounce 15 Red
19. 3rd Coast Elite 16 Black
20. Adversity 16 Black

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