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 2014 SA Magic Jr National Bid Count: 3 bids to date and Counting

  16's National I earns an Open Bid to Jr. Nationals (making SA Magic the 1st Club in San Antonio to earn a bid to the 2014 Jr. Nationals)  
  14's National I earns a USA Bid to Jr. Nationals (making SA Magic the 1st Club in San Antonio this season to have 2 bids on the books)  
  15'S  National II earns an American Bid to Jr. Nationals (making SA Magic the only Club in San  Antonio to date to have earned 3 bids to JO's )  


Our Time Has Come!  After a 2nd place showing at Colorado Cross Roads (just missing the bid by one match), and after a 2nd place finish at the 2014 Lone Star Warm Up, 15's National Theresa/Chris won 1st place at 2014 Lone Star Classic in Dallas to bring home the Gold Medal and a chance to attend the 2014 Jr. Nationals to be held this summer in Minneapolis MN.  Although we have sent many teams to JO's, this is a first for SA Magic to win a Gold Medal at the Lone Star Classic.  Prior to todays victory, the best we have placed at this tournament is 3rd with 3 prior magic teams able to place silver.  And to make this Gold Medal even more special, there were 192 teams competing this weekend for a chance to earn it.  WOW and Way to Go Coach Theresa, Coach Chris, the players and the 15's parents and family. Some quick history on where we came from and why this is special.  In our first attempt for a 15's Magic team to qualify for a bid at Lone Star Classic, we ended up 122 of 174 (WOW is what we thought then knowing we had a lot of work in front of us).  While we have done much better since our 122nd place finish,  it's always important to reflect back on where we started and how much hard work it takes to move up in the rankings.
 Again "WOW" is how I feel!

Congratulations to our 15's!

SA Magic 16's National bring home the Gold Medal.

At this weekends "College Showcase" in Austin, our 16's went 11-0 for the weekend to bring home the Gold Medal.   This makes back to back Gold medal's for the team as they also finished 1st Place at last weekends  St. Patrick's Day Cup.  Way to line the trophy case with a little shinny.

Way to Go 16's!

SA Magic 14's National I bring home the Silver Medal and a USA Bid to Jr. Nationals.

At this weekends "Show Me Qualifier in Kansas City, Mo" Magic 14's National won 2nd place in the 14's USA division.  After going 8 & 0, they dropped the final match in 3 to take 2nd Place and bring home the Silver. 
The 14's also had a good showing in Denver, Co just 1 match short of the Bid.  Time to get ready for Lone Star and the Open Division.

Way to go Team 14's!

SA Magic 13's National I bring home the Gold Medal.

At this weekends "One More Time" tournament, Magic 13's won 1st place in the 14's Open division.  After coming out on top in a close pool play tie breaker, they went on to face one of our fun & good rivals, The Mavericks.  It was a battle of the 13's (yes Maverick 13's also finished up 1st in their pool), to see who would come out on top in this 14's Tournament Open Division.  I have watched the Mavericks 13's play before and they are one heck of a team.  And if you have ever watched a Mavericks match, their parents are fun and very passionate about winning just as much as we are.  Magic was able to win this match up in two (25-18 & 25-23) and bring home the Gold.  Although we finished on top this time,  I know we better be prepared and bring our A game for the next match up! 

Way to Go 13's!

SA Magic 16's National I earn an Open Bid
 at the Disney Showcase!

I can't think of a better backdrop than Walt Disney World and Magical Kingdom, for a team to earn an Open Bid to Jr. Nationals!  After starting off the season a little rough with several players out injured, tournaments full of tough and competitive Texas teams, the 16's really needed a little pixie dust to get them back on track.  The 16's went into the tournament seeded  14th of the 16 teams but Tinker Bell  came thru with a little bit of Magical Pixie dust just when they needed it.  After going three sets with most of the teams in pool play, they went on to beat one of our North Texas Regional rivals, Lone Star in two straight (26-24 and 25-18) in the Semi Finals earning them an Open bid to Jr. Nationals and a chance to play for the Gold.  To date the 16's are 1 and 1 with Lone Star as they knocked us out of the bid chance last year at Colorado Cross Roads and then Magic returning the favor at Lone Star Classic.  In the Gold Medal match Magic went on to face the currently ranked #1 team in the Nation, Az Storm (whom just returned from a 1st Place Open victory at Colorado Crossroads and who took 1st in Open at Nationals in 2013).  After an 8-0 run, Magic then lost in two sets  (25-14 and 25-22) to AZ Storm to finish 2nd ple overall.  With the Silver Medal comes an Open Bid and another chance for the team to compete at Jr. Nationals.  A quick shootout to Lone Star Volleyball Club who also received an open bid with the trickle down from AZ Storm (helps at Lone Star by freeing up a spot for hopefully another Texas team).  The final Gold Medal match was held at the Disney ESPN Center and broadcast  live on the ESPN. Way to go Coach Albert, Michael, & the 16's Team.
Those who do not believe in Magic, will never find it!

Please keep us in your Thoughts and Prayers!

Danielle from our 14's National team recovering from ACL Surgery.  This picture was taken right after surgery and we are happy to report that Danielle is back on her feet and back at School.  We want to wish her good Luck and let her know we miss her.  Hope to see you back in the Gym real Soon!

 Abby from our 16's National team recovering from ACL Surgery.  Good Luck, We Miss You, & Hope to see you Soon!

Mariah from our 16's National team went out with an injury in last week's tournament.  The Team misses you and hope  you are feeling better soon!

14's National I, finish 5th out of 56 teams in the USA  Division and just 1 match away from the bid!  The team heads out to The Show  Me Qualifier in Kansas City Mo for  another chance at the Gold!  Good luck and way to go Coach Shawn and Team 14.1

15's National II finish 2nd place in the American Division bringing home a Silver Medal.  After going undefeated, they finally dropped a match to come in 2nd.  There were 152 teams in the American Division.

13's National I finish 33rd Place (of 90 teams) at  Colorado Crossroads.  Great Job Michael and team but hurry back to Texas, we have some more hard work ahead of us.
Time to get ready for Lone Star!

Magic teams bringing home the medal
Proof's in the Pudding as my mom used to say!


12's Win 1st Place
 to bring home the Gold!

13's Win 1st Place
 to bring home the Gold!

17's Win 1st Place
 to bring home the Gold!

15's Win 1st Place
 in 16's Division to bring home the Gold!

Magic Shout Out to Abby Baumgartner in her 1st Club Season.  Abby (pictured in the #1 jersey) plays for Cleveland Eastside 13 Black out of Cleveland OH.  Abby and family are very close friends and drove to the 2012 Jr. Nationals in Columbus Oh to watch our Magic Teams.  Way to go Abby Jabby and company for making it to the Gold Bracket in their first Club Tournament!

  SA Magic welcomes our newest club team to the Magic Family, 17's National III.  The team is made up of players and coaches from Laredo Tx.
  SA Magic 15's National I win 1st Place at the 2014 ATX Showcase.  The team went 7 & O in the two day tournament held in the Austin Convention Center.  Way to Go Gen & team!   

Ron Rittiman, the Head Football coach for Johnson High School led the Jaguars to their first Class 5A State-Semifinal appearance.  He went on to be named the
Express News Football Coach of the year.  Coach Rittimann is the father of Kylie Rittimann of our 16's National I team. Kylie has been to the Jr Nationals twice with SA Magic and her team took 1st in the National Bracket at the 2013 JO's.  Kylie's brother is the starting Quarter back at Johnson and Mom is also very active in many Sports.  With Kylie, it must just run in the family.  Way to go Rittimann Family!  We are glad you are part of the Magic Family.


 131's having a little fun between games.........

The Magic family had a day of fun and food with our good friends from Corpus Christi Crossfire Volleyball Club.  The day turned out beautiful and everyone had a good time.  A many thanks to all of the Magic Family that volunteered to help with the day's events.  We had some great bbq from Vince and company (Rick, Tate, & Ariel) not to mention the fabulous deserts & treats to finish up the meal.  Also a big thanks to Fagen, Coach Crystal, and the Crossfire Volleyball players and parents for taking the time to drive in from CC for the day.  We want to wish them good luck at the upcoming Tour of Texas Qualifier (although they probably don't need it based on the way they just played). In forming the club, there are several things that were and still are very important to me.  In addition to good volleyball, I am very big on food, family, & fun.  In the beginning of each club season in our parent meetings, I always discuss how important these things are to me and the Magic organization.  I want people to be welcome at our events and welcome at our tables.  I want the food to be more healthly than not and an occasional treat is good for the players.  I spend a lot of time with our coaches and in team meetings stressing the importance of the sharing of our Magic Family, the Magic Food and the Magic Fun with everyone.  From the refs, other Magic teams that might be at the tournament, our families, other families, the brothers, sisters, and always end with "to include the grandmas & grandpas".  I go on to say that if someone is standing there and looks hungry, lost, nervous, or just not sure, introduce yourself and ask them their name.  Ask them to join us!  With all of this said, I received a letter in the mail from a Crossfire Grandparent after Saturday's fun day.  A Col Lawrence McVay Jr.  First Col. McVay, Jr, let me say on behalf of the Magic Family "Thank You for the sacrifices of your family, and the years of service to our Great Country".  Col McVay is the Grandparent of Crossfire player Madison McVay (#6 if you get the chance to see Crossfire play).  Col McVay Jr is a very proud Grandpa that attends many of his granddaughters games.  After Saturday's Event, he took the time to write a very nice note thanking the Magic Family for their hospitality and a good time.  While good volleyball is very important to me, it really is the Food, the Family, the Fun, and the Grandparents like Col McVay Jr. that make it all worthwhile at the end of the day.  Winning or losing doesn't matter at all, if you don't have someone to share it with.  Getting to share the win or loss with someone like Col McVay, Well It doesn't get much better than that!  If you are at a tournament and happen to catch a Crossfire match, cheer for them and look for Col McVay.  Tell him Hi and introduce yourself!  He is the Proud Grandpa on courtside with a big smile of his face :) Thanks, God Bless, and Good luck to Crossfire and the Magic teams in the Tour of Texas Qualifier this weekend!         


Abbey Buckingham from our 16's National I team was named to the TGCA Volleyball "All State Team!"

Abbey Buckingham named Express News Co-Player of the year.  In addition to being named Co-Player, she was also name to the "
All-Area Volleyball Super Team". EN notes she had high 28 kills, .394 hitting percentage, & 24 digs to lead chargers to a four set victory over Southlake Carol-ranked #3 in the Nation.  For the complete story and more pictures, see the Express News Article.

Congratulations to Magic Player’s Junior Dariann Gilford, Sophomore Morgan Vecek, Sophomore Natalie Gurwitz, Sophomore Bryn Caitlen Walker, Sophomore Abbey  Buckingham, and the Churchill Chargers for making it to the High School Volleyball State Championship Playoffs.  Churchill had great season and a big upset over Southlake to advance to the finals.  In the Championship match, Churchill fell to the Woodlands in 3 ending a great run of 46-2.  Awesome Job and Congrats!  


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Our 15's National I team win 1st Place in Dallas and Bring home a National Championship.

SA Magic Junior Olympic National Champions from The Story Collector on Vimeo.

We won at nationals! S A Magic 151 Volleyball team was one of the few teams around the nation to grab a National bid to attend the Junior Olympics this year in Dallas, Texas. The competition was tough and at the end, S A Magic ended up with a record of 10 wins and 1 loss and the honor of being named the 2013 USAV Junior Olympic National Champions! Go Magic!

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