Humility is a hallmark of excellence and Sudden Impact 16 Thunder displayed both at the Matt Hartner Memorial Tournament on MLK Weekend in Eugene, OR. They finished on top of the 128 team field and laid early season claim to being the best U16 team in the Pacific Northwest, but that had little to do with what they went there for.
“The team has been focusing on its core values, which includes never giving up,” said Head Coach Greg Brown.
“In our quarterfinal match in Eugene we lost the 1st set to Athena and could have folded, but they battled back to take the match in 3,” he continued. “That gave them the confidence they needed, as I like to say, ‘act like you have been here before.’”
The core of the team has been together since their U13 season and have been no strangers to adversity. Last year they were edged out of the top spot of the U15 Power League on the final day by Puget Sound VBA 14 Todd. This year they added who players who gave them the additional “length” they needed according to Brown.
Despite the disappointment from last year, Brown is confident that the focus of his team is in the right place.
“I believe their early season success has been due to focusing not on winning, but on making small improvement every time we practice,” he said.
With a great start under their belt including the defense of the #1 seed in the Puget Sound Region U16 Power League and now a win at the closest thing to a qualifier that doesn’t include a bid to the National Championship, it will be exciting to see how far this team can go if they can accomplish their goal of improving a little bit at every practice.
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