Clarion Area’s Brenna Campbell, Member Of 2019 Can-Am Champion Relentless 16 Gold (04/15/19)
Brenna Campbell (front row – right in photo), a sophomore, Clarion Area Volleyball standout, competed with the Relentless 16 Gold Team, a club team from State College, which won the Niagara Frontier Can-Am Championship, 16 and Under Division.
The event was held at the Niagara Frontier Sports Complex, in West Seneca, New York, a suburb of Buffalo, on Saturday and Sunday, April 13th and 14th.
Participants in a fifteen team field, (which also included clubs from the Toronto, Buffalo, Rochester and Binghampton areas), Relentless 16 Gold went 4-0, in the First Round of Pool Play and followed by going 4-0 in the Second Round of Pool Play, on Saturday. They won every game in each set played in Pool Play.
Relentless 16 Gold moved out of Pool Play to the Gold Bracket, on Sunday.
They defeated Whirlwind 16 Elite 2-0 (25-14, 25-21) in Round One. The Second Round saw them defeat BVA 15U 2-0 (25-9, 25-11).
Relentless 16 Gold then advanced to the Semifinal, where they defeated Niagara Frontier 16 Red 2-0 (25-21, 25-12), to set up a rematch with Whirlwind 16 Elite in the Championship Match.
Relentless 16 Gold won the first game of the Final, 25-14. Whirlwind 16 Elite came back to win the second game 25-18, to set up a third game to 15. Relentless 16 Gold won a close 15-13 contest to claim the Championship.
Coach Chad Weight, who is also the State College High School varsity coach, had this to say about his charges play in the tournament, “Injuries have plagued our club team this year, so it was special to have all of the girls there for the first time this club season.
“Although we’ve had to deal with a lot of changes, the girls were able to persevere and win the Niagara Can-Am event – A testament to their character as individuals and being great teammates”
Coach Weight had this to say about Brenna’s contribution and her work ethic, “Brenna has been a stabilizing figure amongst a group of talented players. She not only has grown in her skill set, but also has become a well-rounded leader.
“What I admire most about Brenna is that she’s the kind of kid who’d run through a brick wall for you. All good teams have a few kids that possess that characteristic.”
Brenna, a two time All-State player for Clarion Area is the daughter of Jim and Shari Campbell (Lady Cat Varsity Coach).
(CONGRATULATIONS BRENNA AND ALL THE MEMBERS OF RELENTLESS 16 GOLD!!!!)
(Submitted photo above: Relentless 16 Gold State College, PA – First Row L-R: Aryiana Angus – State College High School, Jadyn Butler – Penns Valley High School, Sarah Neely – State College High School, Brenna Campbell – Clarion High School. Second Row – L-R: Vanessa McGhee – State College High School, Jayme Ishler, Assistant Coach, Elena Spielvogel – State College High School, Claire Jordan – State College High School, Mariah Airey – State College High School, Kelly Isola – State College High School. Chad Weight, Head Coach.)