Dear ACP Friends:
On April 15, 2006, two ACP Volleyball teams from ACP Volleyball club
participated the 2006 Upenn Volleyball Invitation Tournament. There
are total 9 teams (UPenn ISSVC, ACP 1, and ACP 2, Penn United, NJ
Fusion, NJ SilverTiger, MD Kingsview, NJ Plainsboro, UVA) from the
Northeast region including Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey and PA.
ACP team 1 finished the 2006 Upenn Volleyball Tournament with a 4-4
mark, a 5th place in the tournament standings. ACP team 2 ended the
tournament with a 0-8 record and a 9th place finish.
First, 9 teams were divided into 3 groups with 3 seed teams in each
group. Then the 1st place from each group advanced to the Gold
Bracket, the 2nd place played each other in the Silver Bracket and the
3rd place teams played in the Bronze Bracket. ACP team 1 (ACP 1) and
ACP team 2 (ACP 2) participated all four matches in two rounds:
1. Round 1, ACP 1 easily beat the Upenn ISSVC team that ACP lost to
them last summer at SAPA picnic. On the 2nd match of Round 1, ACP 1
played an exciting match against NJ Fusion, which has one player ( )
from the formal China National Volleyball Team and one player from
Beijing Normal University Volleyball team who was Beijing College VB
Champion in 80's. Although the both teams were not in the same level
and ACP was truly under dog, the first game against NJ Fusion, APC 1
led halfway through and on the 2nd game against NJ Fusion, ACP 1 led
most of time until very end of game but lost in last three points
partially due to lack of experience as a team. For ACP team, this was
most excited and entertained match that we have ever had for a long
time since ACP volleyball club established 5 years ago.
2. Round 2, ACP 1 was grouped into the Silver Bracket with MD
Kingsview and NJ Plainsboro for the afternoon matches. Although ACP 1
lost to the Kindsview but it was a good fight and effort from the
team. ACP 1 played a lot better as a team in the last match against
the Plainsboro with two straight wins to conclude the tournament. We
really got good efforts from every player in this tournament and our
entire team is getting involved.
1. With respect to ACP 2 team, lack of co-operation was the main
reason that the team members didn't play at the level of weekly
practice. Although they didn't win any game, they gave challenge to
all team they met. More importantly, they had great time, met many
friends and gained precious experience.
2. Since VB is a team sports, it's extremely important that each
player plays their best in a coordinate way. The longer that players
know each other, train together with each other, the better outcomes.
We are proud of ACP 2 has accomplished in the tournament as they only
practiced for less than 3 times together before the tournament.
Debrief After Tournament
The whether was great and we all enjoyed the lunch from the food booth
located right outside of the gym and everyone had a good time for
playing or watching the games. As good as Li-Bin said, "we came to
have an attitude of learning from others." Both ACP teams learnt
several good lessons during the tournament, and wish they would do
much better next time. NJ Huaxia Silver Tiger set a good example for
team sport; they have practiced together for more than 7 years!
For this VB competition, many ACP members devoted their valuable time
and effort to make this event more enjoyable. Just to name a few,
Daniel Yin purchased the soft drinks and snacks for the ACP teams'
members. Junning Ma (was original as a setter for ACP 2, can't
participate the competition due to the conflict schedule) prepared
many tournament registration tasks. We are proud to mention a special
guest - You-De Wang (Li-Bin's uncle) who is a graduate from Shanghai
Sport Institute and formal assistant coach for the University of
Michigan Woman Volleyball Team gave ACP teams a special coaching and
valuable lesson while he visited Li-bin's family. Furthermore, the
efforts for preparing and organizing the ACP VB teams either in
practice and the tournament by Fushun Shi, Daniel Yin, Guohui Yu, Dan
Zhou, Ding-Hwa Lei, Li-Bin Wang, Cunxiao Wang, Jeff Loi, Yaxi Zhang,
Hao, Li and many others team members and none team members are greatly
appreciated. We would also like to thank families, like Wang Qingmin,
Jeff Loi and Jason Li who did a wonderful job to come along with teams
as team cheerleaders. ACP will thank all of you and the Chinese
professional Community will appreciate your effort and contribution.
Kaihong Huang, Ding-Hwa Lei, Zhen Liu, Jeff Loi, Fushun Shi, Li-Bin
Wang, Qingmin Wang, Daniel Yin, Ginger Li-Edling, Qingrui Liu, Lu
Wang, Guohui Yu, Yaxi Zhang, Dan Zhou, Jay Jiang and Jason Li
Please enjoy the Sport Illustration quality of photos taken by Zhang,
ACP Volleyball Club
ACP Sport Committee