Record Eight Teams Earn Trip to Indianapolis to Compete in USAV Nationals at Big SouthApril 1, 2016 -
A5 17-Jing didn't lose a set until the Championship Match to finish with a silver medal and a bid in the 17 Open division.
A5 12-Jing was undefeated going into their cross-over match with OVA/TBVA, but they fell in two sets in that match largely due to #2 on the opponent's side, who is possibly the best U12 player I have seen in my life. The two teams met again in the finals, with 12-Jing prevailing to bring home the gold medal and a bid in the 12-National division.
A5 16-Gabe won their second qualifier in a row, dropping just one set to win yet another gold medal. This team had already qualified in the Open division.
A5 15-Scoba raced to an 8 - 0 record before losing in the Championship Match. They bring home their silver medals, along with a bid in the 15 Open division.
A5 14-Suzanne was 6 - 3 on the weekend, but won when they most needed to. They finished fourth in the 14 Open division -- good enough for a bid owing to the existence of trickle-down bids in that division.
A5 16-Gary was not to be denied the bid and bronze medal, rolling to a 25 - 13; 25 - 18 victory that wasn't as close as the score suggests. Gary later shared with me that it was the first time one of his teams had earned a bid at a Qualifier (versus the Southern Region Championships).
A5 16-Matt was in a similar situation. Seeded first of 139 teams, they would need a perfect weekend to win a bid, and perfect they were -- rolling to a 10 - 0 record while dropping just one set. It is worth noting that the second-best record in the 16-American division was posted by GA5 16-Kelsey, who finished 3rd with a 10 - 1 record. 16's is a strong age group in the A5 Family as well, with one Open, two USA and one American bid, along with a near miss.
There will be more opportunities in the month of April for teams without bids to earn them, and for most teams with bids to better them.