A5 16 Gabe Wins MEQ; Punches Ticket to Indy

Many Other Accomplishments to Celebrate; Including a Slew of Near Misses

March 28, 2019 -

A5 Family,
We're in the heart of Qualifier Season now; virtually every weekend we have teams competing for a coveted slot at Nationals. Big South and SRVA Regionals are the tournaments in which we have historically won most of our bids, but we always like to have several in our pocket prior to those events to relieve some of the pressure.
But - as any of our coaches will tell you - it is very difficult to qualify for Nationals at a National Qualifier - particularly in the Open Division.  A5 16 Gabe won our 5th bid of the year at always-tough MEQ last weekend, and their story follows.
A5 16 Gabe Runs the Table
A5 16 Gabe  led a stacked 16 Open field wire to wire last weekend to bring home top honors in the 16 Open division.  Seeded #1, they breezed through their first five matches with little difficulty, and came from behind to win a three-set thriller against CVC 15-13 on day 2 to retain their top seed and remain in contention.  They maintained their winning ways to set up another match versus CVC - this time for a bid.  A5 dispatched them fairly easily the second time around, setting up the Championship Match against TAV.
TAV is currently the undisputed best club in America from a competitive standpoint, and their 16-1 team is widely thought to be their strongest team currently and one of their best ever.  They entered the finals at MEQ with an 18-0 record in sets, not having allowed any team to score 20 points in any given set.  
The final with A5 was a slugfest from the start, with TAV rolling to a 25-14 win in set 1. Our girls got it together, though, winning the next two sets 25-13 and 15-11, serving notice to TAV that we want that #1 ranking.
A5 18 Scott Triple-Qualifies at Indy; A5 17 Jing Finishes 5th
A5 18 Scott just keeps getting better.  Their field at MEQ included 15 already-qualified teams in the 18 Open Division.  They fought their way into the gold medal pools, and were kept out of the four-team Gold Medal Bracket by a score of 13-15 to finish T-5th in the tourney.  This team is going to surprise some people at Nationals.
A5 17 Jing  missed qualifying by the narrowest of margins - losing 18-20 in the third set in a gold medal pool to finish 5th in the event.  It was their only loss.
Truly.....  at this level Every Point Matters.
Update on Sherri Rodriguez
A few of you may be aware of Sherri Rodriguez' battle with cancer.  Sherri is the mother of Kaitlyn (A5 17 Scott); she has been a member of the A5 Family for the past seven years.  On the night before Thanksgiving 2018 she learned that she would have to fight the insidious disease a second time.  
We are sad to inform you that she is at the end of her journey, having recently entered hospice care.  Her medical expenses have been legion, as you can imagine, and if you would like to lend a helping hand you may do so by pressing this link and following the prompts:  https://www.gofundme.com/help-sherri-put-her-family-first

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