The most important three weeks of the season are upon us. Our teams have been training for this moment for the past seven months. We will have one or more teams playing in the AAU or USAV National Championship Tournament for 20 consecutive days commencing on 6/17.
Will any of our teams bring home a National Championship trophy? Will A5 retain its #3 ranking in the U.S.? We'll know the answers to these and other questions in a few short weeks and months.
14's and under have completed play in Orlando, and results are summarized in the AAU Wrap below. 15's and above commenced today, with 16's to follow in a few days.
Best of luck to all!
With few exceptions, our 15's and older teams and teams that qualified for USAV Nationals were in Orlando to compete in he AAU National Championship - the biggest volleyball tournament in the world. 12's through 14's have completed their competition and our athletes acquitted themselves well. We provide brief summaries of each teams' results:
- A5 12 Jing won their first two matches in the 12 Open division, but finished third in their day 2 pool, so I thought they were out of contention. But I was wrong. They excelled in day 3 - to include a revenge win over KIVA Red - to advance to the Gold Medal Bracket, where they finished third, with Bronze Medals. (If someone would send me a team pic with those bronze medals, I will publish it in the next newsletter.)
- Competing in the 13 Classic Division, A5 13 Betty raced from the gate, winning their first seven matches. They were knocked from contention on Day #3 when they lost a tie-breaker 23 -25, so they advanced to the Diamond Division, where they won their first two games before being eliminated 13 - 15. They finished with a 9 - 3 record in 42nd place out of 135 teams in the division, slightly ahead of where they were seeded..
- A5 13 Karen started out on fire, winning their first six matches, but two losses on Day 3 relegated them to the Consolation Bracket, which they won. They finished 9th in the 13 Open Division.
- A5 13 Earl was 7 - 0 before losing two matches on Day 3 - both in three sets - which knocked them from the Gold Medal Bracket of the 13 Club Division. They played with integrity on Day 4, though, winning all three of their matches. This team finished with a 10-2 record on the tournament - good enough for 19th place out of 95 teams.
- A5 14 Helen had just one blemish on their record heading into the Gold Medal Bracket -- a 13 - 15 loss to Tribe on day one. But they won their next five matches - to include a 15-12 thriller over top seed and eventual Champion KIVA Red, to earn the top seed in the Championship Bracket. However, they lost to a fine Munciana Team on Day Four to finish 5th in the 14 Open Division.
- A5 14 Allison finished with a 6-5 record in the 14 Premier Division. Five of those matches were three-setters.
- A5 14 Bri stayed alive in the 14 Aspire Division until Day Three. They finished their season with a match for the ages, coming out on the short end of a 28-30; 25-23; 15-13 slugfest that neither of the teams should have to lose.
- A5 14 Kip streaked to a 6-0 record in the 14 Club division before being eliminated in one of those dreaded cross-over matches. They ended their season placing 27 out of 187 teams in the division.
Our 15 and older teams have completed their first day of play and are off to a fantastic start here in Orlando. We'll recap their performance after the tournament is over.
For those of you whose seasons are now over, we wish you a Happy Summer and hope to see you in the gym at a Volleyperformance Camp when schedule permits. For those still to compete in the USAV National Championship Tournament, make the best of your next few practice days and we'll see you in Indy.