CVA 17 Nike Elite finished tied for 15th at the 2013 USA Junior National Championships. The USA division proved to be great competition for CVA 17 Nike Elite. We started off the tournament strong by finishing 2nd in our 6 Team pool. Our most important win coming against Austin Juniors 2-0, who went on to win the Championship match in the USA division. This match was led by the great offensive play of OH hitters Morgan Montgomery, Natasha Habert and Whitney Krantz. Emily Nicholson and Amee Steinwand were unstoppable at the net with great middle play as well.
We were playing well going into the 3 team playoff pools. Against Pitt Premier we encountered a setback when our starting setter Kylie Copple sprained her ankle. Luckily (Libero/S) Sarah Hellman was in the DS roll and we were able to shift things around by subbing Kennedy Haupt and going on to win the first set. Kylie bravely came back to play, but at that point our chemistry had changed and we were struggling. With the great efforts of McKenna Thornlow, Sarah Hellman, and Claire Gordon to keep us in system we continued to compete. With less mobility and facing better teams we ended the day playing for Flight 1. CVA, the Coaches and Parents are very proud of 17 Nike Elites efforts in representing our program.
CVA 16 Nike Elite earned their bid to the USAB Junior National Volleyball Championships by winning the USA division at the Colorado Crossroads Junior Qualifier. That set up a great chance to place well in Dallas. The team opened the first day with a 1-2 record and looked a little shell-shocked as it had been awhile between actual tournament competition. The losses came to Southwest Asics in a hard fought three set match and to CMVBC. The win came against Prime Third Degree.
That set up a due or die second day where if we win both we move to the final 16. First up was USA South and it went as planned as it took only 2 sets to win. Then came TAV Blue. It went back and forth through all 3 sets, but CVA pulled it out 15-8 in the third set. On to the final 16!
The third day was started with a three-team pool with OVA Asics and Sunshine Westside. OVA came out and won a close first set 25-23 and that deflated us for the second set and we fell hard. Sunshine awaited the very next match and our backs were against the wall again. Win, we go to the final eight. Lose and we are out f the gold. The team came together and played well winning fairly easily in 2 sets. On the challenge round to play for the final four and a familiar opponent awaited.
We had played Northern Lights 162 in the semi finals in Crossroads. We had won that one in a contentious 3 set battle. We thought we were ready and confident. It just didn’t happen that way. They came out and took it too us. Revenge obviously was factor, but we contributed mightily by not executing very well. Northern Lights went on to take first in USA division, so it is no reason to hang our heads.
The fourth day we played OVA Asics for the second time and while playing much better than the day before, we lost in 2 very tight sets. That put us in 7th place overall.
I would like to thank the players on team who included Nikelle Bronson, Mackenzie Edwards, Maddie Freiwald, Jessica Jackson, Celeste James, Kalee Maricle, Kyleigh McDaniel, Katie Patrick, and Santaisha Sturges who played with great heart and skill all season long. I would like to thank Bruce Clark for all his hard work during the season. Good luck to all of you in the future.
CVA 16 Nike Elite
CVA 15-Nike Elite qualified for Junior Nationals at the RMR JNQ in May of 2013. Coming in as an under-dog and having spent most of the season bouncing between Division 1 and Division 2 it was a great accomplishment for our team to qualify in the National division. CAV 15-Steel attended JNC in the Patriot Division as well and fought with only seven players active by the end (due to injury and schedules) battled through the very end showing great determination and heart!
CVA 14-Nike Elite attended Nationals in the Patriot division after coming in third at the JNQ (also as an under-dog, overcoming many obstacles). CVA 14-Nike Elite had a great showing and after winning a tiebreaker on day three broke up and ended with a tenth finish over all. CVA 14-Aqua attended in the Patriot division also. This team was also plagued by injury throughout the season and only traveled with eight players. They showed an amazing effort to play and finish their season with a bang! We are very proud of our younger teams who attended Junior Nationals in Dallas to end the 2012/013 season.