Junior Nationals were held early for the 18s for the first time. The three-day tournament took place in Milwaukee at the end of April. The girls started the tournament by beating the #1 see in their pool Racine from Wisconsin. This enabled them to improve 1 seed by taking second in the pool. The next morning, they missed a chance to stay in the upper brackets by 2 points losing to FC Elite 23-25.
A three-way tie in their division caused them to play FC Elite twice, losing both times. The day finished with another hard fought crossover loss to Wisconsin Ice. Sunday saw the girls finish with a sweep of LAVA North and a thrilling 16-14 third set win over TAV Houston. They finished as winners of flight 1 in the Patriot Division. The hardware collection continued at ECC. Coming in as the 31 seed and 4th in their pool, they really shook things up on Saturday by dropping only 2 games all day and taking the 18th seed from CPA Adidas. Sunday was another story . . . dropping matches to the #3 and 5 seeds in two. They gave Excel NW 18-2 a match pushing them to 3 games. The 18’s finished their tournament the way it started by winning all three matches on Monday to capture the Bronze bracket. The morning started with a convincing win over WVBA 17’s and a gut check against Webfoot 18 Silver. The match was interrupted with an injury to middle blocker Jazzmyn Poirier. While she was playing backrow she made a diving save off the court but suffered a concussion for her effort. The girls regrouped with Jessica Brennis finishing the match in the middle. They won game two 26-24 and closed the match 15-12 in the third. The last match couldn’t compare to the drama of the semi-final with the girl’s collecting the medal over Columbia Jrs 17 25-20 and 25-19. It was a great way to end the season. Seattle Juniors wishes them all the best in the next chapter of their lives.
The 14s were first to take the court at Junior Nationals in Indianapolis. They did it with a bang upsetting the 22nd seed in 3 games. Division 1 on day two was much tougher as they lost to Brazos Valley, SoCal and Arrowhead. Day 3 started with a three game loss to KJ and two game sweep by LAVA North. The final day of competition for them was a first around exit in flight 3 to Asics Willowbrook who went on to win the bracket. They came in 39th and finished 35th. Good job girls!!
The 15s started the next day as a 28th seed in an 8 team pool of American Division. On day 3 it came down to the final match with Zenith Third Degree for third place in the pool. Zenith won the deciding set 15-13 in a spectacular back and forth match. They then had to wait 7 hours or so play a crossover against SG Elite from San Gabriel, CA. The first set was decided 31-29 in SG’s favor and the third went 15-12 to SG. The team finished 31st with a loss to Club H from Southern Cal on the final day of competition.
The 17s also played in the American Division. They earned a winning 4-3 record in their 8 team pool with the most exciting match being the three games with Impact from Indiana in their second match of the tourney. The third game went 15-13 to Seattle Jrs. On day 3 they lost the crossover match to SA Force 17 Darkside from San Antonio. The final day of competition saw them finish strong with a sweep of the flight 2 bracket to finish 29th. The closest game was a 25-18 game win over MVVC from Mountain View, CA.
The final group were the 16s. Like most of the Seattle squads they started off loud. They went undefeated on day 1 with a final match victory over 14 seed Sunshine from Southern California. All three victories went three ending 15-13 or 15-12. Day two wasn’t as kind as the girls got swept by Asics Willbrook from Texas, Epic Untied from Illinois and Michio out of Chicago. The team rallied back on day 3 with a 15-13 win in game 3 over Circle City and swept the pool with a set two 26-24 win over San Gabriel Elite. Genuine out of Southern CA ended their tournament the next day earning them a 20th place finish and a winning record of 5 and 4.
Seattle Juniors wishes happy high school seasons to those continuing to play this Fall.