COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 4, 2007)
By the end of the event, 19 different brackets will reveal division champions in seven age groups (12-18). The Open Division (14-18) is the highest level, followed by the National Division and the American Division (12-18).
SCVC 15 Elite (Redondo Beach, Calif.), which lost two of its first three matches of the tournament, came back strong to capture the 15 Open division title by defeating KC Extreme 15 National (Lee's Summit, Mo.) 25-21, 25-21 in the championship match. SCVC 15 Elite advanced to the title match with a three-set win over Club Fusion 15 Black (Marengo, Ill.) in the quarterfinal round and a come-from-behind win over Mizuno Northern Lights 15-1 (Burnsville, Minn.) 20-25, 25-19, 15-13 in the semifinals. KC Extreme 15 National entered the championship match on the heels of a three-set win over Asics KIVA Red (Louisville, Ky.) in the quarterfinals and a marathon two-set 26-24, 30-28 win over Arsel 15 (Toa Baja, Puerto Rico) in the semifinals.
Taylor Hollins of SCVC 15 Elite was selected as the most valuable player of the 15 Open Division. Other all-tournament selections in the 15 Open division included Marianne Beal (KC Extreme 15 National), Jennifer Bonilla (SCVC 15 Elite), Mary Carls (SCVC 15 Elite), Tori Dixon (Mizuno Northern Lights 15-1, Kaitlyn Drawe (KC Extreme 15 National), Gina Finke (Mizuno SPVB 15 Elite), Stephanie Gonzalez (Arsel 15), Lisa Henning (KC Extreme 15 National), Stephanie Holthus (Club Fusion 15 Black), Deja McClendon (Asics KIVA 15 Red), Andrea McQuaid (TAV 15 Asics), Claudia Rodriguez (Arsel 15) and Ashley Wittman (Mizuno Northern Lights 15-1).
Tampa Bay 15 Black (Tampa, Fla.) defeated Vision 15 Gold (Los Gatos, Calif.) 25-23, 28-26 in tight championship match to claim the 15 National division title. Tampa Bay 15 Black reached the title contest with a sweep over Santa Barbara 15-1 (Santa Barbara, Calif.) in the quarterfinals and Texas Tornados 15 Mizuno (Houston, Texas) in a three-set semifinal victory. Vision 15 Gold outlasted St. Louis CYC 15 CZC (St. Louis, Mo.) in the quarterfinals before sweeping City Beach 15 Black (Santa Clara, Calif.) in the semifinals.
Tampa Bay 15 Black's Madison Martin was tabbed the most valuable player of the 15 National division. Others selected to the 15 National All-Tournament Team were Rachel Alvey (City Beach 15 Black), Michelle Cuttrell (Santa Barbara 15-1), Madison Dodd (St. Louis CYC 15 CZC), Noelle Eagles (Kaepa BL 15), Desiree Elliott (Texas Tornados 15 Mizuno), Shannon Fleming (Vision 15 Gold), Emily Hopkins (TAV 15 Molten), Katherine Keller (Santa Barbara 15-1), Allison McCurdy (Tampa Bay 15 Black), Sarah Reams (City Beach 15 Black), Jordan Shaw (Vision 15 Gold), Bethany Yeager (Texas Tornados 15 Mizuno) and Lindsay Young (Tampa Bay 15 Black).
After losing its first match of the tournament, Houston Juniors 15 Nat (Webster, Texas) went undefeated the rest of the way and handled Skyline 15 RoShamBo (Murphy, Texas) 25-17, 15-25, 15-7 in an all-Texas battle in the 15 American division championship match. Houston Juniors 15 Nat advanced to the title match with a three-set victory over Golden West 15 Nike (Anaheim, Calif.) in the quarterfinals and a sweep of Wisconsin Power 15 Red (McFarland, Wis.) in the semifinals. Skyline 15 RoShamBo defeated Woodlands Stars-15G (The Woodlands, Texas) in a three-set quarterfinal match followed by a sweep of Coast 15-Mary Jo (San Diego, Calif.) in the semifinals.
Courtney Warren of Houston Juniors 15 National was selected the 15 American division most valuable player. She was joined on the 15 American All-Tournament Team by Chelsee Arnitz (Golden West 15 Nike), Michelle Carson (Skyline 15 RoShamBo), Hallie Carter (TCA 15-Third Degree), Thea Derrough (Coast 15-Mary Jo), Lexi Erwin (Woodlands Stars-15G), Elizabeth Fontanilla (Golden West 15 Nike), Cystal Graff (Wisconin Power 15 Red), Whitney Keith (Skyline 15 RoShamBo), Amy Moyer (Houston Juniors 15 Nat), Jill Paluch (Lions 15-1s), Angela Peyton (Houston Juniors 15 Nat), Molly Toon (Wisconsin Power 15 Red), Rebecca Wallender (Skyline 15 RoShamBo) and Jennifer Woolway (Coast 15-Mary Jo).
The Southern California Volleyball Region now has two titles (SCVC 15 Elite in Open Division, San Gabriel 12Roshambo in 12 American Division) during the 2007 USA Junior Olympic Girls' Volleyball Championships match the total of Aloha Region (Asics Rainbows G14sLuis in 14 National Division, Jammers 12 in 12 National Division) and Pioneer Region (Asics KIVA 14 Red in 14 Open Division, MAVA 13 Elite in 13 American Division). Tampa Bay 15 Black and Houston Juniors 15 Nat earned the Florida Region and the Lone Star Region their region's first titles of the tournament, respectively.
The 18-year-old division crowns its champions on Friday, July 6. The 18 American division championship is at 3 p.m. CDT, followed by the 18 National division at 5 p.m. CDT and the 18 Open championship at 7 p.m. CDT.
The 16-year-old division concludes on Saturday, July 7. The 16 American division title will be settled at 3 p.m. CDT, followed by the 16 National division at 5 p.m. CDT and the 16 Open championship at 7 p.m. CDT.
The 17-year old division championships fall on Sunday, July 8. The 17 American division title will be contested at noon CDT, followed by the 17 National division championship at 2 p.m. CDT and the 17 Open championship at 4 p.m. CDT.
USA Junior Olympic Girls' Volleyball Championship Review:
12 National (48 teams): 1. Jammers 12; 2. Team Z Orange; 3T. Encinitas 12-Krystal and AJV 12 Mizuno
12 American (24 teams): 1. San Gabriel 12Roshambo; 2. Cincinnati Elite 12-1; 3T. TAV 12 Asics and Woodlands Stars-12G
13 National (48 teams): 1. Borinquen Coqui 13-1 F; 2. SunshineDiggers 13-1; 3T. Asics KIVA 13 Red and Asics MAVS 13-1
13 American (48 teams): 1. MAVA 13 Elite; 2. Celtic Force 13 Green; 3T. Encinitas 13-Peter and Stellar 13-1
14 Open (28 teams): 1. Asics KIVA 14 Red; 2. Team Z Orange; 3T. Encinitas 14-Katie and TI 14 Evil Pop Tarts
14 National (48 teams): 1. Asics Rainbows G14sLuis; 2. Long Beach 14 Elite; 3T. Braggin Rights 141 and TCA 14-Third Degree
14 American (48 teams): 1. Milwaukee Sting 14 Gold; 2. Lions 14-1; 3T. Arizona Juniors 14-1 and X-14s
15 Open (28 teams): 1. SCVC 15 Elite; 2. KC Extreme National; 3T. Mizuno Northern Lights 15-1 and Arsel 15
15 National (48 teams): 1. Tampa Bay 15 Black; 2. Vision 15 Gold; 3T. Texas Tornados 15 Mizuno and City Beach 15 Black
15 American (48 teams): 1. Houston Juniors 15 Nat; 2. Skyline 15 RoShamBo; 3T. Wisconsin Power 15 Red and Coast 15-Mary Jo
16 Open (28 teams): championship on July 7 at 7 p.m. CDT
16 National (48 teams): championship on July 7 at 5 p.m. CDT
16 American (48 teams): championship on July 7 at 3 p.m. CDT
17 Open (28 teams): championship on July 8 at 4 p.m. CDT
17 National (48 teams): championship on July 8 at 2 p.m. CDT
17 American (48 teams): championship on July 8 at noon CDT
18 Open (28 teams): championship on July 6 at 7 p.m. CDT
18 National (48 teams): championship on July 6 at 5 p.m. CDT
18 American (48 teams): championship on July 6 at 3 p.m. CDT