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Volleyball - 03. July 2007.

USA Junior Olympic Girls’ Volleyball Championships Crown Five Winners

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 2, 2007) – Five teams claimed USA Junior Olympic Girls’ Volleyball Championships titles at the Minneapolis Convention Center today in the 12- and 14-year-old age groups. The event began July 29 and continues through July 8.

 

The USA Junior Olympic Girls’ Volleyball Championship, in its 28th year, features 19 different brackets with 788 teams and over 8,000 athletes competing for titles. Age groups 14-18 crown three team winners (Open, National and American), while age groups 12-13 have two brackets each (National and American). Open Division is the highest level, followed by the National Division and the American Division.

Asics KIVA 14 Red (Louisville, Ky.) won the 14 Open division title with a 25-18, 25-17 championship victory over Team Z 14 Orange (Camp Dennison, Ohio). Asics KIVA 14 Red, which dropped just three sets the entire tournament, advanced to the title match with victories over Laguna Beach 14 Sam (Laguna Nigel, California) in the quarterfinal round and Encinitas 14-Katie (Encinitas, Calif.) in the semifinals. Team Z 14 Orange reached the title match by knocking off San Gabriel 14Roshambo (Los Angeles) in the quarterfinals and TI 14 Evil Pop Tarts (Indianapolis, Ind.) in the semifinals.



Asics Rainbows G14sLuis (Aiea, Hawai’i) captured the 14
National division gold medal after a 25-8, 21-25, 15-9 victory over Long Beach 14 Elite (Redondo Beach, Calif.) in the championship match. Asics Rainbows G14sLuis rebounded after losing two of its first five matches of the tournament by winning its final six matches. The squad defeated Club Amarillo 14-1(Amarillo, Texas) in the quarterfinals and Braggin Rights 141 (Corpus Christi, Texas) in the semifinals leading the title match. Long Beach 14 Elite advanced to the title match with wins over DPremier 14 Ed (Dallas, Texas) in the quarterfinals and TCA 14-Third Degree (Newport Beach, Calif.) in the semifinals.

Milwaukee Sting 14 Gold (Big Bend, Wis.) won the 14 American division gold medal by defeating Lions 14-1 (Western Springs, Ill.) in a seesaw contest with scores of 25-7, 28-30, 15-11. Milwaukee Sting 14 Gold advanced to the title match with wins over Mavericks 14-Black (Corona, Calif.) in the quarterfinal round and Arizona Juniors 14-1 (Tempe, Ariz.) in the semifinals. Lions 14-1 reached the title match by defeating Club West 14 Elite (LaVerne, Calif.) in the quarterfinals and X-14s (Redondo Beach, Calif.) in the semifinals.




San Gabriel 12Roshambo (Los Angeles) captured the 12 American title with a 25-12, 25-12 victory over Cincinnati Elite 12-1 (Cincinnati, Ohio) in the final match. San Gabriel 12Roshambo, which defeated TAV 12 Asics (Fort Worth, Texas) in the semifinals, went undefeated in the tournament and did not allow more than 19 points in a single set. Cincinnati Elite 12-1 advanced to the finals by defeating Woodlands Stars-12G (The Woodlands, Texas).

A total of four different regions captured five titles on the first day of division championships. The Aloha Region (Jammers 12 and Asics Rainbows G14sLuis), Badger Region (Milwaukee Sting 14 Gold), Pioneer Region (Asics KIVA 14 Red) and Southern California Region (San Gabriel 12Roshambo) netted titles on the first day of championship matches.

Teams have qualified for the USA Junior Olympic Girls’ Volleyball Championship through nine different Qualifier Tournaments starting March 10, in addition to regional and at-large bids.

USA Volleyball has created a schedule this year in which only one championship match is being contested at the same time as an effort to allow for more spectators and increased positive atmosphere surrounding the championship match court.

The 13-year-old age group titles will be settled on Tuesday, July 3. The 13 American bracket final will be held at 1 p.m. CDT, while the 13 National bracket championship will be played at 3 p.m. CDT.

The 15-year-old age group bracket will finish on Wednesday, July 4. The 15 American championship is set for 1 p.m. CDT, followed by the 15 National title at 3 p.m. CDT and the 15 Open championship at 5 p.m. CDT.

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.

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For the latest information on the USA Junior Olympics Girls' Volleyball Championship including photos of tournament champions and award winners, click here.

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): championship on July 3 at 3 p.m. CDT
13 American (48 teams): championship on July 3 at 1 p.m. CDT
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): championship on July 4 at 5 p.m. CDT
15 National (48 teams): championship on July 4 at 3 p.m. CDT
15 American (48 teams): championship on July 4 at 1 p.m. CDT
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

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