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Top 2011 Volleyball Clubs by Volleyball Magazine

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originally published on http://www.volleyballmag.com

Written by: Volleyball Magazine Staff w/ added AAU exclusive videos

Summer volleyball season is over and Volleyball Magazine has complied the top clubs from the 2011 season. So much great talent showcased at the AAU Volleyball Jr. National Championships made the list! Check to see who and catch their best championship highlights from the AAU Volleyball Jr. Nationals.


1: Sports Shack 18 ASICS
The skinny: One of only two clubs in the history of girls’ Junior Nationals to win back-to-back 18 Open championships. Jane Croson named 18 Open MVP.

2: ASICS Munciana Samurai
The skinny: AAU 18 Open MVP Morgan Bergren (Kentucky) was part of a Munciana squad that went 66-2 and won an AAU national championship.

3: Mizuno Sports Performance 18 Elite
The skinny: Finished 63-13 on the season and took second at AAU Nationals in 18 Open. Courtney Thomas, Emily Young and Natalie Skiba were all-tournament selections.

Check out the championships dual between Munciana and Sports Performance!

4: Synergy 18 Orange
The skinny: Pennsylvania-based team overcame a pair of pool-play losses at Junior Nationals to finish second. MacKenzie Kleespies, Stacey Manthrope and Shelbey Manthorpe named to all-tournament team.

5: Tampa Bay 18 Black
The skinny: Doubled its pleasure with a pair of fifth-place finishes at AAU Nationals and Junior Nationals. Jordan Burgess and MacKenzie Dagostino were all-tournament at JNs.

6: Coast 18-1
The skinny: Only loss at Junior Nationals came to Synergy. Featured a roster with 13 Division I players. Taylor Milton and Gillian Howard were JN all-tournament picks.

7: Vision 18 Gold
The skinny: Losses at Junior Nationals came to Coast and Sports Shack. Allie Frappier and Brittany Howard named to JN all-tournament team.

8: 1st Alliance 18 Silver
The skinny: Jocelynn Birks and Alexis Viliunas were AAU All-American selections.

9: ASICS 18 KIVA Red
The skinny: Only losses at AAU Nationals were to 1st Alliance and Sports Performance. Jennifer Houser named to all-tournament team.

10: Oregon Northwest 18 Air Elite
The skinny: Tied for fifth at AAU Nationals and won the JVA World Challenge event. Elizabeth Anne Brenner was an all-tournament pick in Orlando.


1: Austin Juniors 17 Mizuno
The skinny: AJV went 56-6 and had five top 5 finishes in major tournaments. Amy Neal named JN MVP.

2: Sky High 17 Black
The skinny: Sky High went 84-16 and won an AAU national title at 17 Open. Abby Gilleland (Ohio University) named AAU MVP for second year in a row and also earned JN all-tournament honors.

Check out Sky High’s nail-biting finish vs No. 4 TAV 17 Black:

3: A5 Mizuno 171 Heidi
The skinny: A second-place finish at Junior Nationals and a third-place showing at AAU Nationals. Anne Yanda, Kelly Murphy and Jazzmin Baers all-tournament at JNs. Yanda and Mara Green all-tournament at AAUs.

4: Texas Advantage VB Rags 17 Black
The skinny: Finished second at AAU Nationals and logged a ninth-place showing at Junior Nationals. Tanna Aljoe, Caitlin Nolan and Shelby Sullivan all-tournament at AAUs.

5: Club Red 17 Mizuno
The skinny: Took third at Junior Nationals with a 7-2 mark. Bianca Arellano all-tournament at JNs.

6: Mizuno Northern Lights 17-1
The skinny: Went 11-2 at AAU Nationals en route to a third-place showing. Leigh Pudwill and Monica Turner named all-tournament at AAUs.

7: Invasion 17 Black
The skinny: Took third at Junior Nationals. Megan Spencer and Megan McGehee named all-tournament.

8: Vision 17 Gold
The skinny: Finished fifth at Junior Nationals. Interesting fact: Team combined grade-point average is 4.2. Emily Sklar and Veronica Bither named JN all-tournament.

9: Minnesota Select 17-1
The skinny: Four top 5 showings in key tournaments, headlined by a fifth-place AAU Nationals effort. Taylor Dordan all-tournament in Orlando.

10: Orlando Volleyball Academy 17 ASICS
The skinny: OVA won 45 matches and logged four top 5 finishes, including a fifth at AAUs. Jacquelyn Swalchick an all-tournament pick at AAUs.


1: Mizuno Long Beach 16 Rockstar
The skinny: Suffered only one loss en route to winning Junior Nationals 16 Open title. Sara Hughes named JN MVP.

2: 1st Alliance 16 Silver
The skinny: Sophia Dodd was named MVP for AAU 16 Open national champion 1st Alliance.

3: Texas Advantage VB Rags 16 Black
The skinny: Finished second at AAU Nationals and amassed a 74-7 overall mark behind the likes of all-tournament picks Shane Peters, Chiaka Ogbogu and Ebony Nwanebu.

1st Alliance and TAV had a fight to the finish at AAU Jr. National Championships. What a great game. Check out some of their highlights!

4: Northern Lights 16-1
The skinny: Went 9-2 and finished second at Junior Nationals and went 11-1 and took third at AAU Nationals. Samantha Seliger-Swenson, Alyssa Goehner and Sarah Wilhite earned all-tournament honors at JNs. Goehner and Wilhite all-tournament at AAU.

5: St. Louis CYC 16 Green
The skinny: Only loss at Junior Nationals was to Northern Lights. Finished third in Atlanta. Mallory Warrington and Lauren Gresham all-tournament at JNs.

6: Orlando Volleyball Academy 16 ASICS
The skinny: OVA took third at Junior Nationals.

7: KU’ IKAHI 16 RoShamBo
The skinny: Hawaii-based squad won 52 matches. Tayler Higgins and Carly Kan named to all-tournament team at Junior Nationals.

8: ASICS KiVA 16 Red
The skinny: Went 10-1 at AAU Nationals, with its only loss coming to Northern Lights. Maya McClendon named to all-tournament team.

9: Wave 16 Jeanne
The skinny: Tied for seventh at Junior Nationals. Madeleine Kerr named to all-tournament team at JNs.

10: Dead Frogs-Far Out 16
The skinny: Turned in an 11-2 showing at AAU Nationals where it took ninth. Earned consistent praise from coaches around the country for its play this season.


1: Northern Lights 15-1
The skinny: Won Juniors Nationals at 15 Open. Lydia Dimke named 15 Open MVP.

Northern Lights girls gave a great rendition of Justin Beiber:

2: Texas Advantage 15 VB Rags Black
The skinny: AAU national champions (14-0 record) also took second at Junior Nationals. Christen Sikora named AAU 15 Open MVP.

3: Academy Volleyball Cleveland 15 National Harvey
The skinny: In addition to finishing second at AAUs, won an NEQ title, took fifth at Big South and ninth at Junior Nationals. Went 65-13. Abby Detering, Jaime Kosiorek and Stephanie Bindernagel named all-tournament at AAUs.

TAV and Academy Volleyball duked it out in the AAU Jr. Nationals Finals! Check out the highlights.

4: Woodlands Wave 15 Under Armour
The skinny: A third-place showing at Junior Nationals capped off a 45-win season. Courtney Quinn and Kelly Quinn were JN all-tournament selections.

5: City Beach 15 Black
The skinny: Went 7-2 at JNs after sporting a 2-6 mark against the Open field coming into the tournament. 24th JN medal for club is most of any Calif. girls’ club team.

6: Fusion 15 Black
The skinny: Went 12-1 at AAUs with lone loss coming to Academy Volleyball Cleveland. Bryanna Weiskircher an Adeja Lambert all-tournament selections.

7: ASICS KIVA 15 Red
The skinny: Turned in a 10-2 performance at AAU nationals and finished tied for third. Alexa Filley and Hannah Moore were all-tournament at AAU.

8: ASICS Munciana Ninjas
The skinny: Went 9-1 at AAUs with only loss coming to national-champion TAV. Lauryn Gillis named all-tournament in Orlando.

9: Delta Valley 15-1
The skinny: Team won 92 matches and only lost five contests to 15s teams (2 to JN champ Northern Lights).

10: Orlando Volleyball Academy 15 ASICS
The skinny: Went 9-2 at AAUs and took fifth with Christina Ambrose earning all-tournament accolades.

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AAU Boys & Girls Volleyball Junior Nationals were a HUGE success

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Lake Buena Vista– The 38th Annual AAU Volleyball Junior National championships have come to a close and what a week it was! After over 1350 teams flocked to Orlando to duke it out on the court, we crowned nine new National Champions in 10u-18 Open divisions.

In the first three National Championship games, it was all about Puerto Rico. Team Vaqueras took the 10u and 12u titles and Vega Baja Volleyball took the 11u National Championship.

In the 13u division, MAVA 13 Elite defeated Asics KIVA 13 Red 25-18, 25-13. The team told us they owe it all to their mascot “Norm” for winning (see the 13u video to see what they mean).

KIVA represented again in the 14u finale and this time was victorious. KIVA 14 Red had big shoes to fill as last year’s 14 team the AAU Volleyball National Championship.  KVIA coasted through the first set, winning 25-17. Team Indiana went on a run in the second, but KIVA was able to dig and close out the game with a 25-23 second set.

TAV had a huge presence in the AAU National Championships, with three teams making it to the 15u, 16u, and 17u finals. It was TAV Rags 15 Balck who brought home the cup for the club by avenging Academy Volleyball Cleveland in three sets, 25-18, 24-26, 15-9.

In the 16u division, TAV Rags 16 Black and 1st Alliance 16 Silver vying for the coveted title. 1st Alliance held off TAV in two sets, winning 27-25, 25-16. It was a very proud moment for the team and their coach since it’s the first year they’ve all played together (see what 1st Alliance’s post- game interview).

Sky High 17 Black Volleyball continued their dominance from last year by defending their 16 national title. They met TAV Rags 17 Black on the main stage and took a dominant first set 25-15. Everyone though Sky High had it in the bag, but TAV sent the match to a third set. Sky High took the third set 15-10, and a second national title.

And for the finale of all finales, it was a rematch from last year’s 18u final– Munciana Samarai vs. Sports Performance 18 Elite. Last year, Sports Performance took the title 25-23, 25-22. It was deja vus from last year. Same score, same amount of sets, same teams, except this year Munciana was the victor. These two storied programs have each won two 18u titles a piece in the past four years.

For all official results from the tournament, including our Club and Classic divisions CLICK HERE.

Check out all the cute photos from the 11-14u award ceremonies HERE

Check out the award ceremonies for 16u Open, 17uu Open, 18u club HERE

While the girl’s national championships were going on, the boys were having a national championships of their own. Guys in 14u-18u division ventured from across the country, even Puerto Rico, to take on top volleyball talent. In the end, we crowned 5 new National Champs. Ocean Bay Volleyball Club from Boynton Beach, Fl took the 17u and 18u national titles. And then it was all Puerto Rico from there. Team Vaqueros took the 16u division, 15u title went to Trujillo Alto Volimax and the 14u championship went to Naranjito Evol 14. For all the official boys scores and results CLICK HERE.

Take a look at the boy’s awards ceremonies HERE.

Thanks to all the parents, coaches and athletes for another amazing National Chamionships!

Thanks to all the parents, coaches and athletes for another amazing National Chamionships!


No experience required: TAV VB Rags 15 Black wins title in first trip to nationals

Originally published on http://rise.espn.go.com

Written by: Nicole Saavedra

Photo by Todd Anerson

Team from Fort Worth, Texas wins tight three-setter over Academy Volleyball Cleveland

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The first time was the charm for the TAV VB Rags 15 Black.

TAV sent its first 15u team to the AAU Junior National Girls’ Volleyball Championships this year at the ESPN RISE Girls Showcase. They’ll return to Fort Worth, Texas with the title after a 25-18, 24-26, 15-9 win over Academy Volleyball Cleveland on Tuesday.

“It’s unbelievable,” Cat McCoy said. “We wanted this all season. We got second in a lot of big tournaments and we wanted to break the curse. It’s an amazing feeling for everyone.”

TAV easily grabbed the first set and looked poised to take the second, but allowed Academy to crawl back in. TAV had a 19-14 lead when Academy won five straight points.

“We really thought we had it, I think, in Game 2 and kind of let it slip away,” head coach Jason Nicholson said. “You could tell the nerves started to get them a little bit, they started to feel like we were going to achieve what they wanted to achieve and kind of let it get away from us a little bit.”

They hit the reset button before starting the third.

“[Coach] told us that we needed to relax and take a breather and not be so tense, because all the cameras and stuff got us all freaked out,” McCoy said. “He told us to take a deep breath and play our game.”

McCoy admits that she got a little nervous after Academy tied it up.

“I was scared for a second, because we wanted it so bad,” McCoy said. “I didn’t want it to slip away. I knew we could tough it up.”

McCoy, who finished the game with 20 digs, may have been rattled, but Kendall Werra wasn’t.

“I knew we could still pull it off and stay together even though we went to the third,” Werra said. “I knew we could win it.”

TAV had survived close matches earlier on Tuesday. They topped Asics Munciana Ninjas 25-21 21-25, 15-10 and earned a 28-26, 20-25, 15-8 win over Asics KIVA 15 Red in the semifinals.

“Munciana and KIVA were tremendous teams and came out, much like Academy, with firepower and kept balls in play,” Nicholson said. “The girls really just stepped it up. We kept ourselves in some rallies, limited mistakes and played good volleyball.”

TAV will try to extend their success at the USAV Nationals in Atlanta, Ga., next week and they’ll have the memory of Tuesday’s win to motivate them.

“We toughed it out through all of our aches and pains, and overall, I’m so proud of us,” Malery Wahlin said. “It was great, it was amazing. The best feeling of my life.”