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A Fond Farewell

Dear CEVA Friends, Family and all those I've had the pleasure of meeting in the Region,

I am sorry to announce that I will be leaving CEVA at the end of August. My fiancé has an amazing opportunity and we, along with our new baby boy, will be moving to Southern California.

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Excel NW 16 Rox at 2013 Junior Nationals

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After a very successful season Excel NW 16 Rox finished number one in the Northwest. After winning CEVA Regionals, Excel earned a bid to participate in the National Division at the 2013 Junior Nationals in Dallas Texas. The team sent in their season recap...

Excel NW 16 Rox had a rough first day of tournament play. By the time Excel started to play their game, it was an opportunity missed. When participating in the higher levels at a Junior National tournament the first day sets the tone for the rest of the tournament. It determines whether you end up in the top tier or the bottom tier of your division. Excel had moments of greatness and when playing their game, they shined at a national level. Earlier in the season Excel NW 16 Rox attended the Reno National Qualifier. While in Reno they proved they could compete at a national level, beating nationally ranked power house's Vision and Club West.

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OJVA 18 Gold at 2013 Nationals

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OJVA 18 Gold played in the National Division at GJNC in Dallas, TX this June. They finished 13th overall, and had some fantastic competitive matches throughout the tournament. Even the matches they lost, the team felt like they were fighting in each set. The level of play is bigger and quicker and our team rose to the occasion each day.

Junior Setter Bathany Kosmowski reflects on the tournament..."Nationals this year at Dallas was a great experience. It was my first time competing in a national tournament and it was mind blowing to see the best of the best compete. Seeing these teams play just goes to show that this game just gets quicker. Being with my team and playing in that environment really brought us together. We had many close games, but we pushed through as a team. We bonded through this experience and saw that we will only get better wherever our volleyball careers take us. I am very thankful that I got to go to nationals this year."

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OJVA 16 Gold at 2013 Nationals

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OJVA 16 Gold played in the American Division at GJNC in Dallas, TX in July. The team really got better as the tournament progressed and ended up winning out on the last day, to win the Bronze division and finish 17th overall.

Perspective from two team members, Sophomores Amanda Ganete (libero) and Heather Pippus (outside hitter):

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OJVA 14 Gold at 2013 Nationals

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OJVA 14 Gold played in the American Division at GJNC in Dallas, TX in June and July. Overall, the team improved tremendously as the tournament went on, and ended up playing a lot of very tough competition, with no opponent eventually finishing lower than 30th overall. The 14's finished 21st after winning out on the last day, and wining the Flight 1 division fairly easily.

A comment from 8th grader OH/MH Brooklyn Bevens:"Its seems my whole life has revolved around volleyball. Whether it was my sisters, cousins or even myself playing, I never missed a game. I recently got to play in the Girls Junior National Championship in Dallas Texas. That was the greatest tournament I have ever been to! It was incredible to see all the talent from different states. It was mind blowing to be there with the top most teams in the nation! There were so many courts with so many good games going on, it was hard to not stop and watch. It was a good learning experience not only for me, but for my whole team. We learned to play in the moment, have fun and play our hardest. Even if we ended up losing a game or a match, we knew we put it all out there and tried our hardest. The talent and the skill level was so different from what we had seen before it took us a while to adjust. The atmosphere was also entirely different too, because we were in Dallas Texas! We weren't in Oregon anymore so it was either go big or go home. Being in Dallas for the GJNC was definitely something I want to do again, I hope to get the opportunity next year."

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