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Athena 15 Gold GJNC experience told by Emily Bunnell

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This previous season and year with Athena 15-Gold has been one to remember, not only because of  my amazing coaches and great teammates, but also because of our team’s opportunity to compete at the Girl’s Junior National Championship.  Having the experience of going to Nationals was humbling, exciting, and most importantly, super fun!  It was incredible being able to play against and watch the best teams in the nation.  There’s so much one can learn from others, and that’s something that was reinforced to me while in Minneapolis.  The first couple of games were tough and even a bit intimidating because we were exposed to such a new environment.  However, improvement was made because we overcame the mental obstacles that were keeping us from playing to our full potential.  Everyday my team worked hard to find ways to hone our skills to compete against opponents from more advanced levels.  On the court, there was a new and different energy that hadn’t emerged throughout much of the season. Everyone seemed to have a strong mindset and desire to give it our all. Being at the GJNC not only changed the way my team worked together, but it gave me a chance to challenge myself more and to continue to grow my passion for volleyball.

Emily Bunnell – Athena 15 Gold

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Chloe Brown tells her GJNC exprience with Athena 17 Gold

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As a team our goal this year was to make it to nationals! We worked so hard all season leading up to nationals because it was such a big deal for us! We rallied before nationals and talked about what it meant being there as a team; that talk really helped us get in the right head space! Once the tournament began we started off really well. We had some tough matches and we battled through them! Ultimately our saddest loss was to Long Beach due to it being such a close game. This is the third year in a row our team has lost to the team winning the whole tournament. But we all played so well and nationals was really a lot of fun! Coach Susan did an amazing job getting us ready for the great experience of nationals!!

Chloe Brown – Athena 17 Gold

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OJVA 16 Gold Season reflection from Kayla Robbins and Ruby Kayser

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Walking into the convention center in Minneapolis was an unreal experience for me. Although I had been to large tournaments like this before, none of them ever felt so meaningful. Playing on the court that first day made me hope that all the months of preparation were finally going to be seen, and sure enough they were. Not only did we prove ourselves on that first day, but throughout the whole tournament. We finished the tournament with a record of 8-2 and won the Bronze bracket! I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to go to this tournament and play for my coaches and my club. Nationals provided an opportunity for my team and I to play together as a unit, and finish our last tournament and season together successfully.

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Athena 16-1 GJNC experience by Lindsey Lambert

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The moment we had worked the entire season for was finally here. Earlier in the season in the qualifying tournament for nationals, we battled as hard as we could and luckily the game went our way. It's hard to think of a moment that was filled with more happiness and accomplishment. Now, it was finally time for us to show how far we had come over the last 7 months. On our first day playing, I think I can speak for everyone on my team when I say that our first set showed how nervous we were to be in such an intimidating tournament. Unfortunately the first day didn't go as well as we had hoped but tomorrow we were determined to come back and battle. Unfortunately the second day was much like the first. Many people were starting to get frustrated. Before we played on the third day we got together as a team and talked about how there's noting we could do to change the past, our focus needed to be on playing hard for the last two days of the tournament and our season. On the third day, we won and it was a burst of confidence which carried onto the last day where we finished first in our division. Even though the start of our last tournament of the year wasn't what we had hoped, we overcame a number of battles that made nationals one to remember.

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OJVA 14 Gold GJNC experience told by two players

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This was my first experience attending nationals. I am so thankful for the opportunity to travel to Minneapolis and face many competitive and deserving teams from across the country. Of our ten matches, there was one in particular I'd like to replay. But that's volleyball! Unfortunately we can't all play our best 100% of the time. It is the ability to turn a game around and make a positive change that distinguishes a good team from a great one. I am grateful, however, that we were able to finish out our season with a few strong wins. 7 and 3, in my opinion, is a good tournament  record, and I am proud of our team for how we performed. Every one of my teammates is a deserving volleyball player, and more importantly, they are all humble, kind individuals. I am thankful for the season we  spent together.  Jasmine Sells OJVA 14 Gold, Middle

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