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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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UVA at 2013 Junior Girls Nationals

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Umpqua Volleyball Academy wraps up a great season at the Junior Girls National Championships in Dallas, Texas.  The team submitted their story... 

Back Row (L-R): Head Coach Roger Cash, Kourtney Lomica, Emma Bannister, Karsyn Ramsey, Jessica Simonis, Sierra Mauro, Avry Hansen and Asst. Coach Darin Lomica. Front Row: Riley Heath, Karey Lomica, Samantha Nash, Mackenzie Short and Samantha Sjogren.

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Excel NW 14s Rox at 2012 Nationals

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Club Excel NW 14's ROX Team was the first 14s team to compete at Junior Nationals for the Excel Club. The inexperienced squad had a great time and played well. Here is the recap from the Club:

The Excel NW 14's team placed 5th in CEVA Regionals, and by default of 2 higher ranked teams received and accepted the American bid. One of our starting setters was unable to attend the tournament with the team, so we quickly had to alter our line-up significantly. We brought up a Libero from our Excel 14's Silver team to help balance the roster and had to integrate an existing player into the setting role.Because of the inexperience of the tam, the thrill to be at the tournament was overwhelming for all. The team achieved their first win the very first game of the tournament! We finished 4th of 6 in opening pool play, with a heartbreaking loss of 14-16 in the third game which would have put us 2nd and top half of the American Division. The team went on to win a match all 4 days of the tournament, which resulted in our 38th of 48 place finish. This is a tremendous accomplishment for a relatively inexperienced (and recognized) team!

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