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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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OJVA 16 Gold at 2012 Nationals

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Oregon Juniors Volleyball Academy traveled to Ohio for the National Championships for the 16's National Division. After a great performance at Regionals, OJVA found themselves with an uphill battle at Nationals. Here's their story:

Placing second at Regionals with only seven healthy girls and earning a National bid was definitely a defining moment in our season! We were very excited to get to represent our club and our Region at Nationals in Columbus, Ohio.Out of 48 teams, we went into the tournament seeded 48th! I'm not sure why we were seeded so low, but we had nowhere to go but up. We played in a six team pool the first two days. We had the number one seed in the tournament in our pool, Woodlands Wave 16's. Also in our pool was 253 Elite 16's, which is a team from Washington that we played a number of times in the Platinum Division in Power League play this year. We only won one of our five matches those first two days, but all of them except for our match against the WAVE team were competitive, and we walked away feeling like they were winnable. We just did not play our best the first two days and had some ball handling issues. If you have never been to Junior Nationals, it can be a little overwhelming - with teams from all over the country, and college coaches every where you turn around. We did play well against a team from Hawaii, Mililani 16's, and got our first win of the tournament. That felt good and gave us the confidence that we needed going into day three.

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