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Welcome to the CEVA Volleyblog. The Region uses this space to post all the news, events, announcements and information you need for the CEVA season. We have help for parents, players, coaches, club directors and fans. Our Volleyblog is here to help you understand the Region and keep you informed about what's happening.

Riverview at 2012 Open Championships

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For the second year in a row, the Riverview Men's team represented CEVA at the USAV Open Nationals. After some disappointing matches, the team rallied to win the Silver Division. Team member Erik Jutila shares his team's story.

Last year in Dallas, Texas, we came into the tournament as the 28th seed out of 32 teams. Underrated and fired up, we lost only our first match in pool play and eventually advanced to the gold bracket and finished 9th. This year in Salt Lake City we were seeded 3rd out of 18 teams. Instead of being the underdog in pool play, we came in with targets on our backs, and we took everyone's best shot.On the first day of pool play, we came out strong, and won both matches we played- beating Chicago Coast 25-22, 25-15 and Big Dig (a Boston based team) 25-19, 25-18. While we had four of seven returning players from Dallas, we brought five new guys to Salt Lake City, in hopes of bolstering a sometimes anemic offense. In our first two matches our offense was clicking and we simply overpowered teams.

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Riverview at 2011 Open Championships

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The first week of June 2011, the Dallas Convention Center was filled with volleyball players of higher quality and quantity than you could probably find again in any other one place at any one time, until the USAV National Championships visit Salt Lake City, Utah next year. Teams of some of the finest volleyball players from all corners of the US (and some from other countries) converged in warm and muggy Dallas for the volleyball showdown of the year. And the action did not disappoint.

Our Columbia Empire Volleyball Association team,Riverview, played Men's A. Our relatively minor presence at previous National tournaments meant we had a low seed (28th out of 32), and set us up for battles against top seeded teams early in pool play. Our first match, on the first day was against "The Angry Dragons," the team responsible last year for sending CEVA's Downhill to the Silver Bracket (two of our players played with Downhill last season at Nationals), and eliminating a team from Seattle that included another of our players. At a tournament with teams we were mostly unfamiliar with, The Angry Dragons were the closest thing we had to a nemesis in the event- they were the top seed in our pool, and the third seed overall. In an early morning battle, in a new venue, with two guys new to the team, the adjustment period took a little too long, and we were off to a 0-1 start in Dallas.

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