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OJVA 14 Gold GJNC experience told by two players



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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GJNC experience from Webfoot 15-1 player Natalie Schnoor


Webfoot 15-1 began this season with a goal to receive a bid for GJNC. Once our team was told
we got the opportunity to play volleyball at nationals nothing could bring down our excitement, for each of us were grinning ear to ear. We were heartbroken when we found that one of our outsides would not be able to make the tournament but excited to play with a new teammate.
After weeks of dedication and practice our setter sprained her ankle; which, put a dent in our
team's original plan, for we ran a 5-1 at the time. Our coach then created a new strategy to run a
6-2 with our secondary setter and middle [whom had wicked hands]. Our setter was thankfully
cleared to play a few days before our team left for Minneapolis.
Once everyone from our team arrived at "The Hilton" and got settled into our rooms, we walked
a couple blocks to the YMCA to have a final practice before nationals. We then ate take out from "Hell's Kitchen", which was delectable!
The following morning began the 15s division of GJNC. Girls junior national championship
showcases the best volleyball teams in America, and therefore it was an absolute honor to attend
the tournament. After the first day of nationals was completed, the team walked back to the hotel to clean up in order to go to The Mall of America.
The Mall of America is colossal! Who would have thought that a mall could fit a roller coaster
park inside it? After an hour inside the park we walked four floors up to eat dinner at Rainforest
The next evening Webfoot rode bicycles around Lake Harriet and sat on the dock, then we drove
to Red Wagon. Because our group was larger than a normal dining size we ordered 7 pizzas and boy were they delicious!
The third afternoon in Minneapolis was considered to be family time for the players. In the evening, the team met up at Panera Bread for dinner.
The final day of the 15s division at nationals unfortunately began with a loss for Webfoot.
Although we finished GJNC seeded 55/64 our team considers the experience nothing less than a triumph.

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Season story told by Webfoot 18 Gold Player