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.