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Ellison sisters make Junior Olympics volleyball teams

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Special to the DailyHannah, left, and Mackenzie Ellison both made the Junior Olympic volleyball in their age divisions. They will both play in Miami, Fla., at the end of June.
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It’s safe to say they know how to play volleyball in the Ellison family. Hannah made the 17UA Junior Olympic team. Little sister, Mackenzie, made the 12UA team. Both squads are considered the number one teams in their age division.

Colorado Performance had a total of 18 teams in their club ranging from 12 to 18-year-old athletes. Throughout most the season, they competed in the Rocky Mountain Region Volleyball Tournaments. They also attended some of the qualifier tournaments such as the Crossroads Volleyball Tournament in Denver, the Las Vegas Tournament, the Kansas City Tournament and the Northern Lites tournament in Minniapolis.

To qualify for the Junior Olympics, a team must must win first or second place in the tournaments or they must win first place in the Rocky Mountain Region. Hannah’s team won the gold medal in the Northern Lites Tournament against 66 other teams, which qualified them. Mackenzie’s team won first place in the Rocky Mountain Region.

Both teams will compete from June 27-July 2nd in Miami, Fla., in the Junior Olympics. Other girls from the Vail Valley that commute to Denver to play for Colorado Performance are Cara Murbach, Krista Norris, Sammy Militetch, Kelsey Plath and Anna Padget.

Mackenze is 11 and a 6th grader at Berry Creek Middle School. Hannah is 17 and a Junior at Battle Mountain High School. Both girls play competitively for their schools when not in their club volleyball season.