U-15’s look sharp at tourney
The Front Range Volleyball Club Mountain Division U-15’s ran into a Texas tornado in their opening match at the beginning weekend recently of the Colorado Crossroads Junior National Qualifier. As a matter of fact they ran into Albuquerque, N.M., and Jacksonville, Fla, as well on the first day of the nation’s largest Junior Olympic national qualifying tournament. The young Edwards-based team started pool play by giving the talented Texas Elite 15-1 squad all it could handle before losing their first game of the tournament, 26-24.
However, that was all the Texas girl’ needed to wake them up as they captured the second game, and the match, 25-14. But, the FRVBC-Mountain Division 15’s didn’t let that get them down as they battled yet another strong, nationally ranked, Albuquerque Juniors team with the same intensity that they brought to the opening game against Texas. Although they lost to the New Mexico team 25-19, 16-25, 15-13, head coach Jolene Shepardson’s team realized that it could play with the best as the U-15’s reeled off six straight match wins starting with a stunning thriller against the JJVA-15N team from Florida 22-25, 25-13, 15-10 to finish their first day of competition with a 1-2 record.
Although they didn’t qualify for Division I play at the end of the first day’s competition, they proceeded to rip through the competition on Day 2, defeating teams from Florida, Highlands Ranch, and Colorado Springs to qualify for Flight 2 Championship competition on Day 3 of the grueling national qualifier. At the start of the next day’s competition, the Mountain Division girls picked up where they had left off at the end of Day 2 by defeating Flatirons 15’s of Boulder and the Mid-America Volleyball 15-3 team of Chicago before finally losing to the Rocky Elite 15-Black’s from Parker in the finals of the 15-Club Flight 2 Championship match 14-25, 25-14, 15-6. The exhausted Mountain Division 15’s finished the three-day tournament with a 6-3 match record.
Eagle County girls competing for the FRVBC-Mountain Division 15’s include Erin Barker, Hannah Ellison, Kelsey Foster, Sydney Miller, Kelsey Plath, Margaret Elaine Prewitt, and Whitney VanVoorst. Vail, Colorado