U-17 spikers have a rough go at Division I
Vail, CO Colorado
The Front Range Volleyball Club-Mountain Division 17s found out that it’s another world up there with the big girls. And, a lot tougher to win.
Playing in the Rocky Mountain Region-USAV Power League No. 3 tourney last weekend at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, the 17-under team got a rude awakening as it ran into much more experienced players in the RMR-USAV 17-under Division I.
The day started by facing the eventual winner of the division, the Colorado Juniors VBC 17-1s,of Colorado Springs. Arguably, one of the best teams in the region, the Colorado Springs girls wasted no time in showing the Mountain Division 17-unders at what level they are expected to play, winning in two sets.
The 17-Crimson team battled gamely the rest of the day, but still lost itsnext two matches to drop them back into Division II play for the next Power League tourney.
After having won the Division II Championship three weeks ago, it was an eye-opening experience for the Edwards-based team.
Head coach Aaron Shepardson said that his kids “can play with most of the teams at the upper level. Good, intense practices should accomplish that.”
On another note, the FRVBC-Mountain Division 14-Ruby team had a good tournament as the squad finished third overall in its division, also in Colorado Springs.
The finish qualifies the 14s to move up to Division III play for the next Power League.
Both the FRVBC-Mountain Division 17s and 15s will travel to Omaha, Neb. this weekend to participate in the TVA President’s Day Tournament.
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.