Members of the Southwest Juniors 14U Asics volleyball team, comprised of girls from Katy, Richmond, Rosenberg and Sugar Land, will be heading to Atlanta, Ga. to compete in the USA Volleyball Junior National Championships June 25-28. They are the only team from the Houston area who qualified to play in the 14U Open Division. The girls will stack up against the best 31 other teams from across our country.
The season began with a bang when the Southwest Juniors 14U Asics, coached by Priscilla Sandoval, won the first official tournament of the year, The Texas Region Warm-Up Tournament, held at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Mid-season the team was reaping rewards as they won third in the Tour of Texas Championship.
When it counted the most, the Southwest Juniors 14U club headed to the Big South National Qualifier to earn a bid to the USA National Championships. There were 72 teams in their division. The girls won it all, coming in first place. Only 32 teams earned the honor of playing for the USA Juniors National Championship.
“We’re all really good in our specific positions, so playing with everyone together just makes us all better,” says team member Ciara Appelbaum. “We’re so excited to have qualified for Junior Nationals. It’s going to be a lot of fun. It’s an honor to be able to go and play against the best teams in the country. Whether we win or lose, we are the national champions in my eyes. ”
Southwest Juniors 14U Asics will play three matches each day during two days of pool play. Final rounds will take place on days three and four.
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