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DALLAS, TEXAS (July 3, 2008) – The 29th USA Junior Olympic Girls’ Volleyball Championships, hosted by USA Volleyball at the Dallas Convention Center, crowned Open, National and American Division winners for the 15-year-old brackets on Thursday as the 10-day event runs from June 26 to July 5.
Laguna Beach 15 Wizard (Laguna Nigel, Calif.) topped Wave 15Katie Spalding (Encinitas, Calif.) 25-20, 20-25, 15-11 to win the 15 Open Division title. Laguna Beach 15 Wizard defeated A5 Mizuno 151 Heidi 25-23, 25-16 in the quarterfinals and Santa Barbara 15-Elite (Santa Barbara, Calif.) 23-25, 25-20, 15-13 in the semifinals. Wave 15Katie Spalding topped City Beach 15 Black 25-20, 22-25, 15-13 in the quarterfinals and TAV 15 Asics (Fort Worth, Texas) 25-11, 25-23 in the semifinals. Mizuno Long Beach 15M (Redondo Beach, Calif.) defeated both 15 Open Division championship match teams, but lost in the quarterfinals to Santa Barbara 15-Elite.
The Iowa Rockets (Iowa City, Iowa) captured the 15 National Division title with a 24-26, 25-17, 15-11 victory over GI Power (Grand Island, Neb.) in the championship match. The Iowa Rockets, which rebounded from two opening pool play losses, reached the gold-medal match with a 25-15, 25-13 victory over Alamo 15 Kaepa (San Antonio, Texas) in the quarterfinals and a 25-20, 25-23 win over Niagara Frontier 15N (West Seneca, N.Y.) in the semifinals. GI Power, undefeated until the championship match, took a 25-17, 25-20 victory over Team Atlantis 15 Elite (Sidney, Ohio) in the semifinals and a 25-23, 25-23 win over Arizona Juniors 15-1 (Tempe, Ariz.) in the quarterfinals.
Champions 15U Elite (Orlando, Fla.) pocketed the gold medal with an undefeated record in the 15 American Division by claiming a 25-23, 25-14 victory over Laguna Beach 15 Daze (Laguna Nigel, Calif.) in the championship match. Champions 15U Elite reached the title match by sweeping SF Juniors 15 RoShamBo (San Francisco, Calif.) 26-14, 25-18 in the quarterfinals and edging TRV - 15 Elite (Houston, Texas) 24-26, 25-22, 15-9 in the semifinals. Laguna Beach 15 Daze defeated WVBA Mizuno 15 (Woodinville, Wash.) 19-25, 25-23, 16-14 in the quarterfinals and KC Extreme 15 Black (Lee’s Summit, Mo.) 18-25, 25-19, 15-9 in the semifinals.
The 16 Open, 16 National and 16 American will hold championship matches on Friday, July 4. The 14 Open, 14 National and 14 American championships conclude the tournament on Saturday, July 5.
This year’s USA Junior Olympic Girls’ Volleyball Championships includes 9,500 athletes from 788 teams. The tournament will crown 19 champions in age divisions ranging from 12-18. Open Division titles are disputed for the 14s, 15s, 16s, 17s and 18s, while National Division and Open Division contests championships for all seven age groups.
The USA Junior Olympic Girls’ Volleyball Championships is estimated to add $15.5 million to the Dallas economy. With an anticipated total attendance of 40,000 from participants, coaches and fans, the event has set record hotel bookings. The 10-day event will be at the Dallas Convention Center and the tournament will be played in the nation’s largest column-free exhibit hall. A total of 48 volleyball courts occupy one third of the Dallas Convention, the nation’s largest column-free exhibit hall.
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15 OPEN ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM
Name - Team
(MVP) Molly Yoder - Laguna Beach 15 Wizard
Shellsy Ashen - Laguna Beach 15 Wizard
Lauren Birks - Wave 15 Katie Spalding
Paige Craine - Santa Barbara 15 Elite
Mackenzie Gilbert - Wave 15 Katie Spalding
Claire Ham - Laguna Beach 15 Wizard
Luciana Hanley - Wave 15 Katie Spalding
Tyler Jackson - Mizuno Long Beach 15M
Bria Russ - Mizuno Long Beach 15M
Caylin Mahoney - TAV 15 Asics
Shelbey Manthorpe - Synergy 15-1 Orange
Sarah Morris - A5 Mizuno 15-1 Heidi
Michelle Neomayr - City Beach 15 Black
Katie O'Brien - TAV 15 Asics
Sam Wopat - Santa Barbara 15 Elite
15 NATIONAL ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM
Name - Team
(MVP) Allison Starr - Iowa Rockets 15R
Stephanie Brand - GI Power
Heather Feldman - Niagara Frontier 15
Brooke Fessler - Iowa Rockets 15R
Kayla Keller - Alamo 15 Kaepa
Emily Litwin - Niagara Frontier 15
Elizabeth McGowan - GI Power
Meashah Nicholson - Southwest Illinois 15-1
Alli O'Deen - Iowa Rockets 15R
Sarah Palmer - Asics Rainbows 15s Black
Chelsey Schofield - Arizona Juniors 15-1
Katarina Schultz - Arizona Juniors 15-1
Jessica Thobe - Team Atlantis 15 Elite
Alyssa Winner - Team Atlantis 15 Elite
Jessica Wojcik - GI Power
15 AMERICAN ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM
Name - Team
(MVP) Kristin Faust - Champions 15U Elite
Taylor Arizobal - Laguna Beach 15 Daze
Tara Brooks - Impact 15 Bryan
Alicia Dittrich - Texas Revolution 15 Elite
Jazmyne Dodd - WVBA Mizuno 15
Katie Douglas - KC Extreme 15 Black
Kristen Heidt - Ultimate VC G15 Gold
Victoria Hurtt - KC Extreme 15 Black
Christine Hwang - Laguna Beach 15 Daze
Brianna Knox - Laguna Beach 15 Daze
Madison Monserez - Champions 15U Elite
Siobhan O'Neill - Texas Revolution 15 Elite
Camille Silverman - WVBA Mizuno 15
Veronica Smart - SF Juniors 15 Roshambo
Taylor Sherwin - Champions 15U Elite
Gold Bracket Results for 2008 USA Junior Olympic Girls’ Volleyball Championships