Four Winners Crowned at 2008 USA Volleyball High Performance Championships

July 27, 2008, 12:02 a.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 26, 2008) – The USA Volleyball High Performance Volleyball Championships crowned four winners Saturday at the Tucson Convention Center in Tucson, Ariz.

The USA Volleyball High Performance Championships event, which started July 23 and runs through July 27, has 83 teams playing in six brackets on 15 courts at the Tucson Convention Center.

The USA Junior White team defeated USA Youth Red 25-23, 25-20, 21-25, 25-20 in the Women’s International Division title match for the gold medal. USA Junior White won its semifinal match against USA Junior Red 30-28, 23-25, 25-23, 16-25, 26-24 in a marathon contest. USA Junior Red came back to win the bronze medal by defeating Iowa Region High Performance 25-16, 25-15, 25-14.

Torri Campbell of the USA Junior White Team was selected as the Women’s International Division Most Valuable Player. Other awards went to Jordan Meredith (USA Junior Red) for Best Passer, Katelyn Buyert (Iowa Region) for Best Blocker, Bojana Todorovic (USA Junior White) as Best Server, Sarah Palmer (USA Youth Red) as Best Digger, Jane Croson (USA Youth Red) for Best Attacker and Cheyanne Keanini (USA Junior White) as Best Setter.

For complete coverage of the Women’s Junior International Division, visit">click here.

Arizona Region High Performance, playing in front of a home crowd, captured the Girls’ International Youth Division by defeating USA Select Red 25-22, 25-18, 25-14 in the gold-medal match. Arizona Region advanced to the title match with a 25-20, 25-21, 25-23 victory over USA Select White in the semifinals. Florida Region High Performance won the bronze medal with a 25-17, 25-18, 20-25, 25-22 victory over USA Select White in the third-place match.

Betsi Metter of the Arizona Region was tabbed as the Most Valuable Player in the Girls’ International Youth Division. Other all-tournament awards went to Michaela Christiansen (Arizona Region) as Best Passer, Alyssa Mason (USA Select White) as Best Blocker, Jordan Burgess (USA Select Red) as Best Server, Katie Mosher (Florida Region) as Best Digger, Mylan Eugene (USA Select Red) as Best Attacker and Haley Lowrance (Arizona Region) as Best Setter.

For complete coverage of the Girls’ International Youth Division, visit click here.

The USA Youth White team swept Aloha Region A 25-16, 25-12, 25-21 in the Boys’ International Youth Division championship match to claim the gold medal. USA Youth White topped Puerto Rico 25-18, 25-17, 25-15 earlier in the day during the semifinal round. USA Youth Gold, which lost to Aloha Region A in the semifinals, came back to win the bronze medal match with a 25-16, 20-25, 25-15, 25-18 victory over Puerto Rico.

Taylor Crabb (USA Youth White) was awarded the Boys' International Youth Most Valuable Player Award. Others on the all-tournament list were Anthony Robinson (Aloha Region) as Best Passer, Robert Feathers (USA Youth White) as Best Blocker, Chase Suzumoto (Aloha Region) as Best Server, Matthew Cheape (Aloha Region) as Best Digger, Paul Goodman (USA Youth Gold) as Best Attacker and Chris Trafzger (USA Youth White) as Best Setter.

For complete coverage of the Boys’ International Youth Division, visit click here.

Aloha Region B captured the Boys’ National Youth/Select championship, but needed to step through two USA Volleyball High Performance teams in the gold bracket. Aloha Region B defeated USA Select Blue 25-20, 25-14, 28-26 in the semifinals, followed by a 12-25, 26-24, 25-21, 21-25, 18-16 victory over USA Youth Silver in the gold-medal match. USA Select Gold finished with the bronze by defeating USA Select Blue 25-15, 25-20-25-17.

For complete coverage of the Boys’ National Youth/Select Division, click here.

The USA Volleyball High Performance Championships conclude on July 27 with the Girls’ National Youth and Girls’ National Select brackets crowning champions.

USA Volleyball fielded 21 teams from its High Performance pipeline, including six in the Women’s International Junior Division, six in the Girls’ International Division, five in the Boys’ International Youth Division and four in the Boys’ National Youth/Select Division.

Out of the 40 USA Volleyball Regions, 19 regions will be represented at the 2008 USA Volleyball High Performance Championships. The Aloha Region and Northern California Region have placed five teams in the event, while Carolina Region, Florida Region and Southern California Region all have four teams competing. Host Arizona Region has three teams among the field, as does Gulf Coast Region, Iowa Region and Ohio Valley Region. Other regions competing in the event are Badger Region, Chesapeake Region, Delta Region, Garden Empire Region, Intermountain Region, Iroquois Empire Region, Lakeshore Region, Oklahoma Region, Puget Sound Region and Sun Country Region.

In addition, Chile, Canada, Peru and Puerto Rico have sent a total of 12 teams to compete in the USA High Performance Championships. Puerto Rico has a total of six teams entered.

The USA High Performance Volleyball Championships are being hosted locally by Metropolitan Tucson Convention and Visitors Bureau, Joseph Volleyball Camps, Inc., and the Arizona Region.