18 Open and Club Champs Decided at BJNC

By Darci Miller | June 30, 2013, 1:47 a.m. (ET)
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RENO, Nev. (June 30, 2013) – The 2013 USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championships saw the gold medals in the 18s divisions decided with 949 18 Black (Southern California) winning the championship in the Open division and Guaynabo City Mets 18U (Puerto Rico) taking the top spot in Club.

The 18 Open Division title match pitted 949 18 Black (San Clemente, Calif.) against Balboa Bay 18 Hurley (Costa Mesa, Calif.).

 949 18 Black takes on Balboa Bay 18 Hurley.

949 18 Black jumped out to a fast start in the first set, scoring the first two points. However, Balboa Bay was able to stifle that momentum, knotting the score at two and taking a 5-3 lead. Neither team was able to lead by more than two points until 949 surged ahead and took a 16-10 lead. From that point forward, the set belonged to 949, as it led by as many as eight points. Despite Balboa Bay’s late efforts, 949 took the set 25-18.

The second set began with 949 continuing its momentum, taking an 8-3 lead. Balboa Bay fought back to within one as the score reached 12-11, but 949 was able to pull ahead and could not be caught. 949 took the final set 25-16, winning the match 2-0.

“We were clicking on everything,” 949 18 Black Head Coach Robert Yoder said. “It feels great. There are probably nine or 10 teams that could’ve won, so we’re really happy to have won.”

949 18 Black went 11-0 in the tournament, dropping just four sets along the way. Balboa Bay 18Hurley recovered from two earlier losses in the tournament to reach the championship match.

The teams of Coast 18 Quiksilver (Redondo Beach, Calif., Southern California) and Manhattan Beach Surf Nike 18s (El Segundo, Calif., Southern California) won bronze.

In the 18 Club Division, Guaynabo City Mets 18U (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) took on Trujillo Volleyball Academy 18U (Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico) for the championship.

The teams remained even early in the first set until Guaynabo City Mets 18U was able to jump out to a 14-8 lead. Though TVA 18U fought to close the gap late in the set, it would be unable to climb out of the hole and fell 25-20.

The second set opened with TVA 18U taking the lead. TVA 18U led for the majority of the set, but Guaynabo City Mets was able to fight back and knot the score at 19 apiece, then take a 21-20 lead. Guaynabo City Mets used a late rally to win the set 25-20, earning the gold medal with a 2-0 win.

Guaynabo City Mets were 11-1 during the tournament with its only loss to Ocean Bay 18 Quik (Florida Region) in the third round. TVA 18U was undefeated in 11 matches heading into the title contest.

Winning bronze were the teams of Arizona Fear 18 White (Phoenix, Ariz., Arizona) and Arizona Premier Volleyball 18 Black (Tucson, Ariz., Arizona) in an all-Arizona Region battle.

For match schedules and results, visit https://advancedeventsystems.com/EventResults/CourtSchedule.aspx?e=PTAwMDAwMDM1ODg90

2013 USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championships
12 Club: Gold – Warriors VC 12 (Puerto Rico); Silver – Vaqueros 12-1 (Puerto Rico); Bronze – Bayou Boys 12 U (Bayou), HVA 121 Young Guns (Lone Star)
13 Club: July 2-4
14 Open: June 28-July 1
14 Club: June 28-July 1
15 Open: June 29-July 2
15 Club: June 29-July 2
16 Open: June 30-July 3
16 Club: June 30-July 3
17 Open: July 1-July 4
17 Club: July 1-4
18 Open: Gold – 949 18 Black (Southern California); Silver – Balboa Bay 18 Hurley (Southern California); Bronze – Coast 18 Quiksilver (Southern California), MB Surf Nike 18s (Southern California)
18 Club: Gold – Guaynabo City Mets 18U (Puerto Rico); Silver – TVA 18U (Puerto Rico); Bronze – AZ Fear 18 White (Arizona), APV 18 Black (Arizona)