Open Nationals Crown 11 Winners on Day 3

By Bill Kauffman (bill.kauffman@usav.org) | May 27, 2018, 9:08 p.m. (ET)

Rod Wilde helped Federal Resources win the Men's 60-and-Over Division at the USA Volleyball Open National Championships
Federal Resources' Rod Wilde sets Jerry Kukuruda during the Men's 60-and-Over Division championship match. Both Wilde and Kukuruda were named all-tournament as Federal Resources won the title.

DALLAS (May 27, 2018) – The 89th USA Volleyball Open National Championships contested 11 title matches Sunday at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas, along with two national Special Olympics divisions. The tournament runs through May 30 with 14 more titles to be determined in the second wave beginning on Monday.

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Men’s AA
Luau Chicago (Great Lakes) came from behind to defeat Team Youth (North Texas) 18-25, 25-21, 15-12 to win the Men’s AA Division title. Luau Chicago, 8-1 in the tournament, reached the championship match by sweeping A5 Southern Storm (Southern) 25-17, 25-18 in the quarterfinals and Thundercats (New England) 26-24, 25-17 in the semifinals. Team Youth, 7-2 overall, was ticketed to the finals after beating Mamajuana (Garden Empire) 25-20, 25-16 in the quarterfinals and VolleyDons (Hoosier) 25-18, 25-14 in the semifinals. Thundercats blanked VolleyDons 25-18, 25-23 to earn the bronze medal.

Luau Chicago's Mitch Wiskirchen was named the Men's AA Division most valuable player

Men’s A
Fathers & Sons (Southern California) pocketed the Men’s A Division championship after defeating Team Bear Claw (Iowa) 25-14, 27-25 in the title match. Fathers & Sons, which finished the tournament 8-2 after losing two of its first five matches, edged RVC Bamboo (Old Dominion 25-20, 26-24 in the semifinals after topping Bangarang (Badger) 25-19, 25-18 in the quarterfinals. Team Bear Claw, which was undefeated heading into the finals and finished 9-1, advanced to the championship match by sweeping Cavalier (Chesapeake) 25-22, 25-23 in the quarterfinals and ZO-U (Gateway) 25-23, 25-20 in the semifinals. ZO-U took home the bronze by defeating RVC Bamboo 25-23, 25-18 in the third-place match.

Men’s 40-and-Over
Beam Pineapple (Hoosier) had to put in some extra work, but came away with the Men’s 40-and-Over title by defeating Hustle & Flow 4.0 (Garden Empire) 25-21 in the Golden Set. Earlier Hustle & Flow 4.0 had defeated Beam Pineapple 25-23, 30-28 in the championship match to force the extra set. Beam Pineapple, which ended with an 8-1 record, defeated Hustle & Flow 4.0 25-18, 21-25, 15-10 in the quarterfinals and Summit 40s (Great Lakes) 25-20, 25-21 in the semifinals. Hustle & Flow 4.0 came back to defeat bronze medalist Summit 40s 25-23, 25-16 in the loser’s bracket finals.

Chris Gisslen of Beam Pineapple claimed Men's 40-and-Over Division most valuable player award.

Men’s 50-and-Over
Balboa Bay 50s (Southern California) rallied to defeat Blaine Labs (Heart of America) 22-25, 25-12, 15-9 in the Men’s 50-and-Over title match. Balboa Bay 50s, which finished 8-1 after losing its first match of the tournament, advanced to the title match by defeating Killer Tomatoes (Southern) 25-18, 25-21 in the quarterfinals and Blaine Labs 25-17, 20-25, 15-13 in the semifinals. Blaine Labs ended the tournament with a 7-3 record and all three losses at the hands of Balboa Bay 50s. Blaine Labs defeated bronze medalist Banespa Brazil 23-25, 28-26, 15-11 in the loser’s bracket finals to reach the finals.

Balboa Bay 50s' Leif Hanson was tabbed most valuable player of the Men's 50-and-Over Division.

Men’s 60-and-Over
Federal Resources (Heart of America) defeated Kings Mountain Fog 60 (Northern California) 25-20, 25-17 in the Men’s 60-and-Over title match. Federal Resources advanced to the championship match by defeating PA Spike Force 60 (Keystone) 25-27, 25-11, 15-8 in the quarterfinals and Kings Mountain Fog 60 in the semifinals. After losing in the semifinals, Kings Mountain Fog earned its spot in the finals by defeating bronze medalist Fog Canada 60s 22-25, 25-12, 15-9 in the loser’s bracket final.

Steve Sargis claimed most valuable player honors in the Men's 60-and-Over Division.

Men’s 70-and-Over
Quiksilver Legends 70 (Southern California) claimed the Men’s 70-and-Over title by defeating V&C/Brasil M70+ 25-21, 25-16 in the championship match. Quiksilver Legends 70, which went undefeated in eight matches and losing just one set along the way, defeated V&C/Brasil M70+ 25-20, 25-13 in the semifinals after taking down Fog 70s (Canada) 25-19, 25-9 in the quarterfinals. V&C/Brasil M70+ had its rematch with Quiksilver Legends 70 by topping bronze medalist Papakoa 70 (Great Lakes) 19-25, 25-22, 15-9 in the loser’s bracket final. V&C/Brasil M70+ ended the tournament with a 7-2 record and both losses to the eventual champions.

Paul Mitchell of Quiksilver Legends 70 was chosen most valuable player of the Men's 70-and-Over Division.

Men’s 76-and-Over
Outback Steakhouse 76 (Puget Sound) swept MAC Magic 76 (Chesapeake) 25-19, 25-20 to take the Men’s 76-and-Over title. Outback Steakhouse 76 ended the tournament with a 6-1 record, its only loss being to MAC MAGIC 76 in first round pool play action. Outback Steakhouse 76 downed Rustys 76 (Columbia) Empire 25-19, 25-14 in the quarterfinals and MAC MAGIC 76 25-15, 25-20 in the semifinals. MAC MAGIC 76 topped bronze medalist Rustys 76 25-17, 25-16 in the consolation finals.

Vahe Petrosian of Outback Steakhouse 76 was selected as the most valuable player of the Men's 76-and-Over Division.

Women’s AA
Grindmode (Lone Star) rallied to defeat Team Bison (North Country 16-25, 25-23, 15-9 to capture the Women’s AA Division title. Grindmode, which finished 8-1, reached the championship match by edging Oh Hey (Chesapeake) 25-17, 18-25, 15-9 in the quarterfinals and sweeping Blue Ballers (North Texas) 25-23, 27-25 in the semifinals. Team Bison advanced to the title match by defeating Thryv (North Texas) 25-15, 15-25, 15-8 in the quarterfinals and Toesies (Old Dominion) 25-17, 25-16 in the semifinals. Toesies, the only team to defeat Grindmode, came back to defeat Blue Ballers 25-13, 25-19 to win the bronze medal.

Allison Sawatzky earned the most valuable player in the Women's AA Division.

Women’s A
Shots (Southern California) earned the Women’s A Division title by sweeping SPANK (Badger) 26-24, 25-18 in the championship match. Both teams entered the match undefeated. Shots advanced to the title match by rallying past Cougar Crush (Heart of America) 21-25, 25-20, 15-11 in the semifinals after easing past The GALS (Southern) 25-19, 25-9 in the quarterfinals. Shots ended the tournament with an 10-0 record, losing only three sets along the way. SPANK, which finished 9-1 overall and its only two set losses to Shots in the final, earned its spot in the championship match by sweeping Betty Bomb Squad (Evergreen) 25-15, 25-15 in the quarterfinals and Team Bearclaw (Iowa) 29-31, 25-20, 15-9 in the semifinals. Team Bearclaw recovered to win the bronze medal with a 15-25, 25-21, 15-6 win over Cougar Crush.

Stacey Smith of Shots was named the Women's A Division most valuable player

Women’s 45-and-Over
San Diego Beaches (Southern California) defeated No Dinx 45+ (Moku O Keawe) 25-23 in a championship match golden set to claim the Women’s 45-and-Over title. San Diego Beaches entered the championship undefeated in six matches, including a 25-21, 25-18 victory over Fog Canada masters 45 (Canada) in the quarterfinals before defeating No Dinx 45+ 25-22, 24-26, 15-11 in the semifinals. However, No Dinx defeating How I Set Your Mother (Badger) 25-17, 25-15 in the loser’s bracket final to advance the title match. No Dinx 45+ gave San Diego Beaches its first loss of the tournament with a 25-16, 25-19 victory in the championship match, forcing the Golden Set.

Lisa Mealer-Burke of San Diego Beaches was award most valuable player of the Women's 45-and-Over Division.

Women’s 55-and-Over
Brasil Mix-55 captured the Women’s 55-and-Over Division title by edging Panama Jack San Diego 55 (Southern California) 25-18, 21-25, 15-8 in the title match. Brasil Mix 55, dropped just two sets in going 8-0 in the tournament, defeated ROOF Sportswear 55s (Southern California) 25-15, 25-13 in the quarterfinals and Fog Canada Masters 55s 25-9, 25-9 in the semifinals. Panama Jack San Diego 55 reached the finals by defeating ROOF Sportswear 55s 25-11, 25-20 and bronze medalist Fog Canada Masters 25-19, 27-25 in the loser’s bracket.

Eliana Catarina Freire earned most valuable player of the Women's 55-and-Over Division.

Special Olympics Red Bracket
Georgia Henry County Gladiators swept Chattanooga Chill 25-19, 25-16 in the Special Olympics Blue Bracket championship match. Wisconsin Bad Pack earned the bronze medal.

Special Olympics Blue Bracket
Georgia Kay Center Tigers won the Special Olympics Blue Bracket by defeating Texas Allen Spikers 25-14, 25-23 in the gold-medal match. Arizona Outlaws earned the bronze medal.

2018 USA Volleyball Open National Championships Podium Finishes

Men’s Divisions
Men’s Open: Finals May 29
Men’s AA: Gold – Luau Chicago (Great Lakes); Silver – Team Youth (North Texas); Bronze – Thundercats (New England)
Men’s A: Gold – Fathers & Sons (Southern California); Silver – Team Bear Claw (Iowa); Bronze – ZO-U (Gateway)
Men’s BB: Finals May 30
Men’s B: Finals May 30
Men’s 40-and-Over: Gold – Beam Pineapple (Hoosier); Silver – Hustle & Flow (Garden Empire); Summit 40s (Great Lakes)
Men’s 45-and-Over: Finals May 30
Men’s 50-and-Over: Gold – Balboa Bay 50s (Southern California); Silver – Blaine Labs (Heart of America); Bronze – Banespa Brazil 50 (Brazil)
Men’s 55-and-Over: Finals May 30
Men’s 60-and-Over: Gold – Federal Resources (Heart of America); Silver – Kings Mountain Fog 60 (Northern California); Bronze – Fog Canada 60s (Canada)
Men’s 65-and-Over: Finals May 30
Men’s 70-and-Over: Gold – Quiksilver Legends 70 (Southern California); Silver – V&C/Brasil M70+ (Brazil); Bronze – Papakoa 70 (Great Lakes)
Men’s 73-and-Over: Finals May 30
Men’s 76-and-Over: Gold – Outback Steakhouse 76 (Puget Sound); Silver – MAC MAGIC 76 (Chesapeake); Bronze – Rustys 76 (Columbia Empire)
Men’s 78-and-Over: Finals May 30

Women’s Divisions
Women’s Open: Finals May 29
Women’s AA: Gold – Grindmode (Lone Star); Silver – Team Bison (North Country); Bronze – Toesies (Old Dominion)
Women’s A: Gold – Shots (Southern California); Silver – SPANK (Badger); Bronze Team Bearclaw (Iowa)
Women’s BB: Finals May 30
Women’s B: Finals May 30
Women’s 40-and-Over: Finals May 30
Women’s 45-and-Over: Gold – San Diego Beaches (Southern California); Silver – No Dinx 45+ (Moku O Keawe); Bronze – How I Set Your Mother (Badger)
Women’s 50-and-Over: Finals May 30
Women’s 55-and-Over: Gold – Brasil Mix 55 (Brazil); Silver – Panama Jack San Diego (Southern California); Bronze – Fog Canada Masters 55s (Canada)
Women’s 60-and-Over: Finals May 30

Special Olympics Red: Gold – Georgia Henry County Gladiators; Silver – Chattanooga Chill; Bronze – Wisconsin Bad Pack
Special Olympics Blue: Gold – Georgia Kay Center Tigers; Silver – Texas Allen Spikers; Bronze – Arizona Outlaws

Sitting: Finals May 29