WACO JUNIORS VOLLEYBALL
15's WIN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP!!!
Fastforward to 2:37 for highlights
Waco Juniors 15 and under volleyball team returned from USA National Championships in Minneapolis on Sunday June 29th adorned in gold. The team qualified to represent the Lone Star Region in May by finishing 3rd among the best teams in South Texas. Last year, the team earned the same privilege as 14’s, but returned with a bronze medal. The close finish last season drove the team to work harder and push themselves as players and a cohesive unit. The group of soon to be sophomores represented their schools of Midway, Lorena, Robinson, and Corsicana by going 10-1 over four days and racked up wins over national powerhouses from states such as Minnesota, California, Iowa, and Florida. The only blemish on a perfect tournament came from a day 2 loss to a team from outside San Francisco. The loss refocused the girls and they never looked back by not dropping another set in the next 7 matches.
The championship match did not disappoint the hundreds of spectators at the Minneapolis Convention Center’s main court. Waco jumped out to an early 1-0 set lead in the 25 point, best of 3 format. In game 2, the group fought hard, but watched a five point lead dwindle to 19-19 late in the game. Following a timeout, the team turned to Samantha Sanders to rack up two huge kills and Avery Rhodes got her 5th stuff block to regain the lead. The next point was called the best play of the tournament by the USA Volleyball staff that announced the match over live streaming and can still be found above Allye Beth Deaton laid out to make a one armed dig, chased down by Emma Hinojosa who launched her body into the stands to make a one hand save, before being launched over 50 feet backwards by Maddie Miller as she collided with the stage. Miller then sprinted back to the court in time to make another amazing dig to McKenna Walker who set Hinojosa outside for the kill and point. The team went on to finish it 25-19. In addition to winning the championship, Maddie Miller (Lorena) and Samantha Sanders (Midway) were named to the All-National Tournament team and Allye Beth Deaton (Midway) was named as the 15 and under National MVP.
The National Championship is the first ever for the Waco area and caps off an amazing season of hard work and dedication. We would like to thank the over 200 supporters of our program that made this trip and season possible.
We are so proud of our seniors and wish them them the best as they begin the next chapter in their lives and volleyball careers!
Waco Juniors Class of 2014 College Commitments
Qiana Canete - University of Texas at Arlington
Christy Carruth - Midwestern State University
Bryaunea Hall - University of Incarnate Word
Karli Rodriguez - Hesston College
Kailey Cavanaugh -East Texas Baptist University
Brieanna Brown - UT Tyler
Kathleen Janda - Johnson C. Smith N.C.
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Great Job at JVA!!!
12 Blue runner-up in 12s Bronze
13 Blue finishes 5th
18 Blue runner-up in 18s open Bronze
SEVEN Championships in this round of tournaments!!!
See the pictures below
12 Blue at Central Texas Draw - 1st
13 Blue at Early Bird- North Texas Invitational - 1st
14 Blue at Early Bird- North Texas Invitational - 1st
15 Blue at APV #3 - 1st
16 Blue at Central Texas Draw - 1st
17 Blue at Volleypallooza - 1st
18 Blue at ASC #3
2013-2014 Frosh 59: The Best Freshmen in America
On 2/11 the USA volleyball program released their list of the top freshman volleyball players in the country. This was a long process of nomination and evaluation by the best coaches in the country. I am very pleased to announce that two of our varsity players were given this prestigious designation. The following is taken from prepvolleyball:
Allye Beth Deaton, 6-0 OH, Midway (Waco, Texas) – Newcomer of the Year, Super Centex team and District 8-5A, Deaton was the one of three freshman starters for the young Panthers. A blue collar player, Deaton finished with 409 kills, 450 digs and 62 aces.
Samantha Sanders, 6-1 OH, Midway (Waco, Texas) – This First Team All-District attacker made an immediate impact for the Panthers, recording 255 kills, 53 blocks and 73 aces in 2013.We are so very proud of these young ladies