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USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships attracts 1,200 teams to Dallas; Texas Advantage wins title wins title
Approximately 1,200 teams are competing in the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships in Dallas this year — the biggest field in the event’s history.
Dallas is hosting the tournament for the first time since 2008.
“Because this event is so big, we can only really go to bigger cities, so a lot of cities are kind of out of the loop on that,” event director Kristy Cox said. “But Dallas has been a great host for us, because they handle an event this size.
“We’ve added a bunch of divisions, so it allowed a lot more players to get this experience.”
The hope is that the tournament will continue to get bigger.
“This was pretty considerable growth for a year, but we would like to hopefully eventually continue growth,” Cox said.
The event, which runs through Friday at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, is for players aged 11 through 18. Cox said it would draw about 50,000 people to the Dallas area, which benefits the city economically.
“It’s an eight-day event, so that’s eight days of straight revenue that the city is getting,” Cox said. “The restaurants are all full, the hotels are all full, so it’s great.”
This is the third time Dallas has hosted the girls junior nationals. Last year was the second time the boys junior nationals were held here.
“The [Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau] is great to work with,” Cox said. “We’re very comfortable and know that they’ll get us what we need. The Convention Center has been great, all the staff has been great, everybody’s been very responsive.”
Texas Advantage wins title: Texas Advantage Volleyball 18 Black won the gold bracket of the 18 Open division Monday. The North Texas-based club team beat Sunshine 18 Westside from Southern California, 25-20, 25-17, to win the title.
“We went 10-0, so we played really consistently all weekend,” coach John Sample said. “Everybody stepped up, they played like a team, they covered each other, they played together. Our motto has always been teamwork makes the dream work.”
TAV is headlined by Ebony Nwanebu from Class 4A state champion Lovejoy. The USC signee was SportsDay’s player of the year last season.
The TAV team included first-team all-area selections Chiaka Ogbogu and Erica Bohannon from 5A state champion Coppell and Jordan Anderson from Flower Mound. Ogbogu has signed with Texas, Bohannon with Tulsa and Anderson with West Virginia.
Another North Texas team, Skyline 18 RSB Royal, lost 26-24, 27-25 to NCVC Moxie 18-1 of Northern California in the silver bracket final in the 18 Open division.