On June 19th - 22nd, more than 60 boys’ volleyball teams from around the nation, including several teams from Puerto Rico, flocked to Orlando, Florida for the 2014 AAU Boys’ Junior National Volleyball Championships! On June 22nd, the top boys’ teams battled against each other in some intense competition to try to claim the gold.
The 14U Championship Division started at eight in the morning with eight teams vying for the gold. Tampa Bay Volleyball Academy glided to a victory, 25-8 and 25-7 and Warriors Volleyball Club also put away their opponents easily, 25-10 and 25-7. Vaqueros and 352 Elite Boys 14 were more evenly matched but ended up moving on the semifinals. In the semifinal games, Tampa Bay Volleyball Academy once again defeated their opponents, Vaqueros, easily, 25-7 and 25-10. The Warriors, on the other hand, had a tight match, moving on to the Championship Game with a 25-23 and 25-19 victory. The Championship Game was won in only two sets, both of which were dominated by the Tampa Bay Volleyball Academy. Tampa Bay clinched their National Championship title with a 25-14 and 25-17 win. In the tournament, they only lost one match out of nine played, and had a 17-3 record in sets. Congratulations, Tampa Bay Volleyball Academy!
In the 16U Championship Division, the day kicked off with two games that each needed three sets to determine a winner! Ocean Bay 16 Quicksilver defeated Orlando Gold 16 Black (13-25, 28-26, 20-18) to move on to the semifinals against Team Island Volleyball, who had a bye. Avoli 16 Carlos defeated Vaqueros (23-25, 25-21, 15-11) to move on to the semifinals and face their fellow team Avoli 16 Eduardo. Ocean Bay 16 Quiksilver pulled off their second win of the day, defeating Team Island Volleyball (25-17, 25-22), who had only lost one match in the entire tournament before then. Avoli 16 Eduardo defeated their brother team, Avoli 16 Carlos (27-25,25-13), to move on to the Championship Game against Ocean Bay Quiksilver. It was a close match in the Championship Game between Ocean Bay 16 Quiksilver and Avoli 16 Eduardo, but Avoli managed to get the win in two sets, 25-22, 25-20. Avoli only lost one set in the whole tournament, winning all eight of their matches and going 16-1 in sets. Congratulations, Avoli 16 Eduardo!
Vaqueros, Top Select 17 Black and Playeros started the day in the 17U Championship Division with a victory and all moved on to the semifinals. Gigantes Carolina joined them in the semifinals after having earned a bye from pool play. In two close semifinal games, Gigantes Carolina and Top Select came out the winners after defeating their opponents 25-21, 25-20 and 25-19, 27-25, respectively. They faced each other in the Championship Game, where they went point for point nearly the entire match. Top Select came out on top in both sets, 27-25 and 27-25, and took home the hardware. Top Select went 7-2 in their matches for the duration of the tournament. Coincidentally, Top Select had faced Gigantes Carolina in their first match of the tournament and lost in two sets, 25-19 and 25-20, but they ended up winning their entire division by winning the games that counted. Congratulation, Top Select 17 Black!
Last but certainly not least, in the 18U Championship Division, it came down to four teams to start off Sunday’s championships action. 352 Elite 8 took their first game against Orlando Gold 18 Black, 25-21 and 25-15, to move on the semifinals against Ocean Bay 17 Quiksilver, who had a bye. Ocean Bay 17 Quiksilver shut down 352 Elite 8 in two sets in their semifinal game, 25-24 and 25-14, earning themselves a spot in the Championship Game. In their first game of the day, South Indy Club defeated Ocean Bay 18 Quiksilver in three close sets, 25-20,24-26, 21-19, to move on to the semifinals and face the Missouri Thunder 18 Green, who made their National Championship debut this year. Missouri Thunder dominated the semifinal game, winning both sets, 25-19 and 25-23, earning them the second spot in the Championship Game. The first set of the 18U Championship Game was a close one, with Ocean Bay scraping out the win 25-22. They turned their game around and dominated the Missouri Thunder in the second set, easing to a 25-10 victory to take home the gold medals and first place trophy. Ocean Bay 17 Quiksilver won all of their matches during the tournament and only had to play three sets in one game, making their sets record 16-1. Congratulations to Ocean Bay 17 Quiksilver!
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