Sunday, 14 Jul 2024

Boys Volleyball: Thriving in Texas

Boys Volleyball

Boys volleyball is making its mark in Texas, a state traditionally known for its love of football. This week, the USA Volleyball Boys Junior National Championships are taking place at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, showcasing the talent and potential of boys volleyball teams from all over Texas. With 30 teams competing, the event has attracted a significant amount of home-state support.

Among the participants is Nathan Lietzke, a setter for Austin Junior Volleyball (AJV) 18 Mizuno in the Open Division. Lietzke, who comes from a volleyball family, has been recognized as one of the top players in the country. He will be trying out for the U.S. Boys Youth National Team and has signed to play for Stanford in the fall. Reflecting on the support from his home state, Lietzke said, “It’s really special for all of us. I have some of my family here, and a bunch of the guys have their friends and family coming. Even some of the other Texas teams have been watching us. It’s been great.”

AJV 18s Head Coach John Corbelli is hopeful that the Championships being held in Dallas will encourage more boys to consider volleyball as a viable option. Corbelli recognizes that many talented boys in Texas are often discouraged by influencers who push them towards other sports. However, he believes that his team, consisting of a collection of exceptional athletes, exemplifies the opportunities available in volleyball. “All my guys are going to play college volleyball except one, who is going to Pepperdine to be a manager. They have gotten great experiences and great opportunities to go to school,” he said.

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The USA Volleyball Boys Junior National Championships features a staggered start and finish for divisions, with matches being played on 57 courts over the course of an eight-day tournament. Teams in the Open and USA Divisions must qualify through USA Volleyball bid tournaments or secure at-large selections based on their performance at bid tournaments.

Schedule for the 2019 USA Volleyball Boys Junior National Championships:

  • 18 Open, USA, and Club Divisions: June 30 – July 3
  • 17 Open, USA, and Club Divisions: July 4 – July 7
  • 16 Open, USA, and Club Divisions: July 2 – July 5
  • 15 Open and Club Divisions: July 3 – July 6
  • 14 Open and Club Divisions: July 1 – July 4
  • 13 Club Division: July 5 – July 7
  • 12 Club Division: June 30 – July 2

It’s important to note that Sport Court is the official athletic flooring for all USA Volleyball national championship events.

FAQs

Q: How many teams are competing in the USA Volleyball Boys Junior National Championships?
A: There are a total of 30 teams from Texas participating in the championships.

Q: Who is Nathan Lietzke and what are his achievements?
A: Nathan Lietzke is a setter for Austin Junior Volleyball (AJV) 18 Mizuno in the Open Division. He has been named one of the top players in the country and will be trying out for the U.S. Boys Youth National Team. He has also signed to play for Stanford in the fall.

Q: What is the schedule for the 2019 USA Volleyball Boys Junior National Championships?
A: The schedule varies depending on the division. Please refer to the provided schedule for specific dates.

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Conclusion

Boys volleyball is gaining momentum in Texas as the USA Volleyball Boys Junior National Championships showcase the talent and potential of teams from the Lone Star State. With the support of the local community and exceptional athletes like Nathan Lietzke, the opportunities for boys in volleyball are growing. The Championships provide a platform for talented players to shine and pursue their dreams of playing at the college level. It’s an exciting time for boys volleyball in Texas, and the future looks promising.