Monday, 27 May 2024

USAV Open Nationals Crowns 12 Winners in First Wave of Divisions

The USA Volleyball Open National Championships recently concluded with a thrilling display of talent and skill. Adult competitors from different age and skill levels gathered at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minnesota to showcase their abilities on the court. In this article, we will highlight the champions and their remarkable victories in the first wave of divisions.

Men’s AA Division: Legion Secures Gold

Legion, representing Southern California, emerged victorious in the Men’s AA Division finals. After a closely fought battle against the Southside Bangers from the Great Lakes region, Legion secured a thrilling 25-23, 23-25, 15-11 victory. With an impressive tournament record of 8-1, including three wins against the silver medalists, Legion claimed the gold. Joshua Tuaniga of Legion was named the Men’s AA most valuable player, showcasing his exceptional skills on the court.

Men’s A Division: Team CORE Takes the Title

Team CORE from the Badger region showcased their dominance in the Men’s A Division. In an intense and hard-fought final, Team CORE faced off against the silver medalists, Team Bear Claw from Iowa. After an exhilarating match that ended with a score of 29-31, 25-23, 15-10, Team CORE emerged triumphant, securing the gold. Kyle Buckley of Team CORE was recognized as the Men’s A Division most valuable player, highlighting his stellar performance throughout the tournament.

Men’s 45s Division: Balboa Bay 45 Remains Undefeated

Balboa Bay 45, representing Southern California, put on a spectacular display in the Men’s 45s Division. With a flawless performance, Balboa Bay 45 remained undefeated throughout the competition, not dropping a single set in nine matches. They sealed their victory with a convincing 25-17, 26-24 win over Fog Canada 45 Men in the gold-medal match. Lloy Ball, a renowned four-time Olympian and 2008 gold medalist with the U.S. Olympic Men’s Volleyball Team, was recognized as the Men’s 45 Division most valuable player for his exceptional contributions to the game.

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Men’s 55s Division: Kings Mountain Fog 55 Claims Gold

The Men’s 55s Division witnessed an intense clash between Kings Mountain Fog 55 from Northern California and Western States Laguna from Southern California. In a hard-fought match that thrilled the spectators, Kings Mountain Fog 55 emerged victorious with a score of 25-22, 23-25, 15-11, securing the gold medal. Kings Mountain Fog 55 displayed unbeatable form throughout the tournament, going undefeated in seven matches. Pat Ryan of Kings Mountain Fog 55 was rightfully named the Men’s 55 Division most valuable player for his outstanding contributions to the team’s success.

Men’s 65s Division: Sao Paulo Masters 65M Claims Gold

Sao Paulo Masters 65M from Brazil showcased their supremacy in the Men’s 65s Division. With an unbeaten record of 8-0, Sao Paulo Masters 65M emerged as the champions after a compelling performance. They defeated Kings Mountain Fog 65 from Northern California with a score of 25-14, 25-18 in the division finals. Quiksilver Legends 65 from Southern California secured the bronze medal. Gerson Oliveira of Sao Paulo Masters 65M received the well-deserved recognition as the Men’s 65 Division most valuable player.

Men’s 73s Division: Rustys 73 Claims Victory

Rustys 73 from the Columbia Empire region fought hard for their victory in the Men’s 73s Division. After a tough battle against Outback Steakhouse 73 from the Puget Sound region, Rustys 73 clinched the gold in an exciting fashion. The final match ended with a score of 23-25, 25-17, 15-11, leading to an additional set known as the golden set. In the deciding set, Rustys 73 made a remarkable comeback, winning 25-20 and securing the title. Gary Pfingsten of Rustys 73 received the accolade of Men’s 73 Division most valuable player for his outstanding contributions.

Men’s 78s Division: MAC Magic 78 Seals Victory

In the oldest age group of the tournament, MAC Magic 78 from the Chesapeake Region claimed the gold medal in the Men’s 78s Division. After a thrilling battle against Highlanders 79 from the Rocky Mountain region, MAC Magic 78 emerged victorious with a score of 25-18, 25-13. Rusty 78 from the Columbia Empire region secured the bronze medal. Mickey Maguire of MAC Magic 78 was recognized as the most valuable player of the Men’s 78 Division for his exceptional skills and contributions to the team’s success.

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Women’s AA Division: CU ‘Olden Bears Reign Supreme

In the Women’s AA Division, CU ‘Olden Bears from the North Country region put on an impressive display to secure the gold medal. With a flawless tournament record of 8-0, CU ‘Olden Bears demonstrated their prowess on the court. They triumphed over the silver medalists, Blue Ballers from North Texas, in a thrilling match that ended with a score of 24-26, 25-18, 15-8. Ellie Duffy of CU ‘Olden Bears deservedly earned the recognition as the Women’s AA most valuable player for her exceptional performance throughout the tournament.

Women’s A Division: Team Bison Claims Victory

Team Bison from the North Country region showcased their dominance in the Women’s A Division. With an unbeaten record of 10 tournament matches, Team Bison displayed exceptional teamwork and skill. In the finals, they swept Spank from the Badger region with a score of 25-21, 25-13 to claim the gold medal. Foxy Ladies from the Gateway region secured the bronze medal. Jennifer Lopez of Team Bison received the Women’s A most valuable player honor for her outstanding contributions to the team’s success.

Women’s 40s Division: Fog Canada Masters 40 Emerges Triumphant

The Women’s 40s Division witnessed an all-Canadian final, as Fog Canada Masters 40 faced off against Winnipeg Fog. In a closely contested match, Fog Canada Masters 40 emerged as the champions, securing the gold medal with a score of 25-21, 25-19. San Diego Beaches from Southern California earned the bronze medal. Patrice Arrington of Fog Canada Masters 40 was recognized as the most valuable player of the Women’s 40 Division for her remarkable contributions to the team’s success.

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Women’s 50s Division: Panama Jack San Diego Stages Comeback

Panama Jack San Diego from Southern California showcased their resilience in the Women’s 50s Division. After falling behind in the championship match against Fog Canada Masters 50, Panama Jack San Diego displayed exceptional determination and staged a remarkable comeback. They won the match with a score of 22-25, 25-16, 15-13, and went on to win the golden set 25-20, securing the gold medal. B.A.D. from Northern California secured the bronze medal. Cathy Noth of Panama Jack San Diego was named the Women’s 50 Division most valuable player for her exceptional performance.

Women’s 60s Division: Brasil Mix-60 Claims Victory

Brasil Mix-60 emerged victorious in the Women’s 60s Division after a thrilling battle against WWConnect-60 from the Rocky Mountain region. In a fiercely contested match that ended with a score of 16-25, 26-24, 15-13, Brasil Mix-60 ultimately emerged as the champions. Due to their position in the loser’s bracket, WWConnect-60 was unable to win the golden set, with Brasil Mix-60 securing a 25-8 victory. Juliane Sperandio of Brasil Mix-60 received the Women’s 60s Division most valuable player award for her exceptional contributions to the team’s success.

Special Olympics Division: Gladiators, Flyers ’17, and Ohio Superstars Triumph

The Special Olympics Division was divided into three brackets. GA Henry County Gladiators emerged as the champions of the Red Bracket, defeating Wisconsin Bad-Pack with a score of 26-24, 25-21 in the finals. Flyers ’17 claimed victory in the Blue Bracket, securing a 26-24, 25-20 win over Ohio Madison Tigers. The Ohio Superstars clinched the title in the White Pool with a flawless 2-0 record.

Conclusion

The first wave of divisions at the USA Volleyball Open National Championships showcased a remarkable display of talent and competition. Congratulations to all the champions who exhibited exceptional skills and perseverance throughout their matches. We eagerly anticipate the upcoming matches in the remaining divisions, building up to an unforgettable conclusion to this prestigious tournament. Stay tuned for more updates and results!