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Another AAU National tournament is off and running, and so am I. This year I'm having each team write a summary of their day. So here they are.
12-1: By Curt because the 12's had to get to bed: The 12-1's played at the Convention Center today. They started off by winning their first match of the day in two straight sets against a team from Puerto Rico. Their 2nd match of the day was also against a team from Puerto Rico and was the same club that had won the 12's last year. We lost the 2nd match in 3. They then played a crossover match against Pinnellas Heat from Florida, and won that in 2 straight sets.
After playing in the morning, they went back home and got ready for dinner with Curt. Curt took them out to dinner because they won the 12's cup & the Metro Area Championships and they had a good video. We went to Carrabbas Italian and they liked it. After dinner and some fun discussions at the table we went back to the house and Curt had his year end team meeting with them.
13-1: By OliviaWe started the volleyball portion of our Florida trip today by waking up at 5:30 am. Luckily, Crystal had us go to bed at 8:30, so we weren't THAT tired! Our first match of our three team pool was against Absolute 13 Black from California (25-12, 25-18). After defeating WI Juniors from Wisconsin, (25-20, 25-22) we played the 1st place team from another 3-team pool, Gainsville Juniors from Gainsville, FL. This is the team we beat in the championship of the NL Qualifier. Being short a player, because Karly sprained her ankle in the first game of our first match, and not really playing our best, we lost (20-25, 23-25).
During our downtime, we invited our parents to our house for dinner. We made them bring the food though :) The rest of our evening was spent in preperation for the next day. Although we went 2-1 today, we plan on dominating the next pool and making it to the gold!! :)
14-1: By ??? not yet submitted
14-2: By Willa Today the 14-2s woke up around 8:30. We had a breakfast of bacon, eggs, cereal, toast, and lemonade. This amazing breakfast was served to us by mama-c and k-dawg. After breakfast we went shopping. Two of the three gift shops we went to had sculptures surrounding the doorway. Most of the girls on the team got at least one souvenir at the gift shops. After the gift shops we came back to the house for a lunch consisting of past salad. This hearty meal made us play phenomenally and we won all three matches in two games each. After we played we voted on where we wanted to go next. We had the option of going shopping at down town Disney, or going back to the house and going swimming. We choose the latter and took underwater pictures while swimming in the pool at the house. We had tacos for dinner. Overall, today was an amazing day, and we all had lots of fun.
15 - 2: By Kelly Law: So for our first
game yesterday we played Club Legacy and won the game in 2. We played kind of
rusty and had some unforced errors. We weren't quite playing like a team yet,
but eventually we figured it out and began to play together better.
For our second game of the day we played Club South. We came out for the first game with tons of energy and finished the game quickly with few to none unforced errors. However, for the second game we played down and didnt have very much energy so the game dragged on and wasn't as clean as usual. We still won the game in 2 though!
For our third game of the day we payed The Edge and this was by far our best game of the day. We played the whole game with energy and only had a few moments where we weren't playing with energy and focus.
15 - Black: Audrey Erickson & Malissa LeClaire:
Today the first team we played was Green Bay Power, they won the first game
and we won the last two. It wasn't our best match. The second team we played
was Carolina Crush, we played better and won both games to 25. Our third game
we played even better, but still wasn't our best match losing the third game
14-16 against the tough Alamo team with a really good middle. We are still
going for the gold, and we are going to visualize success and tomorrow we will
be to our best capability!
15 - Red: By Brooke and Maddie Today was a great day for the 15-red team! We woke up this morning and decided to dye our hair! Some girls took a strip of their hair and dyed it blue or purple! However Brooke and I did purple! Then we all got our stuff on and headed to ESPN Wild World of Sports! We had a very successful day! We won all of our matches putting us in gold! We are ready to take it all and win the gold!
15 - White: By staff: We didn't play until afternoon shift so hung out at the house in the morning. Since we played at Josten's at the Wide World of Sports, we left a little early so we could take some pictures and take a quick,walking tour around the complex. We were ready and raring to go, but the a.m. Pools were running late so we started an hour late. Played pretty well over all and won our all our matches. Didn't get back to the house til almost 10, showered, ate a quick meal and off to bed.