Dallas Set for USA Volleyball Girls 18s Junior Nationals
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 24, 2019) – The USA Volleyball Girls 18s Junior National Championships (GJNC18) will bring 280 teams and approximately 3,000 athletes vying for a chance to win one of five titles April 26-28 in Dallas.
The 18-and-under age group event is in its fourth year as a standalone championship outside of the USA Volleyball Girls Junior National Championships, which will be held later this summer in Indianapolis for age groups from 11-and-under to 17-and-under. The GJNC18 will be played on 40 courts inside the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas with first serve taking place at 8 a.m. PT on April 26.
The premier 18 Open Division will have a 48-team field. Each 18 Open club earned their spot at nationals through one of 16 national qualifiers held across the country since early January. The 18 USA and 18 American Divisions also placed 48 and 64 teams into the GJNC18s, respectively, through the national qualifier tournaments.
The 18 National Division has a 48-team field based on results from USA Volleyball's Regional Volleyball Association championship events, at-large bids and re-allocation spots. The 18 Patriot Division has a 72-team field for clubs who elected to have a season-ending tournament but without having to qualify for the event.
USA Volleyball will be live streaming four courts (1, 2, 7 and 8), including both championship courts, from the first serve on April 26 to the final serve on April 28. Once the tournament begins, the streams can be accessed by clicking here. Fans can follow the tournament results by clicking here.
The 18 Open Division had 13 different winners at the 16 national qualifying events with two teams winning two or more tournaments. Legacy 18-Elite (Lakeshore), the top seed in the 48-team Open Division, won three of the 16 qualifiers, while second-seeded TIV 18 Asics Black (North Texas) won two tournaments.
The North Texas Region, which includes the Dallas-Fort Worth area, has 16 teams competing in the championships, including five teams in the Open Division. Only the Southern California Region has more teams competing in the Open Division with seven entries and Arizona Region also has five entries.
PSVBA 18-1 (Puget Sound) won the Southern California and Pacific Northwest qualifier titles in the USA Division, the only club to win multiple qualifier titles in the division. They are seeded second in the National Division behind top-seeded Rancho Valley 18 Premier (Southern California).
The USA Division's top seed is DIG THIS VBC-18 National (Southern California), followed by 1st Alliance 18 Silver (Great Lakes) as the second seed in division.
Texas Tornados 18 Mizuno (Lone Star) heads the American Division seeding, followed by TAV Houston 18 Black (Lone Star). Southwest 18N TR Harker (Ohio Valley) won the Ohio Valley and Beast of the Southeast championships in the American Division - the only club to win two titles in the American Division qualifiers. They are seeded ninth in the American Division.
Players and families are encouraged to follow and engage in social media detailing their tournament experience by using the hashtag #GJNC18. USA Volleyball will be posting social media content to its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram platforms under the handle @USAVolleyball.
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