Nebraska Teams Impressive in 17/18 Club Division Play
Molly Plahn (Millard North) of Nebraska Elite 161 Vici, hits around the block of Kennedy Hill (8) and Mallory Twit (21) of Johnston 17 National during play on Friday. (Photo by Berk Brown) OMAHA – While the teams in the…
Molly Plahn (Millard North) of Nebraska Elite 161 Vici, hits around the block of Kennedy Hill (8) and Mallory Twit (21) of Johnston 17 National during play on Friday. (Photo by Berk Brown)
OMAHA – While the teams in the 17/18 Club division of the January Thaw tournament might not be playing for a spot at the USAV GJNC, but the top teams sure played like there was a lot on the line Friday.
Top-seeded Northern Lights 172 absolutely demolished teams on its way to a 3-0 mark in pool play while not surrendering any more than 17 points in a set.
After that, several Nebraska teams put on a show while proving the championship trophy might not leave the state on Sunday.
Nebraska ONE 18 Makai – the #2 overall seed – went 3-0 – but was pushed to a third set by Club Legacy 16 ROX. Both teams advanced on in the championship round as Legacy went 2-1.
Nebraska ONE 171 Titanium took over the #3 overall seed in the tournament with an impressive 25-22, 25-18 sweep of Northern Lights 161.
Nebraska Elite 16 Vici held on to the #4 overall seed by sweeping both Northern Lights 17 Black and Johnston 17 National on Friday.
Nebraska Elite 172 Razee also went undefeated and held on to the #6 overall seed. Razee had to work overtime to be perfect on the day, beating Northern Lights 17 Red 25-20, 32-30 and CIA 17 Black 25-18, 16-25, 15-13.
Both Nebraska ONE 17 Chaos (0-2) and Performance 17 NIKE (0-3) failed to move on to the championship rounds and will play in the consolation portion of the tournament.
Saturday’s championship pools break down like this (the top two teams in each pool advance to Sunday’s championship bracket):
Pool 1: Northern Lights 172, Nebraska Elite 17 Razee, WVC 18 Wave, Club Legacy 16 ROX.
Pool 2: Nebraska ONE 18 Makai, CIS 16M, Northern Lights 17 Black, Northern Lights 161.
Pool 3: Nebraska ONE 17 Titanium, Nebraska Elite 161 Vici, CIA 17 Black, Indianola 18 Gold.