Best of Performance Nike 18 Gold Challenge: Premier 15 Gold’s Performance
Sometimes in the sport of volleyball, it isn’t about just winning a tournament to prove that you are an elite level team. Premier 15 Gold is the perfect example of an elite level team. Premier 15 Gold has been playing…
Sometimes in the sport of volleyball, it isn’t about just winning a tournament to prove that you are an elite level team. Premier 15 Gold is the perfect example of an elite level team. Premier 15 Gold has been playing up in almost every tournament they’ve been in this year. They’ve been playing in 17s and 18s gold tournaments as a 15s team. Not only that, they’ve been able to hold their own and prove that they are one of the best 15s teams in the state and country. It’s no surprise that this 15 Gold team is ranked in the top 20 in the nation.
Yesterday Premier 15 Gold played in the Performance Nike Challenge 18 Gold division. Out of the 9 teams in the tournament, they were able to come out with a 2nd place finish after falling to Nebraska ONE 17 Titanium in the championship match. This 15 Gold squad didn’t make the win for Nebraska ONE 17 Titanium an easy win. They pushed Titanium to a decisive 3rd set and proved that they can hang right in there with older elite level teams as well. A 2nd place finish for 15 Gold is impressive considering they finished higher than the other 3 Premier teams in the tournament, all of which are 1-3 age divisions older than them. Out of the other 3 Premier teams there, 2 of them played in the Open division at nationals last year. This 15 Gold team also earned an Open bid to nationals last year, so this was one of the highest level local tournaments 15 Gold could’ve played in.
Premier 15 Gold’s performance yesterday showed that they’re going to be a hard team to stop when nationals comes around this summer. Their experience playing against older competition will definitely pay off for them when they get to national qualifiers and to nationals. Last year this 15 Gold squad earned an Open bid to nationals in Minneapolis and you can guarantee that they want to qualify for Open again in Detroit this summer.