Triangle 18 Black had to win, and the Triangle Volleyball Club team did just that to secure the third and final junior nationals spot awarded at the April 1-3 Big South national qualifier tournament at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.
Triangle 18 Black, ranked 24th nationally, faced Atlanta's A5 Mizuno 18-1 Bob in the third-place match, winning 22-25, 25-16, 24-22 and gaining one of just three places awarded that weekend for the open division at USA Volleyball Girls Junior Nationals to be held in June in Atlanta, team representative Sherry Fadool said.
Triangle had gone 6-0 through two days of pool play, then in the three-team Gold pool defeated Front Range Volleyball Club of Englewood, Colo., 25-23, 25-16 and Columbus Volleyball Academy 18 Silver 23-25, 29-27, 11-15 to secure a spot in the Gold semifinal, where Triangle lost to ASICS Willowbrook of Houston, Texas, 23-25, 19-25 to fall into the third-place match.
Triangle 18 Black, with juniors and seniors from area high schools, is coached by Robin Bugg and Nicole O’Connell.
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NCVA 14 Crystal fares well: N.C. Volleyball Academy 14 Crystal, a first-year team in its first major out-of-state event, finished third out of the 24 teams in the 14U Club division of the seventh annual Monument City Classic tournament hosted Jan. 15-17 by the Richmond (Va.) Volleyball Club, team representative Lori Bidgood said.
Triangle Volleyball Club's Triangle 14 White took first place, and Chapel Hill Volleyball Club's CHAVC 14 Fusion was second.
Summer camps: The Triangle Volleyball Club will be offering summer camps for boys and girls in grades 2-12 and all levels at its Brier Creek-area gym. Multi-day camps and clinics will be available from June 3 through Aug. 28. For details, visit the website. Fees range from $25 to $425. Register online, or contact Jenna Hinton at 919-544-9400 or email@example.com.
Schall to join Triangle Volleyball Club: Mike Schall will join Triangle Volleyball Club as its new associate director in June, the nonprofit organization announced recently in a news release.
Schall, from Pennsylvania, is founder and director of Revolution Volleyball Club of Chambersburg, Pa. The 1993 Penn State graduate and former longtime assistant coach also serves as president of the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association.
A two-time co-captain of the Penn State men’s volleyball team, Schall helped the program win three Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association titles and make three national semifinals appearances.