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A Championship and Four Top-Five Finishes at Junior Nationals!

​The Rockwood Thunder Volleyball Club sent 11 teams to the Junior National Championship in Minneapolis last week and returned with outstanding results.

Team U16 Mizuno won the championship in the National division, finishing the tournament with an impressive match record of 10-1. “The tournament schedule was grueling, but the girls played with passion and focus throughout,” said team head coach and club director Gretchen Moser. ​“I’m so happy for the girls, as they worked hard all season and overcame injuries and other obstacles to achieve this tremendous accomplishment.”

“The first day of tryouts, I knew we were going to be good,” said Team U16 Mizuno player Taryn Griffey.  “We decided early on that we were going to win Nationals. It was our goal. The experience was absolutely incredible.”  

Teammate Kaitlyn Bright agrees. “Throughout the season we worked hard. We practiced a lot.” 

“There are always nerves, but I feel like once we hit the courts, we were focused,” she said. “When it hit game point, we ran to the middle together. We knew we had proven ourselves. We were  a team on the court, but we were a family off the court.” 

In addition to the U16 national championship, four other Rockwood Thunder teams finished in the top five in the nation in their division, giving Rockwood Thunder the best overall results of any club from the Gateway Region of USA Volleyball:

  • U12 Mizuno – 5th place – National Division
  • U13 Mizuno – 5th place – American Division
  • U15 Mizuno – 5th place – National Division
  • U18 Mizuno – 5th place – Open Division

Six Rockwood Thunder players were also recognized for their play and selected to the all-tournament teams in their respective age groups:

  • Lauren Reding – U15 Mizuno
  • Katelyn Bright – U16 Mizuno (also recognized as MVP of the U16 National division)
  • Haley McSparin – U16 Mizuno
  • Taryn Griffey – U16 Mizuno
  • Lily Johnson – U18 Mizuno
  • Maggie Scott – U18 Mizuno

​Congratulations to all!


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