Volleyball Secures National Bid at 49th Annual AAU Tournament For the Second Year in a Row
After 13 matches of volleyball, the 14u girls end with a 11-2 record
DME Academy had the opportunity to show what they’re made of at the largest volleyball tournament in the world (according to the Guinness Book of World Records) at the convention center in Orlando, Florida last weekend at the AAU Nationals. This was the 49th year of the tournament and some of the top talent from all over the country was there putting in work on the courts. The Nationals tournament garners attention from some of the most prestigious colleges in the country, so it is essential every athlete is on their A game. Over 800 college coaches make an appearance at the tournament each year, making it one of the most recruited events year over year.
DME Academy girls 14-1’s AAU volleyball team had taken control of the courts all throughout the week and were heading into the weekend with a 9 win, 1 loss record. They maintained their Gold Bracket status all week long and had their eye on the 1st place trophy. DME was competing in the14u Aspire Division, which held 178 teams from all over the country. Over the course of the week, the girls competed head to toe in 13 matches consisting of 3 sets each, meaning the DME girls needed top level endurance to stay competitive in over 30 sets of volleyball. The sets are played until either team reaches 25 points.
The 14u team led by Coach Swayze held their own and ended the tournament with 11 won and 2 lost matches. They ended in 3rd place, besting 175 other teams. “I am so incredibly proud of Coach Swayze and her team. They were relentless and successfully grinded through a long, challenging tournament field to persevere! This was a great experience for the players and an amazing representation of DME Club volleyball on a National Level” says Laura Stegall, Athletic Director at DME Academy.
DME Academy’s programs are always growing, to get on the National court and to represent DME, learn more about our volleyball programs here!