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Bluegrass: 17 Open Trophy Staying Put

KiVA 17s' Katharine Roszman (4) looks to get one past the block of Illini Elite.

KiVA 17s' Katharine Roszman (4) looks to get one past the block of Illini Elite.

There was no doubt national No. 1 OTVA 15 S Red Rox was the team to beat in 15 Open at Bluegrass.

Before losing setter Alexa Fortin to a sprained ankle, the same could be said of national No. 1 A5 Mizuno 16 Gabe in 16 Open.

And considering Munciana 18 Samurai claimed the Triple Crown Sports Pre-Season NIT crown, the Indiana club was favored in 18 Open.

But when it came to 17 Open, no one stood out as the one to top in Louisville. That made the chase for first place a free-for-all.

The way it all played out, you can make the argument the best four teams remained standing with the semifinal contests waiting. The better of the two figured to be Asics KiVA 17 Red squaring off with OTVA 17 S Rox Red.

That’s because no matter which side won it would be favored over the winner of the other semifinal, which featured Illini Elite 17 Cardinal taking on A5 Mizuno 17 Jing.

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