We’re finalizing our coverage of the Triple Crown National Invitational Tournament (NIT) this week – there was a lot to process! Upon reflection, the 16 Elite division has proven to have a great amount of parity this season. After all was said and done in Kansas City over President’s Day Weekend, Club Ignit Select 16 Blue, a team ranked No. 16 in the preseason and began the NIT in Pool B, took home Gold after an incredible show in the 16 Elite final against No. 3 AZ Storm Elite 16 Thunder.
Ignit is operating under a new name this season with the same
goals. Formerly Central Iowa Select and the 2019 runner-up in the 15 Elite
division at the NIT, coach Tina Carter has taken this group of athletes under
her wing again this year and has added a pair of middles and a six-rotation OH.
One of the middles, freshman Jasmine Namminga, has never played in a convention
center-sized tournament and here she was, competing with and against many of
the best players a year her senior in Kansas City.
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