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GJNC: The Wrap Up Edition

HJV rallies to gold in USA. Arizona Storm and Sting have different feelings about 18 Open bronzes. Plus, how one writer viewed the first-ever GJNC 18s event in Milwaukee.

Houston Jrs players celebrate after winning the 18 USA gold medal in Milwaukee.

Houston Jrs players celebrate after winning the 18 USA gold medal in Milwaukee.

The No. 2 overall seed was already in trouble.

The inconsistent play that plagued Houston Jrs 18 Elite earlier this season returned. If the group didn’t get it turned around quickly, the hopes of breaking pool and contending for a medal in 18 USA could be over in a matter of matches.

With only two of the six teams advancing from pool play, there was little margin for error after being upset by SA Lightning 181 Natl, 20-25, 25-17, 15-8, Friday morning. Another loss in the next four contests could knock HJV out of the top two.

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    Renee Graves

    May 6, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    Chris, Enjoyed your article and look forward to the next update. One thing to consider about the new timing is AP and IB testing; tests started Monday 5/2. A player on our team had to leave 5am Monday morning to get home in time for the afternoon test. The College Board posts test dates early – it would be helpful if GJNC took this into consideration – especially for the juniors that are playing.

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    May 7, 2016 at 8:46 am

    Chris, I loved the pool play format and how you had to do well in pool to have a shot. Far too often it feels like pool is just warm up and not all that important because you always have another pool to get things going in. The way this was run was pretty close to perfect as you had to continue to win to have a shot at a good result, no 4-4 teams in the top 5 this way. In addition, given the cost of hotels throughout the season, a 3 day tourney saves most families well over $100 dollars just for the room. Other costs like food are also cut down this way

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