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Going the Distance in 18 Open at AAUs

The 18 Open division started yesterday and, for many seniors, it was the beginning of the end of an era


Logan Eggleston and Alliance are looking good after Day 1 at AAU Nationals

For many athletes in 18 Open, Friday was the beginning of the end of an era. For some players, it’s the final competitive volleyball they will ever play. For others, it’s the last time they will play with the girls they grew up with, and do those crazy handshakes and cheers; the last time they will play for the coaches they have learned from since day one, and against the rival clubs they’ve always loved to hate.

Their parents will stop shuttling them to practice and setting up the camera to capture a day’s worth of memories. We’re entering the final days to wear that jersey, ribbon, and that team name. Take it in. Parents, your athlete wants to hear that you loved to watch her play. Win or lose. Even if she’s playing on TV every week in college, it will never be like this again.

It’s important to realize this, especially as the pressure builds for this week, what’s next, and thinking about the unknown. Enjoy it.

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