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Previewing and Predicting 18 Premier at AAUs

Which teams are the favorites? Which ones can surprise? We break down the 18 Premier division at AAUs.

Thayer Hall, shown last year at AAUs, and her Upward Stars teammates are once again among the favorites for the gold medal. Can the club defend its title from last year?’s famous year-end previews and predictions continue with the 18 Premier division at the AAU Junior National Championships in Orlando. Premier is for club teams that self-select at one tier below Open. First serve is June 23 with the championship match scheduled for June 26.

There are 55 teams entered in 18 Premier to play a tournament that will be conducted over four days. Pool play is the order of the first three days. The actual pools and format have not been released. But only fourth-place finishers don’t advance from the first day. Teams need to finish first or second to advance from pool play on Days 2 and 3. For those moving, they’ll play in a challenge bracket in order to qualify for the gold bracket on Day 4.

Based on the forms and emails we have received after multiple requests, we’ve been able to determine some favorites, some contenders and a dark horse.

A note before getting to it.

At No. 38 nationally, Upward Stars is the highest-ranked team in PVB’s Top 60 Rankings. No other team in the field appears in our National Rankings. However, members from OTVA 18 S Rox Red, ranked No. 44, have combined with girls from OTVA 18 T Red Rox. Together, they could be nationally-ranked good.

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