Competitive as the 16 USA division was at the USAV Junior National Championships, all of the quarterfinalists still in contention started the final day of play having already tasting defeat at some point previously.
In fact, eventual bronze medalists Livewire 16 Adidas and Shockwave 16 Scott showed up to the Top 8 having already lost three times apiece. It was an indictment of just how narrow the line was between victory and defeat for many in the field.
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