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USAV 17 USA: TAV More Than Meets The Challenge

Shea Slusser (10) controls the ball for TAV 17 Blue, which didn’t get beat on its quest for gold.

As for a safe pick, TAV 17 Blue was as good as they came by in 17 USA at the USAV Junior National Championships. In two USA division triumphs at MEQ and Lone Star, TAV went 20-0 overall and 40-1 in sets. Additionally, TAV came in 11th in 17 Open at Show Me, where the only non-Open qualifier to finish higher was IL HPSTL 17 Royal. In Kansas City, TAV placed above Rockwood Thunder 17 Mizuno and Premier Nebraska 17 Gold, two teams which competed in Open in Detroit.

No wonder TAV coach Whitney Sample was liking her team’s odds, as the group opened as the No. 2 overall seed in the Motor City and among the real contenders to go all the way. Therefore, seeing TAV standing on top of the podium when all was said and done was far from being the most unimaginable story out there. But what it lacked in unexpectedness it more than made up for in impressiveness.

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