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USAV: Previewing and Predicting 15 USA

Rebekah Ober (2) goes on the attack for Hou Skyline 15 Black, which figures to be in the mix among the top contenders in the 15 USA division.’s famous year-end previews and predictions continue with the 15 USA division at the USAV Junior National Championships in Detroit. First serve is June 26.

There are 36 teams entered in 15 USA to play a tournament that will be conducted over four days. Pool play is the order of the first three days, plus challenge rounds on Day 3. On Days 1 and 2, the goal is to eliminate teams finishing fourth or worse in pool play. Pool play continues on Day 3, with the first and second-place teams moving into challenge rounds. The field will cut to eight, or the gold bracket, for the start of Day 4.

The pools are NOT up, so we are NOT able to see which teams USAV considers the best in the field. Yet, there is only one team ranked in’s Top 60:

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  1. caromei

    June 22, 2018 at 7:59 am

    Comment, not criticism. It is interesting that JNQs wins do not seem to have much weight when USAV seeds. This basically reaffirms what many people believe (the JNQ system is broken and there is no room for 12 JNQs), USAV must also believe that too. For 15 USA there are 9 winners of USA division JNQs (3 winners are playing other divsions). The 9 1st place finishers of the JNQs are seeded by USAV as follows: 2, 5, 8, 10, 16, 17, 21, 29, 31. Does that not seem to indicate that USAV does not think the JNQs are really a good way to pick teams? I have only picked teams that won (1st Place) the JNQ but USA/Open is based on winning a bid. How can one of the 9 teams that won a JNQ be a 29 or 31 seed?

  2. Jen

    June 25, 2018 at 8:36 am

    Many of the best USA qualified teams played Open tournaments and tough schedules. And as such, took more losses than some teams that played easier schedules. And their rankings suffered for it…

  3. caromei

    July 3, 2018 at 6:56 am

    My point above stands. The pools were (by coincidence?) set up so that one region avoided 8 of the 9 Gold medalists from the JNQs. They also assured that 7 of the 9 gold medalists from JNQs would be forced to play each other in pool play (one with 3 and the other with 4 of them) and THEN have to play each other in the crossovers. The odds of this happening by random chance is basically zero. And since there was no correlation with AES rankings either, it was likely designed that way. The top three seeds finished 17, 19 and 25th. They were not, and should not have been seeded that way. Re-Read my first comment and think about it some more, there should be some kind of sanity check by USAV when (IF they still do) they farm out seeding divisions to regions.

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