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Twelve teams survived a grueling Day 2 in 15 Open at Crossroads to reach the four-team Gold pools and vie for one of three available Open bids.
But, despite fatigue coursing through the players and the added burden of the time change, there is more work to be done before the sun sets: all 12 teams must play Round 1 of their Gold pools NOW!
Only TAV and Northern Lights had an easy time of things today. National No. 1 AZ Storm dropped a set to Colorado Juniors before Amanda Koath served Storm to a 15-1 win in Game 3. Second-seeded Aspire went three twice, including outlasting Skyline Juniors to win Pool 2. Outsides Bria Samilton and Jahara Campbell paced Aspire all day.
Third-seeded OTVA battled from behind all day but went 3-0. Carter Mogridge and Jeila Fullerton continued to lead the way.
Rockwood Thunder, the last of today’s top seeds, needed to battle big time to stay alive, but did so, outscoring NORCO 7-1 to win a playoff in Pool 5 between 2-1 teams. RS Jordan Iliff was a beast for Rockwood, as was setter Addison Lyon, who scored the final playoff point. Rockwood finished pool play a mere 50 minutes before its schedule Gold match versus OTVA!
KC Power won Pool 5 but needed to sweep Rockwood Thunder in the last match else be eliminated. Power, which lost its first match of the season earlier in the day in heartbreaking fashion, played inspired ball behind outsides Kristen Birmingham and Brooke Stonestreet and middles Andi Kreiling and Sarah Bingham.
Others to advance include Premier Nebraska, which rode Lindsay Krause’s big arm late in a Game 3 clincher versus Dallas Summit; Nebraska Elite, which continued to get outstanding play not only from MB Rylee Gray but also from outside Shayla McCormick; ARVC, which is led by tiny but fearless setter Caitlin Robertson; Colorado Juniors, which got nice work from Kinley Gomez, Tatum Hardt and Brooklynn Gamble; and Skyline Juniors, led by the terrific duo of setter Averi Carlson and OH Ellie Jonke.
Well, they’ve already started at the convention center…better get to it!