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AAU: SPVB 18 Elite Second in Quest for World Title; plus lots more

SPVB 18 Elite captured the national championship in 18 Open at AAU, where it also finished second in the International Division.

SPVB 18 Elite captured the national championship in 18 Open at AAU, where it also finished second in the International Division.

- By Alicia Delgallo -

Of all the teams that could have played for a World title, the two that knew each other best ended up adversaries.

International champion China Shandong defeated 18 Open national champion Mizuno Sports Performance 18 Elite 25-17, 25-20 in the AAU Girls Junior Nationals World Championship match Friday at ESPN Wide World of Sports, after training with the Illinois-based club for the past month.

“They played at our club and stayed in a house nearby,” said Sports Performance’s Molly Haggerty, who was named MVP of the 18 Open Division. “There was a translator so we could speak with them a little bit, and we had a team dinner. It was fun.

“Our goal was to be in the international match no matter who we played, but playing the Chinese was great because we both trained so hard together to get to this point.”

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