When No. 1 Walton HS (GA) was crowned PrepVolleyball.com’s High School National Champion in 2017, it made the jump and stayed there after winning the Louisville Invitational Volleyball Tournament (LIVT) to overtake that coveted one-spot.
This year Walton opted out of LIVT to instead compete in the Durango Fall Classic (DFC) and continue a West Coast tour, attending Tournament of Champions in Phoenix and Torrey Pines’ California Challenge tournament following Durango.
Walton Head Coach Suzanne Fitzgerald said, “The first month or so of training, no one wanted to say anything about being number-one. Then we finally talked about it. The way we got here was not because we sought-out being the National Champion. We focused on giving the best effort possible. Once we began pursuing our best effort, the team embraced that mantra and some pressure has been alleviated. At the end of the day, the best you can do is your very best.”
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