This was an awesome volleyball summer for me and it started with a great trip to the Czech Republic for World Championships with the USA Junior National Team! This group of 12 ladies is one of the best I’ve ever coached. The staff, was awesome as well! Rod Wilde and Blaine Tendler are not only two great coaches but also good men! 🙂 I couldn’t have asked for a better team, nor staff!
We were placed in to a very tough pool to start with which included Bulgaria, Russia, Brazil and Mexico. The top 4 advanced to the next round with the possibility to medal. Although we didn’t make it out of our pool, we improved in every match that we played. Unfortunately the last place team in each pool dropped and we dominated our opponents to claim the title of 16th place which is the highest we could finish.
I am so proud of these girls for handling themselves as a high level team on and off the court. They faced whatever competition was thrown at us to the best of their ability. These future Olympians learned tremendous lessons about themselves and their team at a World Class level of volleyball.