The ACS 16U Black volleyball team is currently in Florida competing for a national title in the AAU Girls’ Junior National Volleyball Championships.
The tournament started Tuesday and runs through Friday. No results were available by press time.
The local squad girls earned a national bid after finishing second in the Maroon and Orange AAU Super Regional at Virginia Tech. The team finished the super regionals with a 4-2 record, with its only losses coming against the eventual 16U champions of the tournament.
The Black battled hard in the gold bracket division, winning their quarterfinal match 28-26, 23-25, 19-17. They also won their semifinal match in straight sets, 25-21 and 25-23, before dropping the championship clash.
During the super regionals, several members of the Black team had outstanding tournaments. Madi Ringley had 80 assists, eight digs and seven aces while Sophi Guilford finishes with 49 digs, 24 kills and 11 aces.
Other Black players with good performances included Gianna Silvestri with 42 digs, 23 aces and 19 kills; Georgia Grace Anderson with 35 kills, 19 blocks, six block assists and six aces; Emy Cooley with 33 digs; Maddie Dishman with 19 digs; Lexi Allen with 18 kills, 15 blocks and six block assists; and Chloe Modlin with 18 kills, 15 blocks and 6 block assists.
The Black, coached by Brandon Blackburn, headed to their final tournament in Orlando, Fla., with a 35-24 overall record, two gold brackets, three silver brackets and having won their regional championship.