It is a new year and a new club volleyball season, with Girls Junior National Qualifiers for the 18s level in full swing. After four qualifier events, 23 teams have earned their spots at nationals that will take place from April 27-29 in Anaheim, California.
The remainder of the club season will feature another 12 qualifiers to which teams can earn their spots at nationals.
Open, USA and American Divisions must qualify through a national qualifier but teams are also able to qualify through regional bids at the National Division – with American Division teams being able to qualify through regional tournaments as well. Additionally, a team can compete at the Patriot Division – where a team signs up and does not have to qualify to make it, though must be chosen within the limit of teams to compete.
- Click here to learn everything you need to know about the five divisions of play.
Of the qualified teams, two teams have double qualified in the USA Division – Premier Nebraska 18 Gold and ASICS MAVS 18-1. Both teams qualified at the Kansas City MLK 18 National Qualifier after finishing 2nd and 3rd, respectively. They then double qualified when they took 1st and 2nd, respectively, at the Northern Lights Qualifier. The Northern Lights tournament normally takes place in Minneapolis, Minnesota but was relocated to Omaha, Nebraska in the wake of the Super Bowl.
KC Power 18-1, the defending champions at the 18 Open Division, qualified on the first weekend of qualifier events at the KC MLK 18s National Qualifier.
Girls’ Winter Volleyball Championships – Chicago, Illinois, Jan. 13-15
- Open: 1st – Circle City 18 Purple, 2nd – IT Elite 181
- USA: 1st – OT 18 S. Tom, 2md – IPVA 18 Black
- American: 1st SWVBC G18
Kansas City MLK 18s National Qualifier – Kansas City, Missouri, Jan. 13-15)
- Open: 1st – KC Power 18-1, 2nd – HPSTL 18 Royal
- USA: 1st – Northern Lights 18-2, 2nd – Premier Nebraska 18 Gold, 3rd – ASICS MAVS 18-1
- American: 1st – Iowa Rockets 18R
Northern Lights – Omaha, Nebraska, Jan. 26-28
- Open: 1st – Milwaukee Sting Gold, 2nd – Minnesota Select 1-1
- USA: 1st – Premier Nebraska 18 Gold (already qualified), 2nd – ASICS MAVS 18-1 (already qualified), 3rd – Milwaukee Sting 18 Black, Rocky Select 18 Jackie, Dynasty 18 Blue
- American: 1st – Nebraska Elite 18 Envy
AVC – Dallas 18s Qualifier – Dallas, Texas, Jan. 26-28
- Open: 1st – SG Elite 18 Roshambo, 2nd – Texas Tornados 18 Mizuno
- USA: 1st – Houston Juniors 18 Elite, 2nd – SA Force 181 Darkside, 3rd – TIV 18 Mizuno Kelly
- American: 1st – GCVA 181 Coast
Upcoming GJNC18s National Qualifiers
Feb. 2-4: Music City Volleyball Championships Qualifier, Nashville, Tennessee
Feb. 2-4: Ohio Valley Qualifier, Columbus, Ohio
Feb. 17-19: Florida National 18 Qualifier, Jacksonville, Florida
Feb. 23-25: Beast of the Southeast Qualifier, Atlanta, Georgia
March 2-4: Boston VB Festival Qualifier, Boston, Massachusetts
March 2-4: Golden State Qualifier, Reno, Nevada
March 2-4: Southern California Qualifier, Anaheim, California
March 16-18: Colorado Crossroads Qualifier, Denver, Colorado
March 23-25: Pacific Northwest Qualifier, Spokane, Washington
March 23-25: Mideast Qualifier, Indianapolis, Indiana
March 23-25: Lone Star Classic Qualifier, Houston, Texas
March 24-26: Northeast Qualifier, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
On top of the 18s national championships, 11s-17s will be playing their nationals in Detroit, while the Boys Junior National Championships will be in Phoenix. Dallas will also play host to a National Championship, as they bring in the Open level.