Over the weekend, the Durango Fall Classic was held in Las Vegas, Nevada, and featured 64 teams from around the country. The Durango Fall Classic has taken place for the last two decades, and is “unquestionably the most prestigious and competitive high school volleyball event anywhere in the country.” It’s referred to as “an early-season national champion tournament.”
Five the nation’s top ten teams were in attendance—No. 2 Fayetteville (Fayetteville, AK), No. 5 Sacred Heart Academy (Louisville, KY), No. 7 Assumption (Louisville, KY), No. 8 Pleasant Grove (Pleasant Grove, UT) and No. 10 Mira Costa (Manhattan Beach, CA).
The 64 teams were divided into 16 pools of 4 teams each. Pool play was held on Friday, September 16, 2016, with the winner of each pool advancing to the Round of 16. After the Round of 16, the 8 winners were placed in the Championship Bracket and the 8 losers were placed in the Silver Bracket. The full tournament format is available here.
- 1st and 2nd place: Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, CA) defeated Xavier Prep (Phoenix, AZ) in the championship final in two straight sets (25-23, 25-19).
- 3rd and 4th place: Santa Margarita beat Sacred Heart in the third-place match (26-24, 25-15).
- 5th and 6th place: Walton (Marietta, GA) won the fifth-place match against Torrey Pines (San Diego, CA) in straight sets (25-17, 25-16).
The full brackets from the final day of the tournament are available here.
Sixteen players were named to the 2016 All-Tournament Team. The team includes:
|Candice Denny||Archbishop Mitty||Middle Blocker|
|Julia Devine||Archbishop Mitty||Outside Hitter|
|Kamrin Caoili||Archbishop Mitty||Opposite|
|Makaela Tanaka||Archbishop Mitty||Setter|
|McKena Patterson||Xavier||Middle Blocker|
|Lanie Wagner||Xavier||Outside Hitter|
|Sarah Cizsek||Santa Margarita||Opposite|
|Julianna Reisinger||Santa Margarita||Outside Hitter|
|Paige Hammons||Sacred Heart||Outside Hitter|
|Lauryn Bennett||Sacred Heart||Opposite|
|Meghan Froemming||Walton||Middle Blocker|
|Jaden Whitmarsh||Torrey Pines||Outside Hitter|
|Hannah Scott||Mira Costa||Outside Hitter|
|Brook Bauer||St. Thomas Aquinas||Outside Hitter|
Denny was also named the Tournament MVP.