Prestigious Durango Fall Classic Title Goes to Mitty

  0 Eli Noblitt | September 20th, 2016 | High School, News

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:

Name School Position
Candice Denny Archbishop Mitty Middle Blocker
Julia Devine Archbishop Mitty Outside Hitter
Kamrin Caoili Archbishop Mitty Opposite
Makaela Tanaka Archbishop Mitty Setter
Shannon Sheilds Xavier Opposite
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
ShaRae Niu Kahuku Setter
Brook Bauer St. Thomas Aquinas Outside Hitter

Denny was also named the Tournament MVP.

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