USAV Collegiate National Team Wins European Global Challenge

  0 Braden Keith | July 15th, 2018 | Big 12, College - Women's Indoor, News, NORCECA volleyball, Pac 12, SEC, U.S. Women's Volleyball

A pair of American collegiate all-star teams faced off on Friday in the gold medal match at the European Global Challenge, and the USA Volleyball Collegiate National Team knocked off the Mountain West Conference All-Stars to win the tournament in Pula, Croatia.

“I was really proud of the way the team came out today,” USA Volleyball CNT head coach Dani Busboom Kelly said. “They were very focused and played their best match of the trip on the last day. That says a lot about how the team has grown and changed over the 10 days. This team was a dream to coach because there were no issues; they were fun, everyone was really supportive, and they are all great players. Even though we didn’t get everyone in every single match, it felt like we really could have put anyone in and not miss a beat.”

It was a serve-and-block victory for the U.S. They out-blocked the Mountain West team 15-7, and had an 11-4 advantage in aces. Tournament MVP Taylor Mims, a rising senior, had 7 of those aces and was named the tournament MVP.

Leah Edmond (Kentucky) led Team USA with 8 kills, while the final addition to the team Jess Schaben (Iowa State) had 6.

The Croatian Junior Team won the U17 tournament ahead of the Czech Republic and a youth all-start team from the Southeastern United States.

Final U23 Tournament Standings:

Place Team
1st USA College National Team
2nd Mountain West Conference
3rd Croatia
4th Northumbria, England
5th USA East Coast
6th Hungary
7th Team BIP USA
8th Olymp Praha, Czech
10th Falconara, Italy

U23 All-Tournament Team

Team Player
USA College National Team August Raskie
Mountain West Conference Breana Runnels
Croatia Mika Grbavica
Northumbria, England Annie Reiswig
USA East Coast Madison Sgattone
Hungary Sziladi Viktoria
Team BIP, USA Jenelle Jordan
Olymp Praha, Czech Republic Michaela Necasova
BIP SE, USA Krissy Mummey
Falconara Cometti Benedetta
US Collegiate National Team Taylor Mims (MVP)

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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of Braden's first foray into sports journalism came in 2010, when he launched a swimming website called The Swimmers' Circle. Two years later, he joined as a co-founder. Long huge fans of volleyball, when Braden and the SwimSwam partners sought an opportunity to …

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