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Local spikers compete at national junior tournament

Aspen Times Staff

Aspen juniors Page Cottrell and Kyla Walter played against some of the country’s best prep volleyball players at last weekend’s Colorado Crossroads Junior National Qualifier in Denver.A total of 818 teams competed in the tournament, the largest of nine junior national qualifiers in the country. The best teams from the tournament qualified for the USA Volleyball Junior Olympic National Championships June 28-July 5 in Atlanta.Cottrell and Walter’s team – the Front Range Volleyball Club’s Mountain Division U17 team – tied for 53rd among 128 teams in the club division.The U17 squad faced a taller team from Durango in its opening match of pool play. After losing the first game, 22-25, the team rallied to win the second game, 26-24, and force a 15-point tiebreaker. Durango won the match with a 15-9 victory in the final frame. A team from Austin, Texas, then defeated the Front Range U17s in the club’s second pool-play match, which set up a third-round showdown with a team from Tacoma, Wash. The Front Range team won that match in straight sets, 25-18, 25-17. to force a playoff for second in the pool. The Front Range team won another game against the team from Tacoma to set up a rematch with Durango team, then won that game, 25-20, to advance to Saturday’s competition.The club’s U17s failed to win another match, losing three on Saturday, then a disheartening straight-sets loss Sunday to Flatirons Volleyball Club of Boulder. The Front Range team led Boulder, 18-10, at one point in the first game before Boulder went on a 15-5 run. Boulder then won the second game, 25-20, and the match.


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