June 27, 2012 — After three days of fierce competition against some of the best teams in the country, Synergy’s 17 Lehigh and 17 Orange finished among the top tier teams in the playoffs of the American Athletic Union’s Girls’ Junior National Volleyball Championships.
Both teams were knocked out of the gold medal rounds after hard fought matches Tuesday, but the girls played well enough to stay in the top playoff brackets.
Placing the highest in the tournament among Synergy’s teams was 17 Lehigh, which ranked 17th among 76 teams in the overall competition. Lehigh made it all the way to the semifinals of the Premier (Silver) bracket. The team nearly made it to the final round, but dropped a fiercely contested three-set match (24-26, 25-21, 15-9) against Michigan Volleyball Academy (Grand Rapids, Mich.). Earlier in the tournament Lehigh held its own against undefeated tournament champion Orlando Volleyball Academy, and finished with a 6-6 overall record.
The 17 Orange, which stormed the competition in the early rounds, faltered in 3rd round play but still landed in the Consolation (Bronze) bracket. In the playoff rounds, the Orange returned to form, defeating Centex 17 National (New Braunfels, Tex.) in two sets (25-16, 25-20), Asics Team Indiana Elite (Indianapolis, Ind.) in two (25-21, 25-21) and Club V 17 Black (Woods Cross, Utah) in three (19-25, 25-18, 15-12) to win the bracket. The Orange finished with an impressive 8-4 match record, 17-10 in sets and 22nd overall.
Synergy 16 Orange, playing up in the 17 Club division, finished 92 overall out of 177 older teams. The 15 Orange finished with a 5-5 match record and 42 overall out of 68 in the competitive 15 Open division.
Congratulations to all the girls who took part in AAUs.