This summer, Austin Junior Volleyball (AJV) brought home its seventh national title from USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships. AJV 18 Mizuno dominated the competition, going undefeated to be named National Champions of the 18 USA Division. It helped that several of the team’s athletes had championship experience — in 2015 as AJV 16 Mizuno, they won gold in the 16 American Division. They became the first Austin Juniors players in the 34-year history of the club to win two National Championship titles.
AJV 17 Mizuno also had notable success at Nationals. This special group of athletes won the silver medal in the 17 Open division, the highest level of play. Only the top 32 teams from around the country qualify to participate in the Open division, and AJV 17 Mizuno proved to be the best of the best. This special group of athletes will look to repeat their success in the upcoming season before all twelve of them head to play NCAA Division I volleyball in the fall of 2018.
While Austin Juniors is proud of its past, the club is looking towards the future. During the offseason, they’re focused on finding and training the next generation of National Champions. But first, those athletes have to fall in love with the sport of volleyball.
The Austin Junior Volleyball Academy program is a perfect compromise between recreational leagues and club sports. Designed to prepare athletes ages 10 to 14 to train in a team environment, the Academy pairs skilled, experienced Austin Juniors coaches with a small group of select athletes. The coaches aim to develop more than just individual skills — they’re building team leaders and volleyball players who feel confident in a live game setting.
The Winter Academy runs from late November until early March, but registration is always open! To register for an evaluation or get more information about the Academy program, visit austinsportscenter.com/academy.
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