The first ever AAU Utah District Volleyball Championships were held this past weekend, May 11-12, 2012 at nine different locations from Ogden to Draper. 114 teams from Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana entered this historic event.
2011 was the first time any AAU sanctioned volleyball tournaments were held in Utah. From a small beginning of 12 teams playing on three courts on January 15, 2011, the AAU Utah District has grown to be the 10th largest Volleyball District of all the 56 AAU Districts in the country with almost 2,000 members.
Thirteen out of 268 teams won free entry to the 2012 AAU National Championships which will be held June 19-27, 2012 at Walt Disney World and the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Over 1,500 teams will play in this National Championship. This will be the first year any teams from Utah have ever attended this great volleyball event.
The Morgan Crush 13 volleyball club won the Gold division of the last three tournaments in which they played, including “The Big One”, the State AAU Championship.
The AAU Championship is akin to winning a state championship in high school, meaning we have the best team in the region (Utah and Idaho) of girls volleyball players in the 13 year age bracket right here in Morgan County. Time and again teams would look at our unassuming and laid-back girls warm up and think “ this is gonna be easy”. But the second the ball was tossed up for first service, our girls would pound shot after shot to the floor while defending their side of the net in grand style.
It might appear at first glance to have been an easy road to victory, as the team won 15 out of 16 sets, losing only one set (26-28) during the entire tournament. But there were some nail biting victories on Saturday, especially in the first set of the semifinals. The Crush found themselves down 22-15 to the PLV Cougars of Idaho, but fought back with some great serves and gritty defensive digs. Each Crush player had their chance to come up with big plays and virtually every time they came through.
In the Championship game with Bonneville 13 out of Idaho Falls, the girls made clutch play after clutch play, winning game one 25-20, and game two 25-23.
Coach Kelli Cox, along with Scott Duncan, put the team together in November and in a few short months the players practiced and improved to the point of winning a trifecta of Championships!
Congratulations to coach Cox and the girls, and also to the players parents for their love and support of the team.