Friday, 16 June 2017 13:14

More than 30,000 Athletes to Compete in 44th AAU Girls’ Jr. Volleyball Championships at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney

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Thousands of Orlando-area athletes, are a part of the more than 30,000 girls’ volleyball players competing in the 44th annual AAU Girls’ Junior National Volleyball Championships at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort and the Orange County Convention Center.

The event also brings 80,000 spectators, 9,000 club coaches and 500 college coaches to Central Florida, making it the largest volleyball event in the world. The competition has held this title since 2012, when the 16U Club division set the current Guinness Book of World Records, during a competition at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

For storylines from the event, see below:

Less than a year after major flooding destroyed their homes and high schools in St. Amant, La., the Ignite Volleyball 17U club team is competing in the 44th AAU Girls’ Jr. National Volleyball Championships at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort.

Athletes on the club team from St. Amant High School and Dutchtown High School saw their lives upended in August 2016, when Ascension Parish was impacted by severe rainstorms that left close to one-third of all homes in the area – and both schools – devastated by historic flooding.

One athlete, Chloe Anderson, was particularly effected, as she and her family only had time to grab a few clothes and personal items before her home was overtaken by rushing water. Her community was so submerged that her family had to return home in a boat. The Anderson family was forced to move in with their grandmother, where Anderson slept on an air mattress on the floor for months.

Despite starting her high school volleyball season losing six of seven games while they grappled with the aftermath of the flood, Anderson and team staged a remarkable comeback, winning 27 of 28 games and finished the season 33-10.

Ignite Volleyball’s opening pool schedule is below:

Game Time Location
Monday, 06/19

3 P.M. vs. Xcel 17X Premier

HP Fieldhouse, Court 8
Monday, 06/19

5 P.M. vs. OVC Ambush

HP Fieldhouse, Court 8
Monday, 06/19

8 P.M., WPVC 17 Elite Black

HP Fieldhouse, Court 8

For a full schedule of all games from June 15-26, click here.

 

 

 

 

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