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USAV article on Power 18s National Championship

04/24/2017, 12:15pm CDT
By denise workman

KC Power celebrating moments after the final point in its three-set win over TAV in the 2017 USA Volleyball Girls' 18s Junior National Championships on Sunday in Dallas DALLAS (April 23, 2017) – KC Power 18-1 highlighted the final day of the 2017 USA Volleyball Girls’ 18s Junior National Championships by claiming the 18 Open Division title, while four other teams won divisional titles in Dallas at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. KC Power (Heart of America) defeated TAV 18 Black (North Texas) in a thrilling 25-23, 22-25, 16-14 gold-medal match in front of a standing-room-only crowd. KC Power, 8-1 overall in the tournament, reached the title match by defeating A4 Volley 18-Purple (Southern California) in the quarterfinal round and Sky High-Adidas 18 Black (Great Lakes) in the semifinals. TAV, which lost its first and last matches of the tournament to finish 8-2, earned its berth into the finals by defeating Top Select 18 Elite Blake (Florida) 25-21, 25-21 in the quarterfinals and Tstreet 18-Troy (Southern California) 27-25, 25-23 in the semifinals. “This is huge for us, especially because for the last three years we have lost in the quarterfinals so we haven’t got past fifth,” said KC Power setter Madison Lilley, who was named the most valuable player of the 18 Open Division. “This year we were really focused on getting past that match and everything just starting rolling from there. We think we are really deserving and working really hard for it.” As with many of the players competing at the GJNC18 event, this tournament represents the final club event for Lilley and her KC Power teammates. “This is it for us,” Lilley said. “We are all heading our separate ways to college. I am heading to Kentucky. Club career is officially over, which is sad.” However, Lilley’s schedule remains packed with volleyball before she arrives in Lexington, Kentucky to begin her collegiate career. She will be immersed into USA Volleyball’s High Performance program and competing on the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team that will play in the Women’s U20 Pan American Cup this May in an effort to qualify Team USA for the FIVB Volleyball Women’s U20 World Championships. “I will be heading to Costa Rica in May to play on the (Women’s Junior) National Team and compete for a bid to Worlds,” Lilley said. “Still a busy summer, the playing never ends. But it is what I love to do.” 



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