18 Attack traveled to Kansas City this weekend for their first National Qualifier of the season. 18 Attack came into the tournament seeded 25th. The starting day of the tournament the team was placed in a three-team pool after the fourth team dropped out. The first match of the day was against the starting first seed of the tournament, Six Pack 18. 18 Attack dropped their first match of the day 2 sets to 1 in a tough battle, just landing Six Pack on top. The girls then rebounded and topped Topeka Saints 18-1 to clinch second place for the day and continue to fight to make it to the gold bracket.
Moving into day two of the tournament, 18 Attack came into their pool placed fourth. Their first match of the day was against Iowa Rockets 18-1. The girls started out their day strong taking Iowa in two sets. They girls then turned around to play Highlands 18 ROX, only to fall in three sets battling hard in the final set. Attack’s final match of the day was against Club North 18-1, whom they battled in two sets and came out on top again seeding second, but continuing on to the gold bracket.
The third and final day of the tournament started bright and early as 18 Attack started their day with CLUB ONE 18 Black. Attack took the first set from CLUB ONE 25 to 21. CLUB ONE was not done fighting and won the second set 17 to 25. In a tough third set both teams battled but with high energy, aggressive defense, and powering kills 18 Attack came out on top winning the set 15 to 9 and moved on to play Iowa Rockets 18R. 18 Attack came out and played their hearts out against Iowa Rockets 18R but were unable to come out on top falling in two close sets. Iowa Rockets continued on in the tournament to take first and earn the American bid for the tournament.
The girls played some of their best volleyball this past weekend. They left their coaches with not enough words to say just how proud of them they were. The girls never gave up in all of their matches this weekend, they battled and left everything on the court. They came into the tournament seeded 25th and left the tournament, with a twenty seed hop, taking 5th overall. We are so excited to see what the season has in store for these girls and to see just how much more they grow.