About two and a half months after the Triple Crown Volleyball NIT in February, the journey to and through the USA Volleyball 18 Open Championships has been completed.
Teams that made the TC NIT a mandatory stop on their schedule have a funny way of turning up on lists of high-achieving finishers, and the story is no different in 2018.
Top Select (FL) took the 18 Open title in Anaheim, CA, upsetting a slew of teams along the way and elevating impressively from its 25th-place effort in Salt Lake City at the TC NIT 18 Elite bracket. The San Antonio Magic took second at USAV (was 17th in SLC), with Texas Advantage placing third (22nd at SLC).
Here’s a look at other 18 Open finishers at USAV, and how they placed with Triple Crown’s tourney:
Tied for fifth in Anaheim: Coast (11th in SLC) and San Gabriel Elite (13th in SLC).
Ninth in Anaheim: Sunshine Westside (14th in SLC).
Tied for 11th in Anaheim: A4 Volleyball (fifth in SLC) and Absolute Black (sixth in SLC).
Tied for 13th in Anaheim: Rage (15th in SLC); Tstreet and Rockstar (both 19th in SLC).
Absolute Volleyball Academy (TX) took third in USAV American (was 23rd in SLC); Red Rock Black was third in USAV National (29th in SLC).