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630 18s, Pazanti, Whittemore sparkle at AAU Boys Junior Nationals Championships

630 18s, Pazanti, Whittemore sparkle at AAU Boys Junior Nationals Championships

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ORLANDO, Florida – Hello from the AAU Boys Junior Nationals Championships.

Monday’s second-day action featured pool play in 12s, 13s, 16s and 18s. The AVCA put on a free recruiting event and teams are gearing up to make the push to make the championship bracket.

I am here until Saturday, capturing the best of this huge boys tournament in the Orange County Convention Center. Got a note or story: message me on Instagram @kprecruiter I’m in search of player-of-the-day recommendations, best team bonding activities, the best-dressed team for the Fourth of July and much more.

When I played way back in 2005, club tournaments were at high schools in Southern California and most teams went to one major national tournament held in a convention center. Now we are in this awesome environment and college coaches are here en masse.

Recapping the best of Monday

630 18s out of Chicago is our team of the day.  They are 6-0 after two days hoping to make the championship bracket on day three. Libero Lincoln Geist, committed to Lindenwood, is passing at 2.64 and outside hitter Aidan Weltin, a George Mason commit, is hitting .481

“The tournament has treated us well,” 630 coach Luis Garza said. “Being 6-0 heading into a battle with Balboa Bay on day three is something our team is looking forward to and embracing the challenge.”.

— Undefeated 18s open teams after day two; MB Surf, Balboa Bay, Pulse, WAVE, Team Rockstar, Bay to Bay, Arizona Fear, 630, and A2.

— Speaking of MB Surf, Sean Kelly, committed to UCLA from MB Surf 18s, is in search for another gold medal.  

Throughout Kelly’s high school career he has won just about every title and award imaginable. 

“Sean Kelly has accomplished so much in the volleyball community,” said Micheal Boehle, Kelly’s Loyola High School and Manhattan Beach Surf club director. “What sets him apart from others is his work ethic, leadership, drive and humbleness.  Loyola and MB Surf has had incredible players over the years, but Sean stands out among them all.”

— The AVCA put on a recruiting panel with the college coaches for athletes and parents, including Hawai’i assistant coach Kupono Fey, Penn State assistant coach Pat Shawaryn and Carthage head coach JW Kieckhefer.

“I think it is great the AVCA is giving athletes and parents the opportunity to learn more about the recruiting process.  As a former athlete, I know how new, confusing and possibly overwhelming the process may seem,” Fey said….

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