International Volleyball

Championship brackets, tops from Tuesday, the youngest player at AAU Boys Volleyball Nationals

Championship brackets, tops from Tuesday, the youngest player at AAU Boys Volleyball Nationals

Kainoa Wade attacks for Outrigger

ORLANDO, Florida — Day three at the AAU Boys Junior National Volleyball Championships was critical as all the teams finished pool play. The top three teams were seeded in a three-team pool, with the top team being placed into Wednesday’s championship bracket of eight teams. 

The 18s, 16s, 13s, and 12s tournament ends Wednesday, while the 17s, 15s, and 14s are arriving for their competition that begins Thursday. Plese continue to send me story ideas, pictures and clips that I can post on my @kprecruiter account and @vbmagazine. 

Recapping Tuesday in Orlando

— 18s open teams championship bracket; MB Surf, Outrigger, Pinnacle, WAVE, Cinci Attack, Team Rockstar, Arizona Fear, and Balboa Bay.

— 16s open championship bracket; Sports Performance, MB Surf, Balboa Bay, Triangle, Team Rockstar, Winter Park, C2 Attack, and Coast.

— 13s open championship bracket; Torrimar, Cinci Attack, Bay to Bay, SC Legends, 949, Mountain View, Coast, and Serve and Spike.

— 12s open championship bracket; Serve and Spike, High Performance St. Louis, Borinquen, Mountain View, Bay to Bay, MB Surf, Evolution, SCVC.

Bay to Bay club directors Matt and Airele Houlihan don’t hesitate to take a stand.

A few weeks ago, one of their coaches, Natalie Gallegos, brought her newborn son Gregg with her to a tournament. Gallegos was coaching her 16 Premier team and officials told her baby Gregg could not be on the sidelines, so much as being held by his mom during play, explaining they were concerned that the baby could get hit by a volleyball and they did not want the tournament to be liable.

Gregg, baby Gregg and Natalie Gallegos

The Houlihans noted on ocial media that a baby could just as easily get hit on the other side of the court sitting with spectators. So they took matters in their own hands:

Greg Gallegos is the youngest competitor in this tournament. 

They registered Greg on the Premier 16s team and now he can be on the sideline here. And no wonder: When she was growing up, Airele was often on the sidelines from the time she was a baby when she was with her late father Berry Goldberg, the legendary American University coach.

As Airele recounted, her dad would sometimes get some grief that she was on the sidelines as an infant. He would firmly let any administrators or officials know, “We’ll take responsibility.” So this Baby Gregg incident struck a chord with Airele.

“Growing up as the daughter of a volleyball coach shaped everything…

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