Munciana 18 Samurai Dominant At JVA Rock 'N Rumble

Talk about dominance. 

Munciana 18 Samurai won the 18 Open division of the 2020 JVA Rock ‘n Rumble without dropping a set. Not only that, the team didn’t let an opponent score more than 20 points until the semifinals of the gold bracket.

In the championship match, Munciana defeated Academy for Volleyball Cleveland (AVC) 18 Red 25-19, 25-12.

Munciana, the host club of the Rock ‘n Rumble, also won titles in the 17 Club (Munciana 17 Aztecs), 15 Club (Munciana 15 Gators), and 14 Club (Munciana 14 Phoenix) divisions.

Although AVC’s bid for an 18 Open championship was foiled by Munciana 18 Samurai, the Cleveland based club won it all in 17 Open and 16 Open. AVC 17 Red went undefeated throughout the entire two-day tournament, being pushed to three sets for the first time in the 17 Open championship match versus Academy 17E Tsunami (25-23, 17-25, 15-13).

AVC 16 Red topped the 16 Open division, battling through two three-setters on its way to downing Michigan Elite 16 Mizuno in the final 25-20, 25-19. Led by outside hitter Caroline Jurevicius, daughter of Super Bowl-winning wide receiver Joe Jurevicius, and middle Kathryn Randorf, AVC finished fifth at junior nationals as 15s in 2019 and will be a team to watch this year, especially with the addition of 5-11 setter Elle McLoughlin and 6-2 middle Ryleigh McDonald to the lineup.

A 17s team, Michigan Volleyball Academy 17 Black, claimed the 18 Club crown. Featuring AVCA Phenoms Riley Hoffman (setter), Tatum Otolski (middle), Julia Bouma (libero), Mackenzie Gross (outside), Sophie Plate (outside), and Addie Vanderweide (outside), 17 Black didn’t lose a set at Rock ‘n Rumble, even holding its pool play opponents to an average of 12 points per set. In the final, MVA 17 Black beat Eastside Cleveland Juniors 18-1 25-12, 28-26. 

KIVA of Louisville, Kentucky, won the 14 Open and 13 Open divisions. KIVA 14 Red, coached by club director and Assumption High School coach Ron Kordes (as well as assistants Caitlynn Carden and Bailey Roszman), had to battle through two three-set matches in the gold bracket to make it to the final, where the Kentucky squad defeated Academy 14E En Fuego 25-23, 25-10. 

John Kordes, son of Ron, led his 13 Red team to the 13 Open victory, dropping just one set along the way.

Mintonette Sports also celebrated two season-opening division victories with m.62 winning 16 club and m.21 finishing on top of 12 Open.

Legacy 15-1 Adidas won 15 Open, claiming victory in straight sets in all six matches and defeating KIVA 15 Red in the final. As 14s in 2019, Legacy 15-1 finished fifth at AAU nationals and third at USAV’s year-end tournament. Led by 6-1 outside Harper Murray, 6-3 outside Nina Horning, and 6-foot setter Erin Kline, this team is likely to add many more tournament titles to its resume by the end of the season.

Finally, Niagara Frontier 13 Navy topped the 13 Club division, while Southwest 12E Amy Rubino won 12 Club.

Click here for complete results from the 2020 JVA Rock ‘n Rumble.

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