What a weekend for the Metro Volleyball Club out of Washington D.C. Playing in their hometown tournament, the Capitol Hill Classic, Metro teams won the 18 Open, 17 Open, 16 Open, and 14 Open divisions and finished second in 13 Open and third in 15 Open.
Metro VBC 18 Travel, the top-ranked team in 18 Open, claimed the tournament title, despite an unexpected loss to Sureshots 18N on Day 2. That 27-25, 27-25 loss turned out to be the only blemish on 18 Travel’s record over President’s Day weekend. The squad capped its Capitol Hill Classic performance with a three-set victory over VA Elite 18s (25-20, 21-25, 15-11) in the 18 Open finale.
Metro 18 Travel libero Milan Gomillion, a Maryland recruit, earned MVP of the division, while her teammates Olivia Womble and Sydney Reed were named Best Attacker and Best Server, respectively.
Renaissance 18-1 and Revolution PGH 18 White lost in the semifinals to take third-place finishes.
Metro 17 Travel went undefeated, not even dropping a single set, on its way to the 17 Open crown. Rachel Richardson, a 5-9 outside hitter and the reigning Gatorade Player of the Year for the District of Columbia, claimed MVP honors, while Michelle Bennett earned the title of Best Passer. The D.C.-based squad faced Canadian team Defensa 17 Purple in the final.
Samiha Foster led Metro 16 Travel to victory in 16 Open and was awarded MVP for her efforts. Her teammates Julia Gladhill (Best Passer) and Laila Ivey (Best Attacker) played big roles in helping 16 Travel go undefeated across three days of competition and take down Puerto Rican team Borinquen Coqui 16-1 for first place.
In 15 Open, top-seeded Metro 15 Travel lost to eventual champion Elite Volleyball Training Center (EVTC) 15 Black in the semis. Paramount VBC 15-1 defeated Beach Elite 15 Adidas Black to earn its spot in the final, but EVTC 15 Black claimed the crown 25-16, 25-17. EVTC went undefeated on the weekend.
Another Metro victory in 14 Open — 14 Travel went 10-0, 20-2 in sets, to win the division, defeating ECJVC 14 National in a close three-set final (21-25, 25-22, 15-11). Emerson Sellman was named MVP, while her Metro teammate Lilah Stevens claimed the Best Attacker award.
NYC Juniors 13 National won the 13 Open Division, handing Metro 13 Travel its first loss of the tournament in the final (25-20, 25-21).