A5 Volleyball Club of Atlanta dominated its hometown tournament over Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend, winning every Open division and three other divisions at the 2021 edition of Lil’ Big South, even with most of their teams playing up an age group.
The all-stars of the weekend were without a doubt the athletes of A5 17 Jing. This squad features nine Division I commits and absolutely wrecked shop in the season-opener. Without dropping a set, 17 Jing advanced to the gold bracket championship match where they took down Carolina Rogue 18 25-15, 25-21. It was just the second time all tournament they let someone score more than 20 points on them.
A5 teams also finished third and fourth in 18 Open, with A5 18 Boba defeating A5 Gwinnett 18-April National in the third-place match.
In 17 Open, A5 16 Gabe bested A5 16 Marc in the championship match. 16 Gabe lost a match in its first pool on Saturday to TJVBC 17 Pro (27-25, 25-23), but the squad rallied and didn’t even lose another set on Sunday or Monday, ultimately downing their clubmates 25-14, 26-24 in the final.
Again going one-two, the hometown powerhouse club A5 saw two of its teams face off in the 15 Open final. A5 15 Bob and A5 15 LA first met in the crossover match on Sunday, with 15 Bob winning 2-1, and then matched up again in the final come Monday, with 15 Bob sealing the deal with a 2-0 victory.
A5 14 Helen earned the 15 Open crown, with A5 15 Victor finishing runner-up/ A5 14 Allison claimed third with a victory over Tsunami S151E Jason in the consolation match. A5 13 Karen narrowly bested A5 14 Briana in the 13/14 Open championship match, winning 25-19, 26-28, 15-6) to complete an undefeated weekend. A5 also won the 17 Power (A5 16 Stephen), 13 Power (A5 13 Betty), and 12/11 Local (A5 South 11 Jason).
In 18 Power, Mississippi Gulf Coast Volleyball Club 18 Black Morgan went 6-2 on the way to the division crown. Trailblazers 17 Premiere won 17 Club, 850 Elite 16 Blue took the title in 16 Power, and Club Unite 16 National Blue emerged victorious in 16 Club. C1VB 15 ONE Greenville lost just one match on its way to winning 15 Power, while Walton Elite 15 Smack rode a 9-0 record to the top of the 15 Club standings. 15 Local’s top place went to COLAVOL 15 Carolina. Magnum 14 Mizuno won it all in 14 Power, PEVC 13N Smack Steven did the same in 14 Club, and 850 Elite 14 Black walked away with a gold medal in 14 Local. Finally, in 13 Club, Tsunami S132E Tim topped the charts, while their clubmates Tsunami S121E Jeff won 12 Club.