Posted On: 04/27/15 8:55 PM

MINNEAPOLIS – It took a couple gut-wrenching three-set matches to do it, but Premier 12 Black become the fourth team from Nebraska to punch its ticket to the USAV Junior National Championships by winning the 12 American division at the Northern Lights Qualifier in Minneapolis recently.

The qualifier, which takes place over consecutive weekends with the younger teams playing April 17-19 and older teams April 24-26, is generally the last chance for Nebraska teams to qualify prior to the Great Plains Region Bid Tournament.

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Premier 12 Black came into the tournament as the 4th seed out of the 25 teams competing in the tournament, and played up to its billing the first day, winning three matches while giving up just 45 points in six sets.

On the second day, 12 Black again won all three of its matches in straight sets to earn a first-round bye into the semifinals of the final day’s Gold bracket. In the semifinals, 12 Black rallied for a 20-25, 25-23, 15-10 win over Dynasty 11 Black of Kansas City.

In the championship, 12 Black took a 25-18, 20-25, 15-12 win over Highlands Performance 12 ROX – also of Kansas City.

Members of the 12 Black team are: Jayden Kistaitis, Maggie Massey, Emma Prentice, Brenna Skala, Bridget Smith, Paige Stobbe, Cendle Vacanti, Grace Werner, Abby Wolfe and Sammie Ziebarth. The team is coached by Nicole Gregory, Renee Gregory and Katy Brown.

This past weekend in the older age divisions, the top performances were turned in by Premier 16 Gold, which reached the Gold bracket quarterfinals in the 16 USA division and Nebraska ONE 16 Heat, which also reached the quarterfinals of the Gold bracket in the 16 American division.

Below are the results of the Northern Lights USAV Qualifier, listed in order from the oldest to youngest ages and highest level of competition to the lowest.

Northern Lights USAV Qualifier in Minneapolis

18 Open

No Nebraska Teams Competed

18 USA

Nebraska Impact 181 Chaos – 11th

18 American

Nebraska Impact Power 18 Vortex – 20th

Northeast Nebraska Power 18 Gold – tied for 28th

17 Open

No Nebraska Teams Competed

17 USA

Nebraska ONE 17 Crossfire – 22nd

17 American

Premier 17 Black – 15th

Lincoln TeamMagic 171 – 22nd

Lincoln TeamMagic 172 – tied for 49th

16 Open

Nebraska Elite 16 Vici – 28th

16 USA

Premier 16 Gold – tied for 5th

Club Legacy 161 ROX – tied for 13th

Nebraska ONE 16 EnFuego – 30th

16 American

Nebraska ONE 16 Heat – tied for 5th

Nebraska Elite 16 Pursuit – 53rd

Nebraska Impact 161 KSUMA – tied for 57th

Nebraska Impact 161 Power – tied for 70th

Nebraska Elite 16 Eclipse – tied for 74th

Nebraska Impact 162 Drago – 81st

Nebraska Impact 163 SWAT – tid for 96th

Bellevue Volleyball Club 161 – tied for 96th

Lincoln TeamMagic 161 – tied for 100th

15 Open

Nebraska Elite 15 Revolution – 8th

Nebraska Impact Power 15 Banzai – tied for 15th

15 USA

No Nebraska Teams Competed

15 American

Club Legacy 151 ROX – tied for 5th

Nebraska Impact 15 DV8 – tied for 9th

Nebraska Elite 15 Nitro – 18th

Lincoln TeamMagic 151 – 34th

Premier 15 Silver – 43rd

Nebraska Impact 152 Havoc – tied for 47th

Ka Boom 15 Assault – tied for 69th

14 Open

No Nebraska Teams Competed

14 USA

No Nebraska Teams Competed

14 American

Nebraska Impact 141 Voltage – tied for 5th

Nebraska Elite 14 Eclipse – tied for 9th

Nebraska Impact 142 Shockers – tied for 9th

Premier 14 Silver – 33rd

Lincoln TeamMagic 141 – tied for 45th

13 Open

No Nebraska Teams Competed

13 American

Nebraska Impact 131 Lanakila – 4th

Club Legacy 132 Shattered – tied for 9th

Nebraska Elite 13 Storm – 15th

Premier 13 Red – 16th

Lincoln TeamMagic 141 – 23rd

Nebraska Elite 13 Moxie – tied for 26th

12 National

Nebraska Elite 12 Velocity – 4th

12 American

Premier 12 Black – 1st

Nebraska Elite 12 Unify – tied for 9th