Posted On: 05/3/16 9:31 PM

MINNEAPOLIS – Nebraska Elite 15 Synergy may have started as the #9 overall seed of the 80-team field in the 15 American Division at the Northern Lights USAV Qualifier last weekend, but the Omaha-based team finished the tournament as the top team.

Nebraska Elite 15 Synergy capped a gut-wrenching Sunday in Minneapolis with a 26-24, 19-25, 15-4 win over Club H of Huntington Beach, CA, in the championship match. All four of Synergy’s wins in the Gold bracket on Sunday came in three sets.

Although the team earned the only bid available in the division for the USAV Girls Junior National Championships, Synergy declined the bid because of its prior commitment to the AAU National Championships, which ultimately gave the USAV bid to Club H.

It was a long and stressful Sunday for Synergy in the 16-team Gold bracket. Elite started with a 11-25, 25-23, 15-11 win over Mizuno Northern Lights 15 Red in the first round and then turned around and beat Elite 15U Gold 21-25, 25-20, 15-12 in the quarterfinals.

In the semifinals, Elite Synergy again had to rally, this time for a 21-25, 25-20, 15-12 win over Madfrog 15 Black to get to the championship match. For the tournament, Synergy went 9-1 and six of its 10 matches went three sets.

Members of the team are: Mackenzie Kilton, Lily O’Mara, Lexie Langley, Taylor Pribyl, Mallory Stamm, Michaela Bartels, Margaret McElhose, Kamryn Willman, Megan Raszler and Kylie Emsick. The team is coached by Brandon Cerny and Kelly Ziola.

Below are the results of how all the teams from Nebraska did at the Northern Lights Qualifier.

2016 Northern Lights USAV Qualifier

12 National


12 American

Premier 12 Black – Tied for 5th place

Nebraska Elite 12 Zinc – Tied for 5th place

Club Legacy 12 Prism – 14th place

13 Open

Premier 13 Gold – Tied for 7th place

Nebraska Elite 13 Thunder – 9th place

13 American

Premier 13 Black – Tied for 5th place

Nebraska Elite 13 Storm – 14th place

Club Legacy 13 ROX – Tied for 15th place

Premier 13 Red – 26th place

Premier 13 Silver – Tied for 27th place

Nebraska Elite 13 Destruction – Tied for 29th place

Club Legacy 13 Shattered – Tied for 41st place

14 Open


14 USA


14 American

Premier 14 Red – Tied for 5th place

Performance 14 NIKE – Tied for 9th place

Nebraska Elite 14 Force – Tied for 9th place

Club Legacy 14 Accelerator – Tied for 19th place

Nebraska Elite 14 Alliance – Tied for 29th place

Premier 14 Silver – 49th place

15 Open


15 USA


15 American

Nebraska Elite 15 Synergy – 1st place

Performance 15 NIKE – Tied for 9th place

16 Open

Performance 16 NIKE – 30th place

16 USA

Banzai 161 – Tied for 11th place

16 American

Nebraska ONE 16 Mojo – Tied for 45th place

Performance 16 Power – Tied for 51st place

Nebraska ONE 16 Fusion – Tied for 69th place

17 Open


17 USA

Performance 17 NIKE – 29th place

17 American

Premier 17 Black – Tied for 9th place

Club Legacy 17 Shattered – Tied for 44th place

18 American

Premier 18 Black – Tied for 9th place

Banzai 181 – Tied for 17th place