Posted On: 05/2/18 2:07 PM

The line between victory and defeat when you are playing in a national-championship tournament is incredibly thin. Premier 18 Gold found that out when last weekend at the USAV 18s Girls Junior National Championships when it suffered a narrow defeat then got a tough draw.

After cruising to a 4-0 record without dropping a set in its initial pool play in the 18 National division, Premier suffered its first setback of the tournament when Rockwood Thunder (also 4-0 at that point) rallied for a 19-25, 25-20, 15-10 win over 18 Gold. 

That loss sent Premier into the challenge round for a chance to reach the championship bracket, but awaiting the Omaha-based team was Northern Lights 181, which defeated Premier 25-14, 25-22. Northern Lights would go on to finish in second place.

After the loss to Northern Lights, Premier played the final day in a Bronze bracket, where it knocked off FORZA1 18 UA in straight sets before falling 25-19, 25-19 to Club Iowa 18 Black in the bracket final. That put Premier 18 Gold in 19th place. 

In the 18 USA division, Banzai 181 had a little more difficult of a time as it went 0-6 in the tournament to

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