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Posted On: 07/2/21 7:15 AM

It was a successful AAU Junior National Volleyball Championships for the state of Michigan.

Along with the 16 Open national title won by Legacy 16-1 ADIDAS, the Michigan Elite 17 Mizuno landed in the runner-up position in the 17 Open.

Michigan Elite went 11-2 for the tournament, grinding out three three-set victories along the way.

17 Mizuno bested Academy 17 Diamond in the quarterfinals (25-22, 25-21) and Dallas Skyline 17 Royal in the semifinals (25-22, 25-20).

The finals were a hard-fought matchup with OT 17 T Jason out of Florida.

Michigan Elite was able to establish an early lead in the opening set of the finals thanks to the blocking of middle Sarah Sylvester Sarah Sylvester 6'3" | MB Marian | 2022 State MI . OT would fight back to tie up the score at 10-10, and then found its groove on its way to a 25-18 victory.

The second set saw Michigan Elite chasing from behind most of the way and not able to get a rally to catch up. OT won 25-19 to secure the national title, but Michigan Elite certainly impressed.

The trio of outside Ava Brizard Ava Brizard 6'0" | OH Marian | 2022 State MI , setter Aly Borellis and libero Josie Bloom Josie Bloom 5'6" | DS/L Notre Dame Prep | 2022 State MI were all named 17 Open All-Americans for

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