Vision Blue 18-2 didn’t earn a medal at the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships, but the club team did finish higher than any other Northern California squad competing in its division.
Vision Volleyball Club’s 18-and-under team, featuring local players Megan Robinson (Mountain View High) and Michelle Albright (Los Altos High), tied for 13th place in the American Division. The next-best finisher from the region – NCVC RoShamBo 18-2 of Meadow Vista (Placer County) – took 30th out of the 48 teams competing.
“I’m happy with that,” Robinson said of Vision’s standing. “We had a good tournament.”
Los Gatos-based Vision got off to a scorching start at the tourney, held June 28 through July 5 in Minneapolis, Minn.
The team won its pool by posting a 5-0 record over two days. After straight-set wins over Smash 18s (New England), SWVBC 18 (Milwaukee), Club H 18 Blizzard (Huntington Beach) and Omaha Wave 181 (Nebraska), Vision beat AJV 18 Cedar Park (Austin, Texas) 25-20, 22-25, 15-9.
Robinson, who graduated from Mountain View in June, said her best performance came against SWVBC 18.
“I played pretty well in that game,” the setter said. “I made some good blocks and passes and had a lot of assists.”
By winning its six-team pool, Vision advanced to the second round with 23 other club teams.
Vision then won its new pool of three, improving to 7-0. The squad got by CJVA 18 Black (New Jersey) in three games and swept MVP 18 Top Gun (San Antonio) to make the round of 16.
But that’s as far as Vision would go. The team dropped consecutive matches and was eliminated from medal contention.
Vision’s first loss – to Protégé CA18 National (Whittier) in straight games – “was devastating,” Robinson said, “but it was a good game.”
Protégé prevailed 25-21, 27-25.
“We played really well,” she said. “It was probably the best match we played.”
Vision bowed out of the tournament by dropping another close match. MN North 18 Navy (Minnesota) defeated Vision 25-19, 25-20.
While this marked the end of Robinson’s club career, she still has plenty of volleyball ahead of her. Robinson accepted an athletic scholarship from Montana State and arrived on campus last week to take summer classes and train for the fall volleyball season.
Outside hitter Albright – who ranked among Vision’s kill leaders at the national tournament – will continue her career at Bowdoin College in Maine.