The Flatrock 17s girls club volleyball team participated in the Colorado Crossroads national qualifying tournament in Denver on March 14-16.
Competing in the age 17 bracket, the Flatrock team went undefeated in six games during pool play for two days, and then proceeded to victories in the first two games of bracket play.
After reaching the semi-finals, the 17s lost a hard-fought three-set match, 24-26, 26-24, 11-15, to an Arizona team.
They bounced back and beat the Nebraska Impact 171 of LaVista to finish third in their division out of 104 teams. The scores were 25-23, 25-20 against the Impact.
“This was a huge accomplishment for this level of play,” head coach Lori Mau of Maxwell said. “They did a great job all weekend. We only took seven players and we were going up against teams that had 12-14 players. We just ran out of gas the last day.”
The Flatrock team played 10 games in three days, and most of the players played the entire time, Mau said.
Along the way, the Flatrock team defeated teams from Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Texas, Oklahoma and Nebraska.
The Flatrock team started practicing in January. This was just their third tournament and the second tournament with all of the girls on the squad attending, Mau said.
Pictured, front row, from left: Kelsey Higgins of Thedford, Whitney Rosno of Hays Center, Colby Cox of Hays Center, Allison Kuenle of North Platte. Back row: Head Coach Lori Mau, Tara Callahan of Brady, Josie Cox of Maxwell, Olivia Nicholson of North Platte and Assistant Coach Lenny Beall.