Players from across the United States came together in Nice, France on July 10 to embark on a 10-day volleyball journey through France and Italy, before travelling to Pula, Croatia to compete in the 2014 European Global Challenge. The two teams, Augusta RED and Augusta BLUE, were organized by Dana Wall, North Carolina AAU District Director, and comprised of AAU members. Augusta Sportswear provided the uniforms.
Team Augusta BLUE was able to repeatedly defeat defending champions Pula, Croatia and Pisogne, Italy to make it into the top 8 teams. Augusta RED defeated Modena, Italy to advance into the Contenders Bracket. Marie Beal from Augusta RED and Madison Sroufe from Augusta BLUE made the All-Tournament Team.
The experience was a great opportunity for all participants. “This was a tremendous group of girls on and off the volleyball court,” said Coach Pat Morgante. “I enjoyed every moment that I spent with them. It was terrific watching them all come together, many complete strangers prior, and form a cohesive and flowing team. They all gave everything they had and did everything I asked of them and more. Some played positions they normally wouldn’t play and didn’t bat an eye. I will not be surprised when I learn that some have risen to the highest levels of the game. The caliber of players and coaches that we spent time with was unbelievable. Debbie Green was in our huddles and sitting on our bench! Are you kidding me! Thank you for an experience that I hope you will never forget, I know I won’t. I’m ready to go again tomorrow.”
Augusta RED Team Roster:
Head Coach: Pat Morgante
Augusta BLUE Team Roster:
Head Coach: Sherry Conner
For more information about next year’s trip that will start off in Budapest, Hungary, contact Dana Wall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check our more photos at https://www.facebook.com/GC14Augusta
For more information on the Global Challenge, visit http://www.bringitusa.com/gc14/
AAU Volleyball is excited to announce the opportunity to play in Europe at the 2014 European Global Challenge in Pula, Croatia. For the second year, a team will be formed to compete in the international event. The 2014 trip will begin in Nice, France with training and matches in both France and Italy before the competition in Croatia.
Augusta Sportswear will be the official outfitter of the 17U team. Augusta will be setting up a blog on their website for players to post photos to keep those at home updated on the trip.
Debbie Green, 2-time Olympic setter, will again be joining the team in a mentor role for both players and coaches. In addition to being in the Volleyball Hall of Fame and the AVCA Coaching Hall of Fame, Debbie has also coached 3-time Olympian Misty May.
The 2013 trip was a great success. Click here for a recap from 2013.
Athletes may submit an application form. In addition, an evaluation will also take place at the JVA/AAU World Challenge in Houston, TX on April 4-6.
For more information and to apply, click here.
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