For four future members of the Wisconsin volleyball team, their high school season is officially over. Four signees for the Badgers competed in the AAU Junior National Championships in Orlando, Fla., over the last four days. The championship wrapped up on Tuesday in the 18-open division with Dominique Thompson and her Minnesota One Volleyball Club winning the bronze medal. Thompson was also named to the 14-player AAU All-American team.
Thompson wasn't the only future Badger competing in the tournament. Lindsey Seil and her Capital Volleyball Academy 18 Navy team tied for fifth place while Elise Walch and Treasure Coast Volleyball Club 18 National finished 10th. Annemarie Hickey and 1st Alliance Volleyball Club tied for 15th.
Several of the incoming Badgers had a chance to play against their future teammates. Walch and Treasure Coast defeated Thompson and M1 in the second round while Seil and Capital downed Walch and her teammates in the Challenge Bracket.
The story of the tournament had to be Thompson and her team. Minnesota One struggled early in the tournament, finishing sixth in pool play with a 1-5 mark. M1 picked up the pace in the second round, competing in the same pool as Treasure Coast. Walch and her team won the pool with a 3-0 mark while Thompson was right behind with a 2-1 record. Capital also finished second in its second-round pool with a 2-1 tally.
Minnesota One, Treasure Coast and Capital all advanced to the Challenge Bracket with Capital dropping Treasure Coast in a 2-1 win. Capital advanced to the championship division along with M1. Capital lost in the quarterfinals to Munciana Samurai, which went on to finish second, while Thompson and her teammates advanced to the semifinals, losing to eventual national champion Sports Performance.
Treasure Coast's loss to Capital dropped it into the Premier Division while 1st Alliance competed in the Consolation Division.
This tournament ends one career for these four future Badgers and marks the beginning of another. I'm guessing that the foursome will have a busy summer relaxing and getting ready for college. The team will report for meetings and its first practices in early August.
I'm sure the future Badgers will have some interesting stories about playing against each other in high school, including their final prep tournament. Luckily for Wisconsin fans, all four will be on the same team this fall.