2013 USA Nationals Article
Creole – Women’s AA
With a slightly better turnout than last year of Women’s AA teams, this year USAV still decided to schedule one large 10-team pool for round robin that lasted the first three days of the tournament. A 3-0 start on the first day put our team in a good position moving into Monday, and we improved to 5-0 after a two solid wins Monday afternoon. The final Monday match was against our longtime nemesis, Wasabi, and we suffered a close loss to this solid team to end the day. However this loss did not cause us to lose momentum as we came back in our first match Tuesday with a quick win. Pool play finished out with two more tough matches, including a very tough loss in the third game 23-21 rounded out by a third game win 15-13 late on Tuesday night as we closed down the convention center. After three solid days of pool play, Creole moved into Gold playoffs seeded 3rd with a 7-2 pool play record.
The first Gold match bright and early Wednesday morning was against the 2nd seed, Wasabi, which was a well fought match but Wasabi pulled away to win at the end of the third game 15-12. Creole was then sent to the Gold loser’s bracket to face the team they lost to in 3 the last day of pool play. Hungry for revenge, Creole fought point-for-point to split the first two games 20-25 and 28-26. We kept fighting in game three but in the end could not finish for the win, losing 16-14. Thus ended Creole’s run for gold, and an unsatisfying 4th place finish. It was a disappointing end to the tournament after such a strong showing in pool play, but we are looking for redemption in 2014!