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Boys Finish Strong at USAV Nationals in Columbus

By Beth Brody, 07/13/17, 12:45PM EDT

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The Central Jersey Volleyball Academy (CJVA) 16 Storm and 18 Chaos boys’ volleyball teams faced strong competition from all over the country at the USAV 2017 Boys Junior National Championships, held in Columbus, Ohio in July.

 The 18 Chaos team was awarded a competitive "bid" for the tournament, which is the first time that any CJVA boy’s team has won a bid to Nationals. Only one other boy’s club in New Jersey has previously won a bid to the National Tournament.

On the first day of the tournament, 18 Chaos successfully defeated Adversity Purple 18 from Vernon Hills, Illinois but then lost hard-fought battles to Eden Mizuno 18 from Eden, NY, and to the top team in the country, Balboa Bay 18, from Costa Mesa, CA, which was eventually awarded the gold medal in the tournament. CJVA 18 Chaos finished 25th in the open bracket. Jason Davila, who also directs the boys program at Central Jersey Volleyball Academy, coaches the team.

The CVJA 16 Storm team lost to Florida Mojo 16 and KU`IKAHI 16R RoShamBo from Hawaii but defeated RVC 16-2 from Richmond, VA and VCVC Boys 16 Cory from Ventura, CA. The CJVA Storm finished 51st in the club bracket, getting knocked out in the semi-finals and playing 10 matches during the course of the tournament. Becky Prado, who has coached women’s teams at Rider University and Centenary College, coaches the CJVA 16 Storm team.

Both teams had stellar seasons this year. They were victorious in their age groups at the Garden Empire Volleyball Association Boys Junior Regional Tournament at the Branchburg Sports Complex. CJVA 16 Storm won their bracket at the Boys’ Atlantic Northeastern Tournament in Harrisburg, PA and CJVA 18 Chaos finished in a tie for fifth place out of 53 teams in their age group, winning a bid to the USAV 2017 Boys Junior National Championships.

About CJVA
Founded in 2004, CJVA is a non-profit community organization dedicated to training and developing student athletes through competitive participation in the sport of volleyball. CJVA operates its own 15,000 square foot facility, RACsports in Flemington, NJ and also offers programs in Summit, NJ.