The Jackalope City played host to the annual AAU Volleyball Tournament this past weekend, welcoming a total of 57 teams from around the state for two days of high stakes volleyball action. It was the third time that Douglas hosted the tournament, with games being played at the Douglas Rec Center, Douglas Middle School, Douglas Upper Elementary School and Douglas Intermediate School.
Age groups for the tournament ranged from 10U to 18U and featured an A and B tournament for both the 12U and 14U brackets. Although none of the Douglas teams claimed a championship victory at the conclusion of the weekend, five of the seven teams finished runner-up.
Competing in the gold bracket, the 10U team fell 2-1 in their championship match to Wright. They made their way to the championship after wins over ADPT 10 and OCVC. The 12U A team, playing in the silver bracket, lost 2-1 in their championship match to the Casper Attack, while the 12U B team, competing in the gold bracket, fell 2-0 in their championship to Team Razzle. A second 12U B team also lost in the championship match, 2-0 to ADPT Red in the silver bracket. They advanced to the championship after a first-round bye and a win over OCVC.
The 14U B-Maxwell team lost in the championship to Wright, 2-1, in the gold bracket. They also advanced to the championship after a win over OCVC. The 14U B-Rhamy team fell in the semifinals to the eventual champions, Wright.
Overall the tournament went smoothly and the DRC is hopeful to host the tournament again in the coming years.
“It’s something we want to make an annual thing,” DRC Youth Program Supervisor Haley Gallagher said. “Hopefully we can make it even bigger and better.”