16 Black Crowned Big South 16 Open Champions!!!

 

Sunday, April 17, 2022 | Atlanta, Georgia

With an overall record of 10-0 (20-2 in sets), Triangle 16 Black wins the deeply talented 16 Open division at The Big South National Qualifier. 16 Black began the event as the overall four seed after finishing tied for 5th and earning a qualifying bid to USAV Junior Nationals at the Sunshine Volleyball Classic Qualifier two weeks prior.

After the first two rounds of pool play at Big South, 16 Black remained undefeated (6-0) and had not dropped a single set. On Saturday night the team began the Gold pool facing off against Top Select 16 Elite Blue (FL) who had previously defeated 16 Black at Sunshine. Triangle, looking for a different outcome, battled to capture the first set 26-24 and then proceeded to clinch the win in set two (25-22).

On Easter Sunday Triangle entered their second Gold pool match against OT 16 J Will (FL) who they had defeated at Sunshine two weeks prior. Triangle dropped their first set of the tournament, but regrouped and went on to win in three (24-26, 25-19, 15-3). Their final Gold pool match was against the #3 nationally ranked A5 (GA). Triangle had faced A5 in Gold pool play at Sunshine but was seeking a different outcome. The match was hard fought and would take three sets but Triangle 16 Black triumphed 2-1 (20-25, 25-23, 15-7). The first place finish in their Gold pool set up the championship match vs. Wave. In the championship final Triangle established early control of the match and went on to defeat Wave in straight sets (25-14, 25-20).

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The Big South National Qualifier is the largest indoor girls junior volleyball tournament held over a single weekend in North America. Established in 1988 in Tampa, Florida, and previously known as the Tampa Bay National Qualifier, The Big South moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 2005. Since then, BSQ has called Atlanta home and has been one of the most competitive juniors events in the nation. In 2022, Big South had 174 courts in the Georgia World Congress Center and had over 1300 junior girls' teams aged 11-17s.


The members of Triangle 16 Black are:

Name........................................ City........................ High School

Emily Bobbitt............................. Clayton.................. Corinth Holders HS

Avery Booker............................. Holly Springs........ Middle Creek HS

Kiarrah (Kiki) Horne................... Raleigh.................. Millbrook HS

Ashlyn Philpot............................ Winterville............. D.H. Conley

Avery Scoggins.......................... New Bern.............. New Bern HS

Coley Shiflet............................... Randleman.......... Southwestern Randolph HS

Lilly Slaymaker........................... Raleigh.................. Wakefield HS

Laynie Smith.............................. Durham................. East Chapel Hill HS

Sophia Grace [SG] Stevens....... Wake Forest......... Millbrook HS

Asia Thigpen.............................. Pittsboro................ Northwood HS


Coaching Staff:

Head Coach, Mike Frank

Assistant Coaches: Katherine Koslowsky and Alissa McGuire