Orlando Volleyball Academy 17 Asics Start Strong, Finishing Strong

The Orlando Volleyball Academy 17 Asics are off to a fantastic start to the 2012 season.  In January, the 17 Asics captured the OVA MLK Tournament 18 Open Division crown by beating Boomers 18s, nationally-ranked A5-18s, and the #1 Ranked 18s team in the nation, Tampa Bay Juniors 18 Black. In February, the 17 Asics traveled to Las Vegas to for the SCVA Las Vegas Classic. With over 100 teams entered in the 17 Open division, it was a challenging tournament. OVA rose to the occasion, beating top teams from California and Texas. In the semi-finals, OVA fought and lost to the eventual champion Texas Advantage Volleyball 17 Black finishing 3rd. In March, OVA 17 Asics won the 18 Open Division of the Orlando Volleyball Academy Asics Invitational. Last weekend, the team traveled to the Mideast Qualifier in Indianapolis, Indiana.  With over 40 teams entered in the 17 Open Division, the OVA 17 Asics defeated teams from CA, IL, IN and OH to win the tournament and secure their bid to the USAV Junior National Tournament held in July in Columbus, OH.  This past weekend, the team clenched the 17 Open Title at the Big South Volleyball Tournament in Atlanta, Georgia. The girls are now prepping for two tournaments before Nationals, the Show Me Qualifier in April and the National Junior Classic over Memorial Day.
The Orlando Volleyball Academy 17 Asics are led by outside hitter Lindsey Owens and setter/right side Hailey Luke.  Both girls have been on the same team since they were 12s and have been a consistent force for this team.  They have led this team to 2 AAU National Championships and 3 Top 3 Finishes at USAV Nationals.  In 2011, both players were named to the All Tournament team at USA Nationals behind their 3rd place finish in the 16 Open division. Lindsey is a junior at Bishop Moore High School and led the Hornets to the State Finals this season. She is an outstanding 6-rotation player who can pass and hit with precision.  Lindsey has committed to Virginia Tech in the Class of 2013.  Hailey is a junior at Lake Brantley High School.  Hailey’s hard work and dedication to the sport of volleyball has paid dividends.  Hailey sets and hits right side for the 17 Asics.  She has great vision of the court and has a high volleyball IQ.  She is also an outstanding beach volleyball player.  Hailey has committed to play volleyball for Florida State University in the Class of 2013.  This team’s success stems from the consistency and mental toughness that this group has shown over the years.  They always fight back and even when they are down, never count them out.