The Flatrock Volleyball Club after winning the Colorado Crossroads tournament. Front row, from left: Jordynn Simpson (North Platte High School), Jade Max (Ogallala), Felicia Knoerzer (Elwood), Erica Hopping (Sutherland), Taylin McNair (Chase County) and Kaitlyn Hansen (North Platte High School). Back row: Coach Lori Mau, Sydney Mullin (Maxwell), Faith Simpson (Wauneta-Palisade), Tara Callahan (Brady), Shaylee Jones (South Loup) and Coach Alexa McCall.
The Flatrock Volleyball team won the Colorado Crossroads tournament in Denver on March 12 to qualify for the USA Volleyball Junior National tournament.Flatrock Volleyball went 10-1 in their matches in the three-day tournament with 80 teams from around the western United States.
In the finals, Flatrock defeated the 303 Volleyball Academy of Denver in two straight sets, 25-23, 25-20.
Flatrock's only loss in the tournament came in the second day when they lost to the Webfoot Juniors from Eugene, Ore.
The Flatrock Volleyball team is made up of players from southwest Nebraska, but the majority of them are from Lincoln County. The team is coached by current North Platte Community College assistant coach and former Maxwell coach Lori Mau.
"I think that it is something special when you can take a bunch of girls that play against each other all season long and put them on a team and see how the friendships and teamwork comes together," Mau said.
Practice for the club season begins in January and the season takes place in February and March. Mau said her team usually isn't at full strength until later in the season because most of the players play basketball for their high schools.
"With most girls that play, we do not make them choose between this and other sports," Mau said. "All the girls on this team played basketball or did another sport and are also all in other sports right now. This shows their dedication and work ethic which they all have in spades."
The National tournament will be in Dallas, Texas on April 21-23. The team is currently raising money for the trip. Their goal is to raise $10,000. Those interested in donating can go to https://www.gofundme.com/flatrock-18s-national-tournament.