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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Volleyball: Short & Ohio Elite Finish 2nd

First volleyball related post....let no one say I'm not an equal opportunity recognizer. Wrestling, swimming, track, baseball and now volleyball...all in the last 3 months. Ok, enough back patting...on with the show.

Senior-to-be Erin Short and the Ohio Elite Club Volleyball team finished runner up at the Junior Olympic Championships held this past week in Miami, FL. They were defeated in the championship game by the 951 Elite Club out of California.

The Ohio team finsihed the tourney with 10 wins and just the one loss, winning 8 of their 10 games in straight sets. They finished higher than 46 other teams in their division, and were one of only 6 teams out of 124 in the entire 17U group to finish with 1 loss or go undefeated.

Both clubs were stocked with college level talent, including local players Jade Craycraft (Wooster) and Jenna Pew (Smithville) for Team Ohio. Both Short and Craycraft were named to the All-Tournament team for the 17 Gold Division.

Erin is an Eastern Michigan commit, and I'm sure is looking forward to her final season as a Red Rider with the comfort of having already secured a free education and a chance to play collegiately.

This may amount to a little bit of Red Rider trivia, but with Erin's older sister Erica having completed a fine college volleyball career at Indiana, I'm curious as to the number of siblings to come through OHS that saw both play at the Division I college level. Not necessarily the same sport, but just at the D1 level.

Please share in the comments section if you know of any siblings that might meet that criteria. I can't imagine if the list is very long. Maybe the Howard sisters (DeVonne & DeNesha)for starters? I know Mo Tipton had at least 2 (and maybe 3) of his sons play college football, but not sure if any were at the D1 level.

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