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Brea Mitchell competes in national volleyball tourney

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University of Montana Western volleyball middle blocker Brea Mitchell participated in the 2012 U.S.A. Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships held from June 28 to July 1 in Columbus, Ohio. UMW NEWS BUREAU University of Montana Western volleyball middle blocker Brea Mitchell participated in the 2012 U.S.A. Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships held from June 28 to July 1 in Columbus, Ohio. Mitchell, who will begin her freshman year at Montana Western in fall 2012, helped lead her Pocatello Elite team to a silver medal. Forty-eight teams competed in the 18 National Division. The Pocatello Elite notched an 8-3 record through pool and bracket play, handing the first loss of the tournament to the top seed to advance to the championship. In the gold medal match, the Pocatello Elite took a tough Michigan club to three games, losing 19-25, 25-19, 10-15. Mitchell played four years of volleyball and two years of track and field at Century High School in Pocatello, Idaho. She won her volleyball team’s best offensive player award her senior year and was also named to the Idaho All-Area team. Century High won the Idaho state 4A volleyball championship in Mitchell’s junior and senior seasons. Mitchell’s club team also took first place at the Colorado Crossroads tournament. Bulldog head volleyball coach Lisa Griffiths said Mitchell’s performance in Columbus is a good harbinger of the play she will bring to Montana Western. “The experience Brea gained from competing at these national championships will be invaluable in helping her transition to the college game,” Griffiths said. “She is out competing against the best players in the country and gaining great experience in a highly competitive atmosphere.” Mitchell joined the 2012 Bulldog volleyball team for mini-camp workouts from June 15-17 in Dillon in preparation for the national tournament trip. Players recorded strength training maxes in the newly improved Montana Western weight room, participated in team building exercises and hit the court for skill development and scrimmage sessions. Griffiths was excited about the opportunity to see the team in mid-summer form.
“It was great to have all the players in for a long weekend of practice,” Griffiths added. “It helps the players get to know each other and gives me a preview of what we have to work with in the fall. I recruited all the incoming players separately but it was fun to have them in the gym together and see how special this season can be.”
“It was great to have all the players in for a long weekend of practice,” Griffiths added. “It helps the players get to know each other and gives me a preview of what we have to work with in the fall. I recruited all the incoming players separately but it was fun to have them in the gym together and see how special this season can be.” Bulldog volleyball will return to campus again from July 27-29, 2012 to direct an individual and team camp for fifth through 12th graders. August 1 will mark the first day of official practice as the team prepares for the 2012 season, including their home opener against Montana Tech on August 21.
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