Riese takes a spot on elite volleyball team

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Pictured are (front row, from left) Madison Powers, Adel-Desoto-Minburn; Hannah Lester, Indianola; Claire Wandrey, Ankeny; Kaylee Smith, Indianola; Claire Ludwig, Carroll-Kuemper; (back row) Assistant Coach - Tony Sunga, Simpson College; Caitlyn Riese, Colo-Nesco; Brooke Reichart, Dowling Catholic; Megan Ballenger, Ankeny; Kyla Inderski, Urbandale; Head Coach - Lana Smith, Simpson College. (Photo Submitted)

On July 1, the Central Iowa Select 18 Maroon girls’ volleyball team won the USA Volleyball 2014 18U Girl’s Junior National Championship. Caitlyn Riese of Colo-Nesco was one of the players on the team.

Playing in the four-day tournament, held in Minneapolis, Minn., CIS 18 Maroon won eleven straight matches, winning the National Division and finishing with a season record of 53-16. They placed third in the 17U National competition in Dallas, Texas, in 2013 and won the American Division 16U title held in Columbus, Ohio, in 2012. In all, the 18 Maroon girls compiled a remarkable three-year USA National Tournament record of 31-1.

Based out of MVP Sports in Des Moines, 18 Maroon defeated teams from California, Michigan, Texas, Missouri, Oregon, Arizona, Pennsylvania and Minnesota in winning the 2014 National Division Championship. Kaylee Smith and Kyla Inderski were named to the National Division All-Tournament Team. Megan Ballenger received the tournament’s Most Valuable Player Award.

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