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6 Teams Prepare for Nationals

By Rachel Kass, 05/03/19, 4:15PM CDT


As the regular season winds down to a close, six Penguins teams are preparing for the postseason. The 12 Black, 13 Black, 14 Black, 14 Red, and 15 Black will be traveling to Indianapolis, IN for USAV Nationals and 16 Black will be headed to Orlando, Florida for AAU Nationals.

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“These teams have worked incredibly hard this season,” said Anne Slattery, club director. “They’ve more than earned the right to compete at this level.”

The 12 Black, 13 Black, 14 Black and 15 Black teams earned bids for the American Division at the Badger Qualifier in March. The 14 Red team will compete in the Patriot Division.

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For AAU Nationals, 16 Black will play in the Premier Division. 16 Black earned free entry into nationals with their second-place finish at the AAU Super Regional in Rockford, Illinois last month.

Big Ball Bash, held annually in conjunction with E.C.H.O to encourage healthy lifestyles and support teams heading to Nationals, will be held on May 3rd and May 10th at Center Court Sports Complex in Waukesha.  E.C.H.O is a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging healthy active lifestyles. This is the 7th year in a row the organization and Midwest Penguins Volleyball has teamed up in support of the cause.

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Money raised from entry fees, the silent auction, and the various drawings and/or contests, will go to support E.C.H.O.’s mission and Midwest Penguin teams headed to nationals.

The 14 Black team is running an additional fundraiser on Monday, May 13 from 4:30 to 9 p.m. at Pizza Ranch,930 Fleetfoot Dr. Waukesha, WI 53186. The team will earn 10% of the proceeds made that night. Check back here for more information on additional fundraisers as they are established.

“Competing on the national stage is a great experience for any team, and we couldn’t be more proud of what they’ve accomplished,” Slattery said. “We look forward to watching them continue to grow as athletes throughout the coming weeks.”