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Granby spiker energized by first trip to nationals

Will Bublitz
Sky-Hi Daily News


In her national debut, Granby’s Elsa Krieg put on a superb performance during the 2008 USA Volleyball Junior Olympic National Championships in Dallas, Texas, on June 30-July 3.

Playing as a member of the Colorado Juniors, Krieg helped lead her team to an 18th place out of 48 teams that competed during the four-day national championships. Each team there was a state champion.

“It was my first nationals,” Krieg said. “I thought it would be overwhelming, but I loved the intensity. Once I got there, I was ready to get out on the court and play.”

As the Colorado Juniors’ middle blocker, Krieg earned impressive playing statistics during the tournament, including 63 kills and 13 aces with only six serving errors. She also led the team in blocks with 19 for the competition.

“I had a 34 percent kill ratio, which is pretty good for four days of matches,” she said. “It was definitely my best tournament of the season.”

The Colorado Juniors posted a 5-5 record during the nationals in Dallas.

“The nationals were definitely harder than our tournaments back in Colorado where our team just dominated our competition,” Krieg said. “It was harder but a lot of fun. Everyone on our team always brings their A game to a competition.”

The Colorado Juniors is a club volleyball team based in Monument. The 12-member squad, coached by Judy Peer, qualified for the trip to the nationals after winning the No. 1 spot in the state this spring.

The other players on the Colorado Juniors team are from south Denver, Monument and Colorado Springs. The team has been training and competing together since November 2007. Its players are all age 15 and under.

Elsa is the daughter of Mark and Jenny Krieg of Granby. She is also a member of the Lady Panther volleyball team at Middle Park High School in Granby.