Volleyball players headed for Orlando to compete for AAU National Volleyball Championship

 

Vanessa Pidutti (left) and Meghan Trotter are part of the only 13U Canadian team playing at the AAU National Volleyball Championship.

Vanessa Pidutti (left) and Meghan Trotter are part of the only 13U Canadian team playing at the AAU National Volleyball Championship.

By Ron Giofu

 

A pair of Amherstburg girls are part of a regional volleyball team that is in Florida trying to win the AAU National Volleyball Championship.

Vanessa Pidutti and Meghan Trotter, both 13-years-old, are part of the South County Bandits U13 team that is competing at the ESPN Wild World of Sports Complex at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. They will be competing against teams from across the United States but from such locations as Puerto Rico and Finland as well.

“We’re the only Canadian team going out of 2,000 teams,” said Pidutti. “We extended our season for this.”

Trotter said they started working towards this tournament around Christmas. They have had numerous other tournaments throughout the season, which normally ends in April, with tournaments in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Columbus, Ohio being amongst the tougher ones so far.

Pidutti and Trotter said they were anxious to compete against other teams at the AAU National Volleyball championship.

“I’m excited. It will be a big experience for us,” said Pidutti.

“I’m really excited and nervous at the same time,” added Trotter. “I feel the competition is going to be hard since there are teams from all over.”

The Bandits U13 team goes in familiar with how some of the U.S. teams play, as many of the tournaments they have already played in this year were on the American side of the border.

“I think we are well prepared,” said Trotter.

The girls also practised twice a week for two hours a night this past season with a tournament almost every weekend.

Both Trotter and Pidutti said the teamwork aspect of volleyball is what they enjoy about the sport.

“I guess I like it because it’s a team sport. My team is like my family now,” said Trotter. “It’s fun. It’s a good experience for me.”

“We all work together,” added Pidutti. “One mistake isn’t on one person. It’s fun and a competitive sport at the same time.”

The AAU National Volleyball championship runs through Friday in Orlando.

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