This ATU Golden Suns volleyball team went 16-1 and finished their season with a strong showing at the Girls Junior National Championship tournament in Dallas in July.
They finished third in the silver bracket of the tournament and 11th overall out of 48 of the best American Division teams in the country. They beat teams from Nebraska, Delaware and Houston on the first day of play. They beat the No. 1 seed in their pool, a team from from Ripon, Calif., and beat a team from Tacoma, Wash. on the second day.
Their first loss was to a team from Akron, Ohio but they overcame this by winning against an Oregon team in two sets. They played the game of their lives and played like they owned that court during that match, which placed them in the Sweet 16.
On the last day of play, the Golden Suns beat the San Antonio Magic but lost to the NorCal team from Pleasanton, Calif. to finish third place in the silver bracket and 11th overall in the National Championship.
The 2013 Golden Suns Club Volleyball team was coached by a Marcela Sikora, a graduate assistant at Arkansas Tech University. Sikora played for the ATU Golden Suns volleyball team on scholarship from San Paulo, Brazil before coaching this team. The players are from Russellville, Conway, Morrilton, Paris and Atkins. The player from Paris is Daisy Mitchell. Most of this team played together during last year’s club season with Brett Sikora coaching. Sikora is now an assistant volleyball coach at Hendrix University.
This year’s team won all 11 games in April in the Mizuno Lone Star Classic tournament to win the gold in the largest USAV national qualifier out of 143 competitive teams. This won the Golden Suns the lone American bid to the USAV national tournament in Dallas in July.