Hotlanta Volleyball team places at championships

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Admittedly, blogging is an imperfect practice. On occasion, we miss things and that’s the case with the Hotlanta Volleyball Association.

Five HVA teams traveled to the championships of the North American Gay Volleyball Association in Miami in May and they did so quietly, flying under our radar and without much public attention. We’re addressing that oversight now.

Of the HVA teams that took part in the championships, the Mojo racked up the best finish. The team captured fourth place in the B Division, one of four tiers of competition. Teams from New York captured the top two places in the B Division, while the Baltimore Rave took third place.

Across all four divisions, the Mojo was the only team from the South to finish in the top four. (For complete results, go here.)

“We wanted to take third place,” says Duc Nguyen, the Mojo’s captain. “Because it was nationals, fourth place got a trophy as well so we got to bring home a trophy.”

The Mojo finished in the middle of the pack at the event in 2007, but an additional year of competition helped improve the team, he says. The team played at least 10 games over the three-day competition this year.

“The more we play together, the better we get. It’s about being able to gel with your teammates,” Nguyen says.

Two Mojo players – Nguyen and Jim Grina – joined three others from Baltimore and New York on the B Division All-Star team. Nguyen also serves as HVA’s tournament director and is busily preparing for the Hotlanta Classic XVII, set for July 25-27 at Emory. More details on that event later this week.

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