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The ND United 17U team was one of three teams representing the state in the Asics National Tournament. All three teams featured West Fargo athletes. Front row, from left: Courtney Suppa (WF), McKenzie Kiefer (Bismarck), McKayla Orr (Jamestown), Maggie McIntosh (WF). Back row: Josie Hegerle (Jamestown), Shelby Gustafson (WF), Alivia Fraase (Shanley), Addie Eamon (Jamestown), Madison Wendel (Carrington), Coach Twila Roemmich. Submitted photo

Three North Dakota junior volleyball teams -- featuring 16 West Fargo players-- joined 445 other teams from across the nation to take part in the 38th Annual Asics Junior National Championship tournament, which is the oldest running "mega volleyball event" in the United States, on the weekend of June 14.

Both junior boys and girls teams, ages 12-18, competed in the tournament that drew over 5,000 athletes, fans and college recruiters from all over the nation.

The three "ND United" volleyball teams -- one in the 15U, 16U and 17U divisions -- went to Chicago, Ill., to participate in the tournament on Navy Pier.

All three North Dakota teams found some success in the national event.

The 15U team earned a spot in the Bronze Tournament, the 16U team earned third place in the Silver Tournament and the 17U team took third place in the Gold Tournament, which is the highest position a North Dakota team has ever earned.

The 16 West Fargo athletes that participated are Darian Chwialkowski, Kendra Johnson, Annie McIntosh, Brianna Arens, Jasmine Bruer, Keauna Hansen, Mikia Ferguson, Jenna Beck, MacKenzie Vanhoorn, Olivia Gravel, Tabby Miller, Kali Hegerle, Erica Rene, Courtney Suppa, Maggie McIntosh and Shelby Gustafson.