Volleyball State Champions will face off at Adidas LIVT 2022

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY — Perhaps a better name for the 2022 Adidas LIVT (Louisville Invitational Volleyball Tournament) would be Louisville Battle of State Champions.

A whopping 14 LIVT teams in this year’s 24-team field have won a state title, according to Alan Davis, athletic director of the KIVA 3-Step event. In this group, a staggering 122 state championships have been won in Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida and North Carolina.

Volleyball fans will get a chance to see some of that talent over two days Friday and Saturday at Assumption High School and KIVA Sports Center.

The schools will compete in eight 3-team pools on Friday starting at 6:30 p.m. at Assumption High and KIVA Sports Center. The tournament then concludes with a match between the gold, silver and bronze brackets on Saturday morning at the KIVA Sports Center.

Among the schools to watch are National Power and second-seeded Assumption, a Louisville Catholic girls’ school that won 22 state titles and six national championships under legendary coach Ron Kordes; seeded Mother McAuley (Chicago), who won her 15th state title from Illinois in 2016; third-seeded St. Henry, defending Kentucky State champion; fourth-seeded Mount Notre Dame (Cincinnati), which won its 10th Ohio State title in 2020; and fifth seed Notre Dame Academy of Parkes, Kentucky, which has won nine state championships.

“I believe the top three to five are very close in talent and ability,” Davis said. “It should be a very competitive tournament, with potentially tighter Friday night games than in the past.”

At least five schools are undefeated, including Mother McAuley (9-0) and Assumption (11-0), who are among the top two groups playing at Assumption High on Friday. The six remaining pools play at the KIVA Sports Center.

Individually, there are more than a few divisions that I engage. According to Davis, they are Ella White, McAuley, heading to Michigan; Gigi Navarrate, McAuley, North West; Nya Bunton, duPont Manual of Louisville, University of Texas; Aliva Skidmore, St. Henry, Western Kentucky.

Also, Kamden Schrand, Notre Dame Academy (Ky.), Louisville; Sydney Nolan, Notre Dame, Ky., North Carolina; Madison Smith, St. Joseph’s Academy (Mo.), Illinois State; and Whitney Woodrow, Assumption, Fordham.

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