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Tubert helps team win national title

June 11, 2011
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Bits and pieces from the local sports scene:

Burbank High grad and U.S. squad thrive in event: Sara Tubert has wasted little time beginning her success in international volleyball after graduating from Burbank High recently.

Tubert, a setter on the USA National Deaf Women's Volleyball Team, got a taste of top-level competition at the USA Volleyball Open National Championships, June 1-4 in Dallas.

Pitted against 32 teams from all across the United States, the USA National Deaf Women's Volleyball Team won the Division A title. Team USA was the only deaf team in the tournament.

Playing in 25 games over three days, it was Tubert's first chance to compete in a big tournament since being selected to the squad last summer.

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USA Volleyball, which hosted the annual event at the Dallas Convention Center, has showcased its Open National Championships for 80 years since the organization's founding in 1928. The only years in which no competition took place was in 1943 and 1944, during the height of World War II.

The Open has been a mainstay celebrating adult volleyball nationally. The event is one of the largest national championships in any sport in the United States, and the Open has featured the sport of volleyball from coast to coast.

The USA National Deaf Women's Volleyball Team will next compete at the 2011 Volleyball Friendship Games to be held July 31-Aug. 6 at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. The four teams playing in the Women's Division will be Canada, Japan, Ukraine and the United States.

Tubert was an all-league and All-Area standout at Burbank High in volleyball, as well as water polo. She had 281 assists to go along with 107 digs, 61 kills, 30 blocks and 23 aces in volleyball as a senior.

She will play for Gallaudet University starting in the fall.

Little League teams ready to begin tournament play: Having spent the past four months practicing and competing in regular season games, the attention of dozens of area Little League baseball and softball players has focused on the seven upcoming District 16 Tri-Cities Tournament of Champions.

Plenty will be at stake for those scheduled to compete, but Dave Ritchie said the teams should be battle tested in the various tournaments.

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