Standing on the championship podium, Olivia Fish couldn’t grasp what she and her teammates had just accomplished.
The incoming Immanuel Lutheran School eighth-grader and company were national champions.
Fish recently went to ESPN’s Wide World of Sports and Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, with Asics KIVA 14 to compete in the 45th AAU Junior National Volleyball Championships.
KIVA, a travel volleyball team based in Louisville, Kentucky, went 12-0 over a four-day span to be crowned 14 Open champions.
“I was really in shock,” Fish said. “I didn’t really know what we had done. I hadn’t processed it yet. It’s really cool.”
The team played three games each day to win the tourney.
KIVA only dropped two sets in the entire tourney. In the championship, the team topped OT 14 S. Felix V, an Orlando Tampa Volleyball Academy club, 25-16, 18-25, 15-13.
Fish said she was the only girl on her team from Indiana.
She played right side for KIVA and felt the team clicked on all levels.
“We played really good defense the whole tournament,” Fish said. “Our hitting was very good most of the time. Our blocking was pretty good, too. I thought I brought my game up with blocking. I felt like I had good blocks in big moments. In the last game, we blocked it, and we got the momentum going.”
The team Fish played on is coached by Ron Kordes, who coaches at Assumption in Louisville. He has one of the most decorated careers in Kentucky high school volleyball history.
“All of the girls were a lot of fun,” Fish said. “It was a big family.”
Fish said she has only played volleyball since the fifth grade and has high hopes for the future.
“I love (volleyball) so much,” Fish said. “I want to play for the next few years. I want to take it to the next level with my game.”
Fish, who also plays basketball, said she hopes to play with the same group of girls again next year.
Next up for Fish is the middle school season with the Warriors. She’s hoping for a successful season at Immanuel.
“Hopefully, I can bring my teammates up and help support them,” Fish said.