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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Sports > High School >> Volleyball

Monti's LaRuffa competes at prestigious event

Aug 12, 2019

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Monticello's Emily LaRuffa competing at the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships.
MONTICELLO -- Monticello rising junior Emily LaRuffa was recently selected to compete in the prestigious USA Volleyball High Performance (HP) Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The High Performance Championships is one of USA Volleyball's flagship events. The tournament took place from July 18-22 and featured hundreds of the best volleyball players from around the world in several age groups.
Emily was one of only two volleyball players from the Hudson Valley area selected to compete on one of the two teams from the Iroquois Empire Volleyball Association (IREVA). The other player, Ella Skye Franks, attends New Paltz High School. The IREVA region consists of more than 50 volleyball clubs in 36 counties of upstate and eastern New York.
IREVA sent two teams of 12 players to compete in the championships.
To be selected for the team, players must make it through several rounds of tryouts. The first round of tryouts took place at several areas across the state and included hundreds of players. From those tryouts, select players were invited to attend a two-day tryout.
From that tryout, players were ultimately chosen for the IREVA travel team. They then attended a one-week training at SUNY Brockport, in early July, where they trained with the other players selected for the team.
LaRuffa is an outside hitter and defensive specialist for the Monticello High School varsity volleyball team. She was named a 2018 Class A Section 9 2nd team all-star and a 2018 Sullivan County Democrat volleyball all-star. She plays travel volleyball for Pine Bush Volleyball Club.





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