The Balboa Bay Volleyball Club Quiksilver under-16 boys' team almost lost out on a chance to win its first tournament of the year because of a cancelled flight.
Of all the tournaments to miss, Kevin Rakestraw couldn't believe it might be the biggest one in the country.
Joey Martino was just as stunned because he said the team worked eight months for this opportunity.
The path to the top of the open division at the USA Volleyball Junior National Championships turned out to be far from smooth for Balboa Bay. Kent Kawaguchi believes the obstacles Balboa Bay went through to get to the tournament helped it prevail.
The team almost never made it to Minneapolis, Minn. for the tournament formerly known as the JuniorOlympics.
Rakestraw and his teammates arrived at John Wayne Airport last Friday at 5 in the morning, only to find out there was no plane from Frontier Airlines to take them to the tournament.