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Breaking Down 16 Open At-Large Candidates

With 5 available spots, there are plenty of promising choices when it comes to selecting this year’s at-large clubs. We take a look at the ones with the best odds of getting picked.

Rage 16s' Riley Patterson (left) and Rachael Martin team on a block earlier this season. Rage should be among those selected for one of the five at-larges.

Rage 16s' Riley Patterson (left) and Rachael Martin team on a block earlier this season. Rage should be among those selected for one of the five at-larges.

The at-large bids should be announced before too long now that the qualifying season is over.

Below, we explore the possibilities in 16 Open, where five spots are available.

We look at which clubs could be favored to receive the good news.

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    John Tawa

    May 4, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    Rage, Triangle and Rockwood Thunder should be locks. If I’m picking two more, I’m taking Madfrog and CIA. I love Team Indiana, so if they apply I’d favor them as well. ARVC would also be fine.

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    May 5, 2016 at 3:39 am

    You are missing a team that has played in open nationals the past 2 years Elevation Garcia . No way should Triangle be picked over them. Rockwood, Rage for sure I agree. Elevation overall resume good also better than Team Indiana. But TI is much improved.

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    May 5, 2016 at 3:53 am

    Elevation 5th in MEQ 9th NLQ. Also 4th at Sports performance president day challenge. They took Legacy and Sting to 3. This is a team with a good setter and libero with athletes in the middle. They also won the Ohio Bid tournament going undefeated beating CVC in finals. They belong.

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    Sean Hardy

    May 5, 2016 at 4:56 am

    Thoughts on Norco 16 Black – 4th at Crosstoads and 13th at NL and their stud rightside rolled her ankle Wednesday before NL. Hasn’t lost a match to a non Open team.

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    May 5, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    More inside the numbers Elevation is the highest ranked team on AES who does not have bid. Don’t understand the ARVC pick my goodness they finished 15th at MEQ. If you finish below 10th at any qualifier that should put you out like Northern lights no matter who is missing. A5 is has missed their 6 6 middle all year and still won 2 qualifiers. Rage Gabe has missed their stud outside and has still missed a bid 3 times by only one game.

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    May 5, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    I don’t understand this…we HJV has a better resume than half of the teams and we beat Rockwood thunders twice….why isn’t HJV Elites not mentioned? Bunch of bull hockey..

  7. Howard Garcia

    Howard Garcia

    May 6, 2016 at 8:57 am

    Data based on results is what should be used. Who I like (a feeling thing) to me is and will always be counterproductive.

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    May 6, 2016 at 11:37 am

    AES Ranking is an awful system to even look at. Half the time the records aren’t even right let alone the fact it doesnt take into consideration which teams are playing harder opponents.

    As for HJV, I don’t see where you are getting a better resume than the 5 teams picked.

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