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Opinion: Breaking Down The Open At-Large Selections

One writer shares his thoughts on which teams deserved to be picked and which ones were snubbed.

Aspire 17s' Jessica Vastine (12) goes up for the attack. Aspire was one of five teams to receive an at-large in 17 Open.

Aspire 17s' Jessica Vastine (12) goes up for the attack. Aspire was one of five teams to receive an at-large in 17 Open.

I’m not sure how you feel about the Open at-large selections, but I know my thoughts.

I share them below, which teams I believe were deserving and which ones I think were snubbed.

It’s important to remember these are my opinions. I don’t speak for everyone at, just me.

Overall, I agreed with the majority of the selections. In some cases, you can split hairs. However, there was one questionable choice that seemed to miss the mark.

Keep reading to find out.

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  1. ndebt4vball


    May 10, 2016 at 10:28 am

    JT, in 17’s you seem to place a few decisions were dependent on the results of the Houston Skyline vs 1st Alliance match. An interesting tidbit about this match was Houston Skyline played that day without starting MH Avery Skinner, who had sprained her ankle the previous day.

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    Jeff Benck

    May 14, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    CT, You mentioned TStreet 15s weak finish at SoCal but you should be aware that Tstreet lost their starting setter in the first match of play at that qualifier and also had a starting middle out with a broken finger. You also mention Lava West’s recent win in head to head play as important at Mandatory 2 but Tstreet went on to finish 3rd overall that same day and Lava fell to the bottom half of the D-1 bracket. Lastly, at Mandatory 3 last weekend TStreet and Lava West went head to head again and TStreet Won in 2. 25-7, 25-23. Just FYI.

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    May 16, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    I would just like to point out the 1st Alliance beat Houston Skyline 25-16, 25-16 in Chicago and beat PVA 25-16, 25-19 in Kansas City. 1st Alliance also beat Rockwood Thunder who has *WON* two qualifiers, without the help of their starting middle/opposite who went down with a turned ankle in the first set. With those results and looking at who 1st Alliance played in qualifiers, it would be very difficult for me to rank PVA and Houston Skyline above 1st Alliance and it would be ridiculous to question whether or not they deserved a bid.

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