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Pulling Rank in 16 Open at AAUs (Day 1)

MiElite’s Francesca McBride (18) and Elizabeth Ruprich (23) attempt to stop 1st Alliance OH Kirsten Leitshuh (16) on Day 1.

In our predictions, we posed the question: Is 16 Open at AAUs as strong as it has been in the past? I wondered this as I looked at the USAV-qualified teams and only saw three.

However, with almost 20 top-ranked teams in the field as well as witnessing Day 1 in Orlando, I take back my doubt and bring forth a new perspective: Yes, 16 Open is a terrific display of competitive volleyball from Day 1 and absolutely as strong as ever.

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