Meet me at the Crossroads, where you’ll see these stars shining in 17 Open and the Club divisions.
Alyssa Fierro, Libero, AZ Sky VBC 17 Gold – AZ Sky itself has one of the more energetic benches I’ve seen thus far and Fierro gives her teammates lots to cheer about. She is disciplined in her positioning and I watched her rebound rockets from heavy hitters (with quality!) that allowed her team to turn transition swings into points.
Claudia Dillon, MB, CoJrs 17 Kevin – Dillon, in the M-1 position, takes advantage of the freedom to run behind the setter. I watched her hit a (very) fast tempo slide several times, frustrating her outside blocker because she beat her to the pin every time. She has a quick arm with a great snap.
Karen Murphy, S, ID Crush 17 – I really liked this speedy and fluid setter. She runs a balanced offense and puts up a good-sized block. She also served a key ace and went on a serving run in a three-set match against Dynasty to come out first in the pool.
Jillian Gillen, OH, KC Power 17-1 – Gillen was perhaps my favorite player of the day to watch. She’s dynamic and shows great heart in the back row. I watched her dig an incredible ball, get up quickly, and then ask (and receive) the “pipe” set. I’m fairly certain someone caught me grinning to no one, all by myself, watching her play. A former middle for a smaller club, Gillen ran slides and zero tempo “1s.” She’s 5-9 and scored nearly every time.
Jenna Sandall, OH, City Beach 17 Black – We have another slightly undersized kid who just doesn’t care… or know it. Either way, Sandall is fun to watch! She’s developed a repertoire of swings that make her a threat to even the biggest block. Her serve receive is solid, making her movements early so it looks easy.
Shkhinah Tindsley, MB, Pacific Coast 17 Jayne – You can’t not notice Tindsley. Her size and physicality alone are one thing, but she moves so well from pin-to-pin with long steps. She is terminal by varying her sets, shots, and swings. It must be difficult for a player with such size to decide not to hit straight down every time…
Others Who Shined:
Shea Fuller, S/RS, 303 Volleyball Academy 17-Alpha
Amber Johnson, OH, 360 17 Kaos Black
Nadia Kern, OH, 915 United 17 Gil
Reagan Leinen, OH, AEV 17 National
Lexy Thomas, OH, Alamo 17 Premier
Kate Grimmer, RS, Arizona Storm 17 Thunder
Amber Stivrins, OH, Arizona Storm 17 Thunder
Ellie Bichelmeyer, OH, Asics MAVS 17-1
Rachel Hickman, RS, Asics MAVS 17-1
Alyssa Hughes, MB, Athena Volleyball Academy 17 Gold
Averi Miller, S/RS, AZ EVJ 17N1 Tempe
Brooklyn Poling, RS, AZ EVJ 17N1 Tempe
Lauryn Burt, S, Bakersfield 18 John
Makayla Sorenson, OH, Bonneville Volleyball Club 17
Shay Coons, OH, CCE 18 Black
Kaylissa Arndorfer, MB, CIA 17 Black
V Bree Thompson, OH, CIA 17 Black
Hailey Cuff, OH, Club V 17 Ren
Emily Smith, S, Club V 17 Ren
Adelaide Feek, MB, CoJrs 17 Kevin
Noelani Helm, S/RS, CRU 17 Baden
Hannah Lapour, RS, Dynasty 17 Black
Carlee Wise, OH, Illinois HPSTL 17 Elite
Madison Kubik, OH, Iowa PowerPlex 17U TPP
Arin Winters, OH, Iowa PowerPlex 17U TPP
Makayla Tolman, RS, ID Crush 17
Amaya Tillman, MB, KC Power 17-1
Julia Norville, Libero, NCVC 17-1 Asics
Emmy Grant, MB, Nebraska Elite 17 TKO
Emma Worthington, RS, Nebraska Elite 17 TKO
Marriah Buss, OH, Nebraska ONE 17 Titanium
Fallon Stutheit, MB, Nebraska ONE 17 Titanium
Mataya Megson, MB, NORCO 17 Black
Annika Wetterstrom, S, NORCO 17 Black
Marissa Hinkle, Libero, Northern Lights 17-1
Kennedi Orr, S, Northern Lights 17-1
Bridget Green, Libero, NYC Juniors 17 National
Amethyst Harper, OH, Pacific Coast 17 Jayne
Carlee Camlin, S, Platform Elite 17 Adidas
Megan Skovsende, OH, Premier Nebraska 17 Gold
Hailey Zuroske, OH, Premier Nebraska 17 Gold
Olivia Mikkelsen, S, Splash 17 National
Azyah Green, MB, Springfield Juniors 17 Blue
Samantha Chavez, Libero, SynergyForce 17 National
Lauren Strain, MB, The Diff 17 Black
Kelsie Cada, OH, VCNebraska 17 Elite
Alexandra Lemke, S, VCNebraska 17 Elite
Selina Xu, S, Vision 17 Gold
Nadia Pace, RS, Xceleration Volleyball Club 17 Blue
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