Potential abounded Friday night, as more than 600 hopefuls showed off for well over 100 college coaches at the Second Annual Washington D.C. Unsigned Showcase, held in conjunction with the Capitol Hill Classic. Though only steps from the National Portrait Gallery, there weren’t many posers in this crowd, as these ladies came to play!
At the end of three sessions, one player stood slightly taller than the rest, our MVP, Parker Hartzell of Metro 15 Travel. Hartzell, who played middle in high school and plays on the right for her nationally-ranked club team, also is a beach standout. Listed at 6-0 and new to Metro, the freshman wowed our coaches both with a 32.2-inch vertical jump and a physicality few others possessed.
Said one college coach watching her play: “That girl is going to be nasty!”
Two other outsides earned runner-up status: VA Elite sophomore OH Jasmine Green and Revolution freshman OH Hope Leavy-Gaskins. Green, at 5-11, has the frame for power and she brings the heat from either pin. Leavy-Gaskins stands 5-9 and is a fluid, six-rotation athlete who moves efficiently, is proficient in all the skills and has great potential for growth.
As we roamed the convention center on Friday, several other players caught our attention. They are listed below, with notes if we have them. Be advised that there were many others participating who shined in the eyes of the college coaches. Here’s hoping we helped make some college dreams come true!
Rachel Grightmire, Class of 2019, Defensa 17 – A favorite of many college coaches, this Canadian showed great athleticism and lateral movement
Alannys Martinez, 2019, Next Level – Aggressive and with good ball control
Carrie Fitzgerald, 2018, Premier of Delaware – Great court sense
Maeve Register, 2018, Maryland Juniors – Great court presence
McKenna Walker, 2019, Ballyhoo
Elisa Park, 2019, Maryland Juniors – Court presence
Natalia Gutierrez, 2021, Metro VB of D.C. – Active; tenacious
Catarina Dubeux, 2019, AVVC – Technically sound
Katelyn McDonough, 2019, Borinquen Coqui – Technically sound
Emily Haber, libero, Sportime
Mackenzie Mahon, 2019, Paramount – Smooth hands; efficient to ball
Zoe Huang, 2021, Metro VB of DC – Smart; jump sets well
London Fuller, 2019, Baltimore Elite – GREAT athlete playing setter; 27-inch vert; oozes potential
Emily Link, 2020, Valley Juniors – long and projectable
Joanna Plowman, 2020, VA Juniors – has hands for the position
Hannah Prendergast, 2020, VA Juniors – great feel setting behind her
Jaimie Timbol, 2019, Phoenix – Small and will be overlooked by many, but what hands! Someone will steal her…
Lauren Baumgardner, 2018, East Coast Volleyball – Good hand placement on ball
Victoria Boulay, 2020, Downstate – quick to the ball; good control and hands; can run tempo
Aimee Beaupre, 2019, Defensa – another impressive Canadian!
Anadys Chimeles, 2019, Next Level Academy – power arm from Puerto Rico!
Aaliyah Griffin, 2021, Maryland Juniors – good now, better in the future; jumped 28 inches
Sadie Sharkey, 2020, Southern Tier – gets hand on top of the ball
Jayden Beasley, 2018, Shenandoah Valley Vipers – long; hits a good slide
Payton Reis, 2019, Palm Beach Juniors – will get lots of offers
Summer Hensley, 2020, Dulles Volleyball – quick off the ground
Olivia Womble, 2020, VA Juniors
Cara Fusilli, 2020, Paradigm – great frame
Sydney Lewis, 2019, CEVA – impressive physically
Elyssia Smith, 2019, Coreva – athletic; good arm
Alexis Larosiliere, 2021, VA Elite – GREAT frame; future star
Margeau Pitters, 2019, Vienna Elite – springy, strong, strong arm; the best from Session I
Morgan Ritchie, 2021, Premier – good swing
Olivia Mitchell, 2019, CEVA – physical regardless of where ball is set
Lydia Leiner, 2019, Maryland Juniors
Tara Pietrulewicz, 2019, Princeton – athletic!
Kameron Fobbs, 2019, CORE – moves well; looks the part of a DI athlete
Victoria Barrett, 2020, Fredericksburg Juniors – super athlete was area’s POY
Kate Sheire, 2020, VA Elite – long; gets feet to the ball
Katelyn Clarke, 2020, VA Juniors – very rangy
Trista Keder, 2020, Dulles – just good
Shannon Baily, 2019, Arlington Elite – athletic; puts hand on ball well
Clara Smith, 2018, RVC – lefty; lots of moving parts but great potential
Aiden Finegan, 2018, Yorktowne – solid
Jasmin Perry, 2018, Strive – gets up; loads of potential
Emily Wunder, 2018, Paradigm Revolution – 6-3 with power
Alisa Mejia, 2019, Downstate – lefty; good rise and power potential
Stefana Stan, 2020, Sporting Albany — physical