That is “Dots,” VolleyballMag.com’s weekly have a look at 10 issues in membership volleyball, previous or current, that curiosity me and hopefully will curiosity you. Search for Dots each Tuesday by way of Junior Nationals this summer season, with one exception: right this moment’s Dots come to you on Wednesday!
• The membership volleyball season began in earnest final weekend. Twenty-five years in the past, after I first began overlaying membership, President’s Day Weekend was thought of the unofficial begin to the 12 months. After USA Volleyball determined to quick observe the 18s membership season, nevertheless, the unofficial begin to membership accelerated to MLK Weekend. All the pieces earlier than that could be a prequel. It’s go time now!
• The primary two of 16 nationwide 18s qualifiers passed off final weekend in Chicago and Kansas Metropolis. There might be 18s qualifiers each weekend going ahead by way of April 1.
• In Kansas Metropolis, the Asics Kansas Metropolis MLK Event noticed three groups punch their tickets within the 18 Open division to 18s Nationals, which might be held April 26-28 in Baltimore. 18 Open is essentially the most aggressive of the USAV divisions. The others are Nationwide, USA, Liberty, American, Freedom and Patriot.
The three groups claiming 18 Open bids had been KC Energy 18 Black, Rockwood Thunder 18 Elite and Premier Nebraska 18 Gold.
Energy ran by way of the event with a 9-0 document. Dave Johnson’s staff dropped simply three units, however , in every match, received the deciding set at deuce.
“We handed and served at a very excessive degree the entire weekend,” Johnson mentioned. “We targeted rather a lot on our vitality and our communication particularly when issues received dicey.”
Libero Mya Bolton and setter Janelle Inexperienced had been key to Energy’s weekend. Being in system and distributing to the appropriate individuals on the proper instances allowed pins Rachel Van Gorp, Alea Goolsby and Jillian Huckabee had been in an incredible rhythm all weekend.
“We stayed in system rather a lot and if you’re in system life is nice,” Johnson remarked.
Van Gorp had 13 aces on Day 3 to assist the trigger, whereas middles Julia Headley, Cy Rae Campbell and Zoe McDonald did an incredible job of working to shut the block.
“It’s fantastic to have our bid and to win MLK,” Johnson added. “I’m happy with my warriors for the time and work put into the beginning of this season.”
Rockwood reached the championship match with assist from MN Choose 18-1 in Gold Pool A. After Gretchen Moser’s staff opened the pool with a sweep of Choose, Premier defeated Rockwood in three. Premier was now within the driver’s seat to make the ultimate and earn an early bid, however the Omaha membership misplaced in three to Choose. That gave Rockwood a bid and delayed Premier’s celebration yet another match.
Rockwood claimed a bid regardless of being down two middles! The staff misplaced its M1 for the season the weekend earlier than in Gateway League play and misplaced one other center to an ankle sprain the primary match of Day 2. Down to 1 center, Moser needed to reinvent a line up.
“The ladies tailored extraordinarily properly and truly had enjoyable with it at instances,” Moser mentioned. “Offensively we linked properly with each setters and our serve and cross sport saved us within the matches. Total I couldn’t have requested for a greater consequence for the weekend and now the aim is to proceed to enhance!”
MAVS KC 18-1 defeated Premier in three on Day 1, however the consequence was completely different when the 2 groups met Monday for third place and the ultimate bid. Premier received in straight units to complete 5-3 total and with a ticket to the Dance. Typically groups have a clean run to a bid; at different instances, it’s survive and advance. Premier misplaced a match each day, however received the essential ones to qualify.
“Going into the event we had been ecstatic at having 12 wholesome ready-to-play athletes,” mentioned Premier Nebraska coach Sarah Lusk Hughbanks. “The return of Lauren Jones (Midland recruit), Josie Cleveringa (Washburn) and Tanith Roush (NDSU), and with the addition of Sydney Guthard and Quinn Groves (Morningside), the air was thick with anticipation.”
With just one earlier event below their belts, Hughbanks mentioned that the targets for her staff had been to “be constant, management the chaos and maintain the ball.”
They did simply that.
Premier spent Day 1 shaking off the rust and received stronger because the event progressed.
“By the top of Day 3 they had been taking part in like they haven’t missed a beat and let all their coaching take maintain, bettering each sport,” Hughbanks mentioned. “I’m excited to see what the remainder of the season holds.”
MN Choose misplaced solely as soon as, on Day 3 to Rockwood Thunder, to tie for fifth together with Six Pack 18, which options the Petersen twins.
Different groups within the discipline that underperformed in Kansas Metropolis however will seemingly qualify elsewhere included Pohaku 18-1 (seventh), VCNebraska 18 Elite (eighth), A5 18-1 Marc (eleventh), and Kairos 18 Alpha (thirteenth).
VCNebraska 18 Elite has a roster of acquainted, skilled standouts, like libero Paisley Douglas and setter Malayah Lengthy,, sprinkled with gamers who’re newer to the membership. The staff opened because the No. 12 seed and completed within the prime 10. Maddie Rink starred on Day 2 for the membership, which discovered itself on the mistaken aspect of a three-way tie for second.
“Whereas we didn’t qualify, this staff exceeded all expectations for our first weekend getting again on the court docket and I’m happy with how they got here collectively,” mentioned coach Makayla Tepe. “They by no means let down whatever the rating or the opponent they had been going through.”
Memphis VB Academy 18 Crimson received the 18 USA division with out dropping a match. KC Energy 18 Crimson took 18 Liberty. VC Nebraska 18 Black prevailed in 18 American. VC Nebraska went 10-0 with solely two units dropped.
• Chicago’s 1st Alliance 18 Gold dominated the 18 Open division on the Windy Metropolis Qualifier in its residence city, as anticipated. The most important shock was that Meghan Keck’s powerhouse staff dropped a match, to Circle Metropolis 18 Purple.
1st Alliance handed CITY 18 Gold, from Southern California, its solely loss within the last. NorCal’s Imaginative and prescient 18 Gold received again Group Pineapple 18 Black for the ultimate bid.
The championship match went three units, with 1st Alliance pulling away to win, 15-6, in Recreation 3 due to robust serving from Grace Nelson, Sam Falk, Ellie White and Ellery Rees.
“The serving allowed us to run our middles (Ellery Rees and Elise Sterling) in transition,” Keck famous.
1st Alliance’s dropped match, which occurred very first thing within the morning on Day 2, made its last two pool play matches that morning, versus Sky Excessive Adidas 18 Elite and Legacy 18-1 Adidas, must-win. Keck’s staff received the job executed behind the hitting of Nelson, White, Calli Kenny and Katie Scherer on the pins and constant setting from White, Kenny and Kinsey Smith and located methods to get higher because the weekend wore on.
CITY secured its bid by defeating each Imaginative and prescient and Sky Excessive on Day 3. The staff had huge performances from UCLA-bound setter Kate Duffey and UPenn-bound OH Jenna Garner. Highly effective Kennedy Osunsanmi led the staff in kills from the appropriate aspect.
Imaginative and prescient, coached by Jon Wallace, certified third by taking out Pineapple, coached by Lloy Ball.
“We’re not as bodily as most groups, so now we have to be tremendous environment friendly passing and setting,” mentioned Wallace. “We had been opportunistic, transformed properly in transition, served properly and exploited weaknesses.”
Setter Maya Baker was a Imaginative and prescient standout.
Morgan Gaerte and Mya Ball performed properly for Pineapple, as did lefty RS Gretchen Sigman, who was unstoppable on assault.
Metro 18 Journey (T-5), Milwaukee Sting 18 Gold (seventh) and NPJ 18 Forefront (eighth) are groups that didn’t qualify at Windy Metropolis, however ought to as qualifier season progresses.
TPV 18-Maverick received the 18 USA. Adrenaline 18 Deb/Brooke took first in 18 American.
• Membership Fusion 18-1 Nationwide went undefeated to win 18 Liberty in Chicago. The important thing was a balanced assault ed by setter KK Dumpit, who ran a 5-1 and ended with 143 assists. Alayna Pierce had 50 kills to guide the assault, adopted by Alex Bardouniotis (40), Claire Bickett and Charlotte Potvin, who every added 31.
Dumpit, who stands 5-5, dumped the ball 18 instances with seven kills and no errors. Dumpit has all the time been a setter by the way in which. Guess you sort of must be with that final title!
• The Nike Basic in Columbus, Ohio, was not a nationwide qualifier, however attracted an elite discipline.
Circle Metropolis 17 Purple received the 17/18 Open division.
Legacy 17-1 Adidas took second in 17/18 Open, dropping solely to Circle Metropolis within the last, 15-13 within the final set.
Setter Campbell Flynn, OH Marie Laurio, libero Devin Dzienny and center Olivia Grenadier had been Legacy standouts.
Mintonette m.61 took 16 Open.
Legacy 15-1 Adidas captured 15 Open. Tyler Strom’s staff went 9-0, defeating Mintonette m.51 within the semis and Elevation 15 Tony within the finals.
Cynthia Ockerman and Sophia Smith led the offense, hitting .347 and .305 respectively. Marlie Smith added 186 assists and 22 kills whereas Addison Stepp completed with 67 digs whereas passing a 2.05.
• The primary cease of the Tour of Texas was this weekend in Dallas. Final 12 months, A5 grew to become the primary membership outdoors of Texas to decide to taking part in the Tour. This 12 months, Wave, Membership V, Dynasty, HP STL and a Canadian aspect made the journey to the Lone Star State. It seems that Tour of Texas could proceed to draw increasingly more out-of-state golf equipment within the years to come back.
By the way in which, the ultimate day of ToT Dallas was canceled because of climate. The great of us at Austin Juniors, which runs the Tour, have but to announce how they’ll deal with the cancellation. The ultimate Tour cease this 12 months is in Houston in February.
• On Feb. 1, 2003, the identical day that the area shuttle Columbia exploded upon re-entry, I used to be at El Camino School overlaying an SCVA Obligatory and attempting to get of us to enroll in PrepVolleyball.com, which launched only a few days earlier than.
I keep in mind asking Alli Dillon, the setter for Cal Jrs., for an interview. She mentioned that she was unable to, as a result of her staff’s head coach had barred gamers from speaking to the media.
I used to be aghast, as a result of I used to be the one media there.
The pinnacle coach of that Cal Jrs. staff was Chris Gonzales, the present College of Idaho head coach below hearth for his conduct in direction of his gamers. Learn this story about the Idaho situation in the Orange County Register.
Dillon is now the spouse of Dan O’Dell, the Mater Dei ladies volleyball head coach. Mater Dei received each the California Open Division state title and the legendary nationwide title this previous fall.
• Curious to know when nationwide qualifiers for youthful gamers get began? Northern Lights will run its qualifier for 15s and 17s the final weekend in January, however that’s an outlier. The opposite qualifiers ramp up the primary weekend of March and proceed by way of the final weekend in April.
• The ultimate Dot is my “information and notes” part on different tournaments and golf equipment from this previous weekend.
KiVA was a giant winner at MLK Houston, a High Courtroom occasion. The Louisville membership received 18 Open, 16 Open and 15 Open. Tribe and FaR Out additionally did properly throughout a number of divisions.
ID Crush and Kairos earned prime canine standing at Triple Crown Colorado.
Metro shined on the JVA Rock ‘N Rumble, as did Canadian membership Leaside.
Sarasota, WP Waves and Ocala Energy United took residence championship trophies on the Nike Greatest in Present occasion in Orlando.
Spike and Serve, from Hawaii, had greater than 20 groups competing at occasions in Hawaii, California and Texas.
SASVBC G 18 Lesli battled within the AAU Transpacific finals, and completed second, dropping to a different Island staff, 17-15 in Recreation 3 of the championship match. 18 Lesli is a staff to observe nationally, with Gatorade POY Adrianna Arquette (College of Hawai’i) setting, in addition to hitters Tia Kapihe (Santa Clara), Sydney Cazimero, Haumea Marumoto, Kiana Cueto, and Larryn Alexis Joseph-Rodriguez. The protection is robust with Kody Wengler (UNLV), Reese Teves (LIU) and Alaina Valdez, and in addition boasts setter Ava Ahokovi, who contributes when Arquette is hitting.
SASVBC G 15 Henry received Gold within the U16 Division on the AAU Transpacific, going 10-0. This can be a staff with huge expectations and a ton of younger, gifted athletes.
Libero Bella Tavares-Seda was a rock star for JJVA 16 Teal within the 16 Open division of the JJVA Tropical Ice Open tourney in Jacksonville. JJVA received the event.
Florida Gulfside 16 Prime went 9-0 to win 16 Open on the Florida USA MLK Showcase at Wireglass Ranch. The staff performed in honor of their coach, Tito Martinez, whose mom handed away unexpectedly the week earlier than.
Outdoors hitters Olivia Znotens and Medeny Garraux led the way in which for Gulfside with explosive hitting. The staff additionally performed nice all-around protection and served with aggression.
East Carolina Juniors 16 Nationwide completed second to Triangle 16 Black within the 16U division on the Metropolis of Oaks MLK event in Raleigh final weekend.
“The staff was very robust up entrance with huge time swings from all hitters and over 90 aces from the serving line,” famous ECJVC’s Kelley Kraniak .” It was an incredible begin to the season. Now we have many offensive choices and had been very assured total in serve obtain. I’m happy with the staff for beginning the season with such depth; the women introduced excessive vitality and stayed constant even through the powerful battles.”
Triangle squads additionally received the 18/17U and 15U divisions.