Thursday, 18 April 2024

International Volleyball

Girls club volleyball Dream Team: Drapp, Stiernagle, Owens, Smith, Quest, Anyanwu, Omoruyi, Martin

Girls club volleyball Dream Team: Drapp, Stiernagle, Owens, Smith, Quest, Anyanwu, Omoruyi, Martin

Favor Anyanwu/Matt Smith photo

This is a special edition of our weekly girls club national Dream Team. This Dream Team recognizes this observer’s opinion of the top performers at the Triple Crown NIT last weekend in one team of eight, as follows:

Two setters
One right side
Two outsides
Two middles
One defensive player

That’s it! The “exceptional eight” based on what I saw in Kansas City, with extra weight given to players who helped their teams advance deep into the tournament (or even win it all).

Don’t come at me if your favorite player is not recognized. There were literally 500 or more players who had great weekends and could have been listed here.

Without further ado…

VolleyballMag DREAM TEAM for February 21

Maria Drapp

S: Maria Drapp, 5-10 Sr., Tri-State Elite 18 Blue (OH) – Tri-State was a surprising quarterfinalist in the Elite 18s division, then continued its winning ways by outlasting Triangle 18 Black to eventually finish in a tie for third. Drapp was the catalyst for all this winning. She’s unconventional but so gritty, so good and so watchable. Something good always happens when this Bradley signee is on the court. Honorable mention: Campbell Flynn, Legacy 17-1 Adidas

S: Ellie Stiernagle, 6-1 Soph., SPVB 16 Elite (IL) — Sports Performance is known for its great setters. Stiernagle could be the next one after steering her team to a third-place finish in the Elite 16s Division. She’s long and knows how to run a fast offense that keeps opponents off balance. She authored a masterpiece in SPVB’s quarterfinal win over Dallas Skyline 16 Royal, the defending USAV National Champions. HM: Eva Long, Legacy 16-1 Adidas

RS: Tiana Owens, 6-0 Sr., Coast 18-1 (CA) – Plenty of teams have potent attacks from the left side. Far fewer are stronger on the right. Coast won the Elite 18s division because Owens delivered time and time again, even when up against triple blocks. The Colgate recruit was a terrific complement to standout left side Jaidyn Jager. HM: Kennedy Osunsanmi, City 18 Gold; Anna Blamires, ColoJrs 17Kevin

OH: Laynie Smith, 6-5 Sr., Triangle 18 Black (NC) – Triangle lost standout RS Ryan Hunter to an injury on Day 1 yet still made the Elite 18 quarterfinals. Smith was the team’s go-to hitter and scored time and again, especially in must-have situations. HM: Gabi DiVita, Legacy 16-1 Adidas; Sito Tausinga, Club V 15 Ren Kalee

OH: Madison Quest, 6-3 Jr., Milwaukee Sting 17 Gold (WI) – Quest scored the final two…

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