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Girls club volleyball Dream Team: Jones, Dunn, Vander Wal, Berg, Harrington, Humphrey, Evans, Hernandez

Girls club volleyball Dream Team: Jones, Dunn, Vander Wal, Berg, Harrington, Humphrey, Evans, Hernandez

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Every Wednesday during the club season, will recognize a Dream Team of eight girls volleyball players (15s to 18s age groups) who were standouts the weekend before.

Players are selected EXCLUSIVELY from nominations. To nominate, coaches will need to get on our bulk email list (info at bottom).

The team, most weeks, consists of the following:

Setter or S/RS
Setter, S/RS or RS

We include our eight-player Dream Team below, as well as others we considered, based exclusively upon nominations received. This week, our team includes three middles, because no defensive specialists were nominated.

Note to coaches and directors:ย while there is no science to how we choose members of our Dream Team, performing on bigger stages will give players an edge, as will nomination forms that describeย with specificityย how well a player performed the previous weekend. DREAM TEAM for April 24:
S: Marissa Jones, 6-1 Fr., A5 15 Kelly (GA) โ€“ Jones set A5 to the 15 Open title at NEQ and her numbers were astronomical. She averaged 11 assists, 2.3 kills and 1.3 blocks per set for the weekend.ย ย โ€œShe is getting better and that is SCARY to thinkย about,โ€ said coachย Kelly Audia.

RS:ย Layla Dunn, 6-0 freshman, A5 15 Kelly (GA) โ€“ Dunn hit .425 for the tournament and over .500 in the championship as A5 took 15 Open at NEQ.

Abby Vander Wal

OH:ย Abby Vander Wal, 6-2 junior, 1st Alliance 17 Gold (IL) โ€“ One of the best juniors in the nation, the University of Texas recruit was a beast at the Lone Star Qualifier in Dallas over the weekend. She had 123 kills and hit .373 to send her team to the 17 Open final.ย โ€œThere were many times where the entire gym knew Abby was getting the ball and she still scored,โ€ noted coachย Danielle Mikos. In addition to dominating the net, Vander Wal recorded a 2.4 serve receive percentage off of 132 attempts. โ€œNo matter what we needed Abby to do, she rose to the occasion!โ€ Mikos concluded.

Taylor Berg

OH:ย Taylor Berg, 5-9 freshman, 1st Alliance 15 Gold (IL) โ€“ Berg was instrumental in getting her team to the bid promised land in the 15 Open division at NEQ. The six-rotation outside can, and did, do it all in Philly, passing a 2.28 with 53 kills, 14 aces and 38 digs. โ€œShe is a go-to hitter both in the front row and back, one of our toughest servers and her defense and serve receive helped keep our team in rhythm all weekend,โ€ said coachย Trish Samolinski. โ€œTaylor is…

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