Thursday, 18 April 2024

International Volleyball

Girls club volleyball Dream Team: Morris, Mortensen, Ocampo, Varela, Hanes, Williams, Brooks, Planeta

Girls club volleyball Dream Team: Morris, Mortensen, Ocampo, Varela, Hanes, Williams, Brooks, Planeta

Every Wednesday during the club season, VolleyballMag recognizes a Dream Team of eight girls volleyball players (15s to 18s age groups) who were standouts the weekend before. The team, most weeks, consisted 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.

Note to coaches and directors: 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 describe with specificity how well a player performed the previous weekend.

VolleyballMag DREAM TEAM for February 14

Thea Morris

S: Thea Morris, 5-9 Sr., SCVC 18 Roxy (CA) – Morris was SCVC sole setter and quiet leader and dished up a balanced offense and handled critical moments with poise, as the reigning 17 Open national champions qualified in 18 Open at the SLC Showdown. The St. Edwards University also led Campbell Hall to a California state title in the fall.

OH: Elli Mortensen, 6-2 Sr., Club V 18 Ren Reed (UT) – Mortensen took big swings in big moments and delivered for Club V, which qualified in 18 Open its hometown at the SLC Showdown. She also carried the serve receive load and stayed super consistent.

OH: Isabella Ocampo, 5-11 Jr., Dallas Skyline 17 Royal (TX) – Ocampo led Dallas Skyline, which finished second in 17 Invitational at the Houston tour stop, in kills (53) and aces (13) over the weekend. She is a consistent all-around player and a powerful hitter with range.

RS: Danielle Varela, 5-10 Sr., TX Performance 18s Black (TX) – An explosive middle typically, Varela moved to the right after an injury to a teammate and began excelling as a six-rotation player. This past weekend at the SLC Showdown, Varela showed off her versatility by dominating on the back row attack, going on big point-scoring runs from the service line and coming up with big blocks in the middle of the net for the 18 USA champions. “She is just a super versatile scoring machine,” said coach Al Rosen.

MB: Jenna Hanes, 6-2 Sr., WAVE 18 Brennan (CA) – All of WAVE’s middles were terrific, but Hanes, a Michigan signee, was particularly potent in WAVE’s run to the 18 Open title at the SLC Showdown National Qualifier.

MB: Keoni Williams, 6-4 Soph., Dallas Skyline 16 Royal (TX) – Williams hit .350 and led Skyline in blocks on its way to the title at the Houston stop of the Tour of…

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