Sunday, 14 April 2024

International Volleyball

Girls club volleyball Dream Team: Mottola, Harris, Miller, Vander Wal, Thompson, Andrews, Tarnow, Leimbach

Girls club volleyball Dream Team: Mottola, Harris, Miller, Vander Wal, Thompson, Andrews, Tarnow, Leimbach

Triangle overcame illness to qualify in 17 Open at Big South

Every Wednesday during the club season, VolleyballMag recgnizes 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 two setters, because no defensive specialists were nominated.

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. DREAM TEAM for April 3:
S: Elle Mottola, 5-11 Soph., WPVC 16 Under Armour (FL) – Mottola battled through a fracture in her right wrist midway through Big South to help her team qualify in 16 Open, the first team from the Winter Park club ever to do so. “Known amongst the team as our ‘fearless leader,’ she played a fantastic tournament and was spectacular across the board with everything asked of her to do,” said coach Matt Jackson.

S: Genevieve Harris, 5-11 Soph., NC Academy 16 Diamond (NC) – Harris, one of the nation’s elite setters, led her team to first place in 16 Open at Big South. She averaged a whopping 12 assists per set, attacked at a .456 clip when hitting and helped her hitters score at ridiculously efficient levels.

RS: Lindley Miller, 6-4 Soph., Triangle 17 Black (NC) – Miller was an absolute force both attacking and blocking, despite playing one year up and battling illness, for Triangle, which qualified in 17 Open at Big South. More than one rival coach mentioned what an absolute beast was when they played Triangle.

Abby Vander Wal

OH: Abby Vander Wal, 6-3 Jr., 1st Alliance 17 Gold (IL) – Vander Wal dominated play at Windy City and helped her team win the 17 Open division. The Texas recruit had 102 kills and 15 aces on the offensive end and passed a 2.5 with 52 digs while focused on back row play. “When an aggressive play needed to be made, Abby was often a part of that success,” observed coach Danielle Mikos.

OH: Nia Thompson, 5-9 Jr., WAVE 16 Juliana (CA) – “If Red Rock…

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