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Girls club volleyball Dream Team: O’Brien, Gilreath, Hendrix, Mambu, Cavillo, Comer, Collins, Wave-Nelson

Girls club volleyball Dream Team: O'Brien, Gilreath, Hendrix, Mambu, Cavillo, Comer, Collins, Wave-Nelson

Mia Wave-Nelson of Carolina Rogue

Each week 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
OH
OH
MB
MB
Libero
DS

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 March 13:
S: Kassidy O’Brien, 6-1 Jr., Houston Skyline 17 Royal (TX) – One of the nation’s top junior setters, the Kentucky-bound O’Brien ran Skyline’s potent offense to perfection in leading her team to a second consecutive 17 Open title.

S: Taryn Gilreath, 6-0 Sr., HJV 18 Elite (TX) – Injuries and illness plagued HJV at NEQ and even Gilreath went down after getting tangled up underneath the net. But the East Carolina signee got back up and led her wounded team to an upgraded Open bid in a truly remarkable effort.

OH: Evan Hendrix, 5-9 Sr., AZ Revolution 18 Premier (AZ) – Hendrix helped Revolution qualify in Open for 18s Junior Nationals in Philadelphia. “Evan is a returning player from last year’s roster that won 3rd in 18 Open at Nationals,” coach Carl DeFriez said. “She had an amazing weekend in helping to inspire and bring the best out of her teammates.”

OH: Mimi Mambu, 6-0 Jr., Metro 18 Travel (D.C.) – Like she has all year, Mambu led Metro to the 18 Open title at NEQ this past weekend. She was named to the All-Tournament Team.

RS: Kalina Cavillo, 6-0 Sr., Alamo 18 Premier (TX) – Cavillo was nominated late last week so we include the Troy pledge on the list this week for her work at the Boston qualifier. Alamo had lost two of its “bigs” to injury, meaning that Cavillo never came off the court. “She was our team leader, and performed every skill for us, aside from the setting duties,” said coach Jennifer Montoyo. “Kalina carried the bulk of our offensive load, and got the job done regardless if she was in the front row or the back row. She led our team in kills with 74 for the tournament. She tallied 7.5 blocks en route to the Gold Pools. Kalina’s performance led our team to a 5th place finish, and one…

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