Sunday, 14 April 2024

International Volleyball

Girls club volleyball Dream Team: Van Deusen, Johnson, Hankerson, Poinsett, Snook, Schoonover, Niesen

Girls club volleyball Dream Team: Van Deusen, Johnson, Hankerson, Poinsett, Snook, Schoonover, Niesen

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, we add a third outside because no DS nominations were 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 20:

Ava Hunter

S: Ava Hunter, 5-11 Jr., Circle City 17 Purple (IN) – Hunter was phenomenal in all facets for Circle City, which qualified in 17 Open at MEQ this past weekend. The Loyola of Chicago commit averaged 11.4 assists per set, running Chris Due’s offense to perfection. She also added a block and 2.3 digs per set, was third in aces and, said Due, “just made a lot of intangible plays if it was coverage or just getting a touch on the ball to keep it alive.”

RS: Mollie VanDeusen, 6-0 Fr., JJVA 16 Teal (FL) – A former setter, VanDeusen is emerging as a terminal hitter from the right pin. This weekend at MEQ, playing up an age group and in the Open division, VanDeusen amassed 57 kills while hitting .255, added 52 digs, eight solo blocks and seven aces. “She can do it all,” said JJVA’s CJ Sherman.

OH: Melia Johnson, 6-1 Sr., Milwaukee Sting 18 Gold (WI) – Johnson was unstoppable much of the weekend at MEQ. She amassed 91 kills, hitting .328, totaled 56 digs and passed a 2.2 before going down injured on match point of the semifinals. “The kid is passing nearly lights out right now and her defense has picked up a magnitude,” said coach Scott Blackmon. “Her offense was in a great rhythm all weekend until she went down.” Johnson won “The Frank” this week, voted on by her teammates, and gets to wear a coveted warm up jacket. Here’s what one girl said about Johnson in nominating her: “I am voting for Melia for The Frank. Literally up until the very last point she was close to unstoppable. She helped me with my confidence throughout…

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