Monday, 27 March 2023

International Volleyball

Girls Dream Team of the Week: Parks, Clarke, Demaria, Harvey, Flanagan, Hunt, Nwaubeze, Manitzas

Girls Dream Team of the Week: Parks, Clarke, Demaria, Harvey, Flanagan, Hunt, Nwaubeze, Manitzas

This is our first Dream Team of 2023. 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.

The team, most weeks, consisted of the following:

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

We’ve also included 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.

Having not received any DS nominations this week, we added one more outside to complete the team. DREAM TEAM for February 22:

S: Taylor Parks, 5-10 Jr., OT Tampa 17 Aaron (FL) – Head coach Aaron Harrison said that every match this past weekend at Triple Crown felt like David v. Goliath, but OT not only hung in, they won, all the way to second place in the 17s division. Parks, a Florida recruit, was the catalyst, with her buttery sets and distinct knowledge of who to set when and at what tempo. Parks also made a huge impact with her own offense and her defense, a focus this year, was impactful as well.

RS: Taylor Clarke, 6-0 Soph. RS, Dallas Skyline 15 Royal (TX) – A lithe southpaw sophomore, Clarke was the go-to hitter for Skyline, which captured the 15s final at Triple Crown in a three-set thriller over SCVC 15 Roxy.

OH: Kaci Demaria, 6-4 Soph., Surfside PV 16 Legends (CA) – Demaria is the go-to hitter on Surfside and played like it in leading Surfside to the 16s title at Triple Crown, including putting home the clincher in the championship match versus Houston Skyline 16 Royal.

OH: Asia Harvey, 6-1 Soph., A5 16-Gabe (GA) – A great, great athlete, Harvey took an A5 team with a losing culture and put it on her back all the way to the 16s semifinals at Triple Crown. She got the majority of the sets, front row left, front row middle and back row and delivered with a terminating arm swing that demonstrated both grace and power. In a tournament where athletes were at a premium, she stood a head taller than the rest.

OH: Audrey Flanagan, 6-2 Fr., SCVC 15 Roxy (CA) – Flanagan was an unknown nationally coming into Triple Crown and left KC as a likely top 10 player in the Class of 2026 after leading SCVC, playing without RS Abby…

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