Tuesday, 28 March 2023

International Volleyball

Girls Dream Team of the Week: Parks, Torres, Combs, Austin, Dyas, Bultema, E. Freitch, K. Freitch

Girls Dream Team of the Week: Parks, Torres, Combs, Austin, Dyas, Bultema, E. Freitch, K. Freitch

Every Wednesday during the club season, VolleyballMag.com 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, consists of the following:
Setter or S/RS
Setter, S/RS or RS

We include this week’s eight-player Dream Team below, as well as others we considered, based exclusively upon nominations received. This week’s Dream Team will include three outsides in lieu of a right side attacker and two liberos, since we received no DS nominations either.

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.com DREAM TEAM for March 8:
S: Taylor Parks, 5-11 Jr., OT 17 T Aaron (FL) – This Florida recruit is becoming a mainstay on Dream Team, after another stellar weekend in leading 17 Aaron to the Sunshine Classic title in 17 Open. “Taylor Parks sets the tone for this team every match,” said coach Aaron Harrison. “Her volleyball IQ and athleticism keep us in system most of the time.”

RS: Frances Torres, 6-0 Sr., Metro 18 Travel (DC) – Torres, a Colgate recruit, helped Metro triple qualify in 18 Open for Junior Nationals by leading the team in kills as a six-rotation right side at NEQ, where her team placed second.

Callie Combs

OH: Callie Combs, 5-8 Fr., NKYVC 15 Tsunami (KY) – Combs may be under tall to be a quintessential attacker, but do not underestimate her. She jumps 9-6 and is more athletic than just about anyone out there. She was the team’s go-to hitter again this weekend as Tsunami won Bluegrass and is a second libero on the floor when she’s in the back row. “She’s what I call, ‘our clutch player,’” said coach Brooke Logan. “When in doubt, go to Callie.”

Layla Austin (2) celebrates with her Skyline 15 Royal teammates

OH: Layla Austin, 5-10 Fr., Dallas Skyline 15 Royal (TX) – On a national No. 1 team filled with stars, Austin shined brightest this weekend in Las Vegas, where Skyline won the 15 Open division at the Red Rock national qualifier. Austin was a go-to hitter for her team and made all the plays, including when her team needed her most.

Audrey Dyas

MB: Audrey Dyas, 6-1 Fr., NKYVC 15 Tsunami – Dyas was a key performer for 15 Tsunami, which won the 15…

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