This is “Dots,” VolleyballMagazine.com’s weekly take a look at 10 issues in club volleyball, previous or current, that curiosity me and hopefully will curiosity you. Look for Dots every week by way of Junior Nationals this summer season.
• The USA Volleyball Girls U19 group decided that the sky is not the restrict by successful the Pan Am Cup on Sunday in Puerto Rico. Team USA swept Mexico within the finals, capping a match during which the Americans didn’t lose a set.
• For OH Julia Blyashov and setter Izzy Starck, that is their second Pan Am Cup Gold Medals in lower than a yr. Blyashov hails from San Diego and performs club volleyball for WAVE. Starck, one of seven underclassmen on the 12-player group, is from Colorado Springs and performs for Colorado Juniors.
• The win capped a outstanding yr for Blyashov, a 6-3 senior OH. In the autumn, Blyashov captained Cathedral Catholic to an undefeated season, the California Open Division state title and the unanimous legendary nationwide title. Last month she was named MVP as WAVE 18-Juliana captured the USAV 18 Open nationwide championship. And now this, a run on the Pan Am Cup the place she was a deciding think about most of the matches. Blyashov had 4 kills, two blocks and an ace within the championship match.
• What will Blyashov do subsequent? She is off to Stanford to affix a loaded Cardinal roster. Blyashov and fellow incoming freshman OH Jordyn Harvey will battle for taking part in time on the pins with returning starters Kendal Kipp, Caitie Baird and Elia Rubin. Kipp is a consensus first-team All-American. Baird was a fourth-team choice by VolleyballMagazine.com.
• Blaire Bayless, a 6-2 senior OH from Texas, was named Pan Am Cup MVP. She had seven kills, two aces and a block within the championship match.
• RS Olivia Babcock, a 6-4 senior from California, led all hitters with eight kills. Bayless and Babcock are half of an incoming class at Pittsburgh that head coach Dan Fisher has lauded as the very best of his profession. It additionally consists of 6-3 OH Torrey Stafford from California and Hawaiian setter Haiti Tautua’a.
• MB Lizzy Andrew, a 6-5 junior MB from Washington; and Ava Falduto, a junior libero from Illinois; have been named Best Blocker and Best Receiver, respectively, at Pan Am Cup. Falduto is headed to Penn State, as half of a category that additionally consists of Starck. Andrew has not but introduced a dedication, which is code for “I’m headed to that school associated with farms and the color red.”
• Last week, I introduced that the 4 present club coaches on my Mount Rushmore can be Mike Lingenfelter of Munciana, Cari Klein of Sunshine, Ping Cao of Dallas Skyline and Gabe Aramian of A5.
I invited others to chime in.
The title I heard most frequently was legendary Assumption HS/KiVA coach Ron Kordes, although he coaches 14s in club and technically wouldn’t be eligible for my record as a result of I don’t cowl his age.
I additionally heard a plea for “coach emeritus” for Rich Zeciski of Club Z fame. It is true that within the early 2000s, each group Zeciski coached struck gold, so, yeah, he deserves point out.
Other names talked about included Ozhan Bahrambeygui at Coast, Joy Fuerbringer at Mizuno Long Beach, Bob Westbrook of A5, Joe Ripp at Vision, Scott Jackson at MN Select and each Keck, present or “retired,” at 1st Alliance.
• I’m going so as to add to the record by title dropping coaches I do know gamers journey to play for. They embody:
Max Miller at Mintonette
Terri Spann at AZ Storm Elite
Reed Carlson at Club V
Blake Rawlins at VC Nebraska
Brennan Dean at WAVE
Danny Tullis at Louisiana Volleyball (take into consideration you each day, brother)
Randy Gardner at Bama Elite
Kelly Crowley at Tri-State
Melissa Starck-Bean at KiVA
Adam Beamer at Northern Lights
Chris Due and Kristine Deem at Circle City
Jing Hou at A5
Corey Helle at Upward Stars
Jenny Lingenfelter at Ozark Juniors
Caroline Bower at Idaho Crush
Shannon Smolinski at Premier Nebraska
Kevin Marquis at Colorado Juniors
Ruben Herrera at Vegas Aces
Kevin Wong at SAS
Jen Cottrill at Legacy
Adam Ellis at NPJ
Mitch Lunning at Kairos Elite
Jason Nicholson at TAV, and
Sangyong Yun of Dallas Skyline.
I’m sure to have missed some and apologize. Just know that there are lots of fantastic coaches on the market who could make gamers the very best variations of themselves on the court docket.
• Finally, an excellent and considerate article on volleyball gamers and the medical institution ran on VolleyballMagazine.com this previous weekend. It is a worthwhile learn for any volleyball participant and her dad and mom. I like to recommend it extremely:
Until subsequent time …
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