Prepvolleyball National RankingsJanuary 22, 2014 - Congrats to our 18 Bob, 17 Jing for starting the 2014 pre-season rankings:
in the 18's division:
18. A5 “for Fighting” (Georgia)
The Facts: This group was one of the best in the nation as 16-year-olds but not quite as good last year, when they tied for fifth at USAV Nationals in Dallas. Libero Claudia Coco, Georgia’s all-time digs leader, is off early to Tennessee, which will hurt, but the rest of that team’s key players are back. They include 6-1 lefty setter Haley Templeton, an Under Armour All-America; strong outsides Jessica Sloan and Molly McAlvany and Annika Olsen, an undersized outside who will move to libero and shine. Newcomers to this team include junior middle Taylor Svehla, junior outside Alex Mills and senior Sydney Morton, a tall, lefty setter with plenty of big-match experience.
Anything Else? Junior middle Lauren Frerking also is new to this team and will bring energy to the court. Have you seen her enthusiastic celebrations? You know what they’re called…
In the 17's division
21. A5 “Guys Burgers & Fries” (Georgia)
Jing Hou’s squad tied for 19th at Nationals last year and has the setting and height to go higher this summer. Georgetown recruit Paige McKnight leads the way at the setting position. She is terrific, as is libero Amber MacDonald. Offensively, this tall team will rely heavily on 6-3 Harley Sebastian on the left, 6-2 MB/RS Logan Page and 6-2 Mason Rooney, she of our Student Writer Series. Ball control and the development of new middles Alyssa Munlyn (touches almost 10-7) and Liesl Engelbrecht (6-4) will determine this team’s ultimate fate.
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In the 16's Division:
A5 16 Jackie ranked 49th in prepvolleyball pre-season rankings. A5 16 Rob gets honorable mention.
In the 15's Division:
Prepvolleyball.com only ranks teams in the 15's Division and Older.
5. A5 “Alive” (Georgia)
The Facts: Tied for third at AAUs and 10th at USAV Nationals last year, this A5 team has size, skill and great athleticism. Mike Webster’s team is led by OH Cameron Dobbs and S/RS Libby Bochniak, two of 10 returners. Avery Cason, Katie Doering are two other veterans front court players to watch, as well as 6-1 newcomer Deja Williams, a rare athlete and an immediate impact player in the middle. On the defensive side, gritty newcomer Shelby Villar will team with libero Alena Cashdan to make this a position of strength.
Anything Else? Dalaney Hans is a setter, as you would expect.
Contributed by: John Tawa
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