USAV 17s: Day 2 Show Stoppers

How wild and unpredictable has 17 Open been so far at the USAV Girls Junior National Championships in Chicago? Of the top six seeds, only one of them finished in first place in its respective pool and even then it didn’t come with a 5-0 mark. A5 17 Jing, the No. 2 overall seed, finished 4-1 but managed to hold onto first place based on its head-to-head victory over SG Elite 17 Rosh. SG Elite also went 4-1 to take second.

After that, the results were anything but according to seed. Top-seeded Dynasty 17 Black – playing without stud outside Carlie Cisneros – finished 4-1 and in second place after falling to SCVC 17 Roxy in the final pool outing. SCVC also went 4-1 and takes over the top seed.

Drive Nation 17 Red, the No. 3 overall seed, was fortunate enough to take second palce after going 3-2 in Pool 3. Wave 17 Juliana made it out unscathed at 5-0.

KC Power 17 Black, the No. 4 overall seed, tied with Metro 17 Travel at 4-1. With Metro winning that contest head-to-head, Metro took first with KC Power coming in second.

TAV 17 Black, the No. 5 overall seed, was also lucky in finishing in second place. Like Drive Nation, TAV also went 3-2. It was Club V 17 Ren Matthew going 4-1 in an impressive performance to grab first. The pool also featured Triangle 17 Black, which barely made it out in fourth place at 2-3.

NKYVC 17-1 Tsunami, the No. 6 overall seed, went 1-2 on Day 1 and bounced back to win both matches on Day 2. That put NKYVC at 3-2, which was good enough for third place. It was Coast 17-1 earning first after going 4-1 and having the head-to-head tiebreaker over Miami Hype 17 Emilio, one of two at-large recipients which also finished 4-1.

A few big movers included AVC Cle 17 Red. The club started off as the No. 35 seed but went 3-2 and took third in Pool 1. Pohaku 17-1 opened as the No. 32 seed but also went 3-2 and took third in Pool 3. Hou Skyline 17 Royal began as the No. 28 overall seed and ended pool play at 2-3. That was enough for third place.

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DAY 2 SHOW STOPPERS

Kiki Remensperger S Wave 17 Juliana: Remensperger was part of a perfect first round of pool play for Wave. She’s a bit undersized but she’s very fast and does well getting to the ball. She has nice hands and can fling it from pin to pin with ease.

Mia Hood RS A5 17 Jing: Hood – a 4-star Michigan State commit – is on the right side after spending her time at AAUs in the middle. It seems to have made a difference, as A5 is playing well. She puts up a massive block on the right side while also being able to go straight over blockers to score.

Mya Bolton L KC Power 17-1: Bolton, a 3-star Michigan State commit, is a lockdown libero who sets the defensive tone for a KC Power squad that relies heavily on that side of the ball. She’s a sharp passer out of serve receive and doesn’t let many balls near her drop.

Janelle Green KC Power 17-1: Green – a 4-star Cincinnati recruit – is an outgoing, energetic setter who does well moving the ball around and getting all her hitters involved.

Emily Bobbitt S Triangle 17 Black: A 4-star Iowa State commit, Bobbitt is another setter who can spread the ball around and take advantage of the pieces the offense has to offer. She’s a competitor too and doesn’t back down.

Taylor Parks S OT 17 Aaron: Parks – a 4-star Florida commit – is silky-smooth in running the show. She has great hands and does well keeping the defenses off balanced.

Kate Duffey S/RS City 17 Gold: City was one of two at-large recipients but wasn’t able to break pool after going 2-3. Duffey, a 3-star UCLA recruit, did well in a two-way role swinging and setting.

Jade Dudley-Epps MB SCVC 17 Roxy: Dudley-Epps was part of a great first round of pool play for SCVC. She adds a different dynamic with her athleticism and ability to get out and score effectively on the slide.

Kirra Musgrove S/RS Hou Skyline 17 Royal: Musgrove – a 5-star Texas AM from the Class of 2025 – is tremendous in both roles. She’s long and extends way up on the attack and has a smooth swing to back it. She also dishes at an above-average level.

Emerson Sellman OH Metro 17 Travel: Sellman is among the top outsides in the division. The 5-star Ohio State recruit can bring the heat on the outside and overpower defenders.

Jordan Smith RS Rockwood Thunder 17 Elite: Smith, a 4-star recruit part of the Class of 2025, is a big-time presence on the right side with her size and ability to get up and impact the play on both sides of the net. She puts up a big block and can also go over blocks without much trouble.

Addison Collum RS Seal Beach 17 Black: Collom is another fun right side to watch bring it. She’s relentless on the attack, and doesn’t back down against bigger blockers as she comes with aggressive swings.

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