USAV 17s: Day 3 Show Stoppers

Everyone knew the stakes at this point of the tournament, as Day 3 at the USAV Girls Junior National Championships in Chicago brought the 17s to the brink of bracket play and a potential spot on the podium. With it came tremendous individual efforts as highlighted below with our daily Show Stoppers.

DAY 3 SHOW STOPPERS

By Chris Tobolski and Christine Phillips

Ayden Ames MB Drive Nation 17 Red: Ames – a 5-star Nebraska recruit – is a menace in the middle. Her length and agility is a combo most opponents struggle to slow, as she can get on the slide and deliver haymakers.

Hannah Benjamin OH A5 17 Jing: Benjamin – a 5-star Kentucky commit – is a dangerous threat anywhere on the court. She’s a springy outside with a big arm who can blast balls sideline to sideline.

Caroline Byrne OH Rage Westside 17 Kimmy: Bryne was bringing it on the outside. She’s an aggressive attacker with a strong arm.

Grace Killion OH HPSTL 17 Royal: Killion is a hard-hitting outside with a heavy arm. She was hammering balls down and providing steady offense.

Ellie Moore S Northeast 17 Open: Moore is part of sister setting-duo. She has nice hands with a consistent release. She can also set tempo and spread the ball around.

Aubrey Moore S Northeast 17 Open: Moore is similar, also showing a soft touch and steady location and does well getting her feet to the ball.

Jenna Hanes MB Wave 17 Juliana: Hanes – a 4-star Michigan commit – brings a lot to the front row. From her scoring ability to her blocking and competitiveness, she’s a dynamic middle who plays a key role whenever she checks in.

Camdyn Stucky S Shockwave 17 Black: Stucky, a 4-star Tennessee commit, is a fun 5-1 setter to watch on the court. She connects incredibly well with her hitters and isn’t afraid to attack at the net. 

Sydney Mayfield RS VA Juniors 17 Elite: Mayfield is a physical presence on the court both offensively and defensively. 

Isabel Ostvig S/RS VA Juniors 17 Elite: Ostvig, a Maryland Baltimore County commit, is an upbeat two-way player who sets and hits well. She has a nice release and locates well and can also help out providing offense.

Blaykli Bobik OH ARIZONA STORM 17 THUNDER: Bobik, a 4-star recruit committed to BYU, brings the heat on the outside. She can unleash with a fury.

Petra Fritz OH DCVA 17-Hong: Fritz, a six-rotation 3-star recruit, is an aggressive attacker who takes big swings everywhere.

Anna Blaine S TX LEGACY 17 ELITE: Blaine, a Texas State commit, dishes well on the court. She also is a defensive wall in the front row. 

Hadley Hardersen Iowa PowerPlex 17U Black: Hardersen is a dual contributor on the court. She connects well in the back row with her hitters and in the front row this lefty can pack a punch offensively. 

Leilia Toailoa OH Vegas Aces 17 UnderArmour: Toailoa, a 3-star committed to Alabama, is a huge presence on the court. She hits with lots of power that defenses really struggle with.

Ale Romo S Areté 16 Navy Telos: Fun fact, Romo, who normally swings on the outside, stepped into the setting position this week. And she is doing a great job dishing her hitters. Defensively she is making some scrappy plays. 

Jenna Meitzler S/RS Sky High-Adidas 17 Elite: Meitzler, an Iowa commit, is a smooth setter who connects well with her hitters along with being a force at the net offensively.. 

Caelyn Emmerling OH TAV Houston 17 Adidas: Emmerling, 3-star Texas State commit, swings well everywhere on the court and knows how to keep pressure on defenses.

Chloe Morgan MB TAV Houston 17 Adidas: Morgan, a 3-star recruit committed to Loyola Chicago, has a quick arm and can beat blocks on the middle attacks. 

Victoria Staples MB Zona VBC 17-1: Staples has long arms and reaches well on defense. When she gets on top of the ball she can crush.

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