USAV 17s: Day 4 All Red Hat Team

While the 17 Open division ended with a stunning gold-medal performance from SCVC 17 Roxy – which defeated Dynasty 17 Black in the championship – what was not surprising was the caliber of play on the last day of the USAV Girls Junior National Championships in Chicago. The standout efforts came from everywhere. Below, we feature our favorite 10 players of Day 4.

The goal is to highlight a daily team consisting of two players from each position – outside, middle, right side, setter and libero who – were our absolute favorite players of the day. Favorite doesn’t mean only a 5-star recruit or a familiar name. These are players who stood out to us for a variety of reasons, from amazing play to great energy or attitude or making key hustle plays. These are daily all-stars who really stood out the most to us for one reason or another.


Kendall Beshear OH SCVC 17 Roxy: Beshear – a 3-star Cal Poly SLO commit – played an instrumental role in her team earning the top spot on the podium. She’s an explosive, hard-hitting outside with the savviness and smarts to frustrate defenses. She also helps makes up a strong ball control and defensive group, as she’s solid out of serve receive and covers well too.

Jada Ingram MB/OH Dynasty 17 Black: A 4-star UNLV recruit, Ingram showed her versatility in the finals against SCVC. Part of Dynasty’s comeback against SCVC and forcing a third set was shifting Ingram from the middle to the pin. She brought a jolt to the attack and was delivering at key times with aggressive swings.

Piper Newton MB Dynasty 17 Black: Newton was the other half of the lineup shift that allowed Dynasty to get back into the match and extend the contest to three. She filled out the middle position and helped give Dynasty a lift with her contributions.

Favor Anyanwu MB TAV 17 Black: A 5-star USC recruit, Anyanwu plays the position like no other. She’s so physically strong and overpowering and can be flat-out dominating at times. She brings production to both sides, with her ability to score points with massive blocks and/or kills that always fire up her teammates. She can also get out on the slide and crush balls, adding yet another worry to watch defenses must be ready for.

Ryan Hunter RS Triangle 17 Black: Hunter – a 5-star recruit from the Class of 2025 – is a high-flying, free swinging right side who also produces highlight kills frequently. Her height and explosiveness allows her to swing over blocks and down with ease. She’s a featured part of the Triangle attack and was one of the reasons the club tied for fifth.

Jadyn Livings RS TAV 17 Black: Livings – a 5-star USC commit – stays on the court as a six-rotation right side. She’s a threat front and back row with a big arm to match. She’s also part of serve receive at times and plays with lots of fire.

Reese Messer S Dynasty 17 Black: Messer – a 5-star USC recruit from the Class of 2025 – does a masterful job directing the attack and getting her hitters one-on-one swings. She’s smooth with her delivery and makes things look easy. She’s also tough to read, as she doesn’t give away her sets and keeps defenses guessing.

Emily Bobbitt S Triangle 17 Black: A 4-star Iowa State commit, you can see Bobbitt’s competitiveness in the determination in which she plays with. She doesn’t back down and is another setter who does well guiding the offense and distributing the ball to her all her hitters.

Ava Falduto L 1st Alliance 17 Gold: Falduto – a 5-star Penn State recruit – is an exciting libero with the energy and passion she plays with. She gets after it defensively with all-out hustle and effort and is solid with her first-ball contacts.

Taylor Deckert L SCVC 17 Roxy: Deckert – a 4-star USC commit from the Class of 2025 – is another top-notch libero who makes the game look easy. She’s always cool, calm and collected in her demeanor and rarely misses a play. Her defensive contributions and what she brings to the position were a major reason SCVC finished on top in 17 Open.