By Kirstin Olsen
The Southern California Volleyball Association's Junior National Qualifier was loaded with West Coast talent from up and down the Pacific Coastline. Here are 10 players who excelled this past weekend:
Joslyn Hayes, Sunshine Westside 18-1: This 6-foot-5 middle can shut down the net with her blocking and move the ball around in the middle. She is an uncommitted junior, and coaches are lining up to sign her after she made the switch to play for Sunshine 18-1s this year hoping to get more exposure.
Kiara Wright, AVA TX 18 Team Rox: This 6-1 outside hitter is the go-to on her AVA Texas team. She crushes on the outside and can terminate on the right as well. The USC commit is a fireplug for her team.
Alexa Strange, Coast 18-1 Ozhan: The 5-11 setter, who is headed to Nebraska, is an athletic lefty who can hammer on the right and set the rock from anywhere on the court.
Hayley Hodson, Tstreet 17-Troy: This 6-2 outside is one of the best in her freshman class. She hits a variety of angles on the outside and has already shown some impressive court vision in her first year in high school.
Elise Ruddins, Laguna Beach 18 MS: This 6-4 outside hitter can continuously bring the heat on the left. The USC commit helped lead her Laguna Beach 18 MS team to a fifth-place finish this past weekend.
Brittany Abercrombie, Coast 16-1 JJ: This 6-3 lefty opposite was a finalist for ESPNHS sophomore of the year. She has a wicked snap and can terminate a variety of angles on the left that are hard to defend. She has already gotten a lot of college interest but isn’t jumping the gun and committing anywhere soon.
Emma Fuzie, Vision Gold 16-1: This 6-1 middle blocker helped her Vision 16-1 team to a third-place finish in the 16s open division. Fuzie was aggressive at the net and shellacked some overpasses to pump up her team and make the opposing team pay.
Sherridan Atkinson, TCA HB 16-Black: This 6-7 middle blocker will be a force to be reckoned with. She moves well and will be a great asset to any Division I program. She should grow into her frame nicely under the coaching system of Neil Mason.
Sarah Hughes, Mizuno Long Beach 17 Rockstar: The 5-11 setter/right side is a spark plug for her Rockstar team. She sets and passes and hits on the right and is an unbelievably well-rounded player. Hughes is a fun player to watch and she plans to play sand volleyball at USC next year.
Alexandra Espinosa, City Beach Black 16-1: The 5-11 sophomore outside hitter was everywhere on the court and helped lead her team to a second-place finish in the 16s division over a very talented Coast 16-1 team.