Posted On: 01/10/19 11:50 AM
Wisconsin clubs are getting an early start and will be looking to punch their ticket to the USAV Open Championships to be held in Dallas April 26-28. Capital, Milwaukee Sting 18-Black and Motion (MVP) will be competing in the USA Division which is the tier below open and will be jam packed with plenty of high caliber soon to be college athletes. However, there are still some big time players still available who would be a great fit at the next level. Here is a quick look at who is heading to Omaha from Wisconsin and some unsigned athletes to keep tabs on.
Capital 18 – Adidas (Madison Area) – 3rd Overall Seed
Capital Volleyball Academy is always one of the top programs to come out of Wisconsin (Badger Region). This year’s 18s team features some of the top prospects in the state starting with Kianna Schmitt. Schmitt is Prep Dig Wisconsin’s top recruit from 2019 playing in her future city as she will play at Creighton next year. Extremely quick, long, and dynamic at 6’3 her ceiling is extremely high and continuing her career with Coach Booth and the Bluejays will allow her to flourish even more. On the pin are a pair of Division 1 recruits in Sopheea Mink who will be going to High Point in North Carolina and Bailey Neuberger who has signed with Southern Illinois. Mink is also one of the top high jumpers in Wisconsin. Her approach touch is listed at 10’4.5.
Unsigned athletes to keep tabs on would be Ashley East, Sarah Malone, and Bri Korducki. East is a powerful left handed right side who was an All State player this past season that NAIA and Division 2 coaches should definitely put a Star next to this weekend. Major hidden gem in Wisconsin. Malone was one of the top liberos in Wisconsin’s largest class this past fall and Korducki is another All State athlete who can score points from anywhere in the front row.
Capital is also bringing their younger teams as well to compete in the 15-17s division.
Milwaukee Sting 18 Black – 5th Overall Seed
Milwaukee Sting always has some of the best teams in the region and 18 Black is right up there with a number of committed athletes to Division 1 and Division 2 programs. The defensive is led by two standouts in Shea Lauria who is a Wichita State commit and Kaylee Kuecker who will be going to NCAA D2, UW-Parkside. Katelyn Bliesner is a middle blocker heading to NJIT while Emma Szypszak is going to Florida Gulf Coast.
Unsigned athletes to keep note of it Brianna Merkel, the setter/right side who was previously committed to Western Illinois as well as Darragh Dixon who is a strong all around, left handed player who can set and swing. Carissa Sundholm, Grace Peyron, and Kaylee Lorincz were some of the top Class of 2019 outside hitters from the Class of 2019 at the Prep Dig Wisconsin Top 250 Expo.
Motion (MVP) 18 Blue – 15th Overall Seed
Motion or known as MVP in the Milwaukee area always has scrappy teams in each age level, and the 18s are no different. Tori Zagorski is an athletic, right side/setter who is a solid all around player heading to Division 2, South Dakota Mines while high school teammate from Germantown, Hannah Brown has committed to Division 2 Bellarmine in Indiana. Brown is an athlete who can flat out fly and can score points from any offensive rotation.
Unsigned athletes to take note of would be Anna Nerad, a former UW-Milwaukee commit, who was a standout for Waukesha West this past season reaching the state semifinals. Lots of power from the middle with Nerad. Another six rotation outside would be Kierra Koepke, who was named the MVP of the Homeschool National Christian Championships for Southeast Wisconsin Christian Homeschool Athletics (SWCHA) in Omaha last fall. An explosive outside hitter with a solid all around game.