Posted On: 02/11/19 4:09 PM
Columbus proved to be a great place for the One Wisconsin 18 National out of Green Bay, competing in the USA division, resulting in some hardware with a second place overall finish out of 24 teams.
When it comes to qualifiers of an type it really depends on the matches you win and when you win them. For IW 18 National they were able to finish 2-1 day one and 2-1 day two to make their way to the Gold Bracket on Sunday which means the title is really up for grabs after having played six matches over the course of the weekend.
On Sunday, 1W was paired up against Revolution out of Ohio who had not lost a match all weekend. After dropping the opening set 17-25, 1W went on to steal the second set 25-21 and the third 15-12. After the match the Revolution coach spoke with head coach of 1W Michael Voigt saying they were, “one of the toughest defensive teams they had played so far this year”. Anchoring that defense is Oshkosh Lourdes and UW-Milwaukee commit, Morgan Thiel playing “lights out” in serve receive and getting their offense into system throughout the whole weekend.
1W went on to win their semifinal match against FIVE1 out of Michigan and was defeated by Southwest out of Ohio in the championship.
There are some really hidden gems on this team that will be extremely competitive throughout this whole club season with Julia Klement of Shawano, an explosive outside hitter out of Shawano who has committed to play at Viterbo, Maria Sherer out of Ashwaubenon who will play at UW-Stevens Point, Taylor Wegand of Kaukauna who will head to Missouri Valley College, and Thiel heading to Milwaukee.
Some prospects to take note who are from the Class of 2020 would be Madyson Pearson, a setter from Kimberly who is part of 1W’s 5-2 offensive system who can put up a solid block, attack, and has great hands to distribute to her hitters.
An attacker who is one to keep tabs on would be Kendra Dantoin, a Class of 2020 outside hitter from Southern Door. A six rotation outside hitter who can score from any rotation as well as play solid defense is a small school hidden gem that will soon be on the radar for the next level.
1W 18-National’s next action will be at the Badger Region 18s Qualifier which will be absolutely loaded with talent at the Milwaukee Sting Center February 23 and 24.
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