Posted On: 07/24/20 5:04 PM
A shout out to Chris Fitzgerald for this awesome article idea. A hypothetical scenario, but a fun one. What if Oregon were to put its best-rising freshmen together, to create a powerhouse 15U team? Here are my nine picks for an 15U All-Star team.
Acevedo, a University of Oregon verbal commit since seventh-grade, is an explosive outside hitter with the ability to play all six rotations with ease. As a newcomer for the Summit High School Storm, it will be exciting to watch her dominate at the high school level. Having lost five seniors last season, Acevedo has a pretty good chance of making the Storm’s varsity squad.
Paz dominates on both the outside and right side using her impressive vertical and athleticism to rack up kills. The Woodburn High School Bulldogs lost seven seniors so she has a really great shot at making the varsity squad her freshman year. Given Paz’s experience playing at a competitive level, the Bulldogs could benefit from having her on their team.
Hamlin shines both on offense and defense with her quickness, strength, versatility, and power. With the ability to play anywhere on the court, she makes an exceptional utility player. With the Lakeridge High School Pacers losing four seniors last season, Hamlin has a shot at making the varsity roster as a freshman.
Williams is an athletic and consistent setter and right side attacker. She is left-handed which makes attacking on the right side easier and setting more dynamic. A former competitive gymnast, she has an explosive vertical which translates well on the volleyball court. As a newcomer for the Central Catholic High School Rams, it will be exciting to watch her dominate at the high school level.
Haury was the primary setter for NPJ 16-1 National as an 8th grader, running a fast offense using her athleticism and natural leadership abilities. She does not play like an incoming freshman and her maturity shines through when watching her run the court. She has no problem taking charge on a court with players older than her. Whichever high school program ends up with Haury on their roster is a lucky one.
Middle Blocker: Jaydn Puncochar, 5’10”, MB/OH, Hillsboro High School, Oregon Juniors Volleyball Academy
Puncochar, one of two returners on OJVA 14-1 National last season, is a versatile attacker with the ability to play both the middle and outside effortlessly using her powerful arm swing and great volleyball IQ. The Hillsboro High School Spartans only lost two seniors last season, however, both were outside hitters, so Puncochar still has a great shot at making varsity. Given her experience playing at a competitive level, the Spartans could benefit from having her on their team.
Kuher uses her offensive power and quickness to be a versatile attacker with the ability to play both outside and middle. As a newcomer for the Jesuit High School Crusaders, it will be exciting to watch her dominate at the high school level. The Crusaders are a historically strong program, winning the past two 6A state championships. Kuher will be training in a very competitive environment during the fall season which is sure to only make her a better player.
Defensive Specialist: Adrienne Nguyen, 5’5”, DS, St. Mary’s Academy, Oregon Juniors Volleyball Academy
Nguyen, one of two returners on OJVA 14-1 National last season, has bursting enthusiasm, infectious to her teammates, and is a quick defender with a great ability to read the attack. The St. Mary’s Academy Blues lost four seniors last season, two of which were defensive specialists, so Nguyen has a great shot at making the varsity roster. She will be joining her sister, setter Zoe Nguyen Zoe Nguyen 5'8" | DS/L St. Mary's Academy | 2021 State OR , a varsity starter since her Freshman year, and will have the opportunity to play together for Zoe’s last season.
Defensive Specialist: Jadyn Daviscourt, 5’7”, DS, Cascade High School, North Pacific Juniors
Daviscourt is a steady defender with an all-out mentality who is not afraid to go after any ball in order to keep it alive. Having played up this past season to North Pacific Juniors 15-1 National team, she is used to the fast pace that comes with competing with older and more experienced players. This will benefit her greatly when moving up to the high school level. It will be exciting to see her make an impact at Cascade High School.