Posted On: 01/20/21 3:12 PM

  With teams having few practices this past month prior to their first event, passing proved to be the most essential skill this weekend for the 16’s and 18’s at the Frostbite Festival.  Here is a snapshot of the top!

Maya Morales Maya Morales DS/L Iowa City High | 2021 State IA Iowa Rockets (committed Bellevue)

  • Morales looked like a well oiled machine passing out of left back.  Her relaxed style make her passing look effortless despite taking the majority of serves.  She helped her team edge out the competition and giving them a top seed in the bracket to face off against Midwest United in the first round.  They went on to defeat CR Surge in a close championship match

Alexis Hinckley Southern Minnesota Volleyball

  • Another top seed was fueled by the passing of Hinckley. Athletic and precise in her movements, she thrives on defense.  The left handed player uses her power to push forward towards hard hit balls.  Hinckley also had a string of serves to give her team the edge.  There is a lot of depth on this 16’s team and everyone on the team was a part of the 1st place victory.

Jackie Yang Jackie Yang 5'4" | DS/L Johnson | 2022 State MN MVA

  • The leader of her team, Yang’s strength is in her ability to serve, cover the court, and guide her team.  She led them to an undefeated first round of pool play defeated CR Surge in a close third set.  Then, she dug her way through the second round  to face off against AVB Fire.  

Mya Boelter Komet Volleyball Club

  • One of the younger athletes on our list of defensive standouts, but a disciplined player.  Her technical skills are a product of the Kasson Mantorville program.  She was great at covering left back and able to stay on the sharp angles some of the bigger teams.  Even when the team was down by a handful of points, her effort never changed.  A developing team with some committed athletes like Boelter.

Tayjah Marthaler AVB Fire

  • The BBE high school team should be set for a good season with Tayjah and classmate, Kylie Winter Kylie Winter 5'6" | OH BBE | 2022 State MN in the back court.  The pair compliment one another well.  It is nice to see teammates playing together during the off season too as this will impact their chemistry for the upcoming year.  Both maintain a low center and strong flection in their legs to help them cover a great area.  Marthaler has great attitude and Winter’s got great instincts.

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