Posted On: 02/22/21 6:44 PM

In the two-day tournament known as the Central Zone Championships, I got the opportunity to watch some great ball from athletes that don’t get a lot of pub. Here are a few I liked.

Circle City 16 Black

The 16-2s at Circle made it to the finals and had a couple of match points in hand before falling to 15 Purple in the final. I was extremely impressed with Rachel WilliamsRachelWilliams5'7" | OHWest Lafayette | 2023StateIN (’23, OH, 5-7), whose ball control and confident attacking got them to the final in the first place. Bottom line: she doesn’t make errors, which is exactly what you need from a six-rotation outside. Another kid that stood out to me was Taryn KennedyTarynKennedy5'11" | MBCenter Grove | 2023StateIN (’23, MB, 5-11), who just a few short months ago was an awkward player. She can now hit in front of and behind the setter, and made quite a few differences in the matches leading up to the final. Her rise has been meteoric, and I look forward to how she does during qualifier season.

Circle City 15 Purple

The champs from the weekend were led by Emery MooreEmeryMoore5'9" | SNorth Central | 2024StateIN (’24, S, 5-9), who does everything well and has burst on the scene. Her ball placement,

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