Posted On: 02/21/21 2:36 PM

These seemingly smaller club teams might surprise you at the Molten Pre-Qualifier in the 17 Open Division on February 27th and 28th in Tampa Bay. These teams have a record of success in local tournaments which puts them in a position to compete at a high level with the best teams from the region. 

Coastal 17 Elite is a surprising team to watch. Although they lack the height of most teams, they are scrappy on their defense and smart on their offense. With solid serves, giving them much-needed points off their aces, they can compete with some of the best teams in the 17 Open division. 

Although they placed low in the recent 2021 Gasparilla Kickoff Classic tournament on President’s day weekend, they have the potential and ability to place much higher in the upcoming Molten Pre-Qualifier. This is largely due to three key players on this 17 Elite team from Coastal Volleyball Academy. 


Jani Burden (5’3”/OH, DS/Class of ‘22) is a feisty defender and outside hitter. She is constantly moving on the court and has great form when passing or hitting in the back row. 


Kaitlyn Novak

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