Posted On: 03/15/21 1:51 PM

At the 16 Open level, or any Open level, you can’t just hit the ball hard.  There are a lot of hard hitters, the ones who look intimidating in hitting lines, the highlight videos look great.  But what makes them different?  What makes them successful at a high level?  What makes them “That Girl” sometimes where it seems like every time they the ball, it turns to gold.  There were a few 16 Open athletes who had the moment on the pin where they were at their best and they are ones who make it happen.  Here are a few that really stood out and rose to the top among some of the best in the country. 


Kennedy Wagner and Jessica Horwath - 1st Alliance 16 Silver

What makes these two athletes different?  Well, that’s a lot to unpack because they are many attributes that allows them to make significant contributions for them team who earned an Open bid to Vegas.  One skill I have noticed with a lot of 1st Alliance and Lions (Lions 15-1) is how their outsides generate top spin with their

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