Posted On: 03/15/21 11:53 AM

At the 2021 Sunshine Volleyball Classic, a USAV National Qualifier, there were plenty of amazing teams competing in the first weekend of age groups 11-15 American. In the semifinal round of the gold bracket playoffs for the 14 American division were two highly competitive teams, Top Select 14 Top and USA South 14 Premier Purple. Despite both teams being comprised predominantly of 14 year-olds in 8th grade, both teams showed that they have high-level players capable of out-competing their peers. 


From the Top Select 14 Top team, Rayna Santiago (5’10”/ MH / Class of ‘25) proved to be an extremely skilled middle blocker and hitter for her age. She consistently runs complex, quick hits out of the middle position, and shows well-developed chemistry with her setter. Her court awareness and timing reflect her natural talent and experience on the net. Rayna’s greatest talent is her fast arm swing that delivers a powerful hit most defenders can’t retrieve. Also on the net in the middle is Ayana Solan, an impressive blocker with her high jumps and wall-like hands. Ayana is so tall and jumps so high she sometimes overjumps the quick hit

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