This weekend the Mizuno March Mania tournament took over the Wisconsin Dells. Teams from across the midwest descended on the Wisconsin Dells Center to compete at a high level and fight for wins. There were some great highs this weekend and it was an overall fun tournament. Here are some middles who dominated the March Mania tournament!
Ava Washburn – ClubRed 16 Red
Ava is an explosive middle with an incredible amount of potential. She dominated in the front row in every match she played. Her fast swing and powerful arm made her a huge threat to all teams. Ava puts up a solid block and is incredibly dynamic. She has a powerhouse serve that regularly racks up runs of 3 or more.
Bree Ihrke – MN Attack 16-1
Bree is a solid middle who uses her height to her advantage. She has a very high swing and fast snap that allows her to hit over or through most blocks. Her shots are pretty impressive as well and she is smart with the ball in the front row.
Grace Moravchik – MN North 16-1
Grace is an incredibly engaged middle. She makes herself accessible to her setter on Every. Single. Play. Every one. That is insanely difficult to do but Grace does it. She moves around to give her setter options and sets her team up for success as a result. Even when she doesn’t get the ball, she pulls blockers giving her other teammates more options. Grace also has a lot of power behind her swing and executes well on the sets she gets.
Jalen Hinzman – St. Croix Select 16-1
Jalen has a lot of height and even more potential. She sees the court well and has great court awareness. She sets up her block well and is a solid hitter as well. On top of being an offensive asset to her team, she also has a consistent and powerful serve that earns her runs in the back row.
Paige Antiporek – Team One 17 Zen
Paige is the definition of a dynamic middle. She is powerful, engaged, and brings in kills like it is her job. She has a fast and explosive approach which makes her a great option for her setters. Her ability to run plays at any moment pulls blockers and gives both her and her teammates great options for swings.
Sierre Lumpkin – Vital 16-1 Gold
Sierre has a great vertical and high swing. She is a great blocker and pushes to close every block. Her speed and vertical help her earn kills for her team and she truly gets a lot of sets because of it. She is a go-to hitter on this team.
– Capital 16 Adidas
Addison is an all-around great middle. She is fast and engaged in every play. Addison is not afraid to pound a ball and is a smart athlete who sees holes in blocks and angles to hit. She works well with her setters and teammates and makes big, momentum-changing plays.
Hope Schlenker – RRIV 15 Royal
Hope is a young athlete with huge potential. She has a fast swing and gets great contact on the ball. She also puts up a solid block that sets her defense up for success. She was a constant in her matches and earned points in every set. Hope is an athlete to watch.