Posted On: 07/21/21 9:11 AM

With so many big offensive powerhouse teams going through changes in the 2021 season, defense could be the story of Division 3 this fall.

Here’s a look at five teams that should be among the best defensive teams in D3 when all is said and done.


There is only one returning libero in Division 3 that had any kind of All-State recognition in 2020 and that is Bronson senior Jaydn Cary. She has the instincts and athleticism to be even stronger this season while helping the D3 power make a push back to Kellogg Arena. Karissa Gest is a strong six-rotation outside that has the passing skills to be a standout defender as well. Macy Covey and Kaylee Withington also return up front to help lead the blocking efforts.


The Beavers have reached the semifinals the last two years and will have plenty of questions to address on offense. However, the defense should still be a strength led by senior libero Alexis Grove. Leiyah Mungin and Hannah Stearns were regular contributors on the court on the outside and were among team leaders in digs last fall. Faith Danielak returns in the middle as a junior after leading Beaverton

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