Posted On: 07/20/21 12:38 AM

Over the weekend of June 13th, CEVA held its Regionals tournament where the top 18U, 16U, 14U, and 12U teams from the region competed.

For the 16U age bracket, the top five finishers were…

#1 OJVA 16-1 National

#2 NPJ 16 Forefront

#3 OJVA 16-2 National

#4 G3 16-1 National

#5 Athena 16-1 Gold

For the first time this season, I had the opportunity to go watch these teams compete in person. I will be spotlighting the athletes from 2022, 2023, and 2024, who were an impact in their position and made an impression when watching.

DEFENSIVE SPECIALISTS

Photo: OSAA

Alize Bakker Alize Bakker 5'7" | OH Westview | 2023 State OR 5’7", DS, Westview High School, Oregon Juniors Volleyball Academy

Bakker was a consistent presence in the back row for the OJVA 16-2 team. Wearing the libero jersey, she was a big part in their #3 finish at CEVA Regionals. Bakker brings athleticism and control to the court. She reads the ball well on defense and has great reaction time.

While Bakker was sporting the libero jersey, Sidney Knowles Sidney Knowles 5'8" | DS/L Sherwood | 2023 State OR (2023) and Elise Coffey (2023), also stepped up big time as defensive specialists

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