There are a lot of top-notch Omaha teams that thrive year in and year out during the club season. Despite there being so much talent and success from the Metro city, there is a team from the capital city that…
There are a lot of top-notch Omaha teams that thrive year in and year out during the club season. Despite there being so much talent and success from the Metro city, there is a team from the capital city that club volleyball fans need to look out for this upcoming season.
Nebraska ONE 17 Titanium, a team based out of Lincoln might be one of the best, if not the best all around team in the state during this upcoming club season. With all of the defense and fire power that this Lincoln squad has, they could potentially be the best team out of every age division from the Great Plains region this spring. Every single player on this Nebraska ONE 171s squad made it to the state tournament with their respective high school teams, so that speaks for the depth and talent that this team holds.
Junior setter and Midland commit Hope Leimbach, sophomore outside hitter Marriah Buss, as well as junior libero Erin Williams from this Titanium team helped take their Lincoln Lutheran high school team to the class C1 state volleyball tournament. They helped that Warrior volleyball program qualify for state for the first time in 5 years. Class C1 was by far the deepest class in regards of talent, and these 3 all-state teammates helped their Lincoln Lutheran squad finish 3rd in the state tournament. These 3 players also broke individual school records on the course of their state tournament run.
Fallon Stutheit, a junior Husker commit who is a middle for this Titanium squad helped lead her Johnson-Brock high school team win their 3rd consecutive class D1 state volleyball championship a little less than a month ago. Stutheit was incredible throughout the course of the high school season, and will be back on the court with her club teammates in January.
Lauren Taubenheim, a sophomore outside/right side hitter for Titanium led her Lincoln Pius X high school team to 2nd consecutive class A state volleyball tournament berth. Taubenheim returned to the court this fall after a heart-breaking hand fracture injury from the summer that kept her from playing at the USA Volleyball Girls Junior National Championships with her Titanium teammates. Lauren will for sure be ready to be back on the court with her club teammates in January.
Paige Silverberg, a junior right side/defensive specialist and Mariah Zvolanek, a junior defensive specialist helped Lincoln Southwest qualify for their 3rd straight class A state volleyball tournament this fall. Both juniors played vital roles for a squad that ended up having the most wins in program history.
Lexie Langley, a junior outside hitter helped her Archbishop Bergan volleyball team qualify for the class C2 state volleyball tournament after having the best season in program history. Langley was a monster hitter for her high school team this year, and will definitely play a key role for her Titanium club team this coming season.
Nebraska ONE 17 Titanium returns almost every player from last year’s squad after a successful finish at the USA Volleyball Girls Junior National Championships. This Titanium squad finished higher than any other team from the Great Plains region at nationals last year with their 3rd place finish in the 16 National division in Minneapolis. Titanium also won back-to-back Show Me National Qualifier titles the last 2 seasons. This coming season, Titanium will have a few new additions to their team after losing sophomore middle Atley Carey from Lincoln East. They will add junior Kamryn Willman, sophomore Lauren Willman (sisters from Grand Island Central Catholic), as well as junior Camryn Opfer from Seward to their roster for the 2018 club season. The Willman sisters helped Grand Island Central Catholic qualify for the class C1 state volleyball tournament and Camryn Opfer helped lead her Seward squad to the class B state volleyball tournament.
Every year this Nebraska ONE squad finishes 2nd in the region right behind Premier Gold from Omaha. This Nebraska ONE squad returns 8 of the 9 girls from their national semifinal squad from last year’s team, and has added 3 talented players on to their 2018 roster. This team could definitely give other clubs like Premier, Nebraska Elite, VCN, as well as Nebraska Juniors a run for their money this spring. The 17s, as well as the 18s age division in the Great Plains region better watch out for Titanium this coming season because this team will be a force to be reckoned with. Not only do they have the chance to be the best team in the state, they also have the potential to be one of the best teams in the country.