Club Preview: Nebraska ONE 17 Titanium
The age division with the most intrigue and talent at the club level in Nebraska this year definitely falls in the 17s and the team to beat just might be Nebraska ONE 17 Titanium. Over the years, the Titanium group…
The age division with the most intrigue and talent at the club level in Nebraska this year definitely falls in the 17s and the team to beat just might be Nebraska ONE 17 Titanium.
Over the years, the Titanium group has been among the top three-ish teams in its age division in the state and last year – as 16s – Titanium finished third at the USAV National Championships in the National Division – just one level down from Open.
Now, as 17s, Titanium has made a couple additions to its roster and is poised to perhaps take the mantle as the state’s top team in that age division.
“This is a very competitive, hard working group of girls who are looking to do big things this upcoming club season,” Titanium coach Kelli Ziegler, an assistant at Lincoln Lutheran, said. “Only a couple of them are currently committed to play college volleyball with the majority of the others looking to get offers this year. We plan to play in the Open division or high levels to gain that exposure and to push these girls to the next level of play.
“Most of these girls have been playing together for several years now so they are a really tight-knit group who work well as a whole on and off the court. This is my second season coaching this team and I feel very blessed to be able to work with some incredible athletes, players and girls. Nicole (Gingery) and I are excited to add some depth to our team this year and feel we can be a dominant force in our age division across the state and at the national level this year. We feel confident in every position we have and are ready for tournaments to get started!”
Titanium’s roster reads like an all-state line-up.
Hope Leimbach from Lincoln Lutheran, who recently committed to Midland University, is the team’s setter. Defensively, Titanium has Lincoln Lutheran libero Erin Williams along with Grand Island Central Catholic defensive specialist Lauryn Willman, Lincoln Southwest defensive specialist Mariah Zvolanek and Lincoln Southwest’s Paige Silverberg can play DS or on the right side.
In the middle Titanium has Nebraska recruit Fallon Stutheit of Johnson-Brock and Grand Island Central Catholic’s Kamryn Willman – both are 6’1. Willman, who fought off a blood clot issue last summer in time to get back to help fuel Grand Island CC’s run to the Class C-1 state final, has had a reoccurance of the issue and that might impact her playing time again this club season. If that is the case, Titanium has plenty of options of player to move into the middle from its pin hitters.
On the pins will be Lincoln Lutheran’s Marriah Buss, Archbishop Bergan’s Lexie Langley, Seward’s Camryn Opfer and Lincoln Pius X’s Lauren Taubenheim.
Aside from the local tournaments, Titanium is planning on participating in the Northern Lights Thaw and President’s Day Classic – both in Omaha – as well as Denver’s Colorado Crossroads Qualifer and the AAU National Championships in Orlando.