Top Stars and Story Lines – Sting AAU Super Regional
Gold vs. Gold. Sting 17 Gold vs. Sting 16 Gold in the final. After 16 Gold lost the first set 25-10 they came roaring back with a fury of momentum to win the 17s AAU Super Regional in the third…
Gold vs. Gold. Sting 17 Gold vs. Sting 16 Gold in the final. After 16 Gold lost the first set 25-10 they came roaring back with a fury of momentum to win the 17s AAU Super Regional in the third set 15-12. This was all after avenging a Saturday loss to Illini Elite, by getting the best of them in the semifinals to advance to the finals. One of the most entertaining matches of the afternoon was in the semifinals between 17 Sting Black and 17 Sting Gold. This was a back and forth, punch after punch, 10 round battle. With these two teams all too familiar with each other it was full of long rallies and plenty of momentum changes with 17 Sting Gold winning in the third 15-10.
Here are some of the standouts from Sunday at the Badger State AAU Super Regional held at Milwaukee Sting, Tuesday we will have a list of new prospects to take note of:
Aubrey Hamilton – Sting 16 Gold – Arrowhead – Outside Hitter
Class of 2020 – Committed To Notre Dame
Hamilton makes playing six rotations look easy. She has no wasted movement, is incredibly efficient, and plays with consistent body language not getting too high or too low. She came up huge in the Sting wins come bracket play. Hamilton is asserting herself as not only one of the best in her class, but for the whole state. She can score points at will, but also pass her team into system. As with any great outside hitter she is just as much of a threat to score out of the back row as she is the front.
Alayna Jansky – Sting 17 Black – Mukwonago – Outside Hitter
Class of 2019 – Committed to Western Illinois
Jansky is comparable to a three point shooter, pure scorer in basketball. She is so athletic and dynamic she plays all the way around and has a cannon for an arm. Sting Black is an aggressive and gritty team with Jansky leading the way. There is no block she is afraid of, but still has finesse to hit a roll shot, or send one to the corner or sharp angle. Janksy was key for Mukwonago and their state tournament run and will be looked upon to carry the load again this year for the Indians as they try and repeat with a trip to the Resch come November.
Chyna Bacchus – Motion 17 Blue – University School of Milwaukee – Outside Hitter
Class of 2019
Bacchus has played a little bit of everything from setter to right side, but Sunday she was a constant for Motion on the outside. Overall, her athleticism keeps getting better and better along with her overall play as a six rotation outside. Bacchus looked extremely solid on the pin with a high vertical and powerful swing. This may be the spot for her, but definitely has the building blocks of an all around player.
Kiara Reinhardt – Sting 16 Gold – Cedarburg – Middle Blocker
Class of 2020
Kaley Blake and Reinhardt were really clicking in the semifinal match against Illini Elite. Illini Elite has a middle blocker heading to Illinois and three other Division 1 commits, and Reinhardt and Blake went on an absolute roll either with a quick to the middle or Reinhardt blocking at the net. The blocking was the highlight and was huge in building momentum for 16 Gold, everytime Illini Elite appeared to be making a comeback, Reinhardt was there defensively to shut down the run. Not only does Reinhardt have the skill, but she has the leadership body language, constantly talking, giving feedback, and is always the first to celebrate the successes of her teammates.
Ashley Guenveur – Sting 17 Gold – Menomonee Falls – Outside Hitter
Class of 2019 – Committed to Troy
Guenveur was a solid young player playing for Menomonee Falls as a Freshman, making the high performance team, and was always a gold player for Sting. However Sunday, I saw a different type of player who is at a much higher level. Guenveur’s game has evolved, she is jumping higher, more explosive on the pin and can hit the hard ball cross court or drive it line. She is also able to use the block extremely well. She is a pure point scorer and will carry a heavy load into her high school season. As a Junior, Guenveur had over 400 kills for the Indians.
Jolie Larson – Wisconsin Juniors 17-1 – The Prairie School (Racine) – Right Side/Setter
Class of 2019
Larson can do a little bit of everything. She can set, hit, block, and play defense. For The Prairie School last year she had over 300 kill, 250 digs, and 400 assists. Larson would be a great catch at the next level for a team that needs a utility player who could step in and play every position. She is somehow making an impact on almost every single play for Juniors who took a set from Sting Black in the quarterfinals.
Kaylee Kuecker – Sting 17 Black – Franklin – Libero
Kuecker is always in the right spot and is very efficient with how she moves. There were times against 17 Gold (which I’m sure she has dug those hitters plenty of times in practice), she would read the open spot, step in, and provide a playable dig, most of the time in system. Having a libero who is diving into the fifth row of the bleachers is great, however having a libero who can consistently make routine plays is even better. Kuecker is very consistent, dependable, and is the right spot at the right time by no mistake.
Emma Szypszak – Sting 17 Gold – Homestead – Middle Blocker
Class of 2019 – Committed to Florida Gulf Coast
Katelyn Bliesner – Sting 17 White – Homestead – Middle Blocker
Class of 2019
Homestead High School is going to be a force with their middle blockers in Szypszak and Bliesner. Szypszak is extremely physical and dynamic with a quick jump and snap. She has the size and speed to cover the whole net, making her such a threat offensively and defensively. Bliesner plays extremely high and has become one of the go to players for Sting 17 White. If Homestead can keeps these two in system, they will be touch to stop at the net.