Impressive Class of 2027; DS/Liberos at the Top 250 Expo
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PrepDig has had Expos in different states, and this was the 1st time it was held in California. The event took place at the Long Beach Mizuno Volleyball Club facility in Carson, California. It was a great turnout with athletes…
PrepDig has had Expos in different states, and this was the 1st time it was held in California. The event took place at the Long Beach Mizuno Volleyball Club facility in Carson, California. It was a great turnout with athletes representing several high schools, clubs, positions, and graduating classes. PrepDig appreciates everyone who came out in support of this event; Mizuno staff for the use of their building, coaches, scouts, parents, and players. It could not have been done without you, so thank you for your participation and patience in turning players into prospects.
It is fun to watch the young liberos who are mature in their position on the court. They are like little sparks of determination and grit. Being a young libero on a varsity team or a level up in age gives the opportunity to learn more and absorb qualities from older players. A defensive specialist/libero has responsibilities on both offense and defense. Their number one job is controlling the ball, and providing great passes that can start the offense running. They cover a lot of ground on the court. Meet eight DS/Liberos who are in the class of 2027 and came to the Expo ready to showcase their talent and skills.
is fast on the court. Her explosiveness allows her to cover the court quickly and effectively. During gameplay, she brought skill and accuracy to the team’s defense. Corona had no fear of getting on the floor, diving for a ball. She did not hesitate to go after a ball, even if it looked unplayable. She was able to prevent the ball from hitting the ground with her quick reaction time. Looking forward to her volleyball career and seeing her play.
talks on the court. She was vocal during drills and gameplay. She is fast and agile, being able to get tipped balls anywhere on the court. There was no hesitation from her when going for balls. If she had to dive to save a ball or dig it, she was on the ground getting it up. Espinoza would hustle to cover hitters and get back into base position. She would read a play and move into defense. Her mobility and quickness made it easy for her to get tips up. She saved some off-the-block hits and was ready to set the second ball if the setter couldn’t get to it. Looking forward to her growth in the sport and watching her play.
covered back row very well. She brought a lot of good defensive qualities to gameplay. This was done by her digging balls and responding to attacks with good passes. She tried to get her hands on every ball to keep the play alive. She could read when the ball was going out and communicated that with her teammates by yelling “out”. Magallanes has a presence to lead and initiate controlled passes for the offense to begin. She was instrumental in preventing the other team from scoring by utilizing her defensive skills. Looking forward to watching her play and grow in this sport.
stepped in and up to show her libero skills at the Prep Dig Top 250 Expo. She passed well and dug the balls during position play. During gameplay, she has a good platform and holds her follow-through. Obermyer is reliable on hitter coverage and relentless in pursuing the ball. She has a high court IQ with seeing and reading the other side. She’s a reliable secondary setter if the setter can’t get to the first ball. Her quick lateral movements allow her to control angles. Looking forward to her growth in the game and watching her play.
Morgan Quach has one of the most important physical traits of a libero and that is speed. She is very reactive, light on her feet, and has a quick reaction time. Her flexibility allowed her to get to the tough balls that looked unreachable. She stayed low to the ground and would shift with lower body explosiveness. She flew past going after a ball, sliding in an attempt to reach it. She was very quiet on the court but with time and experience, she should grow into a more vocal player. Looking forward to watching her play and bring leadership qualities to the game.
controls her passing with a solid platform. This helps her place the ball where she wants it to go. Passing the ball and digging the ball well is a quality that every libero should have and Rebagliati has it. She was prepared in back row to receive the serve or the attack. She covered the hitters for tips or tooled blocks that went behind the blockers. She was alert and ready at all times, staying focused and reading where the ball would be coming next. Excited to see her growth in volleyball and watching her play in a live game setting.
is a hustler on the court. Her passing and defense is consistent. She gives off great energy, and is resilient by not letting any mistakes get to her head. That’s where you see her confidence as a player by showing a strong mental game and the ability to play well under pressure. Wulff-Smith is good at serve receive and doesn’t hesitate to go after a ball. In position five, she is prepared to receive attacks from the opposing outside hitter. She has great lateral defensive ability by being super quick with diving and covering. Looking forward to watching her grow in the sport and seeing her play.
will make it known that it’s her ball to take by communicating on the court. She will get to the area where the ball is being placed. Swogger plays well under pressure, she does not lack any fear of going after shanked balls even if she picks them up with one hand. She has a strong mental game and handles tough situations by being in position and ready for anything. She brought leadership capabilities into gameplay. Looking forward to her growth in the sport and watching her play.
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