Top 250 Expo: DS/Liberos, Class of 2025
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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.
A defensive specialist/libero has responsibilities on both offense and defense. Their number one job is controlling the ball, especially on serve receive. Meet five DS/Liberos who are in the class of 2025 and came to the Expo ready to showcase their talent and skills.
Regan Chandler has fast, quick steps to cover the court. She did a diving one-hand pop-up, sliding on the court that showed her hustle to the ball. She hopped right back up to get in line to do the drill again. She showed no fear of getting down on the ground to save a ball. Chandler hustled every single time on the court and was eager to compete in the drills.
Grace Choi is consistent, quick and passes the ball with finesse. She dove for balls to keep the drills running smoothly. She understood the assignment of passing controlled balls on target. Even in motion, Choi was able to maintain control of her passes. Her confidence and good energy were visible every time she completed a pass, dug a ball, or a diving slide to keep the ball up.
has a solid platform that has the appearance of effortless passes. She pops the ball up with ease. She shuffles to the ball with perfect timing to get off a good pass. Schmalle does not run wildly or out of control on the court. She looked comfortable getting low for balls and created a perfect platform that controlled where she was passing the ball.
Sami Nehme is a good communicator on the court. She was ready at all times and in game play she was bringing good energy by being vocal. She is light on her feet, able to make quick lateral movements in order to get to a ball being placed in between her and her teammate. Nehme had great court awareness and was involved in covering hitters or ready to play on an overpass.
Alexis “Lexi” Esparza is listed as an outside hitter on her profile, but I watched her perform at the DS/Libero position. She has the defensive skills to get her hands on every ball to keep it in play. During gameplay, she was covering her outside hitter, shuffling in back row, and following the ball. Esparza is able to get down on the floor to dig balls and get up quickly back into position.
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