Houston Top 250 Expo: G’s Top Performers – Middles
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The club volleyball season has just started on a high note this weekend, but Texas prospects had yet another big opportunity to showcase their skills, with the third stop of the Prep Dig Top 250 Expo taking place in the…
The club volleyball season has just started on a high note this weekend, but Texas prospects had yet another big opportunity to showcase their skills, with the third stop of the Prep Dig Top 250 Expo taking place in the Lone Star State on Sunday.
After hosting events in San Antonio and Dallas, the Top 250 Expo came to Houston and the Competitive Edge Sports facility, the home of famed club TAV Houston , was the location where around 80 prospects from several regions in the state, including Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin, reunited for a fun morning.
Prep Dig Scouting Director Michael DeLeon and I were in attendance, taking a good look at everyone on the court, and will share our findings over the next few days. Middle is the last position we have to cover, so let’s find out who were the ones to dominate the net:
Bernard’s incredible athleticism made her stand out among our middles as she was extremely effective on both sides of the ball. Having been following her for the last year or so, her performance wasn’t necessarily a surprise, but it was very nice to see that she continues to improve her game at a great pace. On Saturday, particularly, her mobility on the court and her offense, which continues to become more diverse, were among the things that caught my attention. I also loved how focused and connected she was in every play, even if she was strongly dominating at the net.
Kettler had some good battles with other players at the net and showed she has all the tools to develop into a very strong middle. She’s very physical and very often overpowers opponents with her game. Kettler has a heavy right arm and had some strong swings during the event. She’s also a very strong blocker, who gets off the floor quickly and takes up a lot of space from opposing hitters with her arms
Pflum’s length made of her a very strong player at the net as she did a great job in terms of using every inch of her long arms to make plays. She was very effective offensively, making contact with the ball at a high point and swinging hard. Her blocking was also very productive as she moved well across the net and displayed good reading to time her jumps and make moves above the net. Pflum also played with a lot of intensity and just had a good energy on the court.
Bobnar was one of the best middles in our event when it came to scoring points. Her offensive game was extremely well-developed, combining some interesting elements. She’s tall and can swing hard, but what made of her such a productive player was her ability to hit different sets and to hit the ball into different directions. Bobnar also displayed good ball control when she had to make the first contact around the net.