Northern Lights Qualifier Shining Stars: 17 Open Setters
Be sure to follow @lshotvb on Instagram, Tik Tok and Twitter for all things volleyball! – The 2024 Northern Lights Qualifier was one for the books. With the first part of the Northern Lights Qualifier taking place this past weekend, we got to see what the 18,…
The 2024 Northern Lights Qualifier was one for the books.
With the first part of the Northern Lights Qualifier taking place this past weekend, we got to see what the 18, 17 and 15s field were shaping up to this coming club season. 17 Open saw Houston Skyline take home the NLQ Crown after upsetting the projected winners, 1st Alliance in the gold pools.
Because of all of the talent on display in this division, there’s so much to talk about. So, we’re going to be breaking down the 17 Open Division by positions. Next on the list, let’s take a peak at the setters in Minneapolis.
Kassidy O’Brien – Houston Skyline
In hind sight, with the way that Kassidy O’Brien was playing this weekend. There’s no surprise that Houston Skyline won the entire thing. O’Brien came in on a mission and she was not shy about running the offense, or becoming the offense either. This player may have been one of the most offensive setters in the field. Her scoring is timely and always so effective.
Tenesyn Frye – ID CRUSH
This ID CRUSH team is on to something really exciting. I wasn’t expecting them to grab a bid this weekend, but not only did they punch their ticket to Vegas, but they nearly won the whole tournament. Much of this comes from the much improved play of Tenesyn Frye. After watching Frye last season, I liked what I saw. To say that she is much improved is crazy, but Frye seems to have found another gear and looking great.
Addison Horner & Hannah Kenny – 1st Alliance
One of the best 6-2 systems you will find anywhere in the country. When you have a giant like Addison Horner and a defensive powerhouse like Hannah Kenny, using their strengths alongside each other is a no brainer.
With Horner’s natural physicality, she can score at ease. But what really impressed me this weekend was her growth in her setting. Having not seen Horner since last July, she’s seemed to really developed nicely running the offense. Kenny is also so much fun to watch. While only in the game for 3 rotations, her athleticism and speed around the court gives this group a real leg up. As much of a standout she is with her hands, Kenny is also an incredible defender as well.
Hannah Beauford – Drive Nation
This Drive Nation team has a brand new look to it this season. While it seems that everything is new, one of the most improtant thing remains the same and that is their setter. Hannah Beauford returns to Drive Nation after a really standout 16s season. Now, running the offense almost entirely on her own, Beauford has this offense running really effectively.
Reese Messer – Dynasty
It’s always a fun time to catch this setter in action. Reese Messer is arguably one of the best in this 2025 class, and for good reason. After playing up an age division for almost the entirety of her career, this year both her and Abigail Mullen, are joining their 2025 peers. This is a different look than what we’ve seen Messer around before but I really like it. This group has a lot of untapped talent and Messer is the perfect setter to bring it out.
Malorie Boesiger – Nebraska One
While i knew this player has been young for this group, I didn’t realize that Malorie Boesiger is only a freshman! If that tells you anything, I don’t know what does. Beyond playing years ahead of her time, Boesiger fits right into this high-action division. She brings this team together and runs a really spread out offense with lots of opportunities to score.