Top Tier Teams In No Particular Order
Outside Looking In
Next year's top players are a lot harder to differentiate from the pack, but I'll give it a shot
Elder - Klusman, Albers (Jr)
Moeller - Bowles, Egan
X - Bretl, Pung (Jr)
Darby - Bowling, Moldovan, Brinkerhoff (Jr)
Westerville South - Szwabinski (My dark horse pick for POY), Woodson, Carpenter, Miller
Dublin Scioto - Topp
Alter - Rose (Jr)
I'm sure I'm missing many others
What makes you say that? Just curious, the north is the region I know least about
They were one of the youngest teams, if not the youngest team at State this year. They bring back one of the best setters in the state and their best hitter last year was a freshman.
Ignatius, in my opinion, does not have one of the best setters in the state. If you remember the quarterfinal game Iggy V. Elder, Iggy lost that match solely because their setter only set their outside and allowed Elder to triple block. He may have the ability and talent, but he makes poor decisions on the court. He may be the best setter in the North, but I would not have him as one of the top setters in the state.
With the guys graduating throughout the state, I'm not sure how you can't have the returning#1 setter on a State Qualifying team in the list of "best setters in the state." Mustard (Moe), Malott (Elder), Clark (PN), one from Darby escapes me at the moment Cowen, but all of those guys are gone. Roberts from X is another returner who i'd have on my list, but outside of those who else is out there? The junior setter from Moeller Luers?
I think that many of you are underestimating this Elder team. I do not believe they will take a step back and I feel they have a great chance to repeat as champions.
Here is my top 5
1. Hilliard Darby
4. St. Xavier
5. St. I's
They have a lot to replace. Lose both middles, an outside, an All-State opp, a libero and a setter.
I imagine they have a decent amount of juniors playing, and those guys will have to grow up fast and learn on the fly.
I would tend to agree. Although, I would never discount Elder's coaching staff. I would bet Elder starts the year with a couple losses no one sees coming, but then is a top 5 team in the state at the end of the year. Elder's JV had 3 very good players (OH, MH, OPP). Who I would assume start, mix that in with Klusman, Koenig, and last years juniors and they will still be competitive. Passing could be an issue though...
Top Players by Region:
North: Margevicius, Michals, Holzheimer, Gerwig, Ticcone
South: Goldschmidt, Pung, Roberts, Bowles, Beck
West: Mikesch, Rose, Kuhlman(s), Hascher, Sagan, Gustely, Bridenbaugh,
East: Szwabinsky, Woodson, Moldovan, Topp, Bowling, Brinkerhoff, Warren
Felt obligated to throw at least one D2 kid in there....