Posted by No Need to Hate on May 16, 2018 at 13:27:31:
In Reply to: Re: Team USA U18 Trials--no girsl from SoCal posted by VolleyBall Country on May 15, 2018 at 16:24:27:
: Of course not, SoCal is VolleyBall Country!
: : Shakira Austin (Riverdale Baptist H.S./Fredericksburg, Va.)
: : Breanna Beal (Rock Island H.S./Rock Island, Ill.)
: : Grace Berg (Indianola H.S./Carlisle, Iowa)
: : Aijha Blackwell (Whitfield School/Berkeley, Mo.)
: : Kennedy Brown (Derby Senior H.S./Derby, Kan.)
: : Jenna Brown (The Lovett School/Smyrna, Ga.)
: : Desiree Caldwell (Byron P. Steele II H.S./Cibolo, Texas)
: : Taylor Chavez (Valley Vista H.S./Surprise, Ariz.)
: : Amira Collins (Paul VI Catholic H.S./Waldorf, Md.)
: : Maori Davenport (Henderson H.S./Troy, Ala.)
: : Aquira DeCosta (St. Mary’s H.S./Stockton, Calif.)
: : Elizabeth Dixon (Ridgeway H.S./Germantown, Tenn.)
: : Queen Egbo (Travis H.S./Houston, Texas)
: : Emily Engstler (St. Francis Prep/New York, N.Y.)
: : McKenzie Forbes (Folsom H.S./Folsom, Calif.)
: : Hayley Frank (Strafford H.S./Marshfield, Mo.)
: : DeYona Gaston (Pearland H.S./Pearland, Texas)
: : Katlyn Gilbert (Heritage Christian School/Indianapolis, Ind.)
: : Zarielle Green (Duncanville H.S./Dallas, Texas)
: : Heavenly Greer (Horizon H.S./Phoenix, Ariz.)
: : Nazarah Hillmon-Baker (Gilmour Academy/Cleveland, Ohio)
: : Rhyne Howard (Bradley Central H.S./Cleveland, Tenn.)
: : Ashley Joens (Iowa City H.S./Iowa City, Iowa)
: : Jazmine Massengill (Heights Christian Academy/Harrison, Tenn.)
: : Olivia Nelson-Ododa (Winder-Barrow H.S./Winder, Ga.)
: : Karisma Ortiz (Archbishop Mitty H.S. San Jose, Calif.)
: : Jaden Owens (Plano West H.S./Plano, Texas)
: : Jordan Nixon (Mary Louis Academy/New York, N.Y.)
: : Anaya Peoples (Schlarman H.S./Danville, Ill.)
: : Sedona Prince (Liberty Hill H.S./Liberty Hill, Texas)
: : Abby Prohaska (Lakota West H.S./Liberty Township, Ohio)
: : Sammie Puisis (William Mason H.S./Mason, Ohio)
: : Honesty Scott-Grayson (Riverdale Baptist H.S./ Severn, Md.)
: : NaLyssa Smith (East Central H.S./Converse, Texas)
: : Christyn Williams (Central Arkansas Christian School/Little Rock, Ark.)
: : Zoe Young (Valley H.S./Urbandale, Iowa)
: : Head coach: Jeff Walz (Louisville)
: : Assistant coaches: Natasha Adair (Delaware), Cori Close (UCLA)
No need to bash on volleyball. This shift has been coming for years and no one has done anything to stem the tide.
It's not just the running. It's the contact. It's the pounding you take (though plenty of VB injuries too). "Other" factors.
And another reason is no governing body in Travel/AAU hoops like there is in volleyball. No uniform set of rules, tourneys and teams popping up everywhere. People switching teams multiple times on a weekend.
Volleyball, while it has its bad apples too, is structured and governed. It is really hard to switch teams. No one playing down. Teams unable to play in easy tourneys/divisions. You want to play the best teams? Make your team better. You move up or down based on performance.
Also, another reason California, especially So Cal is "down" is the number of families that have left the state (for various reasons, mainly economic) the last few years. Mostly they are going to Arizona and Texas.
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