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Osage

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  1. Osage

    New club team

    You had more time to spend on the question than I did. I agree that the younger Alliance teams should probably be disappointed in their central zone finishes. And though it's hard to get excited about finishing 24th in a 27 team field, results suggest that 16's team competed well and lost close games to good teams. I also stand behind my comment about the depth of that tournament, especially at the Open divisions. Any event where the top teams from Legacy, KIVA, Circle City, Milwaukee Sting, Mintonette and AVC Cleveland are playing is a really deep event, regardless of age division. Then throw in a few other one-offs from Lions, A5, Michigan Elite, Tri-State and others bringing strength at various age levels. Good early season test with a lot of teams that will be in the National Championship conversation in June. Congrats to the TPV 18 2 team for another strong weekend, and for the 18 1 team for sweeping their weekend. Results say the TPV 16's lost to the KIVA 15-2s, and Munciana 15-1s, no shame there, those are good teams.
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    New club team

    Central Zone is a deep tournament. The Open Divisions in particular had multiple teams at pretty much every age division who have a chance to compete for National Championships. I'm surprised TPV wasn't there... it's not a USA Volleyball event, so they could have gone. With a couple of exceptions, Alliance teams finished within shouting distance of their original seeds. I wouldn't have expected them to do much different than they did. Turning to Power League... only 3 TPV teams entered. Why so few? I think this will be a good weekend for that 16's team. Their opening pool isn't very strong, and though I'd expect the Sunday match-ups to be more competitive, I still don't see either team from the other pool beating them.
  3. Osage

    New club team

    I did. "Average" is a relative term... they'll be among the top teams in the state of Tennessee, top 5 probably. There are some really good players on that team, future D1 kids. But it's probably unrealistic to expect that group to reach the levels of success they've enjoyed previously. What stands out about that team is size... size matters as you move up to 16's and beyond. With a couple of exceptions, this is a short team, by 16 Open standards. Short teams win (MAVS won 16 Open last year with a 5'8" middle), but they do so with a combination of outstanding ball control and athleticism, and / or on the back of a terminal / dominant player. I don't see that with this bunch. If they are going to be successful, they'll have to be one of those feisty ball control teams that doesn't make many mistakes, is difficult to side out against, and makes you beat yourself. Like a KIVA team.
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    New club team

    Caught a little of the 16's on Saturday... I think the Blackman kid is a big a get for that 16 Alpha team as any of the Alliance kids. That group has a chance to be nationally competitive. I think TPV has done a disservice to the 18's kids, though. The Paragon team is a complete team, all the pieces are there. The Bravo team has some injury issues, I realize... but I'm not sure when they get to full strength that they can be much better than they are. First contact issues (service receive and floor defense) over the course of the season might keep them from being as competitive as the second team. I know TPV likes to move kids around, so maybe they will make some adjustments.
  5. Osage

    Williamson County

    In fact, IB was established by folks in the Business Community who hated having to restart their kids in new curricula every time they moved from (say) Singapore to Geneva to Sydney to... etc. It is rigorous, and every bit as prestigious as AP-level work. But to compare it to Honors programs at elite private schools (elite within the elite) isn't really fair. Every IB kid in the world is working on the same material, and takes the sames exams at the end of the year. The goal is to prepare these kids for leadership positions in the real world, with an eye towards a global perspective on these questions. McCallie, Harpeth Hall, etc. are aiming at a very different goal. And there are a surprising number of athletes in IB programs, although none are probably game-changers AFAIK.
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    New club team

    Does that TPV 16's team have any "legacy" TPV kids? Or is it all Alliance?
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    New club team

    I don't think AES is very useful for this kind of thing. It's math-based only, which means it over-ranks teams who beat everyone they play, but don't play anyone relevant, and punishes teams that schedule tough but lose from time to time. Sorta like TT, I think it is all about finishes. Gold bracket finishes in larger tournaments like Bluegrass, Triple Crown, Qualifiers, and Nationals. And maybe some wins here and there against teams that have those kinds of finishes. I think PrepVolleyball does a good job with their rankings, so top 50 in their list is probably about the cutoff line for me.
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    New club team

    Friends in Atlanta tell me A5 is is going to have a transition year. One of their top coaches, she'd coached their 14-1 teams forever, left to form her own club. A5 probably won't be what it once was, but will still be plenty good. https://www.tkvball.com/coaches
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    New club team

    Agreed. Dan did what he had to do. TT made an important point earlier... spotlight is on him now, and it is bright. He has more to work with than anyone, at least at the 16's and 18's. Forget K2 and Alliance... he needs to post consistent results against teams like KIVA and Munciana, since, after all, those kids beat those teams when they were wearing Alliance jerseys.
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    New club team

    Ah, thanks for the clarification. Power Conference schools who are truly interested in freshmen ARE (or in the next few months, WILL BE) offering 2022's, even though the new rules say they can have no recruiting conversations with them until their Junior year. I made an unwarranted logical leap.
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    New club team

    The Brentwood right side has power conference offers? As a hitter?
  12. Well-rested Ravenwood...
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    New club team

    Agreed, TT!
  14. Strength vs. Strength. Cane Ridge OL + dangerous backs vs. Franklin depth on defense. I think the 'Ridge has too much for Franklin, and they blow away a close game with some late big plays.
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    New club team

    Congrats to TPV, who added some important older kids. They have enough pieces in place now to win at the Open level, and maybe even field the best 16s and 18s teams in the state. Practice started this week, which also means these teams should be ahead of the rest in those early January / February events.
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