Crew Edmond dominates first week of AU; Edmond, Hentz, Linnehan, Hilley subsequent captains


What was Leah Edmond’s reward for placing collectively essentially the most dominant group statistically in Athletes Limitless’s volleyball historical past?

She needed to bid farewell to a crew that immediately clicked and hunker all the way down to draft a brand new squad.

Crew Edmond rewrote the report e book in quite a few classes throughout the opening week of AU’s third season. Most importantly, it recorded essentially the most lopsided combination rating over three units when it steamrolled Crew Nootsara 75-44 (25-14, 25-16, 25-14) on Monday night time. The earlier low  for factors in a match had been 54.

Edmond and Co. went 3-0 throughout their matches on Friday, Sunday and Monday at Legacy Park in Mesa, Arizona, and rang up 400 out of a attainable 440 “group factors” awarded in AU’s non-traditional scoring system, dropping certainly one of 9 units.

Crew Edmond stuffed the highest 5 positions on the first-week leaderboard and would wind up being the springboard for all the gamers who certified because the captains for Week 2:

Edmond, the previous Kentucky standout exterior hitter; exterior Alli Linnehan, who as Alli Stumler led Kentucky to the spring 2021 NCAA title; Morgan Hentz, the libero who received three NCAA titles at Stanford; and setter Sydney Hilley, who guided Wisconsin to the 2021 NCAA championship.

These 4 will draft their groups Tuesday.

Hentz, the 2022 AU defensive participant of the yr, capped a spectacular first week with 19 digs and 4 assists and was voted essentially the most useful participant in Monday’s first match, value 60 factors. She is the primary libero to earn the glory of main and drafting a group. A member of the USA national-team program, Hentz set the AU match report for digs with 25 in Crew Edmond’s victory over Crew De Le Cruz (77-73 combination, 33-31, 19-25, 25-17) on Friday and totaled 57 throughout the first week.

Leah Edmond passes as Alli Linnehan seems on/Jade Hewitt, Athletes Limitless

Crew Edmond’s first line of protection had made its mark on Sunday night time, setting an AU match report with 18 blocks, 4 greater than the earlier commonplace, throughout its sweep of Crew Valentin-Anderson (75-58 total, 25-20, 26-19, 25-19). Center hitter Danielle Hart (Hilley’s former Wisconsin teammate) and setter Hilley led the block celebration with 5 every. Hilley’s whole set an AU report for a setter. Hart ranked fifth on the first-week leaderboard, falling 64 factors in need of changing into the primary middle-blocker AU captain.

To not be ignored was the contribution of captain Edmond, who was voted one of many three MVPs (MVP-1 on Sunday) in every match and completed atop the Week 1 leaderboard with 1.052 factors. She held a 112-point margin over Linnehan, the MVP-1 on Friday with 19 kills and 12 digs. In Monday night time’s match, Edmond was MVP-2 after logging an otherworldly (for an outdoor hitter at this stage of competitors) .520 hitting share, posting 16 kills on 25 swings with two errors, and chipping in 5 blocks and 7 digs.

In her maiden voyage on the captain’s helm, Edmond made draft decisions that match inside her consolation zone, together with Hilley, Hentz and center Jenna Rosenthal, the Marquette product who had performed with Edmond throughout AU’s exhibition tour towards school applications within the spring.

“It was useful that almost all of us had already performed collectively,” Edmond stated. “(This group) had school teammates and individuals who I performed with the final three years. That mixture of actually younger gamers and (veterans) was the best a part of the group. Coming into the primary observe, we type of already knew one another.

“Sidney knew what I preferred, she knew what Jenna preferred, she knew what Dan (Hart) preferred, she knew how Morgan performed protection. Having a bunch of people that already knew the tendencies, we vibed so shortly, and it was really easy.”

The consequence was a beginning seven that overwhelmed its foes and hogged the leaderboard, rating 1-through-5, 7 (reverse Genesis Collazo) and eight (Rosenthal).

“My complete beginning lineup is prime seven proper now and the remainder of my group, even those who didn’t play or are injured, are prime 15,” Edmond stated after her group’s romp in Monday’s opening match. “I’m going to overlook them dearly as a result of I do know everyone else goes to tear that group aside or my teammates are going to be captains. Nevertheless it was the best opening weekend, the easiest way to begin.”

Although Athletes Limitless is a person competitors with its roster of gamers shuffled in every of its 5 weeks, teamwork stays a foundational part, as demonstrated this week by the squad decked out in purple jerseys.

“We didn’t want only one participant to be a star,” Edmond identified. “All people was a star in their very own method: blocking, protection, hitting, serving. All people performed their half and that’s all you possibly can need from a group. They have been dug in from the start. Anytime I requested for one thing, they gave it again to me and much more.”

The ultimate match of the primary week produced the second “golden set” in AU historical past when Crew De La Cruz and Crew Valentin-Anderson wound up tied at 69 in combination factors after three units. Bethania De La Cruz (15 kills on 32 makes an attempt with two errors, two aces, eight digs), the veteran Dominican nice, settled the matter in emphatic style when she spiked a ball practically straight all the way down to win the tiebreaker 5-3. Crew Valentin-Anderson, which went 0-3 in Week 1, received the units battle in regulation (26-28, 25-16, 25-18) however misplaced the mixture warfare.

De La Cruz, the 2022 AU champion, wound up compiling essentially the most particular person “stat factors” in opening-week motion with 440, 9 greater than Edmond, however her total whole of 761 was No. 6 total. Her group went 1-2. Lefty reverse Willow Johnson, the previous Oregon standout, figures to be coveted within the draft once more after rating ninth among the many leaders, and with a stat-points whole that tied for fourth.

Crew Nootsara completed 2-1, with a sweep of Crew Valentin-Anderson (75-63 whole, 25-20, 25-20, 25-23) and a one-point combination victory over Crew De La Cruz during which it solely received the third set (70-69 whole, 21-25, 24-26, 25-18) earlier than being blitzed by Crew Edmond. Thai setting nice Nootsara Tomkom and OH Claire Chaussee, who led Louisville to the 2022 NCAA title match, have been tenth and eleventh on the leaderboard.

Jenna Rosenthal assaults for Crew Edmond/Jade Hewitt, Athletes Limitless



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