Florida Fest Boys Qualifier: Day 1 / Stars Summary – PrepVolleyball.com | Club Volleyball | Volleyball in high school

Well, it’s official. For the first time we are writing about the boys game and I can easily say that they did not disappoint on the first day of Florida Fest. Now, it’s been a while since I coached a men’s college or boys’ club, so it took me some time to shake off the rust and take off the blinders of girl play. But let’s give it a try. Today we have a recap of the 18 Open Division as well as some stars from the 18’s and a few other age groups. Tomorrow we have 15’s to 18’s, as well as the other divisions. Let’s dive in!

Boys 18 Open Summary

in group A, 352 Elite 18 Lime Roger soured every opponent in the pool game, swipe A2 18 Red, Coast VA B18 Scott, and MVP FL 18 Black. middle blocker Cameron Thorne, a Grand Canyon commit, used his insane vertical to bounce balls and place the clamps on the attack block, while setter/RS Ryan Peluso (Long Beach State) used a bad shot on the field to beat both blocks and defenders. They play an electric brand of volleyball that could fill a climax in one match.

WPVC 18 Boys Armor Black (from Winter Park, Florida) claimed Pool B by going 3-0, dropping just one set on the day against A2 Volleyball 18 Navy. outside batter Isaiah Fedd had a field day, and the boy can seriously hit the rock. Combine that with solid serve reception, and all eyes were on him, and teammate Ketcher Stewart, a 6-6 junior right with ridiculous jumps and a gun for an arm. This team plays with an attitude, and that attitude is come and get it, but trust me when I say you don’t want it, especially from this squad.

Now we need to talk about Vanguard 18 Gold Webb, who not only went undefeated in pool, but did so in the most ridiculously wild uniforms I’ve ever seen. When you have uniforms as unique as Vanguard’s, you have to support them, and they did. In particular, setter Josh Culpepper dished up the rock like an NBA point guard, pushing the pace of the attack and working with laser accuracy in its set placement. It also helps if you have a 6-6 middle blocker that can hit 11 feet. That would be Nick Bennison, which touts a hard cross-shot so fast, you’ll miss it when you blink.

Tomorrow they will mix up the pools and bring them back, making for some high quality matchups. You can check out tomorrow’s pools here on Sportwrench. But now let’s take a look at some of the stars from today’s matches and others who shone!

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in group A, 352 Elite 18 Lime Roger soured every opponent in the pool game, swipe A2 18 Red, Coast VA B18 Scott, and MVP FL 18 Black. middle blocker Cameron Thorne, a Grand Canyon commit, used his insane vertical to bounce balls and place the clamps on the attack block, while setter/RS Ryan Peluso (Long Beach State) used a bad shot on the field to beat both blocks and defenders. They play an electric brand of volleyball that could fill a climax in one match.

WPVC 18 Boys Armor Black (from Winter Park, Florida) claimed Pool B by going 3-0, dropping just one set on the day against A2 Volleyball 18 Navy. outside batter Isaiah Fedd had a field day, and the boy can seriously hit the rock. Combine that with solid serve reception, and all eyes were on him, and teammate Ketcher Stewart, a 6-6 junior right with ridiculous jumps and a gun for an arm. This team plays with an attitude, and that attitude is come and get it, but trust me when I say you don’t want it, especially from this squad.

Now we need to talk about Vanguard 18 Gold Webb, who not only went undefeated in pool, but did so in the most ridiculously wild uniforms I’ve ever seen. When you have uniforms as unique as Vanguard’s, you have to support them, and they did. In particular, setter Josh Culpepper dished up the rock like an NBA point guard, pushing the pace of the attack and working with laser accuracy in its set placement. It also helps if you have a 6-6 middle blocker that can hit 11 feet. That would be Nick Bennison, which touts a hard cross-shot so fast, you’ll miss it when you blink.

Tomorrow they will mix up the pools and bring them back, making for some high quality matchups. You can check out tomorrow’s pools here on Sportwrench. But now let’s take a look at some of the stars from today’s matches and others who shone!

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Day one stars

Joshua Culpepper, Setter, Vanguard 18 Gold Webb – Culpepper brought the heat and drove the attack like a Formula 1 race car. His hands are as buttery as big movie theater popcorn, and it showed in the team’s wins on day one.

Nick Bennison, Middle Blocker, Vanguard 18 Gold Webb – Bennison is a freak athlete, touches over 10 feet and can hit the ball as if he had a hammer for a hand. At the net he was almost untouchable.

Caleb Collins, Right-Side Hitter, ODVA 18 National – Collins is a very consistent striker on the right pin, a stable mainstay of offense for ODVA. Every time you turn your head, he gets another kill, and he’s a solid blocker too.

Kenneth Harrison, Middle Blocker, Annapolis 18U-1 – Harrison is slightly underpowered in the middle, but made up for it with his great vertical and drooping time. With that hang time comes patience, enough to wait for the block to start floating, which is when it strikes. He was very influential on the first day for Annapolis.

brayden green, Setter, Ocean Bay Quicksilver South – Green did a great job on the first day quarterbacking the offense with great pace and patience with his hands and can defend when needed.

Isaiah Fedd, Outside Hitter, WPVC 18 Boys Armor Black – What happens when you combine an arm cannon with the ability to jump out of the gym? You get Isaiah Fedd, and you don’t want to stand in front of him because he’s slamming all over you.

Ketcher Stewart, Right-Side Hitter, WPVC 18 Boys Armor Black – Stewart uses every inch of his 6-6 frame to reach across the block and has a super fast arm swing that beats the defenders before they even know what hit them.

Daniel Hurley, Right-Side Hitter, Coastal VA B18 Scott – Hurley was a machine on the field, a perfect example of consistency. He got high number of sets and scored some great kills.

Bo O’Leary, Middle Blocker, A2 18 Red-O’Leary looked like the center of attack and can run pretty much anything. He has a high work ethic, which may be part of the reason they feed him the stone so often. He has an endless battery.

Cameron Thorne, Middle Blocker, 352 Elite, 18 Lime Roger – Thorne was a thorn in the side of his opponents on day one, reaching unfathomable heights with his vertical and swinging over potential blockers. Needless to say, he was a fun player to watch while playing pool.

Ryan Peluso, Setter/RS, 352 Elite 18 Lime Roger – Peluso is a jack of all trades and excels at all these things. He can set as well as hit, and his block is just as good.

Others who sparkled

Carson Barnes, Outside batter, Annapolis 18U-1
Jackson Chadwell, Libero, MVP FL 18 Black
David Levin, Setter, Infinity 18 Blue
Micha Tumas, Right batter, Ocean Bay 17 Quicksilver White
Josh Oehler, Setter, Ocean Bay 17 Quicksilver White
Bryce Lovell, Center Blocker, OVC 17 Neptune
William McElveen, Setter / RS, 352 Elite, Lime Tonny
Caden Whiteside, Winger, 12 16 Red




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