In lieu of our weekly Player of the Week award, throughout the NCAA Tournament, VolleyMob will choose a dream team of three hitters, two middle blockers, a setter and a libero.
For the NCAA first and second rounds, there were several outstanding performances, making our jobs especially difficult, but without further ado, we present VolleyMob’s Subregional Dream Team.
Adora Anae, Utah – Sr., OH
Averaged 5.43 kills and 3.57 digs per set, hitting at a .361 clip, while leading Utes to a pair of wins at the SLC sub-regional and the program’s first Sweet 16 appearance since 2008; tallied a new NCAA Tournament single-match school record with 27 kills over Purdue in the sub-regional championship match; collected double-doubles in both matches with 11 kills/13 digs against Cleveland State and 27 kills/12 digs against Purdue
Reily Buechler, UCLA – Sr., OH
Averaged 5.57 kills, while hitting .422 and adding 3.00 digs and 1.14 aces per set in two wins over Austin Peay and Cal Poly; posted just four hitting errors in 83 attempts, .215 points higher than her season percentage; notched 13 kills, a .393 percentage, a career-high seven aces and 10 digs versus Austin Peay; six of her seven aces came in the third set, including five in a row; added another double-double with 26 kills (tied career high) and 11 digs versus Cal Poly
Veronica Jones-Perry, BYU – Jr., OH
Averaged 6.67 kills per set, while hitting .375 vs. American and Oregon; notched 13 kills, while hitting .189 with three digs, two aces and a block vs. American; tallied 27 kills, hitting .535 (27-4-43) and adding five digs and two aces vs. Oregon.
Audriana Fitzmorris, Stanford – So., MB
Averaged 2.50 blocks and 3.00 kills per set, while helping hold CSU Bakersfield and Colorado State to a combined .045 hitting efficiency; downed 10 kills on a .833 (10-0-12) hitting effort with eight blocks against CSUB; tallied eight kills while hitting .500 and adding seven blocks and two aces vs. CSU
Alyssa Garvelink, Michigan State – Sr., MB
Averaged 1.57 blocks and 3.57 kills, hit .488 (25-5-41); hit .526 with 12 kills and added seven blocks in MSU’s first-round NCAA win over No. 25 Missouri State on Friday; recorded 13 kills, hit .455, and added four blocks (one solo) in win over No. 15 Creighton on Saturday
Sarah Sponcil, UCLA – Sr., S
Averaged 11.00 assists and 6.00 digs per set, setting the Bruins to a .297 hitting percentage; posted double-doubles in both matches with 28 assists and 18 digs against Austin Peay and 49 assists and 24 digs versus Cal Poly; had at least five digs in all seven sets
Dalianliz Rosado, Minnesota – Sr., L
Averaged 5.86 digs and 2.00 assists per set; managed 15 digs and 11 assists vs. North Dakota; added 26 digs and 3 assists vs. Northern Iowa