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16 Players To Watch At The 2017 Durango Fall Classic

16 Players To Watch At The 2017 Durango Fall Classic
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The Durango Fall Classic has brought together the top high school volleyball teams in the country since 1995. This year, in its 23rd iteration, the DFC will host 12 teams ranked in the Flo50. On the rosters of those teams -- and many others competing -- are outstanding individuals who you're guaranteed to see making an impact this spring for the nation's top club teams and on elite college rosters in the future.

FloVolleyball will be streaming the action from the four courts at Durango High School, September 15-16.

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Here are some of the top players to watch this weekend.

Brooklyn Schirmer | Senior | Outside Hitter | Redondo Union


A member of the U.S. girls youth national team, Brooklyn Schirmer transferred to Redondo Union from Lakewood prior to the 2016 season; however, she was required to sit out last year due to transfer regulations. A minor shoulder injury kept her out of commission for the first few matches of the season, but if she's healthy for Durango, Redondo has a chance to challenge for the title.


Elena Oglivie | Sophomore | Outside Hitter | Iolani


Elena Oglivie led her Iolani team to a Division I state championships as a freshman, collecting 392 kills with a .390 hitting percentage and earning the 2016-17 Hawaii Gatorade Player of the Year honor. As a sophomore, she's already leading her team in its quest for a repeat, tallying 220 kills and 181 digs in 23 matches.


Mia Tuaniga | Sophomore | Setter/Opposite | Mater Dei


Sophomore Mia Tuaniga runs a 6-2 with Brielle Mullally, but she's also an offensive threat, ranking fifth on the Mater Dei squad in kills after the first 11 matches of the season. The sister of Long Beach State super setter Josh Tuaniga, Mia leads Mater Dei with 16 aces and is second on the team with 12 total blocks.


Natalie Berty | Junior | Outside Hitter | Mater Dei


Six-foot-three outside hitter Natalie Berty leads Mater Dei with 91 kills so far this season and has maintained a .359 hitting percentage. The Monarchs' go-to hitter played on Tstreet's top 16s team during the club season, helping that squad to finish second in two national qualifiers.  


Anna DeBeer | Sophomore | Outside Hitter | Assumption


Still just a sophomore, Anna DeBeer is the top offensive producer on one of the top high school teams in the country. The Louisville commit's 143 kills (.351) lead the 15-1 Assumption Rockets, and she ranks second with 73 digs.


Rylee Rader | Sophomore | Middle Blocker | Assumption


The second half of Assumption's sophomore one-two punch, Rylee Rader has blasted 99 kills out of the middle so far this year and boasts an unreal .562 hitting percentage. Rader, who committed to Ohio State in April, also leads the team with 19 total blocks.


Ella May Powell | Senior | Setter | Fayetteville


Ella May Powell has been one of the top high school setters in the country since her sophomore season. The two-time Arkansas Gatorade Player of the Year and Washington commit sets a 5-1 for Fayetteville and ranks third on the team with 52 kills, hitting .303. She has plenty of USA experience under her belt, too, as part of the girls youth national team that won silver at the 2016 NORCECA Girls' Youth Continental Championship in Puerto Rico and a member of this summers GYNT training group.


Haley Warner | Senior | Opposite | Fayetteville


The definition of a go-to hitter, Florida recruit Haley Warner leads Fayetteville with 163  kills hitting .325. She earned the Arkansas Gatorade Player of the Year honor as a freshman, and hasn't slowed down since. As a member of the Girls' Youth National Team, Warner scored 50 points in the final three matches of the 2016 NORCECA Girls' Youth Continental Championship.


Grace Frohling | Junior | Setter/Opposite | Marymount


Fondly nicknamed Okie, 6-3 setter/opposite Grace Frohling came to Marymount High School from Edmond, Oklahoma, after her freshman year of high school. As a sophomore, the San Diego commit ranked second on the Marymount squad with 256 kills, led the team with 55 aces, and has 620 assists as one of the setters in Marymount's 6-2 offense.


Kristen Clemons | Sophomore | Middle Blocker | Sacred Heart


Kristen Clemons was a starting middle blocker on the 2016 state championship Sacred Heart team. Also a star basketball player, Clemons currently ranks third on the team with 56 kills hitting .355 and is the team's top blocker with 27 total stops. Her KIVA 14 Red club team finished third in 14 Open at AAU National Championships in June.


Lanie Wagner | Senior | Outside Hitter | Xavier College Prep


Georgia commit Lanie Wagner led Xavier College Prep in kills and earned second team All-Arizona as a junior, and she remains the go-to player in her senior season. She's been a big part of Xavier's 4-0 start this fall with 41 kills.


Shannon Shields | Junior | Setter | Xavier College Prep


As a sophomore, Shannon Shields led Xavier to a 34-7 record and a state semifinal appearance. A lefty with a fierce serve, Shields led the team with 68 aces last fall and added 128 kills to her 1,077 assists. Shields committed to Louisville during the club season.



Jaden Whitmarsh | Senior | Torrey Pines | Outside Hitter


Jaden Whitmarsh is committed to UCLA for beach volleyball, but she makes a big impact on the parque for Torrey Pines. She's the team's leading attacker with 72 kills in the first four matches of the 2017 season, hitting .333. This summer, Whitmarsh played in her first AVP qualifier and won her first-round match.

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Heather Gneiting | Senior | Middle Blocker | Pleasant Grove


In just a few months, Heather Gneiting will graduate high school early and head to BYU to begin her college career, but first she and her Pleasant Grove team will try to get back to the Utah state championship match. Last season, Gneiting played outside hitter and ranked second on the team with 213 kills. This year, she's back in the middle and has already racked up 49 kills hitting .435.


Karson Bacon | Senior | Outside Hitter | Rancho Cucamonga


Karson Bacon moved to the outside this season, and her younger sister Kameron has taken over the starting middle spot. Karson, an Oregon commit, has led Rancho Cucamonga to a 3-0 start this fall with 67 kills and six blocks.


Kami Miner | Freshman | Setter/Opposite | Redondo Union


A 5-11 freshman who touches 10-3, Kami Miner recently moved to Redondo Beach from Las Vegas. The setter/opposite, whose father is two-time NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion Harold Miner, is competing with senior Kira Zimmerman and juniors Madi Turner and Emily Mitter for playing time, but she's already garnering interest from top Division I programs.



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