The Nike Daytona Beach 100 will bring close to 300 teams to four venues in Daytona Beach, Florida, January 30-31, 2021. With divisions from 18 Open to 10 Club, the Nike Daytona Beach 100 has something for everyone, but in this preview we’re going to focus on the 18 Open division.
Eight teams will compete for the title in the top division, and six of those squads will be fresh off of playing at the Florida 18s Qualifier last weekend. We’ll give you a quick rundown on each team, including their recent results.
Black Creek VBC 18 Smack | Orange Park, Florida
Made up of mostly the Middleburg High School varsity team, Black Creek 18 Smack competed in 18 American last weekend at the Florida qualifier where they finished fifth. Outside hitter Jenna Sypniewski and Shelby McKinney led Middleburg’s offense this fall, and I’d expect them to do the same for Black Creek.
Cape Coast 18 ATLAS | Cocoa, Florida
The Daytona Beach 100 will be just the second tournament of the year for Cape Coast 18 Atlas. The squad finished 32nd in 18 USA last weekend in Orlando. With four setters on the roster (Piper Dowdell, Taylor Mullen, Alivia McNally, and Abigail Taylor), Atlas may just still be figuring out their offense. Working in their favor is that Mullen, middle/outside Olivia Yochim, and middle Mackenzie Sands all play for Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy in Melbourne.
Club Savannah 18 Adidas | Savannah, Georgia
Club Savannah was one of the two teams that didn’t compete in the 18s qualifier last weekend, so perhaps they’ll have just slightly fresher legs than the competition. Watch out for two-sport athlete Tynley Smeltzer. A star for Calvary Day School on the basketball court, Smeltzer has signed with College of Charleston for volleyball. In all, Club SAV 18 Adidas has six college commits, including setter/opposite Alexia Polychrones who will be headed to Mercer in the fall.
Game Point 18 Rox | Orlando, Florida
The only team competing in 18 Open at the Daytona Beach 100 that also competed in Open at the 18s qualifier, Game Point 18 Rox took a 24th last weekend. Already having faced top-level competition should serve them well in Daytona Beach. Look for outside Riley Cullen (USC Upstate) and libero Izabella De Lima (USC Aiken).
Game Point 17 Rox | Ocala Power United 18 Adidas
Ocala Power United 18 Adidas finished ninth in the ultracompetitive 18 USA division at the Florida qualifier with a 4-3 record. I’ll have my eye on Montana State-bound libero Maci Abshier, but Taylor Lawrence, an honorable mention all county middle, will be worth watching too. Another fun thing: in addition to playing volleyball, OH/DS Kali Walker competes in the equestrian sport known as mounted games. Check it out on her Instagram.
OTVA Jacksonville 18 Dee | Jacksonville, Florida
OTVA Jacksonville 18 Dee started the season out strong, sweeping the competition on the first day of competition at the Florida qualifier. 18 Dee ended up with a 15th place finish in 18 USA. Six members of this team played together as 17s, including Palm Beach Atlantic commit Kyndal Elam and Tampa-bound Jangelyz Ramirez.
OTVA Orlando 18 Emily | Orlando, Florida
OTVA Orlando 18 Emily boasted a 6-1 record in the 18 American division last weekend, giving them a fifth-place finish. The roster features NOVA Southeastern commit Elizabeth Price. Ellise Everett is poised to have a good season as well following an appearance in the 7A state championship match with her Lake Nona High School team.
Upontop 18s Elite Tim | Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Last but not least, Upontop 18s Elite Tim will be looking to build on a second-place finish the team achieved at the Florida Winter Festival, January 9-10. Middle Cassidy Lee and setter Madison Lee are committed to Life University, and Shelby Kent is headed to Florida Gulf Coast. This fall, Kent became the first player at Treasure Coast High School to surpass 1,000 career kills.