SMASH 16s setter Ashley Wang was named the top setter in 17s Open this weekend at the 2017 Capitol Hill Classic in Washington DC. The event, hosted annually on President’s Day weekend, gathers the top East Coast clubs for an early season test of strength.
In addition, Prep Volleyball named 3 members of SMASH 16s to their All-Tournament Team. Joining setter Ashley Wang were middle blocker Natalija Beslic and outside hitter Riley James.
Prep Volleyball also called SMASH 16s semi-final match with Charleston Juniors the most entertaining match of the tournament:
Most Entertaining Match: This one belongs to the Charleston Juniors-SMASH 16s 17 Open semifinal contest that was looking like it would never end — and helped set the day’s schedule back another 30 minutes! SMASH won the opening set 25-23, Charleston Juniors forced the tiebreaker after a 25-16 second set. Once the contest got to 14-13, the teams started trading points until Charleston finally won 21-19.
SMASH sent 3 of the 18 New England teams that attended the tournament and was the highest-finishing New England Club in both divisions the club entered. SMASH 16s and SMASH 17s each competed in 17 Open, the highest level of competition at that age, finishing 3rd and 49th, respectively, out of 64 teams. SMASH 15s competed in 15s open and finished 49th of 64 teams.
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