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Best of Texas Pre-Qualifier Rankings

The showdown between Willowbrook's Tabitha Brown (10) and the TAV Black defense was a highlight of the Tour 18 Finals. (Photo by Gerald Castillo)

With Qualifier Season about to hit with full force, it’s time for another ranking of the Best Teams in Texas. This ranking leans heavily on performances on the Tour, where most of the state’s top teams had a chance to test themselves against each other, moreso than local and regional events. There is also personal opinion involved based on having …

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2015 Club Preview: 17s & 18s

Makayla Randle (18) is a big reason that Houston Juniors Elite has high hopes.

Today we wrap up our Best of Texas club preview with a look at the preseason Top 10 for 17s and 18s. Best of Texas 18s As we write every year, 18s is a completely different animal than the other club age groups. Size and defense are a “must” and it is an age group in which Texas teams have struggled …

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2015 Club Preview 16s (and 15s)

Payton Schwantz (11) is one of many weapons returning as Dallas Skyline Royal prepares to make another run at an Open title in 16s.

The Tour of Texas Qualifier gets under way this weekend and since we consider this the official start of the club season, it’s time to take a look at who we think will be the teams to beat in 2015. Today we have our preseason ranking of the 16s and a brief look at the 15s. Tomorrow we preview 17s …

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Best of Texas — Pre-championship rankings

ACE Smack libero  Isabella Salazar (3) had a lot to shout about during a 3-0 performance on Friday.

With the AAU and USAV championships on top of us, it’s time for our pre-championship rankings of the state’s top 16-18 teams. For the most part, the teams expected to be the elite this season proved to be just that. TAV, hoping to defend last year’s 17 and 18 national championships, heads into the final month of club action at …

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Best of Texas – March club rankings

Shelby Cox (20) of Austin Juniors takes on the block of HJV’s Samantha Sellars (5) earlier this year. Both teams are in the Top 5 heading into this weekend’s Tour finals. (Photo by Gerald Castillo)

So is it Austin Juniors or is it TAV Black? Or perhaps Dallas Skyline or maybe even Houston Skyline? The battle for #1 in Texas heats up this weekend when the state’s elite 18s gather in Houston for their final Tour of Texas tournament. This will be one of the last chances to see the senior class of 2014 all …

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Best of Texas – 16 to 18s rankings


The Tour of Texas Power League stops in Dallas this weekend, which means it’s time to update our rankings of the best 16-18s teams in Texas. Photos by Gerald Castillo 18s The 18s went pretty much as expected on the first stop of the Tour and since then there hasn’t been anything really significant to change our thinking. TAV Black …

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Club preview 16s: Dallas Skyline opens at #1


We wrap up our club preview today with a look at the 16s. Editor’s note: We consider 15s to still be a developmental age group in Texas with most rosters filled with sub-varsity players, so we only rank 16-18s. 16s (Updated to correct #10 from Houston Juniors to Houston Skyline) This is always an extremely tough group to predict. This …

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Club preview 17s: TAV is team to beat

TAV setter Bri Burkert (6) has a lot of weapons to work with in 2013.

Here’s a look at who we think will be the elite among 17s in the Lone Star State this spring. 17s Like 18s, the 17s all start with TAV. Coming off a fifth-place finish in the nationals as 16s, this year’s team has serious national title expectations. The attack will be big and explosive, led by Anna Walsh (Virginia), Micaya …

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Club preview 18s: TAV looks for repeat

Christen Sikora (1) is one of the reasons that TAV is looking for a second straight 18 Open national championship.

(Updated 1/18 with MadFrog) After claiming national championships in 17 and 18 Open last year, what can we expect from Texas teams for an encore in 2014? Here’s a look at how we see the 18s stacking up. 18s As we write every year, 18s is a completely different animal than the other club age groups. Size and defense are …

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Best of Texas 16s (and 15s): TAV thinking title


With the Tour qualifier a day away, we wrap up our previews with a look at the top 16s teams and close with a brief nod to the 15s.  

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