|Girls Sports, Club Sports, Alumni||30 Jun 2009||
|Volleyball clubs spiking it in Miami by Scott Farrell||Comment (1)|
Highland Park's volleyball program moves to Miami this week, as four of its star players participate with the Skyline Juniors program at the USA Volleyball Girls' Junior Olympic Championships.
Katherine Culwell, the Auburn-bound outside hitter who helped lead HP to the state championship match last year, is attacking with Skyline's 18 RoShamBo team. They won their tourney opener, rallying from a 2-1 deficit to beat Portland VBC 18-Black in five sets. They'll play five more pool matches through Friday before bracket play begins.
If anyone thought the Lady Scots might have a dropoff in talent level following the state runner-up finish, they're wrong. Caroline Culwell, Hope Ogden and Margeaux Mendenhall are all upcoming juinors and accomplished players with Skyline too.
Caroline Culwell's 17 Molten team lost in the second round of the Silver Division playoffs after going 4-4 in pool play in the Girls' 17 American Division. Ogden and Mendenhall play on Skyline's 16 RoShamBo team, which lost in the first playoff round after going 0-6 in pool play.
Caroline Culwell, Mendenhall and Ogden were members of HP's varsity last season and expect to start for the Lady Scots this fall. Skyline Juniors has 11 teams playing at the Junior Olympics.