Mustangs News · Volleyball preview of underclassmen at Beast of the East Tournament Oct. 19!


The Beast of the East Tournament is going to have a lot of great talent on display Saturday at Michigan Elite, but it will also showcase the stars of tomorrow in the state of Michigan. Here’s 20 underclassmen that will likely have an impact in this weekend’s outcome.

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Ava Brizard, Marian Soph. OH – Brizard leads our first Class of 2022 rankings for a reason. She leads the talented Mustangs in kills and digs and is a solid six-rotation player that is only getting better.

Serena Nyambio, Country Day Soph. OH – Nyambio can jump out of the building and has a powerful attack. She’s part of a talented, young roster at DCD that is hoping to be a D2 contender.

Evelyn Doezema, Grand Rapids Christian Soph. OH – Doezema has been a middle, but is starting to move around the net and develop an all-around game. She’s one of the most disruptive players you will see at the net this weekend.

Alyssa Borellis, Notre Dame Prep Soph. OH – Borellis is a talented six-rotation player that just has a really steady game. Her style is similar to that of former ND standout and current Ball State freshman Natalie Risi.

Summer Jidas, Clarkston Soph. L – Jidas has really stepped up in big matches this year and has Clarkston playing its best volleyball right now. She also has a tremendous serve, with serving being a big strength for the Wolves.

Tatum Casper, Marian Soph. OH – Casper is one of many young talents for the Mustangs that can move around the net and make an impact.

Sarah Sylvester, Marian Soph. MH – Sylvester has battled an injury for most of the season, but is back and one of the more promising young middles in the state. She gives Marian a big block and a powerful attack in-system.

Sydney Tomlak, Stoney Creek Soph. OH – Tomlak is someone the Stoney Creek coaches have been excited about for two years. She’s been able to excel in every area of the floor.

Jessica Mondragon, Northville Soph. L/DS – Mondragon is the next in a line of great defensive players for the Mustangs. Northville has been able to produce back-row talent and Mondragon has all the instincts you look for.

Kendyl Andrews, Flushing Soph. S/L – Capable of playing in the back row or up front, Andrews is a great athlete that can serve the Raiders well wherever they most need her.

Ava Petrucci, Bloomfield Hills Soph. OH – Petrucci is has become the go-to outside for the Black Hawks and she looks comfortable in the position. She’s sure to be a name to watch if she continues to progress at the rate she is.

Josie Bloom, Notre Dame Prep Soph. DS/L – Part of a great back row, Bloom gives the Irish added insurance on defense while delivering a solid serve.

Karlee Stoll, Anchor Bay Soph. S – A consistent setter, Stoll shows the poise of an upperclassmen while leading the Tars offense.

Emily Struckmeyer, Lowell Soph. MH – A big block option for the Red Arrows, Struckmeyer continues to develop her attacks and will be a factor in years to come.

Sophia Sudzina, Notre Dame Prep Soph. OH – Sudzina is embracing the chance to be a primary hitter for the Irish after they lost to Miss Volleyball finalists at the net. She is currently second on the team in kills.

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Nina Horning, Lake Orion Fr. OH – Horning was called upon to help the depleted Lake Orion attack this year and she has been able to answer that call. Among the team leaders in kills, Horning continues to develop her defense and passing.

Ava Sarafa, Marian Fr. S – Taking over the setting position for a four-year starter isn’t easy, but Sarafa looks like she will be in line to do the same for the Mustangs. A well-rounded player, Sarafa gives the Mustangs a boost in many areas.

Ella Shields, Mercy Fr. DS – Shields has been able to step in right away and contribute in the back row. She is sure to be a staple for the Marlins for years to come.

Reagan Sass, Marian Fr. MB/OPP – Sass is part of the talented young crop at Marian and slowly building more of a role at the net. With Marian dealing with injuries, Sass is likely to see an increased workload this weekend.