The No Limits team lived up to its name.
Not much was expected of Hannah Adams and the No Limits team at the start of the 45th AAU National Junior Championship.
Ranked 45th coming into the tournament put the No Limits volleyball team near the middle of the pack among a field of 71 teams.
However, the No Limits team lived up to their name.
A junior-to-be at Geneseo, Adams and the No Limits team finished third in the 18U Junior Championship in Orlando, Fla., June 21-24.
A team effort is what Adams believes lifted the team beyond anyone’s expectations.
“It wasn’t really one outstanding player,” Adams said. “There were a couple great hitters on the team, but we all had our moments in the tournament.”
Annawan’s Kaley Peterson and Adams were two of the youngest players on the team.
Adams enjoyed the difficulty of striving to match the talent level of her more experienced teammates.
Adams has been competing in AAU for two years, and she appreciates how playing AAU allows her to grow by facing new challenges.
“You don’t see the same people over and over again,” Adams said. “I’ll go to Milwaukee, Peoria, Rockford, Chicago or the Dells, and I’ll get new experiences and face new competition.”
The Lady Leafs’ varsity team has grown up playing together at Geneseo, but being able to play with an AAU team during the summer has given Adams more versatility to be able to adapt to a new group of players.
“It’s hard because you don’t know how they play,” Adams said. “I know it will help me in college because I know a lot more now about how other people can have different styles.”
A setter at Geneseo, Adams had to adapt to a new role making a move to libero with the No Limits team.
Instead of being a conduit for the offense, she was being depended on for digs and aces.
“As a setter, I was not great at defense,” Adams said. “Now, since I was playing back row only, I have more versatility and experience.”
Playing with older players and against such stiff competition, Adams has built more confidence in herself.
She’s determined to become more of a leader for the Lady Leafs as she becomes an upperclassman.
Last season, Geneseo notched 17 wins - the highest total since 2009 - and the Lady Leafs earned a 25-18, 25-19 victory over Kewanee at the Class 3A Geneseo Regional.
And with a majority of the Lady Leafs team returning, who knows what surprises Geneseo will be capable of this season.