Sample Scouting Report

The following Class of 2018 report was published for subscribers in 2017. Natali Petrova committed to Missouri State University in February 2018.

Natali Petrova

Scouted by Bill Feldman in June 2016, Dec. 2016, Oct. 2017 and Feb. 2018.

Height: 6'2"

Primary Position:  Outside Hitter.

Secondary Position:  Opposite.

Indoor Rating:  Level 1A.

Outlook:
• Six-rotation passer-hitter for a top-30 team.
• Freshman starter.

Beach Rating:  Level 1B.

Home:  Sofia, Bulgaria.

Basics

Position:  Has always played six rotations as a passer-hitter.
Collegiate Roles:
• Most valuable as a receiver and hitter in a fast-paced offense.
• Has mainly played LH, but RH is a good option.
Weight: 143 pounds
Physical:  Long, slender, speedy and agile. She’s a rangy athlete with quick feet, light movement and outstanding body control. Jump is above average. Skills are fluid and dynamic, including a whipping arm swing.
Birth Date: November --, 1999.
Name Pronunciation: nah-tah-LEE pet-RO-vah

Contact Options

E-mail:  natali.petrova@xyz.bg
Post Address:  zhk Ly--in 3, bl. 39, apt. 23  /  Sofia 1336  /  Bulgaria
Cell Phone (calling from USA):  011-359-8x5-4x0-8x2.
Skype Name:  natalipetrova.xyz

English Proficiency

Moderate. Above average for a non-native speaker. She’s unlikely to qualify for schools with high-level proficiency requirements.

NCAA

Qualifying Status:  Will qualify easily for Divisions I and II.
Eligibility Center: Registered in March 2018.

Academics and Exams

High School:  SSU General Vladimir Stoichev (Sofia, Bulgaria).
Sports-oriented school for student-athletes.
Graduation in May 2018.
Web site (Bulgarian language only):  https://sugvs.com
SAT (December 2017):  Reading/Writing x30, Mathematics x50.
GPA: NCAA equivalent is 3.x/4.0.  Bulgarian GPA is 4.x/6.0.
TOEFL:  Scheduled to take in March 2018.
Languages:  Native language is Bulgarian. Studies English in school.

Playing Experience

Club:  CSKA Sofia (2012-present). She competes for the club’s women’s and junior teams. Both are among the Bulgarian leaders.
Youth/Junior National Teams (2014-16):  She trained in the national team program but didn’t compete in major international events.
Beach Volleyball:  Her skills, savvy and physicality are an ideal fit for the beach game, but she has not trained or competed as a beach player.

Professional Playing Career Plan

She plans to play professionally after graduating from an American college.

School Preferences

California:  She likes the idea of California, but she’s open to elsewhere.
Professional Preparation:  Her top priority is to train and compete in preparation for a professional playing career.

Volleyball Parents

Mother:  Natali’s mother was a setter for the Bulgarian national team.
Father:  Natali’s father was an outside hitter at a semi-professional level.

Description and Analysis

• Natali is an elite recruit by all key measures. Her physicality, experience, skills and mentality are well suited for high-Division I. She’s a master of the game and a natural winner.

• As a hitter she has a dynamic body, versatile skills and bold creativity. Her fast-twitch muscularity is obvious. More special are her vision and instincts for choosing shots. She’s a scoring threat from all zones.

• Transition speed and awareness are highlights. She finds ways to be available on offense in and out of system.

• Reception skills are fluid, easy and technically disciplined. She blends sound passing mechanics with an eagerness to play an active, rangy game. Defensive skills are good, but less sharp.

• As a competitor Natali is a free-spirited gamer within solid technical structure. She’s bright and intense, and she has a lot of fun on the court.

Video

October 2017:  Passing and hitting on the left and right sides.