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Player of the Year: Lexi Sun, Santa Fe Christian (Solana Beach, Calif.), 6-3 Sr.
Due to her heavy club and international seasons representing various USA teams, Sun opted not to play high school volleyball in 2015 and Santa Fe Christian High School won just 14 of 33 matches without her.
But in 2016, after spending the summer playing for team USA, Sun returned to her high school team and led it to a 32-8 season that included the San Diego Section title and a berth in the state's Open Division final four.
The outside hitter averaged 5.9 kills per set with a 55.5 percent kill percentage for her 630 kills. She added 60 blocks and 45 aces, 288 digs (2.7 average), chipped in 40 assists and returned 447 serves for a set average of 4.2. She finished her three-year prep career with 1,360 kills and 687 digs.
For her efforts, Sun has been named MaxPreps 2016 National Volleyball Player of the Year.
Sun has been a member of the 2016 U.S. Women's Junior National Team, the 2014 U16 Team USA and a member of the USA Beach U17 National Team that won gold at the FIVB World Championships in Acapulco, Mexico.
Santa Fe Christian coach Amanda Miles said "Lexi is one of a kind."
"I have only known Lexi for one year. I can promise she will be one of the most memorable athletes from my career. She will leave an impression on me that far exceeds the physical accomplishments on the court. Lexi is as good as it gets," said coach Miles.
Sun played her best in big playoff matches – 31 kills in 3-0 sweep over Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.), 28 in a 3-0 sweep over Cathedral Catholic and 28 in a 3-0 season-ending loss to Santa Margarita. She averaged better than 8.2 kills per set in the postseason. There were at least a half-dozen lopsided wins during the season when Sun played little and took no more than a dozen kill shots in a match. Her season's average was 28.
Santa Fe Christian Athletic Director Chad Bickley said, "Sun is the best volleyball player (he has seen)."
"From the Nike Tournament in Phoenix, where the top teams and talent in country played, to the San Diego CIF to state CIF, I have not seen a better player then Lexi," said Bickley. "But the importance to our team went way beyond her talent level. Her leadership was the best I have ever seen from an athlete of her talent. Her talent was obvious, but combined with her leadership has made her the best athlete that I have seen in their particular sport."
Sun, who has signed with Texas, is ranked by most recruiting or volleyball organizations as the No. 1 high school volleyball player in the country. She was a MaxPreps Freshman All-American in 2013 and a member of the MaxPreps 2014 Sophomore All-American Team.
"To say Lexi is special would be an understatement," said Miles. "The way that she commands the court, walks through the halls, and lights up a room is truly unique. She has a way of connecting with each member of the team and prides herself on all relationships she has on and off the court at Santa Fe Christian. Lexi has attended SFC since kindergarten and I would challenge anyone to find an individual with more pride for her school. She embodies what it means to be a Christian athlete."Coach of the Year: Andrew Solomon, Penfield (N.Y.)
Solomon guided the Patriots to a 50-0 record, which included a 120-3 set mark, and a Class AA state title. The team also won tournament championships at the Penfield, Baldwinsville, Garden State and Horseheads tournaments.
The Patriots lost one set each in September, October and November. They lost just one set in the postseason – in the state-title match victory over 29-4 Connequot (20-25, 27-25, 25-12 and 25-20).
"It was a magical season," said Solomon. "It was a once-in-a-career team."
Solomon praised his team's seniors, noting that five started as sophomores when Penfield reached the state finals, only to lose.
"We had the same kids, but they were more developed and determined," said Solomon, who said he had "chills" when told he was MaxPreps' 2016 National Coach of the Year.
The champions' roster included seven seniors – Lauren Ewell
, Johanna Gregory
(signed with Gannon University), Emily Harnischfeger
, Lindsay Hernady
, Megan Palmiter
, Jamie Rogers
and MaxPreps All-American Alea Steigerwald
, who has signed with Fairfield University.
Steigerwald and Gregory were named first team All-State, while Harnischfeger was named second team All-State.
"Everything has to go just right to win state and to go 50-0," said Solomon. "No injuries and a lot of determination. These girls were down 19-10 in the state semifinals and went on a 15-point run to win. They set a goal to dominate and they did."
Solomon noted his team was 15 players deep and every single player saw action in the state tournament.
"Our 15th girl was very good," he said. "You don't win that many and lose so few without being deep."
The Patriots picked the lion for their inspirational theme in 2016.
"Lions are a pride, king of the jungle. And our girls wanted to be king of New York," said Solomon, who noted that adding to his "very special" season was that his son Jordan was the starting setter on the boys Penfield varsity that also won the state large schools championship.
Athletic Director Peter Shambo said that the program's success is based upon Solomon's dedication to his players.
"He has a great understanding of the value of his athletes as people first and the investments he makes in them as individuals in a team setting is second to none," said Shambo.
Solomon, who has been head coach of the Patriots since 2006, has a 256-42-16 won-loss-tied mark. Team of the Year: Mother McAuley (Chicago)
Led by junior outside hitter Charley Niego and defensive specialist Emma Reilly, finished the season with a 32-match winning streak and the Illinois 4A state championship to go with a 40-1 record.
During their 32-match win streak, the Mighty Macs won 64 sets while losing just four. Those four losses were against teams that combined to win 133 matches this season. The Mighty Macs swept through the postseason winning 14 of 16 sets.
Coached by Jen DeJarld, Mother McAuley won the ASICS Tournament that included wins over power programs from four different states and swept the Autumnfest tournament without losing a set against teams that averaged better than 25 wins this season. The team's lone 2016 loss was 2-0 (22-25, 23-25) to 24-3 St. Joseph's of St. Louis in the prestigious Louisville Tournament.
Athletes selected as MaxPreps All-Americans were evaluated based upon season performance, statistics, coaches' comments, intangibles and the importance of each athlete's contribution to her team's success.First TeamMH - Mariah Whalen, Newman (Wausau, Wis.), 6-1 Sr.
Whalen is a four-time MaxPreps All-American and was the 2013 MaxPreps National Freshman of the Year. She also is a four-time All-State honoree and has led her team to four state titles. As a senior, she averaged six kills per set, served 97 aces, blocked 86 shots and averaged 2.8 digs and 3.8 serve receptions per set. Her career stats are monumental: 2,732 kills (6.3 per set average with a 50.2 percent kill ratio), 349 aces (nearly one per set and a 21.7 ace percentage) and 320 total blocks. She has signed with Wisconsin and is a finalist for MaxPreps National Small Schools Player of the Year.MB - Dana Rettke, Riverside-Brookfield (Riverside, Ill.), 6-8 Sr.
Rettke, who has signed with Wisconsin, is the tallest volleyball player in the nation and a two sport standout. She averaged 5.8 kills per set and led Riverside-Brookfield to a 32-win season. For her volleyball career, she had 1,280 kills (4.8 per set with a 47.6 percent kill ratio), 191 aces (20.1 ace percentage with a 90.4 percent serving record) and 259 blocks (1.0 per set). OH - Jenny Mosser, Lakeville South (Minn.), 5-11 Sr.
Often praised for her all-around court play, Mosser averaged 7.1 kills per set with a 47.5 kill percentage to lead Lakeville South to a 30-4 season. In one five-set (3-2) loss to state champion Eagan, Mosser had a state record 49 kills. She also served 46 aces and averaged 3.4 digs per set. Mosser is a two-time Pioneer Press Player of the Year. She helped Lakeville South set a state record and win a state championship in the 4-by-400 meter relay last spring. She is a multi-time All-State and MaxPreps selection. She has signed with UCLA.OH - Meredith Norris, Corunna (Mich.), 6-3 Sr.
Named Michigan's 2016 Miss Volleyball, Norris closed out a record-breaking career by killing 839 shots (a 6.3 per set average) and leading Corunna to a 37-win season. She also recorded 538 digs in 134 sets. She has 3,093 kills, 306 aces, 2,182 digs, 289 blocks and 283 assists in her career. She had 836 kills as a junior and 754 as a sophomore to put her at 12th, 13th and 21st, respectively, on the state list for most kills in a season, according to the Michigan High School Athletic Association. Norris has signed with Michigan State.OH - Paige Hammons, Sacred Heart (Louisville, Ky.), 6-2 Sr.
A member of the 2016 Women's Junior National Team, Hammons led Sacred Heart to team titles at the Louisville Invitational and Nike Phoenix tournaments. She was named MVP at both and also led Sacred Heart to the Kentucky state title where she was named MVP. Signed with Florida, Hammons was named Kentucky Miss Volleyball in 2016 when she had 606 kills (5.4 average), 534 serve receptions and 280 digs (2.5 per set). OH - Charley Niego, Mother McAuley (Chicago), 6-1 Jr.
Named the Chicago Times Daily Southtown Player of the Year, Niego led the Mighty Macs to a 40-1 season, a 4A state title and MaxPreps' mythical national title. She recorded 498 kills, 473 digs, 69 blocks and 25 aces. In games against Kentucky powers Assumption, Mercy and Notre Dame Academy, she excelled with 81 kills (10.1 average)and 60 digs in eight sets. All were Mother McAuley victories. Committed to Notre Dame, Niego is the daughter of Therese Boyle-Niego, a 1981 Mother McAuley graduate who led the Mighty Macs to back-to-back state championships.OH - Mackenzie May, Wahlert (Dubuque, Iowa), 6-3 Sr.
May, a member of the 2016 Women's Junior National Team, led Wahlert to a 26-6 season mark and Iowa D4 title this season. She recorded 492 kills (6.8 average) in 72 sets, served 35 aces and had 150 digs. She is a two-time Maxpreps All-American and will play both indoor and beach volleyball at UCLA. She was named Iowa's Volleyball Player of the Year.OH - Meghan McClure, Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.), 6-1 Sr.
McClure, who will attend Stanford, guided the Eagles to a 38-5 season and into the finals of California's first ever Open Division championship game (won by Archbishop Mitty). She averaged 4.4 kills, 4.0 served receptions and 2.2 digs per set. She also served for a 96.6 percent ratio and blocked 75 shots. McClure was named the All-County Register's Player of the Year.OH - Nia Robinson, Cathedral (Indianapolis), 6-2 Sr.
Robinson, who has signed with Northwestern, lead Cathedral to back-to-back 4A state titles and the 2015 MaxPreps mythical national title. She put up big numbers in 2016, averaging almost six kills per set (588 kills in 109 sets). She also served for 200 points (with a 97.4 percentage), had 44 blocks and averaged 2.3 digs per set.S - Madison Lilley, Blue Valley West (Stilwell, Kan.), 5-11 Sr.
A member of the USA Junior Women's Team, Lilley led Blue Valley to 40-straight victories before losing. She is a three-time MaxPreps All-American and led Blue Valley to the 6A state title in 2015 and to the final game in 2016. Lilley, who has signed with Kentucky, was named the Kansas City Metro Area Player of the Year when she averaged 9.6 assists per set to go with 2.0 averages for digging and kills and 80 blocks. She served for a 95.4 percent average.
S - Kylee McLaughlin, Hebron (Carrollton, Texas), 5-9 Sr.
McLaughlin, an Oregon State commit, was the Dallas Morning News Player Of the Year. In addition, she was named to UIL 6A All State Tournament Team 2016, 5-6A All District Setter of the Year and most importantly led Hebron to its second-straight 6A state title when she recorded 1,618 assists (11.5 per set average), 419 digs and 42 aces.S - Erin O'Leary, Novi (Mich.), 5-10 Jr.
A MaxPreps A-A a year ago, O'Leary was first team Class A All-State, and lead Novi to back-to-back A Division state titles. In 2016, she dished out 9.2 assists per set as Novi won 52 of 53 matches and finished the season ranked No. 2 nationally. She is a 2016 member of the U.S. Girls' Youth National Team. A finalist for MaxPreps National Junior of the Year, O'Leary has committed to Michigan.S - Devon Chang, Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.), 5-11 Jr.
Chang not only averaged 11.2 assists (1,207), but she also served at a 96.7 percent rate and blocked better than one shot per set. She led the Eagles to a 38-5 record and the finals of the first ever California Open Division state tournament. In 15 matches this season, she averaged better than a dozen assists per set. She has committed to California. She is a finalist for MaxPreps National Junior Player of the Year.A-A - Sydney Hilley, Champlin Park (Champlin, Minn.), 6-0 Sr.
Hilley, who had 555 kills this season, was a four-year varsity player who compiled 1,805 kills (4.9 per set with a 47.1 percent kill ratio), 1,502 assists (4.1 per set) and 184 blocks in that span. She was the only junior named to last year's All-American first team and was MaxPreps 2015 National Junior POY. Hilley was a member of the 2016 Women's Junior National Team and a member of the 2015 U.S. Girls Youth National Volleyball Team. She has signed with Wisconsin.A-A - Leketor Member-Meneh, Lutheran South (St. Louis, Mo.), 5-9 Sr.
Member-Meneh was among the national leaders in kills (610) and kills per set (7.2) to lead the Lancers' first-ever volleyball state championship team. In the state-clinching match, Member-Meneh posted a match high 19 kills and 10 digs. A native of Nigeria, Member-Meneh has committed to Missouri. She is also a standout basketball player (she averaged 24.8 points per game as a junior). She is a finalist for MaxPreps' National Medium School Player of the Year.A-A - Emma Solano, Amarillo (Texas), 5-8 Sr.
Named the Texas Coaches Large School Player of the Year, Solano led the Sandies to a 44-6 record and the Texas 5A championship. Solano, who will attend Texas Tech, was all over the court as her statistics prove: 4.3 kills per set (50.3 kill percentage), 313 service points (92.9 serving percentage and 73 aces), 3.8 digs per set, 4.3 serve reception average (555 with only 19 errors) and she added 55 assists and 55 blocks.L - Jamye Cox, St. Ursula Academy (Toledo, Ohio), 5-3 Sr.
Signed by Michigan State, Cox recorded 509 digs (19.6 per match average) as St. Ursula went 23-3 on the season. In her four high school seasons, St. Ursula was 105-9 with Cox on the court. Cox, who is a three-time MaxPreps All-American, was a member of the 2016 Women's Junior National Team.
Second TeamMB - Candice Denny, Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.), 6-2 Sr.
Denny, who has signed with Arizona, was the best player on the court when the Monarchs won California's first Open Division championship and the school's 13th overall state volleyball title. She was Player of the Year in the West Catholic Athletic League, arguably one of the toughest conferences in the country. Denny had a kill percentage of 52.5, averaged better than a block shot per set and served 90.3 percent. MH - Tyanna Omazic, Northwest (Olathe, Kan.), 6-3 Sr.
Named Kansas' 6A Player of the Year, Omazic led Northwest to the state 6A title. Hitting 55.4 percent, Omazic averaged 3.5 kills, and one block shot per set. She also served for 160 points. She has signed with Illinois.OH - Grace Loberg, Geneva (Ill.), 6-3 Sr.
Committed to Wisconsin, Loberg led Geneva to a 37-2 record with 374 kills (4.5 kills per set and 50.1 kill percentage) and 34 aces (12.2 ace ratio). She also has scored more than 1,000 points in her basketball prep career and is expected to surpass 1,000 rebounds early this season. A multi-time all-stater, Loberg was named the honorary captain of the Daily Herald's Fox Valley All-Area girls volleyball team.OH - Thayer Hall, Dorman (Roebuck, S.C.), 6-2 Jr.
Hall led Dorman to the state 5A title and a 46-2 record when she killed 608 shots (5.0 average) at a 50-percent rate. Hall also served 50 aces for 283 points and had a 91.5 percent serving average. Add 420 digs and 442 serve receptions and you get the state Player of the Year for a second-straight season. She was a member of the 2016 Women's Junior National Team and has committed to Florida.OH - Stephanie Samedy, East Ridge (Clermont, Fla.), 6-2 Sr.
Florida's Miss Volleyball, Samedy averaged 6.2 kills (50.3 percent) per set, served 38 aces with a 93 percent serving average, dug out 196 digs and had just seven errors in serve receptions in 71 sets as East Ridge won 20 of 24 matches. She has committed to Minnesota. Samedy was also was named a two-time Bright House Breakfast of Champions Girls Volleyball Athlete of the Year (Central Florida) and a Florida Athletic Coaches Association All-American. As a senior, she was the two-time Lake County Player of the Year.OH - Haley Warner, Fayetteville (Ark.), 6-2 Jr.
Warner was named Most Valuable Player of the Class 7A state tournament as Fayetteville won its second straight 7A state title. Warner totaled 421 kills in 98 sets to go with 68 blocks, 274 digs and 20 aces. She is a three-time all-state selection and was named Arkansas Gatorade Player of the Year as a freshman. Committed to Florida, she was a member of the U.S. Youth National Team.
OH - Garrett Joiner, Brentwood (Tenn.), 6-2 Jr.
Joiner led Brentwood to its fourth-straight state title and a 50-4 season. She served 72 aces and scored 358 points, killed 560 (4.0 per set average) shots and had 247 digs. She has committed to Virginia.OH - Meredith Pellegrino, McMahon (Norwalk, Conn.), 6-2 Sr.
Pellegrino averaged 6.6 kills at a 64.7 hitting clip and led McMahon deep into the playoffs. She also served 97 aces (1.1 per set) and scored over 200 points. In addition, she averaged over four digs and serve receptions per set. She was first team LL All-State.S - Ella May Powell, Fayetteville (Ark.), 6-0 Jr.
Powell led Fayetteville to another state title in 2016 when she recorded 298 digs (3.0 per set), 124 kills and 917 assists (9.4 per set). She also served for 286 points and 75 aces (92.7 percentage). Powell, a 2016 member of the U.S. Girls' Youth National Team, should surpass 3,000 assists early next year in her senior season. She has committed to Washington.S - Dalaney Hans, Walton (Marietta, Ga.), 5-10 Sr.
There is a reason five Walton players had 200 kills or more this season. And there is a reason Walton won the state 7A title again. That reason is Hans. She averaged better than 11.0 assists per set and had 303 service points (94.5 percent serving average with 79 aces). Hans, who has signed Miami, had 42 assists in three sets in the state championship game.S - Sara Nielsen, Benet Academy (Lisle, Ill.), 5-11 Sr.
Nielsen led Benet with 1,034 assists, 122 digs, 28 aces, 26 blocks and 63 kills. Nielsen, who has signed with Minnesota, played in the European Global Challenge with the U22 BIP Midwest Team in Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia. She is a two-time All-State selection and in three varsity seasons, Nielsen led Benet to 110 wins against just nine defeats.S - Shannon Williams, Brecksville-Broadview Heights (Broadview Heights, Ohio), 5-8 Jr.
Williams led the Bees to the state large school title by averaging 14.1 assists per set – the second highest average nationally for players who competed in more than 50 sets. She also averaged two kills and three digs per set and served for 245 points on 95.7 serving percentage. Her lowest assist-per-set average in a match during the season was 11 and in the state tournament, she averaged 15, including 17.3 in the final two matches. Williams has committed to North Carolina State.L - Emma Reilly, Mother McAuley (Chicago), 5-7 Sr.
You don't win a national title without defense and Reily was the spark plug for the Mighty Macs as they went 40-1, won a state 4A title and MaxPreps' mythical national title. The Appalachian State commit averaged 6.4 digs and 4.5 serve receptions per set. She also served for 251 points.L - Mia Primavera, The Woodlands (Texas), 5-6 Sr.
The Woodlands went 40-8 as Primavera recorded 7.1 digs (974 in 138 sets) and returned 583 serve receptions. She also served 96.2 percent and chipped in 86 assists. The repeat 6A all-stater has signed with Tulane.A-A - Nicklin Hames, Webb (Knoxville, Tenn.), 5-11 Jr.
Hames has led Webb to four-straight 2A state titles. She had 455 kills, 933 assists, 471 digs and 111 service aces this season, helping the Spartans finish 43-8. She has committed to Nebraska.A-A - Brie Orr, Eagan (Minn.), 5-10 Sr.
Orr led Eagan to a 28-1 season and state large school title. She tallied 326 kills, 351 assists, 190 digs, 59 blocks and 29 aces. Orr amassed 1,174 kills, 1,813 assists, 1,029 digs, 155 blocks and 108 service aces over her career. A perennial All-State selection, she has signed with Iowa.A-A - Alea Steigerwald, Penfield (N.Y.), 5-8 Sr.
Very few do what Steigerwald did this year – guided her team to an undefeated 50-win season. Add an AA state title and you have an All-American. She distributed 1,109 assists in 120 sets, added 277 digs and 114 kills. She also served 108 aces for 376 points. She has signed with Fairfield University.Third TeamMH - Sami Slaughter, Harrisburg (S.D.), 6-2 Sr.
The Nebraska-bound Slaughter was South Dakota's Miss Volleyball after a senior season in which Harrisburg won the state title. Slaughter established new Harrisburg volleyball records with 39 kills in a match, 456 kills in a season, 1,205 kills in a career and 304 career blocks. Her per set kill average was 4.9. Additionally, Slaughter had 65 service aces, 85 blocks and 327 digs.MB - Ellie Holzman, Mt. Carmel (New Orleans), 6-2 Soph.
Holzman is the only sophomore named to this year's A-A team. She got better as the season progressed and in Mt. Carmel's state-title winning game she had 26 kills, 26 digs and 12 blocks. For the Cubs' 41-11 season, Holzman averaged 4.8 kills, 2.3 blocks, 3.9 digs and 2.5 serve receptions. She was named the Times Picayune's Large School Player of the Year and is a finalist for MaxPreps National Sophomore of the Year.OH - Brooke Botkin, Pearland (Texas), 6-4 Sr.
Botkin, who has committed to USC, showed her versatility as she distributed 162 assists (1.4), received 416 serves (3.6), had 372 digs (3.2), blocked 43 shots, served 94.4 percent for 185 points and killed 618 (5.3). Botkin is a four-time MaxPreps All-American.OH - Maddie Goings, Aledo (Texas), 5-11 Sr.
Signed with Oregon State, Goings led her team to 39-9 record and District 6A title. She had 631 kills as a senior and was named Fort Worth Star Telegram Super Team Player of the Year. Goings finished her career with 2,123 kills in four years. She's a four-time All-State selection (three times by Texas Girls Coaches Association) and has two district Offensive MVP awards.OH - Dani Barton, Brighton (Salt Lake City), 6-0 Sr.
Utah's Miss Volleyball finished the season with 418 kills and a very impressive hitting percentage: .570. She led Brighton to fifth place in 5A. Barton served 91 percent with 36 aces, had 71 total blocks and led her team in digs with 268. She will attend Utah.OH - Kayla Lund, Flintridge Sacred Heart (La Canada-Flintridge, Calif.), 5-11 Sr.
A four-time American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-American, Lund averaged 5.5 kills (51.9 kill percentage) in leading the Tologs to 24 wins. She also had 348 digs and 81 aces. Lund, who has signed with Pittsburgh, also had 251 assists as a senior.OH - Alli Evans, Edmond Memorial (Okla.), 6-2 Sr.
Signed by Tulsa, Evans led Memorial to the large school state title. She recorded 350 kills with 433 digs and was named to the Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State Team and Oklahoma 6A All-State while being named the Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference Player of the Year.OH - Sammy Slater, Ventura (Calif.), 6-2 Sr.
In leading Ventura to a 36-3 record and a deep playoff run, Slater averaged better than five kills per set and added better than three digs each time on the court. She will play in the sand for USC.OH - Shannon Scully, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.), 6-2 Sr.
The Utah-bound Scully was the key to the youthful Monarchs' 35-7 season when she averaged over four kills, four serve receptions and three digs per set. She also had 37 aces and served for 91.6 percent and 210 points.
OH - Ally Cummings, Novi (Mich.), 5-10 Sr.
A first-team All-State selection and Miss Michigan Volleyball runner up, the Valparaiso commit had 510 kills this season with 37 assists, 32 aces, 49 blocks and 317 digs. And more importantly teamed with first-team A-A Erin O'Leary to lead Novi to a second straight state A title. OH - Lexi Nordmann, DeWitt (Mich.), 6-0 Sr.
Third in the voting for Michigan's Miss Volleyball, Nordman led DeWitt to a 46-2 record when she blocked 12 shots, served 42 aces and averaged 4.5 kills (55.6 kill percentage). She has signed with SMU.OH - Yossiana Pressley, Cypress Falls (Houston, Texas), 6-0 Sr.
In leading Cypress Falls to a 30-14 season, Pressley put up huge numbers: 885 kills (second nationally), averaging 6.3 per set and 51.7 kill percentage. The Baylor signee also averaged 5.7 on serve receptions and 3.3 digs.S - Callie Williams, Midway (Waco, Texas), 5-9 Sr.
Williams led Midway to a 42-4 record and averaged 12.2 assists per set. Prior to attending Midway, she helped lead Bishop Lynch High School to three consecutive Texas high school state titles. She has signed with Tennessee.S - Maria Schorr, Cathedral (Indianapolis), 5-11 Sr.
The first team All-State choice has signed with Dayton after leading the Irish to back-to-back Indiana large school titles. In the state title match, Schorr handed out 57 assists in four sets (14.3 average). She had just 36 ball handling errors out of 2,689 opportunities.L - Raigen Cianciulli, Oak Ridge (Conroe, Texas), 5-5 Sr.
The Texas All-Stater and three-time District Defensive Player of the Year, Cianciulli averaged 6.7 digs and 5.2 serve receptions per set. She also handed out 1.1 assists per set as Oak Ridge won 48 of 49 matches. L - Kate Formico, Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.), 5-9 Sr.
Often the shortest player on the court for the state Open Division champions (38-4), Formico served for 313 points (59 aces and a 93 percent serving average). Signed by Stanford, she also averaged 4.2 digs and 3.3 serve receptions per set.A-A - Haley Hallgren, Carroll (Southlake, Texas), 5-11
Hallgren, who will play beach volleyball at USC, split her court time all over the place. She played libero in 20 matches to lead 43-7 Carroll with 491 digs. She played outside hitter and finished with 255 kills. She recorded 31 kills in two wins over 6A state champion Hebron and had 65 kills in five playoff matches.