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MaxPreps host Myckena Guerrero breaks down the final Top 25 of the season.Medium Schools Player of the Year: Hawley Harrer, Sisters (Ore.), 6-2 Sr.
Signed with UCLA, Harrer was the state 4A Player of the Year after leading the Outlaws to the Oregon state 4A title, their third in four years.
Harrer does it all on the court — she hits (four-plus kills per set with a 55.8 kill percentage), sets (three-plus assists per set, serves (65 aces with a 96.8 percentage), digs (two digs per set) and blocked 50 shots.
Harrer, who has played in four state-title matches during her high school career has had four different head coaches. The Outlaws have won 100-of-110 matches when she is on the court.
As a junior, Harrer was the only junior finalist for the Oregon Sports Awards Volleyball Player of the Year. She was also the state 4A Player of the Year as a junior.Previous Medium Schools National Player of the Year:
2016 — Leketor Member-Meneh, Lutheran South (St. Louis)
2015 — Ronika Stone of Valley Christian (San Jose, Calif.)
2014 — Katherine Carlson, Notre Dame Prep (Pontiac, Mich..
2013 — Hannah Troutman, Crook County (Prineville, Ore.)
2012 — Lindsey Owens, Bishop Moore (Orlando, Fla.)
Medium Schools Team of the Year: Lewis-Palmer (Monument, Colo.), 29-0, Colorado 4A state champion
Coached by Wade Baxter, Lewis-Palmer has won 58 straight over two seasons and posted back-to-back state 4A title-winning teams with a pair of 29-0 seasons.
Led by juniors Taylor Buckley
(kills leader), Kessandra Krutsinger
(block leader), and McKenna Sciacca
(assists leader), Lewis Palmer won 83 of 89 sets in 2017. Sophomore Gianna Bartalo
led in aces, serve receptions and digs).
Bartalo, Sciacca and junior Riley Putnicki
were named 4A All-State. Lewis Palmer did not play a five-set match all season.Previous Medium Schools Team of the Year:
2016 — Skutt Catholic (Omaha, Neb.)
2015 — Gabriel Richard (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
2014 — Helias (Jefferson City, Mo.)
2013 — Cardinal Gibbons (Raleigh, N.C.)
2012 — Bishop Moore (Orlando, Fla.)Medium Schools Coach of the Year: Marty Keibel, Maple Lake (Minn.), 32-0, state 2A champions
The Irish, who have a 42-match win streak, lost nine sets all season and did not need a five-set match in winning their second-straight state 2A championship.
They were lead by All-American Linsey Rachel
(a finalist for the state Player of the Year award), Amber Klug
(Minnesota State signee) and Brynn Paumen
(Missouri signee). All three were named first team All-State. The Irish had six players who had 100 more kills on the season.
Prior to the state finals match, Keibel told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, "We have three team rules: 1. Hustle. 2. Never let the ball hit the floor. 3. Always. We might be up in a set 19-9 against a team that we're better than, but I see them sprawl out, going for a ball. It might be easier to let that point go and play for the next one, but that's not who we are. They would be disappointed if they let that ball hit the floor. Those are the plays I love because it means we're buying in."Previous Medium Schools Coach of the Year:
2016 — Michelle Phillips, Cox Mill (Concord, N.C.)
2015 — Hadli Daniels of Buford (Ga.)
2014 — Chris Leverenz of Riverside (Auburn, Wash.)
2013 — Jeremy Reiss, East Troy (Mich.)
2012 — Tanya Jarvis, Bishop Moore (Orlando, Fla.)
In addition to Harrer, the 2017 MaxPreps Medium High School Volleyball All-America team includes:First TeamMB — Rhett Robinson, Krum (Texas), 6-0 Sr.
Headed to North Texas University, Robinson averaged 6.0 kills per set and had a kill percentage of 50.4. She also served for 64 aces (214 points), averaged 1.1 blocks, 2.9 digs and 3.9 serve receptions per set as Krum won 29 matches.MB — Amanda Phegley, Berkeley Prep (Tampa, Fla.), 6-4 Sr.
The Penn State bound Phegley led Berkeley Prep to the state 5A title and a 30-2 season. She averaged 3.3 kills per set with a kill percentage of 60.5. She also averaged 1.2 blocks per set. In four high school seasons, she played on three state title-winning teams.MH — Claire Hoffman, Marist (Eugene, Ore.), 6-2 Sr.
Signed with Washington, Hoffman is a perennial first team All-Stater. She averaged 7.1 kills, 4.0 serve receptions and 3.7 digs per set as a senior. In 57 sets, she also served 49 aces.OH — Cate Desler, Sacred Heart Prep (Atherton, Calif.), 6-1 Sr.
In leading Sacred Heart to the California state D2 final match, Desler totaled 701 kills for a 5.8 per set average. Impressively, she hit 60.4 percent on kills. She also served 71 aces, blocked 70 shots and averaged 2.0 digs per set. In nine matches she averaged better than seven kills in a set. Desler, who has signed with Tufts University, improved in every statistical category as a senior.OH — Lauren Harrison, Woodward Academy (College Park, Ga.), 6-1 Sr.
Harrison was named the state 4A Player of the Year and averaged 5.4 kills, 3.3 serve receptions and 2.8 digs per set. She also blocked 54 shots and served for 128 points in Woodward's 26-win season. She will attend the University of North Carolina.OH — May Pertofsky, Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.), 6-2 Jr.
Pertofsky averaged 4.9 kills and hit 47.2 kill efficiency in leading Sierra Canyon to the state 2A title. She has committed to Michigan. She was named the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section's D3 Player of the Year.OH — Madeline Furtado, King's Academy (West Palm Beach, Fla.), 5-11 Sr.
Furtado averaged 6.6 kills per set and better than three digs and three serve receptions in King's 25-1 state runner-up season. The state leader in total kills and kills per set, she has signed with Liberty University.OH — Eleanor Holthaus, Rocori (Cold Spring, Minn.), 5-11 Sr.
Holthaus registered 539 kills and had 311 digs, 55 blocks and served at better than 90 percent. The perennial All-Stater had 1,500 kills, 851 digs, 1,264 set assists, 95 blocks and 154 ace serves in her Rocori Springs career. Holthaus, who has signed with Iowa State, is a finalist for the St. Cloud Media Times Player of the Year.OH — Annie Karle, Mount Olive (Flanders, N.J.), 5-11 Sr.
Named the NJ.COM Player of the Year, Karle set a new career high with 471 kills, averaging a state best 7.6 per set. She recorded at least eight kills in a set in 20 matches and racked up 24 of them in a 2-1 loss in the Group 3 semifinals. Karle also had 261 digs for a 4.2 per set average. She has signed with Mercer University.OH — Taylor Rowland, Cox Mill (Concord, N.C.), 6-3 Sr.
The reigning state Gatorade Player of the Year hit .460 percent and averaged 4.8 kill (60.1 kill percent), 3.2 serve receptions, 2.0 digs per set and served for 224 points. She has signed with Auburn.OH — Yvette Burcescu, Panas (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.), 6-3 Sr.
Despite a four-year low with 511 (4.6 per set average) kills, Burcescu finished with more kills (2,670) than any other player in her five-year varsity career. Headed to Tulane, as a senior she served a career-high 131 aces and 277 points, blocked 75 shots and averaged 3.3 serve receptions and 1.8 digs per set as Panas won the Class A state title.S — Courtney Weber, Cox Mill (Concord, N.C.), 6-2 Sr.
Though their season ended differently in 2017 (27-8) than the perfect state-title winning season of 2016, Weber's play stood tall again: 1,144 assists (10.4 per set average), 74 aces, 85 kills and 221 digs in 110 sets. She has signed with South Carolina.S — Louise Comerford, Althoff Catholic (Belleville, Ill.), 5-11 Sr.
Comerford averaged 9.7 assists per set as the Crusaders finished a 41-1 campaign with the school's first state championship. Signed with Miami Ohio, she also averaged 1.6 kills and 2.3 digs.S — Peyton Lewis, Salpointe Catholic (Tucson, Ariz.), 5-7 SR
The state 4A co-Player of the Year, Lewis average 10.6 assists per set and added 353 digs and 88 kills as Salpointe won the state 4A title for the second-straight season. She has signed with Pepperdine.S — Marlie Monserez, Bishop Moore (Orlando, Fla.), 6-0 Sr.
The Florida Dairy Farmers Miss Volleyball, Monserez compiled 329 kills, 284 digs and 227 assists. That included 24 kills, 13 digs and eight assists in the Hornets loss to Ponte Vedra in the Class 6A state championship match.L — Lauryn Gibbs, Mt. Morris (Mich.), 5-3 Sr.
Gibbs put up major numbers — 1,090 digs (8.8 per set average), 832 serve receptions (6.7 per set average) and served 95.7 percent for 295 points and 64 aces — as Mt. Morris won 37 times in 2017. She has signed with Michigan State.L — Zoe Fleck, Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.), 5-6 Sr.
Fleck averaged 6.8 digs per set in the Trailblazers state D2 title season. The Santa Barbara signee added 56 aces and more than 400 serves received. She was named to the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section D3 team.
A-A — Mackenzie Fidelak, Niwot (Colo.), 6-2 Sr.
Colorado's 4A Player of the Year, Fidelak has signed with Stanford. She led the Cougars in kills (275), kills per set (2.8), and digs (250). She also had 321 assists, was second in aces (41) and third in blocks (69). During her four years as a varsity starter for Niwot, she totaled 1,049 kills, and 250 blocks.A-A — Melani Shaffmaster, New Castle (Ind.), 6-3 So.
Shaffmaster, the 2016 National Freshman of the Year is also a finalist for MaxPreps National Sophomore Player of the Year after leading New Castle to the state 3A championship. Shaffmaster put up monster stats for the second-straight season: 456 Kills (3.9 per set average and 52.2 kill percent in 873 attempts), served 74 aces, recorded 101 blocks, had 219 digs and 952 assists (8.2 avg.). She has committed to Minnesota.Second TeamMB/OH — Allison Dennemann, New Palestine (Ind.), 5-10 Sr.
Dennemann averaged 5.5 kills and 3.0 digs per set, served 75 aces and blocked 47 shots as New Palestine won 27 times. A four-time team Most Valuable Player, she had 2,184 kills (5.3 avg.), 1,341 digs (3.25 avg.) and 235 service aces in her prep career. She has signed with the University of the Pacific.MH — Sarah Armahizer, Knoch (Saxonburg, Pa.), 6-0 Sr.
Armahizer led the Knights to the state 3A title and unbeaten season (24-0). She was named state 3A Most Valuable Player after averaging four kills and two blocks per set, Armahizer will attend Edinboro University.OH — Dani Nay, Skyview (Nampa, Idaho), 6-0 Sr.
Nay recorded 490 kills, 307 digs, 52 aces and 46 blocks, led her team to another state title and was chosen the 4A Southern Idaho Conference Player of the Year for the second straight season. With Nay leading the way, Skyview was 40-3 on the season and all three losses were against out-of-state teams. Nay, who is the 2017-18 Idaho Press-Tribune's Sports Stars Volleyball Athlete of the Year, will play collegiately at Weber State.OH — Madeline Chinn, Notre Dame Prep (Pontiac, Mich.), 6-3 Jr.
Chinn led the Fighting Irish to a 64-win season and the state B title when she averaged 4.3 kills (51.2 kill percent), 2.1 digs and 2.1 serve receptions. Chinn also served for 79 aces and 256 points and blocked 126 shots in 152 sets. She was a first team All-State honoree.OH — Anna Warren, Bishop England (Charleston, S.C.), 5-9 Sr.
Warren was named the S.C. Coaches Association for Women's Sports Class 3A Player of the Year. She led Class 3A with 334 total kills (3.2 per set average) in helping Bishop England to its 18th consecutive state championship. Warren also finished with 358 digs (3.4 avg.), 334 serve receptions (3.2) and served 34 aces.OH — Emma Schriner, Jamestown (Williamsburg, Va.), 6-3 Sr.
As a senior, Schriner totaled 484 kills (5.5 average and 56 percent kill ratio). Schriner also has 188 service aces and 46 total blocks. Named the 2017 Region A Class 4 Player of the Year, she has signed with Tennessee.OH — Kailey "KC" McMahon, Fountain Hills (Ariz.), 6-2 Sr.
Fountain Hills won 43-of-48 matches the state 3A title as McMahon recorded 654 kills (6.1 per set average), 262 digs (2.4 avg.) and 336 serve receptions (3.1 average). She has committed to Wyoming.OH — Linsey Rachel, Maple Lake (Minn.), 5-8 Sr.
A Ms. Baden Volleyball finalist and State AA Player of the Year, Rachel was the key to Maple Lake's state title and unbeaten (32-0) season. Though her stats were modest in comparison to some, she averaged 3.7 kills, 3.8 serve receptions and 3.0 digs per set. Rachel is also an All-State softball player.OH — Cat Kelly, Sandia Prep (Albuquerque), 5-8 Sr.
The resigning state Gatorade Player of the Year, Kelly led the Sundevils to the state 4A title and a 17-match winning streak to end the season. She averaged 4.7 kills, 2.8 digs, 2.4 serve receptions per set and served at a 99.3 rate. She will attend New Mexico State.OH — Zoe McBride, Prairie (Brush Prairie, Wash.), 6-0 Sr.
McBride has twice been named The Vancouver Columbian's All-Region Player of the Year and as a senior had a team-high 565 kills, 57 more than last year. She also had 63 blocks, 314 digs and 95 aces,S — Sarah Sumida, Baylor (Chattanooga, Tenn.), 5-8 Sr.
The Tennessee Tech commit and D2-AA Region Most Valuable Player recorded 1,409 assists (11.5 per set average) as a senior as Baylor won the state D2-AA state title. She finished with more than 5,000 assists for her career.S — Kahia Wood, North Iredell (Olin, N.C.), 5-8 Sr.
Wood, who recorded 1,044 assists (for an 11.1 per set average), also had 3.4 digs per set, served 97.4 percent and blocked 57 shots to lead the Raiders to the state 3A title and a 28-2 record.S — Nicklin Hames, Webb (Knoxville, Tenn.), 5-11 Sr.
Hames has led Webb to four-straight 2A state titles. Despite missing part of the season as she was a member of the USA Junior Girls National team, Hames still managed to total 225 kills, 218 digs and 385 assists (5.2) per set average). She will attend Nebraska. L — Bradi Berhorst, Helias (Jefferson City, Mo.), 5-4 Sr.
In helping lead Helias to the state 3A title, Berhorst averaged 5.2 serve receptions and 5.9 digs per set. She also served for 97.4 percent for 159 points in 83 sets. She will play at Columbia College.L — Camryn Tastad, Santa Fe Christian (Solana Beach, Calif.), 5-3 Sr.
Tastad averaged 5.5 digs and 6.3 served receptions per set in leading a 23-win season. She also served better than 95 percent and finished with 40 acres. She has signed with Oregon.A-A — Lauren Janok, North Raleigh Christian Academy (N.C.), 5-8 Sr.
The West Point bound Janok was all over the court for the 28-1 Knights when she recorded per set averages of 3.1 for kills, 2,5 digs, 5.0 assists and 2.1 for serve receptions. She served 72 aces.A-A — Kennedy Croft, Tumwater (Wash.), 5-10 Sr.
The two-time Olympian All-Area Player of the Year is also a four-time All-Area selection, three-time Class 2A Evergreen Conference MVP, and two-time state champion. She finished her career with huge numbers — 1,193 kills. Slowed by an injury, she still had impressive numbers as a senior — 4.5 digs, 3.2 kills and 6.5 serve receptions per set. She has signed with Gonzaga.