MaxPreps 2015 High School Underclass All-American Girls Volleyball Team

By Tom Mauldin Jan 5, 2016, 11:00pm

Sydney Hilley, Thayer Hall and Kayleigh Hames lead the way as players of the year in their respective classes.

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Junior Player of the Year: Sydney Hilley, Champlin Park (Champlin, Minn.), 6-0

Hilley, the only junior named to the MaxPreps All-American Team, is the 2015 Junior Player of the Year after she led the Rebels (30-5) to the 3A state semifinals and recorded 517 kills (5.2 per set), 463 assists (4.6) and 290 digs (2.9). The 6-foot junior also blocked 45 shots and served 46 aces (93.1 percent and 237 points). Hilley is a three-time first team all-state selection and was a member of the U.S. Girls Youth National Volleyball Team that reached FIVB's Girls U18 World Championship final in Peru last summer. The Wisconsin commit was named the Minneapolis Star-Tribune's 2015 Player of the Year and was a MaxPreps Underclass A-A in 2014.

MH - Mariah Whalen, Newman (Wausau, Wis.), 6-1
A three-time first team all-state selection and a three-time MaxPreps Underclass A-A, Whalen led Newman (40-1) to the D-4 state title when she once again put up big numbers: 697 kills (6.2 per set), served 19.5 percent (88 aces, 165 points), blocked 112 shots in 112 sets, had 310 digs (2.8) and returned 427 serves. She has committed to Wisconsin.

MB - Kathryn Decker, Jesuit (Portland, Ore.), 6-4
A first team all-state pick who has committed to Santa Clara, Decker had 266 kills (3.5 average), 37 aces (93.3 percent, 168 points), 28 blocks, 22 digs and 200 (2.8) serve receptions as Jesuit finished as No. 2 in the Xcellent 25. Jesuit has won 69 straight matches, including going 32-0 this year.

MB - Conley Chinn, Jackson Academy (Miss.), 6-1
Chinn led the Raiders to a 35-3 record and the MAIS championship, as she recorded 283 kills (3.4), 263 blocks (3.0) and 91 service aces. A member of the All-State Tournament Team each of the past two seasons, she is also a Clarion-Ledger first team all-state selection and the Gatorade State Player of the Year. She has verbally committed to Belmont University for basketball.

MB - Dana Rettke, Riverside-Brookfield (Riverside, Ill.), 6-8
Rettke, a repeat A-A, averaged 4.9 kills per set as the Bulldogs finished 26-10. A first team all-stater, she set the season kills record (419), the season blocks record (140) and career blocks record (189), she had the most aces in a single match (10), hitting efficiency on the season (.345) and kills per game (4.9). A highly recruited basketball player, she has committed to Wisconsin for volleyball.

OH - Jena Otec, St. Pius X (Festus, Mo.), 5-11
Otec averaged 6.5 kills per set in leading St. Pius X to a 34-5 season after moving up to 3A from 2A. She was named all-state, as well as first team St. Louis Dispatch All-Metro.

OH - Nia Parker-Robinson, Cathedral (Indianapolis), 6-2
Robinson was an offensive power for Cathedral (37-0) and averaged five kills per set in the state tournament. For the season, she led the nation's No. 1 ranked team with 340 kills (3.7 average), 50.3 kill percentage and had 50 blocks. An all-state, all-city and Indiana all-junior selection, Robinson has verbally committed to Wake Forest.

OH - Meredith Norris, Corunna (Mich.), 6-3
Norris made headlines a year ago by recording a state-record 53 kills in a single match. This year, she had a high of 56 to go along with a season total of 836 (6.4 per set average) as Corruna won 32 matches. Named the POY on the Lansing State Journal's Elite Team, she also had 74 aces (94 percent), blocked 56 shots and had a team-high 585 digs (4.5) and 696 serve receptions. A 2014 MaxPreps A-A, Norris has committed to Michigan State.

OH - Tesa Oaks, Woodcrest Christian (Riverside, Calif.), 6-1
It was another monster year for Oaks. She averaged 6.5 kills in leading the Royals to 22-6 season. She also served for 232 points (54 aces), had 254 (2.9) digs, 37 blocks and returned 393 serves (4.5). She was named All-CIF First Team.

OH - Brooke Botkin, Pearland (Texas), 6-2
Botkin, who has committed to USC, was named all-state after leading the Oilers to a 36-8 season when she recorded 674 kills (5.8 per set), scored 238 points (90.3 percent serving) and had 342 digs (2.9). The 2014 MaxPreps A-A committed just 14 errors in 353 serve receptions.

OH - Maya Taylor, Idaho Falls (Idaho), 5-11
Taylor led the Tigers to a 36-6 record and the Class 5A state championship when she recorded 503 kills, 245 digs, 47 blocks and 39 service aces. The High Country Conference Player of the Year, she is also a three-time first team all-state selection and was Idaho's Gatorade State POY.

OH - Kayla Lund, Flintridge Sacred Heart (La Canada-Flintridge, Calif.), 5-11
Lund recorded a team-high 554 kills (5.4) en route to being named the league's co-most valuable player. Lund added 273 digs (2.7) and 37 aces to help Flintridge Sacred Heart go 26-9. She was also chosen First Team All-CIF Southern Section and is a MaxPreps A-A repeat.

OH - MacKenzie May, Wahlert (Dubuque, Iowa), 6-3
May averaged 4.7 kills per set, served 50 aces, etched 224 digs (2.3) and 42 blocks. May, who was named first team all-state, has committed to UCLA.

OH - Paige Hammons, Sacred Heart (Louisville, Ky.), 6-2
Paige Hammons, Sacred Heart (7)
Paige Hammons, Sacred Heart (7)
Photo by Jann Hendry
Named first team all-state and committed to Florida, Hammons was a member of the USA Girls Youth National Team that took a silver in the World Games. She led Sacred Heart to a 33-7 record with 420 kills (3.9), 64 blocks, 249 digs and 30 aces (95.1 percent, 224 points), 249 digs (2.3) and 600 returns (5.5).

OH - Meghan McClure, Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.), 6-1
McClure was named to the CIF-Southern Section 1A team, Trinity League MVP and first team Orange County Register All-County team. McClure finished with 439 kills and 342 digs as Santa Margarita finished 38-4. She was a MaxPreps Underclass A-A in 2014.

S - Maria Schorr, Cathedral (Indianapolis), 5-11
The quarterback of MaxPreps' national championship team, Schorr played in 94 sets and averaged 10 assists per set (943). She also served for 225 points (33 aces) and had 26 blocks and 113 digs. The first team all-state choice has committed to Dayton and is one of nine players on Cathedral (37-0) who has signed or committed to a D1 program.

S - Kirby Knapp, Menlo-Atherton (Atherton, Calif.), 5-6
The floor leader for California's No. 2 Division 1 team, Knapp recorded 1,024 assists (10.0 average), had 265 digs (2.6) and served for 246 points (95.9 percent, 46 aces). She was a MaxPreps 2013 Underclass All-American.

S - Madison Lilley, Blue Valley West (Stilwell, Kan.), 5-11
Lilley led Blue Valley to the state 6A title and 40-4 record. Lilley, who played on the USA 2015 Junior Women's Team, recorded 200 kills (2.2), 57 aces (93.7), 61 blocks, 213 digs (2.2) and 746 assists (8.2). She has committed to Kentucky.

L - Jamye Cox, St. Ursula Academy (Toledo, Ohio), 5-3
Cox, a first team D-1 all-state pick and a 2014 MaxPreps A-A, led St. Ursula Academy (25-3) to a state runner-up spot, averaging 6.0 digs per set. She also returned 373 serves and served 93.5 percent. A repeat MaxPreps Underclass A-A, she has committed to Michigan.

L - Alexa Roumeliotis, Menlo Atherton (Atherton, Calif.), 5-7
Roumeliotis averaged 7.2 digs per set in leading Menlo to a state D-1 runner-up finish. She also served for 184 points and returned 541 serves in 99 sets (5.5 average).

L - Kendall Glover, Desert Vista (Phoenix), 5-10
Glover recorded 531 serve receptions, had 702 digs (5.9) and 40 aces, and was named East Valley Tribune POY and first team all-state. Desert Vista (41-3) won a state title and finished ranked among the nation's top teams. She has committed to Georgia.

L - Erin Yeatman, South Forsyth (Cumming, Ga.), 5-5
Yeatman averaged 9.1 digs per set (1,103 in 121 sets) and returned 883 serves (7.3) with only 39 errors. She also had 80 assists and served for 279 points (93.1 percent) as South Forsyth lost to Walton in the state 6A finals. She was a first team 6A choice.

Sophomore Player of the Year: Thayer Hall, Dorman (Roebuck, S.C.)

The 6-3 middle blocker/outside hitter, who was named to the MaxPreps Freshman All-American team in 2014, is the MaxPreps Sophomore Player of the Year after recording 570 kills (.539 kill and .417 hitting percentage) in leading the Cavaliers (35-4) to the Class 4A state final. She was also the Class 4A Player of the Year as named by the South Carolina Coaches Association of Women's Sports. In addition to her hitting prowess, Hall amassed 310 digs, 239 service receptions, 58 service aces and 36 blocks. A two-time club All-American, she led the Upward Stars to the 2015 AAU Girls Junior National Volleyball Championships this past summer, capturing tournament Most Valuable Player honors. Hall was named South Carolina's 2015 Gatorade POY and was on the MaxPreps Freshman A-A team in 2014.

MH - Asjia O'Neal, Carroll (Southlake, Texas), 6-2
Asjia O'Neal, Carroll
Asjia O'Neal, Carroll
Photo by Gregory LaGrange
O'Neal was named District 7-6A Blocker of the Year (111 in 116 sets) and recorded 319 kills (2.8 with a 51.8 kill percentage) as Carroll won 43 of 47 matches. Her father is former NBA star Jermaine O'Neal..

OH - Tessa Wyner, George Washington (Charleston, W. Va.), 5-10
Named the West Virginia Gatorade POY, Wyner led the Patriots to a 65-1-1 record and the 3A state championship. Wyner recorded 377 kills (2.5), 338 digs (2.2), 142 aces, 410 serve receptions (2.7 per set) and 39 blocks. A first team all-state selection each of the past two seasons, she's also a two-time member of the All-State Tournament Team.

OH - Haley Warner, Fayetteville (Ark.), 6-2
Warner followed her impressive freshman season (MaxPreps Freshman of the Year, Arkansas Gatorade State POY) by leading the Bulldogs to a state title (after being runner-ups in 2014), as she recorded 492 (4.6) kills, 239 digs (2.2), 189 service points and 1.7 blocks per match.

OH - Allison Martinez, Westridge (Pasadena, Calif.), 6-0
Martinez averaged 7.5 kills and led California in kills with 688 (51.4 kill percentage). She was named first team CIF-Southern Section Division 1. She also had a team-high 66 aces and 37 blocked shots and returned 333 serves (3.6). She was a MaxPreps Freshman A-A in 2014.

OH - Tatum Shipes, Buford (Ga.), 6-3
Shipes, who has committed to Auburn, played a major role in Buford going 41-0 and winning the state 4A title. She recorded 384 kills (4.4 average), served 42 aces, blocked 29 shots and had 229 (2.6) digs.

OH - Emma Funk, Our Lady Academy (Bay St. Louis, Miss.), 5-10
The national hitting leader (650 kills, 59.9 percent and 67.1 kill percentage), Funk led OLA to its fourth-straight state title. She also returned 623 serves (5.7 average) in being named first team all-state.

OH - Yvette Burcescu, Panas (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.), 6-2
A third-year varsity performer, Burcescu owns the program's single-season kill (762, 6.0, 51.9 kill percentage) and career kill (1,496) marks. She was named first-team all-state as well as the Lohud Journal News POY. Burcescu led Panas (45-7) to Class A section and regional titles, and to its first state finals appearance. The Panthers won three regular-season tournaments, with Burcescu taking home MVP honors each time.

OH - Garrett Joiner, Brentwood (Tenn.), 6-2
Named all-state, Joiner led Brentwood to its third-straight 3A title, accumulating 498 kills (3.5), 228 digs, 107 aces (388 service points) and 86 blocks during the season. Joiner was a MaxPreps Freshman A-A in 2014.

OH - Taylor Rowland, Cox Mill (Concord, N.C.), 6-2
Rowland, who has committed to Auburn, led Cox Mill (28-3) to the state 3A finals, recording 539 kills (5.6 average), 288 service points (64 aces), 136 digs and 284 serve receptions (3.0). She was named all-state and first team Charlotte Observer All-Area Team.

OH - Camille DeDeaux, Pope John Paul II (Slidell, La.), 5-10
DeDeaux led her team to a 40-2 record and the state 2A title. Recording more than 400 kills, she was named the New Orleans Advocate's Most Outstanding Small Schools Volleyball Player of the Year.

OH - Kennedy Croft, Tumwater (Wash.), 5-10
Croft was named the Olympian's Player of the Year after leading the T-Birds to a 17-2 record. She averaged 5.3 kills, 2.3 digs, 4.4 serve receptions and served 43 aces.

S - Erin O'Leary, Novi (Mich.), 5-11
O'Leary finished the 2015 season with 1,371 assists, 225 kills, 321 digs and 86 aces as Novi (55-2) won the Class A state title and finished No. 5 in the Xcellent 25. O'Leary, a MaxPreps A-A a year ago, was first team Class A all-state, the only sophomore honored.

S - Ella May Powell, Fayetteville (Ark.), 6-0
Powell led the Bulldogs to a 34-3-1 record and the Class 7A state title and was the State Tournament MVP. Powell set a school record with 1,167 assists (10.3), served 91.8 percent (241 points, 46 aces) and added 226 digs (2.0) and 151 kills. A first team all-state and first team all-conference selection, she was named MVP for the Ozark Grand Slam tournament and the 2015 Arkansas Gatorade POY.

S- Gabby Blossom, St. Joseph's Academy (St. Louis), 5-10
A Penn State commit, Blossom averaged 11.7 assists to lead the Angels to a 26-11-2 record and a fourth-place finish in Class 4A. She was named all-state and St. Louis P-D All-Metro First Team.

S - Makayla Greenfield, Williamsville East (East Amherst, N.Y.), 5-9
Greenfield led the Flames to a 37-2 season and a state Class A semifinal run when she assisted on 1,175 balls (11.8 average). She also had 285 digs (2.0) and served 49 aces. She was named all-state.

L - Chloe York, Willis (Texas), 5-7
York totaled 1,006 digs (7.1 per set) as Willis went 36-12. She also served 94.1 percent and returned 712 (5.0) serves this season. She was named Newcomer of the Year for District 18-5A.

A-A - Megan Miller, Alexandria-Monroe (Alexandria, Ind.), 5-7
Miller averaged 5.9 kills per set and had a kill percentage of 45.5. She averaged just over one error per set despite 1,377 attacks. She led her team in digs with 380 (3.7 average) and served 141 aces (88.3 percent, 291 points). She also received 599 serves and every four sets she made one error. She was a MaxPreps A-A in 2014.

A-A - Nicklin Hames, Webb (Knoxville, Tenn.), 5-10
Hames was named PrepXtra Volleyball Player of the Year after compiling 377 kills, 64 blocks, 562 digs and 873 assists. She was district and district tournament MVP, as well as regional MVP as Webb (53-4) won the state D2-A title. Hames, who has committed to Nebraska, was's National Freshman of the Year in 2014.

A-A - Camryn Ennis, Reagan (San Antonio), 6-0
Ennis, who was named to the San Antonio All-Area Super Team, was All-District 26-6A as she had 427 kills, 672 assists, 369 digs, 39.5 blocks and 23 aces (95.4 percent, 243 points) and Reagan finished 43-6.

A-A - Eleanor Holthaus, Rocori (Cold Spring, Minn.), 6-0
Named the St. Cloud Times All-Area Player of the Year, Holthaus was an all-state first team pick and had 507 kills, 388 assists, 42 aces, 251 digs and 61 blocks.

A-A - Marissa Hornung, Providence (Clarksville, Ind.), 5-9
The big hitter on the state 3A champion, Hornung totaled 464 kills (4.2 average per set), served 53 aces, blocked 57 shots and had 335 digs (3.0). She also returned 328 serves (3.0). She was named first team all-state.

Freshman Player of the Year: Kayleigh Hames, Webb (Knoxville, Tenn.)

Hames recorded 569 kills (4.0, 46.9 kill percentage), served 115 aces (352 points), 417 digs (3.0), 514 serve receptions with just 25 errors and for all that, the 6-1 youngster is the Maxpreps Freshman Player of the Year. Teaming with her Sophomore All-American sister Nicklin, she helped lead Webb to a state title. She was also named all-district, all-district tournament, all-region and 2015 PrepXtra Volleyball First Team.

MB - May Pertofsky, Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.), 6-1
Pertofsky earned All-CIF Southern Section Division 2A honors after leading Sierra Canyon to the CIF final and to the Southern California Regional D2 playoffs before losing to eventual state finalist Village Christian. She recorded 298 kills and 51 blocks, earning All-CIF Southern Section Division 2A honors.

MB - Abbie Jackson, Charles Wright (Tacoma, Wash.), 5-11
Jackson led Wright to a 17-3 season (state quarterfinals) by averaging 5.8 kills (414) and tallying 79 aces (1.1).

MH - Ellie Holzman, Mt. Carmel (New Orleans), 6-2
Ellie Holzman, Mt. Carmel
Ellie Holzman, Mt. Carmel
Photo by Parker Waters
With Holzman in the middle, Mt. Carmel went 40-5 and won the state D-1 title. She tallied 434 kills (3.5, 47.7 kill percentage) and had 198 blocks (1.6), third in Louisiana overall and fourth nationally for freshmen.

OH - Zoe Thiros, Century (Pocatello, Idaho), 5-10
Thiros led Century to its sixth-straight 4A state championship, as she was named the conference's player of the year. Thiros led all of Idaho 4A in kills with 506 and also led Idaho 4A in aces with 61. She tallied a .301 hitting percentage and registered 4.7 kills per set. She dug 319 balls and had 38 blocks.

OH - Kenzie Knuckles, Yorktown (Ind.), 5-8
With Knuckles leading the team in kills (3.8 per set), the Tigers (38-2) reached the state 3A championship match. She also recorded a 95.5 serving percentage, 378 digs (3.8) and blocked 38 shots in being named first team 3A all-state.

OH - Addie Vidrine, Ascension Episcopal (Lafayette, La.), 5-10
Named The Advocate's Small School Player of the Year, District MVP, all-Acadiana and all-state, Virdine led Ascension to 29 victories and the state D-5 finals. Her stats: 424 kills, 64 aces and 258 digs.

OH - Riley James, Barnstable (Hyannis, Mass.), 5-10
A first-team large school all-state selection, James led Barnstable to the state title with 4.1 kills per game. She also accounted for 177 points in 76 sets on 94.6 percent serving. In addition, James averaged better than 3.0 digs per set.

OH - Mary Shroll, Tempe Prep (Ariz.), 5-8
Teamed with senior sister Taylor, Mary Shroll helped lead the Knights to the state 3A quarterfinals. She averaged 4.3 kills (436), served 77 aces, had 399 (4.0) digs and returned 524 serves (5.2). She was second team all-state 3A.

OH - Kamryn Johnson, Currituck County (Barco, N.C.), 5-11
Johnson served an ace 40 percent of the time, finishing with 131 (1.8 per set) and also averaged 3.5 kills and 3.4 digs as the Knights had a deep playoff run.

OH - Gabby Gonzales, Walton (Marietta, Ga.), 6-3
Averaging 4.3 kills (49.9 kill percentage), Gonzales was named first team 6A all-state. She also averaged 347 (3.5) serve receptions and 222 digs as Walton won the state 6A title.

OH - Madeline Chinn, Notre Dame Prep (Pontiac, Mich.), 6-2
An all-state Class B selection, Chinn blocked (117), dug (163) and killed (532) in playing a key role in the Irish's 46-10 season.

OH/MB - Logan Smith, Kopperl (Texas) 5-11
Named Area Newcomer of the Year and named to the All-Central Texas Team, Smith piled up 534 kills. She also served 72 aces (92.7 percent and 234 points), had 79 blocks, 389 digs (3.6) and 348 serve receptions with just 14 errors.

S - Braelyn Wykle, South Greene (Greeneville, Tenn.), 5-10
Serving 96 percent, Wykle recorded 46 aces and 343 points as South Greene reached the state title game. She also had 335 digs (2.5), but the stat that jumps off the page is 1,430 assists (10.5 average).

S - Grace Gilles, Regis (Eau Claire, Wis.), 5-6
Gilles was a freshman standout, as Regis went 33-9 and finished as the state 3A runner-up. Gilles had 50 aces (91.9 percent), 286 digs and 10.6 assists (1,175).

S - Joy Lee, St. Paul (Santa Fe Springs, Calif.), 5-4
Lee averaged 10.6 assists per set (1,006 on the season) and served 94.9 percent with 30 aces as St. Paul reached the second round of the playoffs and won 24 of 34 matches.

S - Kailey Keeble, Heritage (Maryville, Tenn.), 5-7
Keeble, the District 4-AAA co-Setter of the Year, had 438 kills, 43 blocks, 339 digs and 600 assists as Heritage (38-9) reached the district semifinals before losing. She served 114 aces and had 368 service points and was chosen to the District 4-AAA All-Tournament Team. She was also was named to the Knoxville News Sentinel Prep Xtra First Team.

L - Anna MacDonald, Blessed Trinity (Roswell, Ga.), 5-4
MacDonald helped Blessed Trinity win its fifth-straight state title by returning 957 (6.7 average) serves and digging 709 (5.1) balls. She also served for 317 points on 95.7 percent serving with 73 aces and was named first-team all-state 3A.

L - Audrey Tuttle, George Ranch (Richmond, Texas), 5-10
A first-team all-24-5A District choice, Tuttle averaged 4.6 digs and 5.3 serve receptions as George Ranch went 41-8 and reached the state 5A semifinals. She also served for 199 points (33 aces).

A-A - Graceann Bennett, Lake George (N.Y.), 6-2
Named second-team all-state and the Adirondack League MVP, Bennett recorded 318 kills (3.3), 89 aces (238 points), 86 blocks (0.9), 180 digs (1.9) and 291 assists (3.0).

A-A - Tia Andaya, Ellensburg (Wash.), 5-8
A first-team all-league pick, Andaya recorded 68 aces, 312 assists, 231 digs, 165 kills and 20 blocks as Ellensburg finished second in the state in 2A.

A-A - Allyson Severance, North Branch (Mich.), 6-0
Severance helped North Branch to a 57-12 season (state runner-up in Class B), with 454 kills, 398 digs, 83 aces and 471 service receptions.