Video: Volleyball Player of the Year Watch List
Two players from the same high school and four players who have verbally committed to Stanford head this year's MaxPreps National Volleyball Player of the Year Watch List.
Audriana Fitzmorris and Jenna Gray give St. James Academy (Lenexa, Kan.) two players on the 2015 short list. Fitzmorris is a beast in the middle, while Gray sets and runs the court for the Thunder, who have two state titles and a runner-up finish since 2012.
Gray and Fitzmorris have also committed to Stanford, along with Californian Kathryn Plummer (Aliso Niguel) and Morgan Hentz of Louisville's Notre Dame Academy, two other players on the 2015 POY list.
2015 Volleyball Player of the Year Watch List
MB/MH - Audriana Fitzmorris, St. James Academy (Lenexa, Kan.), Senior, 6-foot-4
Fitzmorris has teamed with senior teammate and future Stanford University teammate Jenna Gray to lead the Thunder to a 25-1 start in 2015. Though the Thunder lost their first match of the season, they have rebounded with 25 straight wins as Fitzmorris is averaging six kills per set. She has played on two state championship teams.MB/MH - Khalia Lanier, Xavier College Prep (Phoenix), Senior, 6-2
Lanier is the daughter of NBA Hall of Famer Bob Lanier and like her dad, she stands tall on the court with her performance. Xavier is 17-3 as Lanier is averaging six kills and almost four digs per set. Lanier, who has committed to USC, was Arizona's Gatorade Player of the Year in 2014.OH - Molly Haggerty, St. Francis (Wheaton, Ill.), Senior, 6-1
Haggerty, who has committed to Wisconsin, has led St. Francis to a 26-3 record and a third-place finish in this year's Asics-Chicago Elite Tournament. She is averaging 5.1 kills per game with a 58-percent kill average. She is serving 95.7 percent, averaging a block per set and has 130 digs in 55 sets played. Haggerty, who has played on three state title teams, was the Illinois Gatorade POY in 2014.OH - Jac'cara Walker, P.K. Yonge (Gainesville, Fla.), Senior, 5-10
Walker, who has a kill rate of 60.9, has guided P.K. Yonge to a 20-1 start and a second-place finish at the prestigious Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix last weekend. Committed to Marshall, she is averaging 93.7 percent on her serves, has a team-high 187 digs and 238 kills.OH - Gia Milana, Romeo (Mich.), Senior, 6-2
Milana, who led the Bulldogs to the 2014 state title, has the Bulldogs rolling again (23-4), as she is averaging 6.1 kills (63.3 percent), and 56 aces (an ace 25 percent of the time). She also has 23 blocks and a team-high 171 digs. Milana has committed to Maryland.S - Norene Losia, Redondo Union (Redondo Beach, Calif.), Senior, 6-0
Losia, who has committed to Hawaii, is averaging 10 assists for the nationally ranked Seahawks. In 43 sets, she also has 55 aces and 43 blocks. In four varsity seasons as setter, Losia has a record of 120 wins and 16 losses. S - Jenna Gray, St. James Academy (Lenexa, Kan.), Senior, 6-0
Headed to Stanford with teammate Audriana Fitzmorris, Gray is literally all over the court for the Thunder. She averages 8.4 assists, but has found time for 100 digs, 119 kills (55.9 kill percentage) and 28 blocks in 38 sets. In her four seasons at St. James Academy, Gray has played in 152 wins and just 12 losses.S - Nicole Peterson, Jesuit (Portland, Ore.), Senior, 6-1
An All-American front row player as a junior, Peterson moved to setter this year and is averaging 10.8 assists per set. She is also averaging 1.5 aces per set and recently led the Crusaders to the title of the Nike TOC in Phoenix. Peterson, who has led Jesuit to 55 straight wins, has committed to San Francisco.All-Around - Kathryn Plummer, Aliso Niguel (Aliso Viejo, Calif.), Senior, 6-6
Plummer, who has committed to Stanford, leads the Wolverines in kills, aces, assists, blocks and is second in digs. Plummer played on the U.S. Girls Youth National team last summer.A-A - Morgan Hentz, Notre Dame Academy (Park Hills, Ky.), Senior, 5-9
Though she plays libero for the USA Junior National Team, she plays outside for Notre Dame and as a result is averaging 4.2 kills per set. She is also serving 90 percent, has 29 blocks and is averaging 4.2 digs. Hentz, who has committed to Stanford, has committed just seven reception errors out of 240.L - Kendall White, Cathedral (Indianapolis), Senior, 5-5
Indiana Hall of Fame coach Jean Kesterson says White is one of the best team leaders she has ever had and also one of the most competitive she has coached. White, who has committed to Penn State, averages almost four digs per game and has committed just nine serve reception errors. She also sets, but it's her defense that gets rave reviews for the No. 1 team in the country.L - Celeste Fitzgerald, Walton (Marietta, Ga.), Senior, 5-7
Fitzgerald is among the national leaders in digs per set at 7.8. She is also averaging an ace (73 in 77 sets) more than 20 percent of the time. Add to that, she has just 19 service reception errors in 432 attempts. The result: Walton is 29-4 on the season. Fitzgerald has committed to Georgia State.