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MaxPreps/AVCA Players of the Week
MaxPreps/AVCA High School Players of the Week
For the week of Sept. 13-20

Alabama
Alex Oliver, Jasper
5-foot-10 | Senior | OH
22 sets played last week
Kills: 123
Kills/game: 5.59
Digs: 83
Digs/game: 3.77
Receptions: 118
Rcpt/game: 5.36
Aces: 15
Blocks: 10

Arkansas
Abby Johnson, Jonesboro
5-6 | Senior | S
7 sets played last week
Assists: 79
Assists/game: 11.29
Team hitting percentage: 0.281
Digs: 15
Digs/game: 2.14
Aces: 5
Blocks: 4
5-6 | Senior | OH/S
6 sets played last week
Kills: 38
Kills/game: 6.33
Digs: 23
Digs/Game: 3.83
Receptions: 12
Rcpt/game: 2.0
Aces: 8

Georgia
Jordan Christy, The Habersham School (Savannah)
5-10 | Senior | OH/S
10 sets played last week

Kills: 73
Kills/game: 7.3
Digs: 14
Digs/game: 1.4
Receptions: 32
Rcpt/game: 3.2
Aces: 18

Idaho
Naya Ojukwu, Mountain View (Meridian)
6-0 | Junior | OH
6 sets played last week

Kills: 23
Kills/game: 3.83
Digs: 7
Digs/game: 1.17
Receptions: 4
Rcpt/game: 0.67
Blocks: 4

Indiana
Macy Bruton, Crawfordsville
5-11 | Sophomore | OH/DS
10 sets played last week

Kills: 64
Kills/game: 6.4
Digs: 46
Digs/game: 4.6
Receptions: 30
Rcpt/game: 3
Aces: 12

Kansas
Addi Pelham, Maranatha Christian Academy (Shawnee)
6-1 | Senior | OH
6 sets played last week

Kills: 37
Kills/game: 6.17
Digs: 18
Digs/game: 3
Receptions: 15
Rcpt/game: 2.5
Aces: 4
Blocks: 1

Kentucky
Eleanor Beavin, Mercy (Louisville)
5-5 | Senior | L
11 sets played last week

Digs: 90
Digs/game: 8.18
Assists: 23
Assists/game: 2.09
Receptions: 75
Rcpt/game: 6.82

Louisiana
Ryley Boyne, Destrehan
5-11 | Junior | OH
7 sets played last week
Kills: 48
Kills/game: 6.86
Digs: 24
Digs/game: 3.43
Aces: 4
Blocks: 2

Michigan
Alyssa DeVries, Christian (Grand Rapids)
5-9 | Junior | S
14 sets played last week

Assists: 162
Assists/game: 11.58
Team hitting percentage: 0.310
Digs: 20
Digs/game: 1.43
Aces: 9

Mississippi
Lakin Laurendine, Clinton
6-2 | Sophomore | OH
7 sets played last week
Kills: 46
Kills/game: 6.57
Digs: 33
Digs/game: 4.71
Receptions: 15
Rcpt/game: 2.14
Aces: 2

Missouri
Sydney Golden, Nixa
5-7 | Junior | S/OH
17 sets played last week

Assists: 177
Assists/game: 10.41
Team hitting percentage: 0.244
Digs: 63
Digs/game: 3.71
Aces: 3
Blocks: 6

Montana
Madysen Hoerner, Columbia Falls
6-0 | Senior | MH
6 sets played last week

Kills: 30
Kills/game: 5
Digs: 13
Digs/game: 2.17
Receptions: 17
Rcpt/game: 2.83
Aces: 5
Blocks: 2

Nebraska
Kylie Weeks, Elkhorn South (Omaha)
5-7 | Junior | OH/L
11 sets played last week

Kills: 72
Kills/game: 6.54
Digs: 45
Digs/game: 4.09
Receptions: 73
Rcpt/game: 6.64
Aces: 5

North Carolina
Christina Phillips, Caldwell Academy (Greensboro)
5-11 | Senior | S
9 sets played last week

Assists: 90
Assists/game: 10
Team hitting percentage: 0.411
Digs: 9
Aces: 9

North Dakota
Julia Dusek, Grafton
6-0 | Senior | OH
8 sets played last week

Kills: 29
Kills/game: 3.63
Digs: 27
Digs/game: 3.38
Receptions: 48
Rcpt/game: 6
Aces: 4
Blocks: 5

Ohio
Kenedi Goon, Crestview (Ashland)
6-2 | Senior | OH
10 sets played last week

Kills: 62
Kills/game: 6.2
Digs: 36
Digs/game: 3.6
Receptions: 49
Rcpt/game: 4.9
Aces: 2
Blocks: 7

Oklahoma
Chloe Ricke, Lincoln Christian (Tulsa)
N/A | Junior | S
3 sets played last week

Assists: 31
Assists/game: 10.33
Team hitting percentage: 0.292
Aces: 2
Blocks: 1

Pennsylvania
Sydnee Ashbrook, North Star (Boswell)
5-10 | Senior | MH
10 sets played last week

Kills: 53
Kills/game: 5.3
Receptions: 22
Rcpt/game: 2.2
Aces: 12
Blocks: 6

South Carolina
AC Yelton, Chesnee
5-9 | Senior | OH
6 sets played last week

Kills: 43
Kills/game: 7.17
Digs: 6
Receptions: 23
Rcpt/game: 3.83
Aces: 1
Blocks: 2

South Dakota
Kennedy Leiferman, Kimball/White Lake (Kimball)
5-11 | Senior | MH
10 sets played last week

Kills: 50
Kills/game: 5
Digs: 45
Digs/game: 4.5
Receptions: 45
Rcpt/game: 4.5
Aces: 2
Blocks: 6

Tennessee
Alexa Austin, King's Academy (Seymour)
5-11 | Senior | MH/OH
6 sets played last week

Kills: 32
Kills/game: 5.33
Digs: 14
Digs/game: 2.33
Receptions: 12
Rcpt/game: 2
Aces: 4
Blocks: 2

Texas
Ally Batenhorst, Seven Lakes (Katy)
6-4 | Senior | OH
8 sets played last week

Kills: 55
Kills/game: 6.88
Digs: 28
Digs/game: 3.5
Receptions: 46
Rcpt/game: 5.75
Aces: 1
Blocks: 5

Utah
Kennedi Knudsen, Gunnison Valley (Gunnison)
5-10 | Junior | OH
6 sets played last week

Kills: 41
Kills/game: 6.83
Digs: 25
Digs/game: 4.17
Receptions: 28
Rcpt/game: 4.67
Aces: 4
Blocks: 5

West Virginia
Madison Boswell, Greenbrier East (Lewisburg)
6-0 | Senior | OH
12 sets played last week

Kills: 56
Kills/game: 4.67
Digs: 14
Digs/game: 1.17
Receptions: 4
Rcpt/game: 0.33
Aces: 6
Blocks: 1

Wisconsin
McKenna Wucherer, Brookfield Central (Brookfield)
6-1 | Junior | OH
11 sets played last week

Kills: 72
Kills/game: 6.54
Digs: 42
Digs/game: 3.82
Receptions: 43
Rcpt/game: 3.91
Aces: 4
Blocks: 8

Wyoming
Michaela Moorehouse, Torrington
5-9 | Senior | OH/MB
7 sets played last week

Kills: 23
Kills/game: 3.29
Digs: 17
Digs/game: 2.43
Receptions: 34
Rcpt/game: 4.86
Aces: 3
Blocks: 2

About the MaxPreps/AVCA High School Player of the Week Program
The MaxPreps/AVCA High School Player of the Week Program is a partnership between the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and CBS MaxPreps, Inc. Each week MaxPreps and the AVCA recognize deserving student-athletes at the high school level who have demonstrated outstanding play on the court throughout the week of competition. Coaches must submit statistics to MaxPreps.com in order for their athletes to be considered for the program. To obtain your free access code to MaxPreps.com call (800) 329-7324 x1 or email [email protected] For more information on AVCA, check out the AVCA website at www.avca.org.
High school basketball: OFFICIAL National Player of the Year Chet Holmgren commits to Gonzaga - OFFICIAL
High school basketball: MaxPreps National Player of the Year Chet Holmgren commits to Gonzaga
MaxPreps National Player of the Year Chet Holmgren of Minnehaha Academy (Minneapolis) announced Monday he will attend Gonzaga University next season, as the versatile 7-foot center looks to help get the Bulldogs over the hump to capture the program's first state championship.

"The process was hard," Holmgren said on ESPN. "I had a lot to learn on the go. I had to lean on others and get their advice. My dad went through it, and coach Larry Suggs with Jalen. I kept getting consistent advice that I will get a feeling when I know. Not to over-analyze everything because everything sounds good. Nobody sells their weakness."
It's been a busy past two weeks for Holmgren, who led the Redhawks to their fourth consecutive state championship on April 10, tallying 18 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists and two blocks as Minnehaha crushed Alexandria 80-29.

Holmgren earned MaxPreps Minnesota Player of the Year honors last week, while adding MaxPreps National Player of the Year honors later in the week along with Minnesota Mr. Basketball honors.

MaxPreps All-America Teams: Overall | Junior | Sophomore | Freshman | Coach of the Year

The future Bulldog averaged 20.8 points, 12.6 rebounds, 4.7 blocks and 4.5 assists, connecting on 80 percent of his attempts from the field this season. Last season, Holmgren helped guide the Redhawks to their first MaxPreps Top 25 finish, while also being named a first team MaxPreps Junior All-American after averaging 14.6 points, 10 rebounds, 4.9 blocks and 2.4 assists.

The versatile 7-footer finished his prep career with 1,567 points, 964 rebounds and 456 blocked shots as Minnehaha Academy compiled a 128-15 record with four state titles.

Regarded as the top prospect in the Class of 2021 according to 247Sports, Holmgren chose Gonzaga over Georgetown, Memphis, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina and Ohio State.
Chet Holmgren was part of four state championship teams at Minnehaha Academy going back to his eighth grade year.
Photo by Josh Johnson
Chet Holmgren was part of four state championship teams at Minnehaha Academy going back to his eighth grade year.


OFFICIAL/AVCA Players of the Week - OFFICIAL
MaxPreps/AVCA Players of the Week
MaxPreps/AVCA High School Players of the Week
For the week of Sept. 28- Oct. 4

Alabama
Tatum Beech, Spanish Fort
5-foot-7 | Senior | S
22 sets played last week
Assists: 210
Assists/Game: 9.54
Team Hitting%: 0.261
Digs: 43
Digs/Game: 1.96
Aces: 10
Blocks: 5


Arizona
Senior | OH
10 sets played
Kills: 58
Kills/Game: 5.8
Digs: 21
Digs/Game: 2.1
Receptions: 28
Rcpt/Game: 2.8
Aces: 3
Blocks: 3


Arkansas
Lexie Dale, Southside (Batesville)
Junior | OH
6 sets played
Assists: 67
Assists/Game: 11.17
Team Hitting%: 0.435
Digs: 10
Digs/Game: 1.67
Aces: 4
Blocks: 2

Florida
Audrey Koenig, Bishop McLaughlin Catholic (Spring Hill)
6-3 | Senior | OH/RS
14 sets played

Kills: 93
Kills/Game: 6.64
Digs: 41
Digs/Game: 2.93
Receptions: 80
Rcpt/Game: 5.71
Aces: 5
Blocks: 6

Georgia

5-11 | Senior | OH/MB
10 sets played
Kills: 54
Kills/Game: 5.4
Digs: 46
Digs/Game: 4.6
Receptions: 32
Rcpt/Game: 3.2
Aces: 7
Blocks: 2


Idaho

Gabby Hicks, Sandpoint
5-10 | Senior | OH
6 sets played
Kills: 24
Kills/Game: 4
Digs: 20
Digs/Game: 3.3
Receptions: 27
Rcpt/Game: 4.5
Aces: 4
Blocks: 1


Indiana

6-1 | Junior | OH
20 sets played
Kills: 116
Kills/Game: 5.8
Digs: 58
Digs/Game: 2.9
Receptions: 50
Rcpt/Game: 2.5
Aces: 15
Blocks: 25


Kansas

6-1 | Senior | OH
16 sets played
Kills: 116
Kills/Game: 7.25
Digs: 53
Digs/Game: 3.31
Receptions: 87
Rcpt/Game: 5.44
Aces: 11
Blocks: 4


Kentucky

Senior | S
15 sets played
Assists: 165
Assists/Game: 11
Team Hitting%: 0.188
Digs: 28
Digs/Game: 1.867
Aces: 13


Louisiana
5-8 | Junior | S
14 sets played
Assists: 133
Assists/Game: 9.5
Team Hitting%: 0.234
Digs: 51
Digs/Game: 3.64
Aces: 3
Blocks: 5


Michigan
5-11 | Senior | S
12 sets played
Assists: 133
Assists/Game: 11.08
Team Hitting%: 0.380
Digs: 21
Digs/Game: 1.75
Aces: 8


Mississippi
Senior | S
19 sets played
Assists: 144
Assists/Game: 7.58
Team Hitting%: 0.238
Digs: 22
Digs/Game: 1.16
Aces: 16
Blocks: 5

Missouri
5-9 | Senior | MB
12 sets played
Kills: 87
Kills/Game: 7.25
Digs: 28
Digs/Game: 2.33
Receptions: 78
Rcpt/Game: 6.5
Aces: 3
Blocks: 5


Montana
5-8 | Senior | S
3 sets played
Assists: 28
Assists/Game: 9.33
Team Hitting%: 0.265
Digs: 9
Digs/Game: 3

Nebraska
5-10 | Senior
13 sets played
Kills: 79
Kills/Game: 6.08
Digs: 68
Digs/Game: 5.23
Receptions: 19
Rcpt/Game: 1.46
Blocks: 12

New Hampshire

5-10 | Freshman | OH/MH
7 sets played
Kills: 24
Kills/Game: 3.43
Digs: 18
Digs/Game: 2.57
Receptions: 24
Rcpt/Game: 3.43
Aces: 4
Blocks: 1


North Carolina

Senior | OPP
7 sets played
Kills: 53
Kills/Game: 7.57
Digs: 21
Digs/Game: 3
Receptions: 16
Rcpt/Game: 2.29
Aces: 5
Blocks: 1


North Dakota
Freshman | OH/MH
3 sets played
Kills: 13
Kills/Game: 4.33
Digs: 16
Digs/Game: 5.33
Receptions: 12
Rcpt/Game: 4
Blocks: 1


Ohio

Emily Baker, Troy Christian (Troy)
5-11 | Junior | OH/RS
17 sets played
Kills: 102
Kills/Game: 6
Digs: 41
Digs/Game: 2.41
Receptions: 30
Rcpt/Game: 1.76
Aces: 10
Blocks: 3


Oklahoma
6-3 | Junior
6 sets played
Kills: 25
Kills/Game: 4.17
Digs: 23
Digs/Game: 3.83
Receptions: 7
Rcpt/Game: 1.17
Aces: 6
Blocks: 6


Pennsylvania
5-7 | Senior | OH
11 sets played
Kills: 55
Kills/Game: 5
Digs: 28
Digs/Game: 2.54
Receptions: 48
Rcpt/Game: 4.36
Aces: 3
Blocks: 5


South Carolina
Emmy Rollins, West Florence (Florence)
6-0 | Senior | OH/MH/DS
10 sets played
Kills: 62
Kills/Game: 6.2
Digs: 26
Digs/Game: 2.6
Receptions: 33
Rcpt/Game: 3.3
Aces: 4
Blocks: 6


South Dakota
Adisyn Indahl, Burke
5-6 | Sophomore | OH
9 sets played
Kills: 38
Kills/Game: 4.2
Digs: 28
Digs/Game: 3.1
Receptions: 29
Rcpt/Game: 3.22
Aces: 7


Tennessee
Jordan Moore, Munford
Senior
12 sets played
Kills: 53
Kills/Game: 4.42
Digs: 32
Digs/Game: 2.67
Receptions: 41
Rcpt/Game: 3.42
Aces: 5
Blocks: 17


Texas
6-0 | Junior | OH/DS
9 sets played
Kills: 54
Kills/Game: 6
Digs: 42
Digs/Game: 4.67
Receptions: 55
Rcpt/Game: 6.11
Aces: 7
Blocks: 5


Utah
Lauren Jardine, Lone Peak (Highland)
Senior | OH
8 sets played
Kills: 46
Kills/Game: 5.75
Digs: 29
Digs/Game: 3.63
Receptions: 39
Rcpt/Game: 4.88
Aces: 3
Blocks: 4

West Virginia
Rachel Simon, Wheeling Park (Wheeling)
5-10 | Senior | MH/DS/OH
18 sets played
Kills: 55
Kills/Game: 3.06
Digs: 68
Digs/Game: 3.78
Receptions: 73
Rcpt/Game: 4.06
Aces: 3
Blocks: 33


Wisconsin
Brooke Mosher, Waterloo
6-0 | Senior | S/OH
15 sets played
Kills: 87
Kills/Game: 5.8
Digs: 47
Digs/Game: 3.13
Receptions: 15
Rcpt/Game: 1
Aces: 11
Blocks: 10

Wyoming
Sophomore | OH
9 sets played
Kills: 25
Kills/Game: 2.78
Digs: 59
Digs/Game: 6.56
Receptions: 46
Rcpt/Game: 5.11
Aces: 2
Blocks: 3


About the MaxPreps/AVCA High School Player of the Week Program
The MaxPreps/AVCA High School Player of the Week Program is a partnership between the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and CBS MaxPreps, Inc. Each week MaxPreps and the AVCA recognize deserving student-athletes at the high school level who have demonstrated outstanding play on the court throughout the week of competition. Coaches must submit statistics to MaxPreps.com in order for their athletes to be considered for the program. To obtain your free access code to MaxPreps.com call (800) 329-7324 x1 or email [email protected] For more information on AVCA, check out the AVCA website at www.avca.org.
Catherine Gilwee named 2020-21 OFFICIAL Vermont High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year - OFFICIAL
Catherine Gilwee named 2020-21 MaxPreps Vermont High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year
Each year since 2006, MaxPreps has recognized outstanding performers in high school basketball. America's source for high school sports continues the tradition to close out the 2020-21 season by naming the top player in each state. Selections are based on team success and individual excellence, in addition to local and state accolades.

Catherine Gilwee of Champlain Valley Union (Hinesburg) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Vermont High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year. In a shortened season, the 5-foot-8 senior point guard led the Redhawks to a perfect 9-0 record.

Gilwee averaged 12.1 points, 5.6 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 3.1 steals per game. She owns the school record for assists in a game with 13 and managed 2.1 assists to turnover ratio this season.

As a junior, the University of Vermont signee led Champlain Valley Union to a 21-0 record and the program went 74-4 over her four years.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team, which is scheduled to be released April 20.
High school basketball: GEICO Nationals schedule, preview - OFFICIAL
High school basketball: GEICO Nationals schedule, preview
The stage is set to crown a high school basketball national champion this week at the Suncoast Credit Union Arena in Fort Myers, Fla., as 10 teams converge for GEICO Nationals.  Unless a Cinderella story emerges, the winner will likely top the final MaxPreps Top 25 rankings.

Play begins Wednesday and continues through Saturday, when the champion will be crowned at noon ET on ESPN. National No. 1 Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) enters as a slight favorite and will be looking for its fifth GEICO Nationals title since 2013.

Among the biggest storylines entering the event will be a notable void in the lineup for one of the contenders. Top 50 senior prospect Da'Ron Holmes was ruled ineligible by the tournament committee and won't suit up for No. 2 AZ Compass Prep (Chandler, Ariz.) after missing the transfer deadline. According to GEICO Nationals officials, the rule has been on the books for several years though the application of it in this situation appears harsh. Jaden Akins transferred to Sunrise Christian Academy (Bel Aire, Kan.) less than one week prior to the arrival of Holmes and has been deemed eligible to participate.

With Holmes, AZ Compass Prep beat No. 2 seed Sunrise Christian earlier this season and took Montverde Academy to overtime before suffering its lone setback. The Dragons face No. 10 Wasatch Academy (Mt. Pleasant, Utah) in the opening round in a contest that pits two of the top senior guards in the country – MaxPreps National Player of the Year candidate TyTy Washington and McDonald's All-American selection Nolan Hickman (Kentucky signee).

GEICO Nationals winners in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2018, Montverde Academy is led by No. 2-ranked junior prospect Jalen Duren and senior sharpshooter Caleb Houstan (Michigan signee). The Eagles have won 45 of their last 46 games dating back to the start of last season and remained No. 1 in MaxPreps Top 25 for the entirety of that span.
Montverde Academy could secure its third national championship in four years at GEICO Nationals.
Photo by David Rosenblum
Montverde Academy could secure its third national championship in four years at GEICO Nationals.
Montverde's first-round game is against Wednesday's play-in winner featuring first-time participant and Georgia AA champion No. 15 Pace Academy (Atlanta) and unranked tournament mainstay Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.). Head coach Steve Smith's Warriors have struggled a bit this season but an always-talented roster provides stiff competition for a Pace Academy team entering with 28 consecutive wins.

M.J. Rice leads way for Oak Hill Academy while Florida State signee Matthew Cleveland is Pace Academy's top player.

Wednesday's other play-in game pits No. 12 Prolific Prep (Napa, Calif.) against La Lumiere (La Porte, Ind.), which enters with a sub-.500 record. Prolific Prep is making its first GEICO Nationals appearance after receiving an invite in 2020 only to see it canceled due to the pandemic.

No. 3 Sunrise Christian draws the Prolific Prep-La Lumiere winner. A deep, talented rotation is led by a pair of five-star seniors in versatile guard Kennedy Chandler (Tennessee signee) and impact wing Kendall Brown (Baylor). The Buffaloes are the only team to knock off Montverde Academy in the past two seasons, handing the Eagles a rare home loss in early February.

Thursday's first quarterfinal contest pits defending champion No. 4 IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) and Georgia AAAAAAA state champion No. 7 Milton. IMG features a roster full of four- and five-star prospects headlined by the trio of Moussa Diabate (Michigan), Jaden Bradley and Jarace Walker. The gritty Peach State public school counters with one of the top underclass backcourts in Bruce Thornton (Ohio State commit) and sharp-shooting five-star sophomore Kanaan Carlyle.

The four-day tournament is available ESPN family of networks, either streaming or broadcast (full schedule below).

GEICO Nationals schedule

Wednesday, March 31
Games on ESPN3, All times ET
6 p.m. — Prolific Prep (Napa, Calif.) vs. La Lumiere (La Porte, Ind.)
8 p.m. — Pace Academy (Atlanta) vs. Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)

Thursday, April 1
Games on ESPNU
Noon — IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) vs. Milton (Ga.)
2 p.m. — Sunrise Christian Academy (Bel Aire, Kan.) vs. Prolific Prep/La Lumiere winner
4 p.m. — Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) vs. Pace/Oak Hill winner
6 p.m. — AZ Compass Prep (Chandler, Ariz.) vs. Wasatch Academy (Mt. Pleasant, Utah)

Friday, April 2
Games on ESPN2
2:30 p.m. — Semifinal
4:30 p.m. — Semifinal

Saturday, April 3

Game on ESPN
Noon — Championship