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2020 MaxPreps preseason high school volleyball All-America team
The 2020 high school volleyball season won't look like any we've ever experienced. Split seasons with some states forging ahead while others play in the spring or winter. Toss in masks for competitors, coaches and referees with no switching benches after sets and a whole bunch of hand sanitizer and 2020 definitely will be something different.

The one thing that won't be different is the talent. We're spotlighting some of that talent in our preseason All-America team. The list is filled with repeat recipients in addition to newcomers and state champions. We've already highlighted the top player in each state as well as the best team in each state. Next week, we will drop our first Top 25 rankings for teams playing in the fall.
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
First team

OH — Ally Batenhorst, Seven Lakes (Katy, Texas)
6-foot-4 | Sr. | Committed to Nebraska
One of a handful of future Cornhuskers on the All-American list, Batenhorst pounded 849 kills in 2019 (1,810 for her career) while adding 511 digs and 81 blocks for the 26-18 Spartans.

OH — Mele Corral-Blagojevich, Redondo Union (Redondo Beach, Calif.)
6-1 | So. | Undecided
A freshman as six-rotation player on a Top 10 team must truly be special. And she was. Corral-Blagojevich posted nearly 400 kills with 126 aces while playing all but 10 sets for the Sea Hawks. Coach Tommy Chaffins praised her ability to not only swing the hammer, but understand what the defense was giving and adjust on the fly.

OH — Parker Bracken, Jackson Academy (Jackson, Miss.)
5-10 | Sr. | LSU (beach)

Picking up where she left off, Bracken already has 120 kills on the season for the Raiders. Last year's Gatorade selection, she totaled 648 kills, 517 digs and 120 aces while leading her squad to the MidSouth Association of Independent Schools title. She was a Clarion Ledger first-team pick.

6-1 | Sr. | Missouri
The future Tiger led the 41-4 Jags in kills with 573 while adding 444 digs, 37 aces and 55 blocks. She enters her senior season with 1,097 kills and 1,043 digs.

OH — Angelique Cyr, Flower Mound (Texas)
5-10 | Sr. | Arizona State
Second to fellow senior Cox in kills for the Jaguars with 422, Cyr added 30 aces and 368 digs. A 6A title winner her junior year, Flower Mound fell to Byron Nelson in the regional semifinals.

OH — Shaye Eggleston, Brentwood (Brentwood)
6-1 | Sr. | Alabama

The Volunteer State Gatorade winner won her third Tennessee AAA title this season (the seventh straight for Brentwood) while recording eye-popping number: 856 kills, 444 digs, 80 blocks and 87 aces.

OH — Alexia Jones, Dawson (Pearland, Texas)
5-10 | Sr. | Houston Baptist
She finished with 446 kills, 336 digs and 53 blocks for the 43-5 Eagles, which lost in the 6A regional semifinals to state runner-up Ridge Point.

OH — Lindsay Krause, Skutt Catholic (Omaha, Neb.)
6-3 | Sr. | Nebraska

A MaxPreps All-American and state Gatorade recipient, Krause led the SkyHawks to a 34-5 mark and Class B title. She posted 360 kills, 152 digs and 28 blocks for Skutt Catholic. She also was part of the U18 gold medal team in Egypt last September while also landing on the Lincoln Journal Star Super-State first team and the Omaha World-Herald All-Nebraska first team.

OH — Charitie Luper, Byron Nelson (Trophy Club, Texas)
5-8 | Sr. | UCLA
One of two Bobcats on the All-American team, Luper hit 492 kills with 508 digs and 50 blocks while missing time with an elbow injury. The UCLA-commit totaled 1,321 kills in her career to go with 1,293 digs.

OH — Elia Rubin, Marymount (Los Angeles)
6-0 | Jr. | Undecided
There was no sophomore slump for the Sailors' standout, individually, earned Nike TOC MVP honors. Marymount finished 33-5, falling to CIF and National Champion Torrey Pines in the SoCal semis, while Rubin notched 420 kills and a 43 kill percentage. She also added 44 aces, 44 blocks, 241 digs and 391 serve receives.

OH — Mabrey Shaffmaster, New Castle (Ind.)
6-1 | Sr. | North Carolina

The younger sister of the Trojans' duo, Mabrey pounded out 670 kills with 120 aces, 39 blocks, 228 digs and 337 serve receives as New Castle won its third straight Indiana title (the first 4A crown after back-to-back 3A championships.)
Mabrey Shaffmaster, New Castle
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Mabrey Shaffmaster, New Castle
OH — Mckenna Wucherer, Brookfield Central (Brookfield, Wis.)
6-1 |  Jr. | Minnesota

The future Gopher notched 346 digs last season en route to being named the Greater Metro Conference Player of the Year. She also led the state with 592 kills and led the Lancers with 65 aces.

MB — Cecily Bramschreiber, Lovejoy (Lucas, Texas)
5-8 | Sr. | TCU
In 140 sets, the Horned Frog commit tallied 661 kills, 447 digs, 50 blocks and 52 aces. Bramschreiber had seven 20-plus kill matches during a junior campaign that saw the Leopards go 48-5, win a 5A state title and cap the season on a 20-match win streak. 

MB — Jenna Reitsma, Lowell (Mich.)
5-11 |  Sr. | Marquette

While leading the Red Arrows to a 55-4 mark and Division I runner-up finish, Reitsma hammered 873 kills along with 422 digs and 86 aces. She's a repeat MaxPreps All-American and edged out a deep field in Michigan as the top player in the state.

MB — Addie VanderWeide, Christian (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
5-11 | Sr. | Undecided
The Eagles standout tallied 558 kills in leading the Eagles to a No. 17 ranking, a 46-3 overall mark and a Michigan Division 2 title. VanderWeide hit at 32 percent and posted 373 digs in 126 sets for the Eagles. She enters her senior season with 1,518 career kills and 1,028 digs.

S — Clara Brower, The Woodlands (Texas)
5-9 | Sr. | Georgia
The future Bulldog led the Highlanders to a 47-5 mark, posting 1,551 assists overall and more than 10 per set in 146 sets played. She also added 410 digs, 182 kills and 52 aces in her junior campaign and has 3,352 overall assists, 938 digs and 316 kills.

S — Averi Carlson, Lovejoy (Lucas, Texas)
6-0 | Jr. | Baylor
The 2018 MaxPreps Freshman of the Year and 2019 All-American first-teamer guided the Leopards to a 48-5 mark and a 5A title. A year after posting 1,507 assists in a 5A runner-up finish as a freshman, Carlson tallied 1,327 assists (9.1 per set), 340 digs, 55 aces and 107 kills.

S — Payton Chamberlain Byron Nelson (Trophy Club, Texas)
6-0 | Sr. | Wyoming
The MaxPreps All-American already surpassed the 3,000 assist mark for the 6A champion Bobcats, including 1,944 last season. The 6-foot future Cowboy averaged more than 13 assists while chipping in 302 digs and 117 kills.

S — Kennedi Orr, Eagan (Minn.)
6-0 | Jr. | Nebraska

The Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year as well as the Gatorade selection, Orr's numbers across the board were noteworthy: 411 assists, 380 kills and 230 digs. She led the Wildcats to a 29-3 mark and a runner-up finish in the 3A championship. She already has more than 1,600 assists and 800 kills in two years.

L/DS — Eleanor Beavin, Mercy (Louisville, Ky.)
5-6 |  Sr. | Kentucky

The state Defensive Player of the Year and first-team All-State pick, Beavin had 555 digs and 505 serve receives last year (with nearly 1,200 of each in her career).

L/DS — Lexi Rodriguez, Sterling (Ill.)
5-5 | Sr. | Nebraska

The state Gatorade Player of the Year led the Warriors to a repeat 3A title. She had 415 digs, 232 assists and 32 aces while missing time with a gold medal stint at the FIVB U18 World Championships in Egypt.

AA — Allie Gray, Skutt Catholic (Omaha, Neb.)
5-11 | Sr. | Arizona State
Posting more than 12 assists per set (1,225 total), Gray joined with Krause to lead Skutt to a 34-5 mark and Class B title. She added 181 digs and 38 aces in 101 sets. She's notched 2,226 assists in her prep career.

AA — Kami Miner, Redondo Union (Redondo Beach, Calif.)
6-0 | S | Sr. | Stanford

While Elia Rubin and fellow Sea Hawk Mele Corral-Blagojevich are worthy candidates and might be tops in following years, Miner's leadership, pedigree and stats are undeniable. The future Cardinal and daughter of former NBA player Harold Miner was a MaxPreps first-team All American in addition to playing on the gold-medal winning Girls U18 World Championship team last September in Egypt.

AA — Sophia Powell, Lowell (Mich.)
5-9 | Sr. | Undecided
The set to Reitsma's spike, Powell tallied 1,571 assists last season for the 55-4 Red Arrows. With nearly 11 assists per set, she also added 44 aces and 297 digs for the Division I runner-up.

AA — Bergen Reilly, O'Gorman (Sioux Falls, S.D.)
6-1 | So. | Undecided

A state Player of the Year nominee as a freshman, Reilly dished up 503 assists while adding 265 digs, 225 kills and47 aces for the 26-5 Knights, who fell in the AA title match. In addition to her state accolades, Reilly was a Freshman of the Year candidate from PrepVolleyball.com and named as one of 36 athletes to train as part of the Girls Incoming Youth Holiday National Training Team.
Jessica Smith, Aliso Niguel
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Jessica Smith, Aliso Niguel
Second team

OH — Samantha Francis, La Jolla Country Day (La Jolla, Calif.)
6-6 | Sr. | Stanford
The Torreys' hitter crossed the 1,000-kill threshold as a junior, tallying 317 kills in 89 sets. She added 93 blocks as LJCD went 23-8 and fell in the SoCal playoffs to eventual D-I champion Vista Murrieta.

OH — Ali Hornung, Providence (Clarksville, Ind.)
5-9 | Sr. | Purdue
The Pioneers standout enters 2020 looking to go over 1,000 kills and digs for her career, sitting at 1,288 and 916, respectively. The future Boilermaker posted 392 kills and 266 digs in 100 sets for the 4A quarterfinalists. The 29-2 Pioneers only losses were to Center Grove in the quarters and a regular-season defeat by 4A champs New Castle.

OH — Devin Kahahawai, Kamehameha Kapalama (Honolulu)
6-0 | Jr. | Undecided

Led the DI state champion Warriors in kills with 381, while pouring in 33 aces, 51 blocks, 247 digs and 163 serve receives. Kahahawai was on the Honolulu Star-Advertiser's Fab 15 team.

OH — Hayden Kubik, Valley (West Des Moines, Iowa)
6-2 | Jr. | Nebraska

The Hawkeye State's No. 1 Class of 2022 recruit according to prepdig.com, Kubik had 491 kills, 228 digs65 aces and 28 blocks for the 5A runners-up.

OH — Evoni Lemons, Alpharetta (Ga.)
5-8 | Sr. | Undecided

The 42-7 Raiders were paced by Lemons' 667 kills, hitting at a 45 percent rate. She added 454 digs, 45 blocks and 29 aces as Alpharetta was ranked in the MaxPreps Top 25 during the 2019 season.

OH — Claire Little, Vista Murrieta (Murrieta, Calif.)
6-2 | So. | BYU
She stormed on to the scene with 461 kills while leading the Broncos to the CIF Division I state crown as a No. 5 seed. She posted 30 kills in the title match (a record for a freshman) and hit at 31 percent in 106 sets and added 247 digs, as well as 35 aces and blocks.

OH — Carlie Rzeszotarski, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (Burnt Hills, N.Y.)
6-0 | Jr. | Undecided

Blasting 523 kills — the second highest single-season total in school history — as a sophomore and led the Spartans to a 44-6 mark and Class A state crown. She added 278 digs and 52 aces and should pass the 1,000 career kill mark this season.

OH — Norah Sis, Papillion-LaVista (Papillion, Neb.)
6-1 | Sr. | Creighton
She hit at 32 percent with 479 kills (1,383 in three seasons), 311 digs and 49 blocks in 100 sets as the Monarchs went 36-2, falling only to rival Papillion-LaVista South and Millard North in the Class A quarterfinals.

OH — Jessica Smith, Aliso Niguel (Calif.)
6-0 | Sr. | UCLA (beach)
Led the Wolverines to a 21-6 mark and CIF Division I quarterfinal finish. She tallied 424 kills while adding 242 digs and 93 aces. Smith enters her senior season looking to get over the century mark in kills with 807.

OH — Anjelina Starck, Rampart (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
6-2 | Sr. | Penn State
Led the 26-4 Rams with 430 kills while adding a second-best 353 digs. The Bishop Gorman transfer got better as the season went along, posting double-digit kill totals in Rampart's final 16 matches before falling to eventual 5A champion Valor Christian in the quarters.

OH — Paris Thompson, Fort Myers (Fla.)
6-1 | Sr. | Notre Dame

The Fort Myers News-Press chose her as its Player of the Decade. In 2019, she set a school record with 446 kills, including a single-game mark of 31. A three-year standout, Thompson is approaching 1,000 career kills.

MB — Ngozi Iloh, McIntosh (Peachtree City, Ga.)
6-1 | Sr. | Undecided
Was second on the AAAAA champions with 301 kills while adding 64 blocks and 37 aces for the 36-1 Chiefs, who were ranked for a portion of the season. She's off to a hot start already as the Chiefs are 5-0 and Iloh has 46 kills in 10 sets.

MB — Rylie Kadel, Legend (Parker, Colo.)
6-1 | Sr. | Duke

A first-team All-State pick for the Titans, Kadel blasted a team-high 428 kills with 71 blocks, 50 aces and 70 digs.

MB — Marianna Singletary, Porter-Gaud (Charleston, S.C.)
6-4 | Jr. | Undecided

In each of her first two seasons, Singletary has posted at least 500 kills, notching 539 (second-best in the state) last season for the Cyclones. She also had 93 blocks.

S — Caroline Dykes, Flower Mound (Texas)
5-10 | Sr. | East Tennessee State
The Jags setter tossed up nearly eight assists per set while notching 936 total for the season. She added 269 digs and 42 aces in 127 sets as Flower Mound went 41-4. A 6A title winner her junior year, Flower Mound fell to Byron Nelson in the regional semifinals.

S — Alyssa Eaton, Assumption (Louisville, Ky.)
5-8 | Sr. | Undecided
She dished up 820 assists (9.3 per set) and added 159 digs for the Rockets, which added a 22nd state title in 28 years last season. Eaton looks to cap her prep career winning a state crown in all four years as one of the leaders of Ron Kordes' squad.

S — Rachel Muisenga, Benet Academy (Lisle, Ill.)
6-0 | Sr. | Penn State
The future Nittany Lion switched from hitter to setter last season and put up impressive state: 718 assists, 67 kills and 49 digs for the 41-1 Redwings, who won the 4A crown. As a sophomore hitter, Muisenga blasted 180 kills with 149 assists and 116 digs.

S — Elena Scott, Mercy (Louisville, Ky.)
5-8 | Sr. | Louisville
A Durango all-tourney team pick for the Kentucky runner-up Jaguars, Scott notched 800 assists, 326 digs and 160 kills as Mercy went 36-7. The Louisville commit enters her final season with 2,339 assists, 753 digs and 358 kills.

L/DS — Caroline Bien, Aquinas (Overland Park, Kan.)
5-11 | Sr. | Kansas
Named to the Kansas 5A All-Tournament team, the 5-11 Bien had 349 kills, 319 digs and 513 serve receives for the Saints as they went 34-7 and earned the 5A title.

L/DS — Emery Dupes, Walton (Marietta, Ga.)
5-5 | Sr. | Florida State
The glue for the 32-8 Raiders and AAAAAAA champions, Dupes had 238 digs, 408 serve receives and 65 aces in her junior campaign. She's seeking to complete the career state title sweep having won crowns in 2017 and 2018 as well.

AA — Riley Buckley, North Raleigh Christian Academy (Raleigh, N.C.)
6-0 | Jr. | Missouri

Playing on a nationally ranked team, Buckley dished up 451 assists, 262 digs, 260 kills (while hitting .421) and 46 aces for a 31-4 team that also snagged the NCISAA state crown.

AA — Gracie Lynn Butler, Hazel Green (Ala.)
6-1 | Sr. | Samford

The All-State and al.com Hunstville All-Region Player of the Year smashed 23 kills and dug 19 balls in the Trojans' four-set loss in the 6A title game. She posted 771 kills, 135 blocks, 243 digs and 63 aces for 58-9 Hazel Green.

AA — Caroline Edgeworth, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
5-9 | Jr. | Undecided

As a sophomore, she broke single-season state records for assists (1,474 at 13.3 per set) an aces (122) last fall. She added 294 digs, 63 kills and 32 blocks and sits at 2,097 assist with two years in her prep career.

6-0 | Sr. | Colorado
The rising senior filled the stat sheet with 175 digs, 952 assists, 80 aces and 185 kills for the 36-4 Trailblazers, who fell to eventual D-I champion Vista Murrieta in the SoCal finals. Simpson has 3,127 assists, 535 digs and 342 kills for her career.

AA — Kendra Wait, Gardner-Edgerton (Gardner, Kan.)
5-10 | Sr. | Creighton

In addition to being a first-team 6A All-State pick, Wait also was the state Gatorade Player of the Year as a junior. She notched 944 assists, 417 digs, 143 kills and 52 aces for the 6A consolation winners.
Emery Dupes, Walton
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Emery Dupes, Walton
Best high school volleyball team in all 50 states - OFFICIAL
Best high school volleyball team in all 50 states
While not every state has returned to action on the court, the high school volleyball season is in full swing in a majority of states. And those championship dreams are taking hold despite social distancing, masks and ensuring equipment is sanitized.

Last week, MaxPreps took at look at the top high school volleyball player in each state and today we continue out cross-country look with the top team in each state.

There are state champions looking to add another banner to the gym, runners-ups looking to avenge last season's defeat, and teams who gained experienced last season and now look to put it all together. Sprinkled throughout the list of top teams are All-Americans, state Gatorade winners and a slew of All-State selections.
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
Alabama — Bayside Academy (Daphne)
Last year: 62-12, 4A champion
The Admirals are loaded with talent in a quest for a 19th straight state title. Senior setter Brelynn Dailey returns with 963 assists, and hitters Ella Broadhead (440 kills), Emily Buhl (424 kills) and Colton Thompson (255 kills, 629 assists) have enough to overcome the loss of the 587 kills from Jacque Martin, lost to graduation.

Last year: 58-10-3, 4A champion
The Wolverines lost three senior swingers, but have plenty waiting in the wings as they look for back-to-back state titles. Senior Cami Houser brings back 319 kills, while juniors Hanna Henrie and Kensey Schilke combined for nearly 400 more in 2019. Rising senior Emma McMillian dished up 536 assists for South.

Last year: 31-11, 5A quarterfinalist
The Huskies look to move further in 2020 as sophomore Kendal Murphy pounded 359 kills and tallied a team-leading 517 assists, while junior Kaden Young added 203 kills and 468 assists last year. Juniors Eden Driescher (198 kills), Taylor Johnson (197 kills) and Phoebe Stebner (459 assists) add depth to what was a young roster in 2019.

Last year: 31-6, 6A runner-up
A 3-1 finals' loss to Bentonville will no doubt fuel the Mavericks. Senior Hanna Hogue was five assists shy of the 1,000 mark last season and Avery Fitzgerald posted 414 kills. Junior Toree Tiffee (258 kills) and senior Aleigha Johnson (190) provide extra firepower.

California — Marymount (Los Angeles)
Last year: 33-5, Southern California Open Division semifinalist
Along with Texas, the Golden State is chock full of talent so picking one team is never easy. Cases could be made for Redondo Union (Redondo Beach), Aliso Niguel (Aliso Viejo) and perennial power Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) — all young teams last season. But the Sailors have the talent and experience to perhaps put a state-title run together with junior hitters Elia Rubin (420 kills) and Kerry Keefe (265 kills). Junior setter Kelly Belardi's 825 assists shows she can put it where hitters like. Caroline Altergott and Kathryn Kilroy add depth.

Colorado — Sterling
Last year: 29-0, 3A champion
The Tigers return every piece of the unbeaten title team save for Jade Feather (587 digs). Juniors Sydney Henry (388 kills, 418 digs) and Kaylee Johnson (298 kills, 142 digs) look to add to the win streak along with senior Valarie Allen (163 kills) and junior Emerie Rios (123 kills). Senior setter Allie Schumacher dished up 907 assists.

Connecticut — Greenwich
Last year: 19-3, LL quarterfinalist
The Cardinals got 244 kills, 189 digs and 49 aces from senior Lilly Saleeby while senior Cornelia Roach added 103 kills and 36 blocks. Junior Adele Sotgiu pitched in 241 digs and 257 receives.

Last year: 18-3, Division I champion
In addition to the state's top player, senior middle blocker Mackenzie Sobczyk, the Pandas also return junior setter, Audrey Lyons and senior defensive specialist/libero Colleen McClintock.

District of Columbia — St. John's (Washington, D.C.)
Last year: 33-3, DCSAA champion
The Cadets look for a three-peat with returning state Gatorade winner Rachel Richardson in the fold. The senior pounded 465 kills and added 253 digs for the WCAC champions. Junior Addie Gaskins looks to fill the void left by Maya Boykin. Sophomore Pamela McCune is a 6-0 middle hitter who tallied 151 kills and 63 blocks as a freshman. Samiha Foster brings her 160 kills back as well.

Last year: 24-8, 6A runner-up
Others such as Cardinal Mooney, Leon and Hagerty could also lay claim to the Sunshine State's top spot, but the Raiders are just plain deep. They have four hitters — juniors Carter Olivia Mogridge and Meredith Dixon along with senior Lilly Costigan and sophomore Zy'Aire Barr — who all posted more than 100 kills last season. Add Alyssa McBean (309 digs, 55 aces), Isabella Riquezes (190 digs), Erin Engel (524 assists) and Liah Perez (288 assists) and STA has talent across the board.

Last year: 36-1, AAAAA champion
The Chiefs enter 2020 already 5-0 on the young season and looking for their fourth straight Peach State title. Ngozi Iloh (301 kill and 64 blocks) joins rising junior Alexa Markley's 217 kills to offset the graduation loss of Erykah Lovett. The only thing McIntosh needs is to find a way to replace the 931 assists that graduated setter Jessie Doyal supplied.

Last year: 39-4, Division I champion
The Warriors graduated senior leaders Keonilei Akana, Bryanne Soares and Tara De Sa, but have the state's top player in Devin Kahahawai returning with her team-high 381 kills. Junior Maui Robins posted 228 kills, 70 blocks and 314 digs last season.

Last year: 34-14, 5A champion
The Titans, in their second year of existence, brought home a battle-tested state title. All five tournament games went at least four sets and Idaho's top player, Paige Clark steps into the limelight as the leading returning hitter with 236 kills, 207 digs and 729 assists.

Illinois — Sterling
Last year: 36-6, 3A champions
The Golden Warriors will rely on seniors Lexi Rodriguez and Breelyn Borum and Brooklyn Borum, plus sophomore Grace Egan. Egan had 360 kills in her freshman campaign and tied for the team lead with Brooklyn Borum. Bree Borum added 287 kills, while Rodriguez was all over the stat sheet in addition to leading the U18 US National team to a gold-medal performance in Egypt last September.

Indiana — New Castle
Last year: 35-1, 4A champion
The Trojans seeks a fourth state title — they own back-to-back 3A crowns before earning last year's 4A jewelry — and have leading hitter Mabrey Shaffmaster back in the fold. Older sister Melani graduated, but Laila Smith (340 kills), Bailey Cox (284 digs) and Nicole Wilkinson (117 kills) look to keep the Trojans rolling. Replacing Melani's 948 assists is first on the docket.
Laila Smith and Mabrey Shaffmaster lead New Castle in a quest for a fourth straight Indiana title.
File photo by Julie Brown
Laila Smith and Mabrey Shaffmaster lead New Castle in a quest for a fourth straight Indiana title.
Iowa — Valley (West Des Moines)
Last year: 38-5, 5A runner-up
Hayden Kubik had a monster sophomore campaign with 401 kills and 117 digs and looks to get help from senior Payton Lombardi (127 kills). The Tigers need to replace Olivia Curry's 537 assists.

Last year: 33-9, 5A playoffs
After an early exit in pool play, the Golden Eagles return with their top three hitters in Ella Larkin (341 kills), Riley Daugherty (236 kills) and Kenzie Dugan (139 kills). Daugherty posted 260 digs, while Larkin led the team with 290 digs and added  285 assists.

Kentucky — Mercy (Louisville)
Last year: 36-7, runner-up
Betting against perennial champion Assumption seems foolhardy, but the Jaguars return enough hitters in Fallan Lanham, Allison Holloway and Jaymison Summers to pair with setter Elana Scott (800 assists) and do-everything Eleanor Beavin (555 digs, 505 serve receives, 72 aces).

Last year: 20-4, Division II champion
The Rebels had little trouble winning their seventh straight crown, losing one set in the state tournament. Defending that title is now on the shoulders of Cicily Hidalgo — the state Gatorade Player of the Year recipient — in addition to senior libero Molly Webre and hitter Paige Guidry (497 kills, 438 digs).

Maine — Falmouth
Last year: 17-0, Class A champion
The Yachtsmen sailed to the unbeaten season and title behind the stellar play of two-time All-State Player of the Year and Gatorade selection Annika Hester, who posted 329 kills, 161 digs and 14 blocks. Senior Katie Phillips dished up 258 assists last year.

Last year: 23-3, IAAM A champion
Mary Grace Goyena, the state Gatorade Player of the Year and three-time All-IAAM first team selection posted 405 kills, 133 digs and 58 aces. Senior Chidinma Onukwugha and sophomore Kelenna Onukwugha supplied nearly 400 kills combined. The Sailor must replace Grace Wallace's 771 assists.

Massachusetts — Needham
Last year: 21-0, Division I champion
Rising seniors Karen Nie and Lila Carr combined for nearly 500 kills while Ellie Streeper had 251 digs in her sophomore campaign. The Rockets need to find a setter to replace Daly Johnson's 622 assists.

Michigan — Lowell
Last year: 55-4, Division I runner-up
A strong case could be made for both D-II champion Grand Rapids Christian and D-I champion Mercy, but the Red Arrows simply counter with Jenna Reitsma's 873 kills from last season along with 1,571 assists from Sophia Powell. Add in Emma Hall and sophomore Aubreigh Oswald and Lowell should be in position to challenge for the crown.

Minnesota — Eagan
Last year: 36-1, AAA runner-up
The Wildcats lost a five-set heartbreaking in the title game, after breezing through the schedule up to that point. They're led by Star Tribune and Gatorade state Player of the Year Kennedi Orr (170 kills and 269 assists), who is looking to avenge the title loss. The Nebraska commit will be joined by 6-2 middle hitter Abby Moe.

Mississippi — Jackson Academy (Jackson)
Last year: 43-3, MAIS champion
The Raiders are off to an 8-1 start and led by reigning Gatorade recipient Parker Bracken (648 kills, 517 digs last season) and setter Natalie Derusso (1,287 assists).

Last year: 34-4-1, Class 3 champion
Five of the Knights' top six hitters return in Ella Brinkman, Lily Brown, Lynsey Batson, Kaitlyn Patke and Caroline Glastetter. Junior Annie Arand looks to slide into the setter's role of graduated senior Abby Lynn.

Montana — Capital (Helena)
Last year: 33-0, Class AA champion
Seniors Paige Bartsch and Dani Bartsch combined for nearly 600 kills last season and pair with setter Audrey Hofer, who dished up nearly 900 assists.

Last year: 34-5, Class B champion
In addition to All-American Lindsay Krause (360 kills), the SkyHawks are deep all around with three other hitters — Ava Heyne, Cameron Cartwright and Abby Schomers — who posted more than 100 kills. Additionally, senior setter Allie Gray (1,225 assists) knows how to find hitters and defensive specialist Bre Skala added 501 digs.

Nevada — Boulder City
Last year: 41-5, 3A champion
The Eagles return Kamry Bailey's 481 kills as well as Kate Prior's 291 kills. Zoey Robinson and Ava Wright each notched more than 100 aces while Wright had 1,180 assists.

New Hampshire — Inter-Lakes (Meredith)
Last year: 19-0, Division III champion
Emily Weeks brings back her 402 assists and Devyn Vaal adds 157 digs and 72 kills. Emma Richardson contributed 143 digs last year.

Last year: 35-4, Non-Public champion, Tournament of Champions winner
The Blue Eagles lost Anna Morris, but have hitters Gianna Grigaliunas and Brookelyn Talmadge waiting in the wings. Junior Olivia Coughlin runs the offense well, dishing up nearly 500 assists in 2019.

New Mexico — La Cueva (Albuquerque)
Last year: 22-1, 5A champion
The Bears enter 2020 on a 22-game win streak after falling in their first 2019 match before running the table. Sidney McIntosh returns after posting 323 kills in her junior season, while Maalese Wallace and Isabella Harrison combined for 300 kills. Junior Erin Jones leads the offense having dished up 808 assists last season.

Last year: 44-6, Class A champion
The Spartans had a breakout year from incoming junior Carlie Rzeszotarski, who posted 523 kills and 278 digs in 2019. Callie Chevalier and Claire Isaksen, who each notched more than 145 kills and Isaksen (more than 1,000 assists).

Last year: 31-4, NCISSA 4A champion
The Knights lost kills leader Skylar Buckley, but Riley Buckley looks to step into that go-to role along with Arica Davis, Imani Lester and Kayla Hawkins, who all combined for nearly 800 kills. In addition to her second-high kill total, Riley Buckley also paced NRCA with 451 assists.

North Dakota — Fargo Davies (Fargo)
Last year: 33-2, Class A champion
Outside hitter Grace Solberg is back for the Eagles as they look for back-to-back title. Libero Justice Thilges also returns.

Last year: 25-3, Division I semifinalist
The Cougars return leading hitter Carly Hendrickson (442 kills) and assist leader Megan Wielonski (958 assists). Seniors Anna Currin (189 digs) and Anna Christman (155 kills) join the fray for MND.

Oklahoma — Norman North (Norman)
Last year: 21-9, 6A quarterfinalist
The Timberwolves return Ali Woodrow and are off to a quick 2-0 start in 2020.

Oregon — Jesuit (Portland
Last year: 25-4, Class 6A champion
The Crusaders were young en route to their state championship. Flashing much more experience, they return their top three hitters in Maddy Dowdall (288 kills), Amanda Henry (194 kills) and Tess Masingale (188 kills). Alison Bucholz also is back after a 281 dig-765 assist season.

Pennsylvania — Parkland (Allentown)
Last year: 31-11-3, 4A semifinalist
Top hitter Brynn Dreisbach is back for the Trojans after notching 515 kills in 2019. Sydney Esquieres also returns more than 100 kills from last season and senior Jackie Malitzki averaged nearly 10 assists per set on her way to posting 1,169 for the season.

Rhode Island — North Kingstown
Last year: 25-0, Division I champion
The Skippers haven't lost since Nov. 19, 2016 and roll into 2020 looking for a fourth straight unbeaten season. Senior setter Ava Mattiucci, senior hitter Cadia Greene and senior libero Jaime Harrington lead the charge for a fourth straight title.

South Carolina — Dorman (Roebuck)
Last year: 34-7-2, 4A semifinalist
The Cavaliers return their four top hitters and setter after losing in 2019 to eventual champion Nation Ford. Grace Metcalf dished up 925 assists to the likes of juniors Lauren Mims (342 kills), Savannah Freeman (306 kills) and seniors Ally Eggert (193 kills) and Brantley Chipley (127 kills).

South Dakota — O'Gorman (Sioux Falls)
Last year: 26-5, Class AA runner-up
The Knights return most of last year's squad led by the state's top player in Bergen Reilly (503 assists, 225 kills and 47 aces). Sister Raegen Reilly also returns along with her 411 assists and 222 kills. Libero Emma McKay (327 digs) joins Grace Bengford as key returners.

Tennessee — Brentwood
Last year: 54-3, Class 3A champion
Shaye Eggleston, the Volunteer State Gatorade winner, returns as the Bruins seek their fourth straight AAA title. The Alabama commit recorded 856 kills, 444 digs, 80 blocks and 87 aces last year and is joined by Hollye Tate (267 kills). Brentwood must replace Piper Drazek's 1,746 assists.

Texas — Flower Mound
Last year: 41-4, 6A quarterfinalist
The Lone Star State is overflowing with talent and Lovejoy, Byron Nelson, Guyer or Hebron could easily supplant the Jaguars for the No. 1 spot. But with Caroline Dykes, Kaylee Cox and Angelique Cyr all back, the senior leadership is undeniable. Cox and Cyr posted nearly 1,000 kills together, while Dykes added 936 assists and junior Megan Farris added 579 of her own. Flower Mound needs to have its big three fill the leadership void left by Sarah Martinez.

Utah — Lehi
Last year: 21-12, 5A runner-up
Avery Shewell (443 kills) leads a quartet of hitters returning for the Pioneers. Senior Macey Faddis (185 assists) must fill in the setter role vacated by Eliza Gibson. Libero Bailee Holland added 295 digs for Lehi last season.

Last year: 26-1, Division I runner-up
The Hornets' lone loss in 2019 came to Champlain Valley in the title match. Essex returns All-State picks Jessie Rose, Molly Ardren and Jazmin Munson, along with second-team pick Amanda Lyon and honorable mention selection Kayla Boutin.

Virginia — Flint Hill (Oakton)
Last year: 31-1, VISAA Division 1 champion
Seeking their fourth straight state title, the Huskies lose all-around player Sydney Reed, but return Elayna Duprey (264 kills) and sophomore Sydney Bryant (112 kills). Additionally, Zoe Huang is back for her senior season after putting up 542 assists (6.2 per game) last season. Flint Hill is a combined 98-2 over the last three seasons.

Washington — Graham-Kapowsin (Graham)
Last year: 19-6, 4A semifinalist
The Evergreen State is wide open and the Eagles look poised to step to the forefront with sophomore Hailey Brockway returning after a 472-kill freshman season. Senior Makenna Jackson added 150 kills and 300 digs last season and Madison Brockway contributed 401 digs. The setter position needs to be filled after losing Raedyn Goudreau's 646 assists to graduation.

Last year: 58-2-2, Class 3A champion
The Patriots are loaded with returning swingers as five of the top six from last year are back — Camryn Hughes (505 kills), Nyla Birch (369), Maya Harris (259), Molly Grimm (155) and Faith Smith (137). The biggest loss is Julia McClanahan's 1,563 assists.

Last year: 36-9, Division I section quarterfinalist
Mckenna Wucherer returns with her 592 kills, 346 digs and 46 blocks from last year, as does junior Morgan Daugherty (186 kills). Junior Tatum Kebisek will set up the hitters after posting 1,176 assists last season.

Wyoming — Rock Springs
Last year: 25-11, 4A quarterfinalist
Leading hitter Brenli Jenkins (286 kills, 258 digs) and Cali Pollastro (third-best 128 kills) both return for the Tigers. Rising junior Emily Taucher tallied 737 assists last year (8 per game).
Angelique Cyr, Flower Mound
File photo by Jim O
Angelique Cyr, Flower Mound


Best high school volleyball team in all 50 states - OFFICIAL
Best high school volleyball team in all 50 states
While not every state has returned to action on the court, the high school volleyball season is in full swing in a majority of states. And those championship dreams are taking hold despite social distancing, masks and ensuring equipment is sanitized.

Last week, MaxPreps took at look at the top high school volleyball player in each state and today we continue out cross-country look with the top team in each state.

There are state champions looking to add another banner to the gym, runners-ups looking to avenge last season's defeat, and teams who gained experienced last season and now look to put it all together. Sprinkled throughout the list of top teams are All-Americans, state Gatorade winners and a slew of All-State selections.
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
Alabama — Bayside Academy (Daphne)
Last year: 62-12, 4A champion
The Admirals are loaded with talent in a quest for a 19th straight state title. Senior setter Brelynn Dailey returns with 963 assists, and hitters Ella Broadhead (440 kills), Emily Buhl (424 kills) and Colton Thompson (255 kills, 629 assists) have enough to overcome the loss of the 587 kills from Jacque Martin, lost to graduation.

Last year: 58-10-3, 4A champion
The Wolverines lost three senior swingers, but have plenty waiting in the wings as they look for back-to-back state titles. Senior Cami Houser brings back 319 kills, while juniors Hanna Henrie and Kensey Schilke combined for nearly 400 more in 2019. Rising senior Emma McMillian dished up 536 assists for South.

Last year: 31-11, 5A quarterfinalist
The Huskies look to move further in 2020 as sophomore Kendal Murphy pounded 359 kills and tallied a team-leading 517 assists, while junior Kaden Young added 203 kills and 468 assists last year. Juniors Eden Driescher (198 kills), Taylor Johnson (197 kills) and Phoebe Stebner (459 assists) add depth to what was a young roster in 2019.

Last year: 31-6, 6A runner-up
A 3-1 finals' loss to Bentonville will no doubt fuel the Mavericks. Senior Hanna Hogue was five assists shy of the 1,000 mark last season and Avery Fitzgerald posted 414 kills. Junior Toree Tiffee (258 kills) and senior Aleigha Johnson (190) provide extra firepower.

California — Marymount (Los Angeles)
Last year: 33-5, Southern California Open Division semifinalist
Along with Texas, the Golden State is chock full of talent so picking one team is never easy. Cases could be made for Redondo Union (Redondo Beach), Aliso Niguel (Aliso Viejo) and perennial power Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) — all young teams last season. But the Sailors have the talent and experience to perhaps put a state-title run together with junior hitters Elia Rubin (420 kills) and Kerry Keefe (265 kills). Junior setter Kelly Belardi's 825 assists shows she can put it where hitters like. Caroline Altergott and Kathryn Kilroy add depth.

Colorado — Sterling
Last year: 29-0, 3A champion
The Tigers return every piece of the unbeaten title team save for Jade Feather (587 digs). Juniors Sydney Henry (388 kills, 418 digs) and Kaylee Johnson (298 kills, 142 digs) look to add to the win streak along with senior Valarie Allen (163 kills) and junior Emerie Rios (123 kills). Senior setter Allie Schumacher dished up 907 assists.

Connecticut — Greenwich
Last year: 19-3, LL quarterfinalist
The Cardinals got 244 kills, 189 digs and 49 aces from senior Lilly Saleeby while senior Cornelia Roach added 103 kills and 36 blocks. Junior Adele Sotgiu pitched in 241 digs and 257 receives.

Last year: 18-3, Division I champion
In addition to the state's top player, senior middle blocker Mackenzie Sobczyk, the Pandas also return junior setter, Audrey Lyons and senior defensive specialist/libero Colleen McClintock.

District of Columbia — St. John's (Washington, D.C.)
Last year: 33-3, DCSAA champion
The Cadets look for a three-peat with returning state Gatorade winner Rachel Richardson in the fold. The senior pounded 465 kills and added 253 digs for the WCAC champions. Junior Addie Gaskins looks to fill the void left by Maya Boykin. Sophomore Pamela McCune is a 6-0 middle hitter who tallied 151 kills and 63 blocks as a freshman. Samiha Foster brings her 160 kills back as well.

Last year: 24-8, 6A runner-up
Others such as Cardinal Mooney, Leon and Hagerty could also lay claim to the Sunshine State's top spot, but the Raiders are just plain deep. They have four hitters — juniors Carter Olivia Mogridge and Meredith Dixon along with senior Lilly Costigan and sophomore Zy'Aire Barr — who all posted more than 100 kills last season. Add Alyssa McBean (309 digs, 55 aces), Isabella Riquezes (190 digs), Erin Engel (524 assists) and Liah Perez (288 assists) and STA has talent across the board.

Last year: 36-1, AAAAA champion
The Chiefs enter 2020 already 5-0 on the young season and looking for their fourth straight Peach State title. Ngozi Iloh (301 kill and 64 blocks) joins rising junior Alexa Markley's 217 kills to offset the graduation loss of Erykah Lovett. The only thing McIntosh needs is to find a way to replace the 931 assists that graduated setter Jessie Doyal supplied.

Last year: 39-4, Division I champion
The Warriors graduated senior leaders Keonilei Akana, Bryanne Soares and Tara De Sa, but have the state's top player in Devin Kahahawai returning with her team-high 381 kills. Junior Maui Robins posted 228 kills, 70 blocks and 314 digs last season.

Last year: 34-14, 5A champion
The Titans, in their second year of existence, brought home a battle-tested state title. All five tournament games went at least four sets and Idaho's top player, Paige Clark steps into the limelight as the leading returning hitter with 236 kills, 207 digs and 729 assists.

Illinois — Sterling
Last year: 36-6, 3A champions
The Golden Warriors will rely on seniors Lexi Rodriguez and Breelyn Borum and Brooklyn Borum, plus sophomore Grace Egan. Egan had 360 kills in her freshman campaign and tied for the team lead with Brooklyn Borum. Bree Borum added 287 kills, while Rodriguez was all over the stat sheet in addition to leading the U18 US National team to a gold-medal performance in Egypt last September.

Indiana — New Castle
Last year: 35-1, 4A champion
The Trojans seeks a fourth state title — they own back-to-back 3A crowns before earning last year's 4A jewelry — and have leading hitter Mabrey Shaffmaster back in the fold. Older sister Melani graduated, but Laila Smith (340 kills), Bailey Cox (284 digs) and Nicole Wilkinson (117 kills) look to keep the Trojans rolling. Replacing Melani's 948 assists is first on the docket.
Laila Smith and Mabrey Shaffmaster lead New Castle in a quest for a fourth straight Indiana title.
File photo by Julie Brown
Laila Smith and Mabrey Shaffmaster lead New Castle in a quest for a fourth straight Indiana title.
Iowa — Valley (West Des Moines)
Last year: 38-5, 5A runner-up
Hayden Kubik had a monster sophomore campaign with 401 kills and 117 digs and looks to get help from senior Payton Lombardi (127 kills). The Tigers need to replace Olivia Curry's 537 assists.

Last year: 33-9, 5A playoffs
After an early exit in pool play, the Golden Eagles return with their top three hitters in Ella Larkin (341 kills), Riley Daugherty (236 kills) and Kenzie Dugan (139 kills). Daugherty posted 260 digs, while Larkin led the team with 290 digs and added  285 assists.

Kentucky — Mercy (Louisville)
Last year: 36-7, runner-up
Betting against perennial champion Assumption seems foolhardy, but the Jaguars return enough hitters in Fallan Lanham, Allison Holloway and Jaymison Summers to pair with setter Elana Scott (800 assists) and do-everything Eleanor Beavin (555 digs, 505 serve receives, 72 aces).

Last year: 20-4, Division II champion
The Rebels had little trouble winning their seventh straight crown, losing one set in the state tournament. Defending that title is now on the shoulders of Cicily Hidalgo — the state Gatorade Player of the Year recipient — in addition to senior libero Molly Webre and hitter Paige Guidry (497 kills, 438 digs).

Maine — Falmouth
Last year: 17-0, Class A champion
The Yachtsmen sailed to the unbeaten season and title behind the stellar play of two-time All-State Player of the Year and Gatorade selection Annika Hester, who posted 329 kills, 161 digs and 14 blocks. Senior Katie Phillips dished up 258 assists last year.

Last year: 23-3, IAAM A champion
Mary Grace Goyena, the state Gatorade Player of the Year and three-time All-IAAM first team selection posted 405 kills, 133 digs and 58 aces. Senior Chidinma Onukwugha and sophomore Kelenna Onukwugha supplied nearly 400 kills combined. The Sailor must replace Grace Wallace's 771 assists.

Massachusetts — Needham
Last year: 21-0, Division I champion
Rising seniors Karen Nie and Lila Carr combined for nearly 500 kills while Ellie Streeper had 251 digs in her sophomore campaign. The Rockets need to find a setter to replace Daly Johnson's 622 assists.

Michigan — Lowell
Last year: 55-4, Division I runner-up
A strong case could be made for both D-II champion Grand Rapids Christian and D-I champion Mercy, but the Red Arrows simply counter with Jenna Reitsma's 873 kills from last season along with 1,571 assists from Sophia Powell. Add in Emma Hall and sophomore Aubreigh Oswald and Lowell should be in position to challenge for the crown.

Minnesota — Eagan
Last year: 36-1, AAA runner-up
The Wildcats lost a five-set heartbreaking in the title game, after breezing through the schedule up to that point. They're led by Star Tribune and Gatorade state Player of the Year Kennedi Orr (170 kills and 269 assists), who is looking to avenge the title loss. The Nebraska commit will be joined by 6-2 middle hitter Abby Moe.

Mississippi — Jackson Academy (Jackson)
Last year: 43-3, MAIS champion
The Raiders are off to an 8-1 start and led by reigning Gatorade recipient Parker Bracken (648 kills, 517 digs last season) and setter Natalie Derusso (1,287 assists).

Last year: 34-4-1, Class 3 champion
Five of the Knights' top six hitters return in Ella Brinkman, Lily Brown, Lynsey Batson, Kaitlyn Patke and Caroline Glastetter. Junior Annie Arand looks to slide into the setter's role of graduated senior Abby Lynn.

Montana — Capital (Helena)
Last year: 33-0, Class AA champion
Seniors Paige Bartsch and Dani Bartsch combined for nearly 600 kills last season and pair with setter Audrey Hofer, who dished up nearly 900 assists.

Last year: 34-5, Class B champion
In addition to All-American Lindsay Krause (360 kills), the SkyHawks are deep all around with three other hitters — Ava Heyne, Cameron Cartwright and Abby Schomers — who posted more than 100 kills. Additionally, senior setter Allie Gray (1,225 assists) knows how to find hitters and defensive specialist Bre Skala added 501 digs.

Nevada — Boulder City
Last year: 41-5, 3A champion
The Eagles return Kamry Bailey's 481 kills as well as Kate Prior's 291 kills. Zoey Robinson and Ava Wright each notched more than 100 aces while Wright had 1,180 assists.

New Hampshire — Inter-Lakes (Meredith)
Last year: 19-0, Division III champion
Emily Weeks brings back her 402 assists and Devyn Vaal adds 157 digs and 72 kills. Emma Richardson contributed 143 digs last year.

Last year: 35-4, Non-Public champion, Tournament of Champions winner
The Blue Eagles lost Anna Morris, but have hitters Gianna Grigaliunas and Brookelyn Talmadge waiting in the wings. Junior Olivia Coughlin runs the offense well, dishing up nearly 500 assists in 2019.

New Mexico — La Cueva (Albuquerque)
Last year: 22-1, 5A champion
The Bears enter 2020 on a 22-game win streak after falling in their first 2019 match before running the table. Sidney McIntosh returns after posting 323 kills in her junior season, while Maalese Wallace and Isabella Harrison combined for 300 kills. Junior Erin Jones leads the offense having dished up 808 assists last season.

Last year: 44-6, Class A champion
The Spartans had a breakout year from incoming junior Carlie Rzeszotarski, who posted 523 kills and 278 digs in 2019. Callie Chevalier and Claire Isaksen, who each notched more than 145 kills and Isaksen (more than 1,000 assists).

Last year: 31-4, NCISSA 4A champion
The Knights lost kills leader Skylar Buckley, but Riley Buckley looks to step into that go-to role along with Arica Davis, Imani Lester and Kayla Hawkins, who all combined for nearly 800 kills. In addition to her second-high kill total, Riley Buckley also paced NRCA with 451 assists.

North Dakota — Fargo Davies (Fargo)
Last year: 33-2, Class A champion
Outside hitter Grace Solberg is back for the Eagles as they look for back-to-back title. Libero Justice Thilges also returns.

Last year: 25-3, Division I semifinalist
The Cougars return leading hitter Carly Hendrickson (442 kills) and assist leader Megan Wielonski (958 assists). Seniors Anna Currin (189 digs) and Anna Christman (155 kills) join the fray for MND.

Oklahoma — Norman North (Norman)
Last year: 21-9, 6A quarterfinalist
The Timberwolves return Ali Woodrow and are off to a quick 2-0 start in 2020.

Oregon — Jesuit (Portland
Last year: 25-4, Class 6A champion
The Crusaders were young en route to their state championship. Flashing much more experience, they return their top three hitters in Maddy Dowdall (288 kills), Amanda Henry (194 kills) and Tess Masingale (188 kills). Alison Bucholz also is back after a 281 dig-765 assist season.

Pennsylvania — Parkland (Allentown)
Last year: 31-11-3, 4A semifinalist
Top hitter Brynn Dreisbach is back for the Trojans after notching 515 kills in 2019. Sydney Esquieres also returns more than 100 kills from last season and senior Jackie Malitzki averaged nearly 10 assists per set on her way to posting 1,169 for the season.

Rhode Island — North Kingstown
Last year: 25-0, Division I champion
The Skippers haven't lost since Nov. 19, 2016 and roll into 2020 looking for a fourth straight unbeaten season. Senior setter Ava Mattiucci, senior hitter Cadia Greene and senior libero Jaime Harrington lead the charge for a fourth straight title.

South Carolina — Dorman (Roebuck)
Last year: 34-7-2, 4A semifinalist
The Cavaliers return their four top hitters and setter after losing in 2019 to eventual champion Nation Ford. Grace Metcalf dished up 925 assists to the likes of juniors Lauren Mims (342 kills), Savannah Freeman (306 kills) and seniors Ally Eggert (193 kills) and Brantley Chipley (127 kills).

South Dakota — O'Gorman (Sioux Falls)
Last year: 26-5, Class AA runner-up
The Knights return most of last year's squad led by the state's top player in Bergen Reilly (503 assists, 225 kills and 47 aces). Sister Raegen Reilly also returns along with her 411 assists and 222 kills. Libero Emma McKay (327 digs) joins Grace Bengford as key returners.

Tennessee — Brentwood
Last year: 54-3, Class 3A champion
Shaye Eggleston, the Volunteer State Gatorade winner, returns as the Bruins seek their fourth straight AAA title. The Alabama commit recorded 856 kills, 444 digs, 80 blocks and 87 aces last year and is joined by Hollye Tate (267 kills). Brentwood must replace Piper Drazek's 1,746 assists.

Texas — Flower Mound
Last year: 41-4, 6A quarterfinalist
The Lone Star State is overflowing with talent and Lovejoy, Byron Nelson, Guyer or Hebron could easily supplant the Jaguars for the No. 1 spot. But with Caroline Dykes, Kaylee Cox and Angelique Cyr all back, the senior leadership is undeniable. Cox and Cyr posted nearly 1,000 kills together, while Dykes added 936 assists and junior Megan Farris added 579 of her own. Flower Mound needs to have its big three fill the leadership void left by Sarah Martinez.

Utah — Lehi
Last year: 21-12, 5A runner-up
Avery Shewell (443 kills) leads a quartet of hitters returning for the Pioneers. Senior Macey Faddis (185 assists) must fill in the setter role vacated by Eliza Gibson. Libero Bailee Holland added 295 digs for Lehi last season.

Last year: 26-1, Division I runner-up
The Hornets' lone loss in 2019 came to Champlain Valley in the title match. Essex returns All-State picks Jessie Rose, Molly Ardren and Jazmin Munson, along with second-team pick Amanda Lyon and honorable mention selection Kayla Boutin.

Virginia — Flint Hill (Oakton)
Last year: 31-1, VISAA Division 1 champion
Seeking their fourth straight state title, the Huskies lose all-around player Sydney Reed, but return Elayna Duprey (264 kills) and sophomore Sydney Bryant (112 kills). Additionally, Zoe Huang is back for her senior season after putting up 542 assists (6.2 per game) last season. Flint Hill is a combined 98-2 over the last three seasons.

Washington — Graham-Kapowsin (Graham)
Last year: 19-6, 4A semifinalist
The Evergreen State is wide open and the Eagles look poised to step to the forefront with sophomore Hailey Brockway returning after a 472-kill freshman season. Senior Makenna Jackson added 150 kills and 300 digs last season and Madison Brockway contributed 401 digs. The setter position needs to be filled after losing Raedyn Goudreau's 646 assists to graduation.

Last year: 58-2-2, Class 3A champion
The Patriots are loaded with returning swingers as five of the top six from last year are back — Camryn Hughes (505 kills), Nyla Birch (369), Maya Harris (259), Molly Grimm (155) and Faith Smith (137). The biggest loss is Julia McClanahan's 1,563 assists.

Last year: 36-9, Division I section quarterfinalist
Mckenna Wucherer returns with her 592 kills, 346 digs and 46 blocks from last year, as does junior Morgan Daugherty (186 kills). Junior Tatum Kebisek will set up the hitters after posting 1,176 assists last season.

Wyoming — Rock Springs
Last year: 25-11, 4A quarterfinalist
Leading hitter Brenli Jenkins (286 kills, 258 digs) and Cali Pollastro (third-best 128 kills) both return for the Tigers. Rising junior Emily Taucher tallied 737 assists last year (8 per game).
Angelique Cyr, Flower Mound
File photo by Jim O
Angelique Cyr, Flower Mound


2020 OFFICIAL preseason high school volleyball All-America team - OFFICIAL
2020 MaxPreps preseason high school volleyball All-America team
The 2020 high school volleyball season won't look like any we've ever experienced. Split seasons with some states forging ahead while others play in the spring or winter. Toss in masks for competitors, coaches and referees with no switching benches after sets and a whole bunch of hand sanitizer and 2020 definitely will be something different.

The one thing that won't be different is the talent. We're spotlighting some of that talent in our preseason All-America team. The list is filled with repeat recipients in addition to newcomers and state champions. We've already highlighted the top player in each state as well as the best team in each state. Next week, we will drop our first Top 25 rankings for teams playing in the fall.
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
First team

OH — Ally Batenhorst, Seven Lakes (Katy, Texas)
6-foot-4 | Sr. | Committed to Nebraska
One of a handful of future Cornhuskers on the All-American list, Batenhorst pounded 849 kills in 2019 (1,810 for her career) while adding 511 digs and 81 blocks for the 26-18 Spartans.

OH — Mele Corral-Blagojevich, Redondo Union (Redondo Beach, Calif.)
6-1 | So. | Undecided
A freshman as six-rotation player on a Top 10 team must truly be special. And she was. Corral-Blagojevich posted nearly 400 kills with 126 aces while playing all but 10 sets for the Sea Hawks. Coach Tommy Chaffins praised her ability to not only swing the hammer, but understand what the defense was giving and adjust on the fly.

OH — Parker Bracken, Jackson Academy (Jackson, Miss.)
5-10 | Sr. | LSU (beach)

Picking up where she left off, Bracken already has 120 kills on the season for the Raiders. Last year's Gatorade selection, she totaled 648 kills, 517 digs and 120 aces while leading her squad to the MidSouth Association of Independent Schools title. She was a Clarion Ledger first-team pick.

6-1 | Sr. | Missouri
The future Tiger led the 41-4 Jags in kills with 573 while adding 444 digs, 37 aces and 55 blocks. She enters her senior season with 1,097 kills and 1,043 digs.

OH — Angelique Cyr, Flower Mound (Texas)
5-10 | Sr. | Arizona State
Second to fellow senior Cox in kills for the Jaguars with 422, Cyr added 30 aces and 368 digs. A 6A title winner her junior year, Flower Mound fell to Byron Nelson in the regional semifinals.

OH — Shaye Eggleston, Brentwood (Brentwood)
6-1 | Sr. | Alabama

The Volunteer State Gatorade winner won her third Tennessee AAA title this season (the seventh straight for Brentwood) while recording eye-popping number: 856 kills, 444 digs, 80 blocks and 87 aces.

OH — Alexia Jones, Dawson (Pearland, Texas)
5-10 | Sr. | Houston Baptist
She finished with 446 kills, 336 digs and 53 blocks for the 43-5 Eagles, which lost in the 6A regional semifinals to state runner-up Ridge Point.

OH — Lindsay Krause, Skutt Catholic (Omaha, Neb.)
6-3 | Sr. | Nebraska

A MaxPreps All-American and state Gatorade recipient, Krause led the SkyHawks to a 34-5 mark and Class B title. She posted 360 kills, 152 digs and 28 blocks for Skutt Catholic. She also was part of the U18 gold medal team in Egypt last September while also landing on the Lincoln Journal Star Super-State first team and the Omaha World-Herald All-Nebraska first team.

OH — Charitie Luper, Byron Nelson (Trophy Club, Texas)
5-8 | Sr. | UCLA
One of two Bobcats on the All-American team, Luper hit 492 kills with 508 digs and 50 blocks while missing time with an elbow injury. The UCLA-commit totaled 1,321 kills in her career to go with 1,293 digs.

OH — Elia Rubin, Marymount (Los Angeles)
6-0 | Jr. | Undecided
There was no sophomore slump for the Sailors' standout, individually, earned Nike TOC MVP honors. Marymount finished 33-5, falling to CIF and National Champion Torrey Pines in the SoCal semis, while Rubin notched 420 kills and a 43 kill percentage. She also added 44 aces, 44 blocks, 241 digs and 391 serve receives.

OH — Mabrey Shaffmaster, New Castle (Ind.)
6-1 | Sr. | North Carolina

The younger sister of the Trojans' duo, Mabrey pounded out 670 kills with 120 aces, 39 blocks, 228 digs and 337 serve receives as New Castle won its third straight Indiana title (the first 4A crown after back-to-back 3A championships.)
Mabrey Shaffmaster, New Castle
File photo by Julie Brown
Mabrey Shaffmaster, New Castle
OH — Mckenna Wucherer, Brookfield Central (Brookfield, Wis.)
6-1 |  Jr. | Minnesota

The future Gopher notched 346 digs last season en route to being named the Greater Metro Conference Player of the Year. She also led the state with 592 kills and led the Lancers with 65 aces.

MB — Cecily Bramschreiber, Lovejoy (Lucas, Texas)
5-8 | Sr. | TCU
In 140 sets, the Horned Frog commit tallied 661 kills, 447 digs, 50 blocks and 52 aces. Bramschreiber had seven 20-plus kill matches during a junior campaign that saw the Leopards go 48-5, win a 5A state title and cap the season on a 20-match win streak. 

MB — Jenna Reitsma, Lowell (Mich.)
5-11 |  Sr. | Marquette

While leading the Red Arrows to a 55-4 mark and Division I runner-up finish, Reitsma hammered 873 kills along with 422 digs and 86 aces. She's a repeat MaxPreps All-American and edged out a deep field in Michigan as the top player in the state.

MB — Addie VanderWeide, Christian (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
5-11 | Sr. | Undecided
The Eagles standout tallied 558 kills in leading the Eagles to a No. 17 ranking, a 46-3 overall mark and a Michigan Division 2 title. VanderWeide hit at 32 percent and posted 373 digs in 126 sets for the Eagles. She enters her senior season with 1,518 career kills and 1,028 digs.

S — Clara Brower, The Woodlands (Texas)
5-9 | Sr. | Georgia
The future Bulldog led the Highlanders to a 47-5 mark, posting 1,551 assists overall and more than 10 per set in 146 sets played. She also added 410 digs, 182 kills and 52 aces in her junior campaign and has 3,352 overall assists, 938 digs and 316 kills.

S — Averi Carlson, Lovejoy (Lucas, Texas)
6-0 | Jr. | Baylor
The 2018 MaxPreps Freshman of the Year and 2019 All-American first-teamer guided the Leopards to a 48-5 mark and a 5A title. A year after posting 1,507 assists in a 5A runner-up finish as a freshman, Carlson tallied 1,327 assists (9.1 per set), 340 digs, 55 aces and 107 kills.

S — Payton Chamberlain Byron Nelson (Trophy Club, Texas)
6-0 | Sr. | Wyoming
The MaxPreps All-American already surpassed the 3,000 assist mark for the 6A champion Bobcats, including 1,944 last season. The 6-foot future Cowboy averaged more than 13 assists while chipping in 302 digs and 117 kills.

S — Kennedi Orr, Eagan (Minn.)
6-0 | Jr. | Nebraska

The Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year as well as the Gatorade selection, Orr's numbers across the board were noteworthy: 411 assists, 380 kills and 230 digs. She led the Wildcats to a 29-3 mark and a runner-up finish in the 3A championship. She already has more than 1,600 assists and 800 kills in two years.

L/DS — Eleanor Beavin, Mercy (Louisville, Ky.)
5-6 |  Sr. | Kentucky

The state Defensive Player of the Year and first-team All-State pick, Beavin had 555 digs and 505 serve receives last year (with nearly 1,200 of each in her career).

L/DS — Lexi Rodriguez, Sterling (Ill.)
5-5 | Sr. | Nebraska

The state Gatorade Player of the Year led the Warriors to a repeat 3A title. She had 415 digs, 232 assists and 32 aces while missing time with a gold medal stint at the FIVB U18 World Championships in Egypt.

AA — Allie Gray, Skutt Catholic (Omaha, Neb.)
5-11 | Sr. | Arizona State
Posting more than 12 assists per set (1,225 total), Gray joined with Krause to lead Skutt to a 34-5 mark and Class B title. She added 181 digs and 38 aces in 101 sets. She's notched 2,226 assists in her prep career.

AA — Kami Miner, Redondo Union (Redondo Beach, Calif.)
6-0 | S | Sr. | Stanford

While Elia Rubin and fellow Sea Hawk Mele Corral-Blagojevich are worthy candidates and might be tops in following years, Miner's leadership, pedigree and stats are undeniable. The future Cardinal and daughter of former NBA player Harold Miner was a MaxPreps first-team All American in addition to playing on the gold-medal winning Girls U18 World Championship team last September in Egypt.

AA — Sophia Powell, Lowell (Mich.)
5-9 | Sr. | Undecided
The set to Reitsma's spike, Powell tallied 1,571 assists last season for the 55-4 Red Arrows. With nearly 11 assists per set, she also added 44 aces and 297 digs for the Division I runner-up.

AA — Bergen Reilly, O'Gorman (Sioux Falls, S.D.)
6-1 | So. | Undecided

A state Player of the Year nominee as a freshman, Reilly dished up 503 assists while adding 265 digs, 225 kills and47 aces for the 26-5 Knights, who fell in the AA title match. In addition to her state accolades, Reilly was a Freshman of the Year candidate from PrepVolleyball.com and named as one of 36 athletes to train as part of the Girls Incoming Youth Holiday National Training Team.
Jessica Smith, Aliso Niguel
File photo by Ming Chung Lin
Jessica Smith, Aliso Niguel
Second team

OH — Samantha Francis, La Jolla Country Day (La Jolla, Calif.)
6-6 | Sr. | Stanford
The Torreys' hitter crossed the 1,000-kill threshold as a junior, tallying 317 kills in 89 sets. She added 93 blocks as LJCD went 23-8 and fell in the SoCal playoffs to eventual D-I champion Vista Murrieta.

OH — Ali Hornung, Providence (Clarksville, Ind.)
5-9 | Sr. | Purdue
The Pioneers standout enters 2020 looking to go over 1,000 kills and digs for her career, sitting at 1,288 and 916, respectively. The future Boilermaker posted 392 kills and 266 digs in 100 sets for the 4A quarterfinalists. The 29-2 Pioneers only losses were to Center Grove in the quarters and a regular-season defeat by 4A champs New Castle.

OH — Devin Kahahawai, Kamehameha Kapalama (Honolulu)
6-0 | Jr. | Undecided

Led the DI state champion Warriors in kills with 381, while pouring in 33 aces, 51 blocks, 247 digs and 163 serve receives. Kahahawai was on the Honolulu Star-Advertiser's Fab 15 team.

OH — Hayden Kubik, Valley (West Des Moines, Iowa)
6-2 | Jr. | Nebraska

The Hawkeye State's No. 1 Class of 2022 recruit according to prepdig.com, Kubik had 491 kills, 228 digs65 aces and 28 blocks for the 5A runners-up.

OH — Evoni Lemons, Alpharetta (Ga.)
5-8 | Sr. | Undecided

The 42-7 Raiders were paced by Lemons' 667 kills, hitting at a 45 percent rate. She added 454 digs, 45 blocks and 29 aces as Alpharetta was ranked in the MaxPreps Top 25 during the 2019 season.

OH — Claire Little, Vista Murrieta (Murrieta, Calif.)
6-2 | So. | BYU
She stormed on to the scene with 461 kills while leading the Broncos to the CIF Division I state crown as a No. 5 seed. She posted 30 kills in the title match (a record for a freshman) and hit at 31 percent in 106 sets and added 247 digs, as well as 35 aces and blocks.

OH — Carlie Rzeszotarski, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (Burnt Hills, N.Y.)
6-0 | Jr. | Undecided

Blasting 523 kills — the second highest single-season total in school history — as a sophomore and led the Spartans to a 44-6 mark and Class A state crown. She added 278 digs and 52 aces and should pass the 1,000 career kill mark this season.

OH — Norah Sis, Papillion-LaVista (Papillion, Neb.)
6-1 | Sr. | Creighton
She hit at 32 percent with 479 kills (1,383 in three seasons), 311 digs and 49 blocks in 100 sets as the Monarchs went 36-2, falling only to rival Papillion-LaVista South and Millard North in the Class A quarterfinals.

OH — Jessica Smith, Aliso Niguel (Calif.)
6-0 | Sr. | UCLA (beach)
Led the Wolverines to a 21-6 mark and CIF Division I quarterfinal finish. She tallied 424 kills while adding 242 digs and 93 aces. Smith enters her senior season looking to get over the century mark in kills with 807.

OH — Anjelina Starck, Rampart (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
6-2 | Sr. | Penn State
Led the 26-4 Rams with 430 kills while adding a second-best 353 digs. The Bishop Gorman transfer got better as the season went along, posting double-digit kill totals in Rampart's final 16 matches before falling to eventual 5A champion Valor Christian in the quarters.

OH — Paris Thompson, Fort Myers (Fla.)
6-1 | Sr. | Notre Dame

The Fort Myers News-Press chose her as its Player of the Decade. In 2019, she set a school record with 446 kills, including a single-game mark of 31. A three-year standout, Thompson is approaching 1,000 career kills.

MB — Ngozi Iloh, McIntosh (Peachtree City, Ga.)
6-1 | Sr. | Undecided
Was second on the AAAAA champions with 301 kills while adding 64 blocks and 37 aces for the 36-1 Chiefs, who were ranked for a portion of the season. She's off to a hot start already as the Chiefs are 5-0 and Iloh has 46 kills in 10 sets.

MB — Rylie Kadel, Legend (Parker, Colo.)
6-1 | Sr. | Duke

A first-team All-State pick for the Titans, Kadel blasted a team-high 428 kills with 71 blocks, 50 aces and 70 digs.

MB — Marianna Singletary, Porter-Gaud (Charleston, S.C.)
6-4 | Jr. | Undecided

In each of her first two seasons, Singletary has posted at least 500 kills, notching 539 (second-best in the state) last season for the Cyclones. She also had 93 blocks.

S — Caroline Dykes, Flower Mound (Texas)
5-10 | Sr. | East Tennessee State
The Jags setter tossed up nearly eight assists per set while notching 936 total for the season. She added 269 digs and 42 aces in 127 sets as Flower Mound went 41-4. A 6A title winner her junior year, Flower Mound fell to Byron Nelson in the regional semifinals.

S — Alyssa Eaton, Assumption (Louisville, Ky.)
5-8 | Sr. | Undecided
She dished up 820 assists (9.3 per set) and added 159 digs for the Rockets, which added a 22nd state title in 28 years last season. Eaton looks to cap her prep career winning a state crown in all four years as one of the leaders of Ron Kordes' squad.

S — Rachel Muisenga, Benet Academy (Lisle, Ill.)
6-0 | Sr. | Penn State
The future Nittany Lion switched from hitter to setter last season and put up impressive state: 718 assists, 67 kills and 49 digs for the 41-1 Redwings, who won the 4A crown. As a sophomore hitter, Muisenga blasted 180 kills with 149 assists and 116 digs.

S — Elena Scott, Mercy (Louisville, Ky.)
5-8 | Sr. | Louisville
A Durango all-tourney team pick for the Kentucky runner-up Jaguars, Scott notched 800 assists, 326 digs and 160 kills as Mercy went 36-7. The Louisville commit enters her final season with 2,339 assists, 753 digs and 358 kills.

L/DS — Caroline Bien, Aquinas (Overland Park, Kan.)
5-11 | Sr. | Kansas
Named to the Kansas 5A All-Tournament team, the 5-11 Bien had 349 kills, 319 digs and 513 serve receives for the Saints as they went 34-7 and earned the 5A title.

L/DS — Emery Dupes, Walton (Marietta, Ga.)
5-5 | Sr. | Florida State
The glue for the 32-8 Raiders and AAAAAAA champions, Dupes had 238 digs, 408 serve receives and 65 aces in her junior campaign. She's seeking to complete the career state title sweep having won crowns in 2017 and 2018 as well.

AA — Riley Buckley, North Raleigh Christian Academy (Raleigh, N.C.)
6-0 | Jr. | Missouri

Playing on a nationally ranked team, Buckley dished up 451 assists, 262 digs, 260 kills (while hitting .421) and 46 aces for a 31-4 team that also snagged the NCISAA state crown.

AA — Gracie Lynn Butler, Hazel Green (Ala.)
6-1 | Sr. | Samford

The All-State and al.com Hunstville All-Region Player of the Year smashed 23 kills and dug 19 balls in the Trojans' four-set loss in the 6A title game. She posted 771 kills, 135 blocks, 243 digs and 63 aces for 58-9 Hazel Green.

AA — Caroline Edgeworth, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
5-9 | Jr. | Undecided

As a sophomore, she broke single-season state records for assists (1,474 at 13.3 per set) an aces (122) last fall. She added 294 digs, 63 kills and 32 blocks and sits at 2,097 assist with two years in her prep career.

6-0 | Sr. | Colorado
The rising senior filled the stat sheet with 175 digs, 952 assists, 80 aces and 185 kills for the 36-4 Trailblazers, who fell to eventual D-I champion Vista Murrieta in the SoCal finals. Simpson has 3,127 assists, 535 digs and 342 kills for her career.

AA — Kendra Wait, Gardner-Edgerton (Gardner, Kan.)
5-10 | Sr. | Creighton

In addition to being a first-team 6A All-State pick, Wait also was the state Gatorade Player of the Year as a junior. She notched 944 assists, 417 digs, 143 kills and 52 aces for the 6A consolation winners.
Emery Dupes, Walton
File photo by Kyle Hess
Emery Dupes, Walton