Player of the Week: Wisconsin's Molly Haggerty

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The mark of a good player is often not how they perform when things are going well, but how they respond after a less-than-stellar showing. See Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross rebounding after a crushing Olympics semifinal loss to win bronze.

nullWisconsin freshman Molly Haggerty pulled off a similar feat this weekend in her collegiate debut. The 6-1 outside hitter from Illinois burst onto the NCAA scene with 19 kills and 16 digs in a five-set victory over Hawaii, but then hit negative the next night versus Arizona with only nine kills and 11 errors.

"That was a learning match for Molly," Wisconsin coach Kelly Sheffield said. "But the thing I liked about her is as much as she struggled . . . it didn't affect her passing (and) her serving was great today. Everybody has that 'welcome to college volleyball' moment and most people collapse. I learned a lot more about Molly today--that she's going to be rock solid in these other skills when her attacking is off so I really liked that."

Less than 24 hours later, Haggerty took the court again versus Kansas State, evidently having already adjusted after her "welcome to college' moment. She put away 14 kills with no errors on 23 attempts to hit a match-high .609 in the sweep.

"You just talk to [Molly] and say, 'Out of system, let's not pull these balls down. Let's do what we've been working on in practice--go high hands when it's not there, mix in some off-speed shots,' and she just goes out and does it," Sheffield said. "It'd be nice if that happens all the time, you tell somebody something and they have the skill and ability to just go out and do it."

This weekend, Haggerty and her Badger teammates will face another test when they host San Diego in the opening match of the HotelRED Invitational.


Raegan Steiner Is The Perfect Ambassador For Montana Volleyball

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Yes, they play volleyball in Montana.

No, they don’t ride horses to volleyball practice.

In fact, Raegan Steiner would like you to know that high school volleyball is very much alive and kicking in a state better known for rodeo, skiing and — until recently — basketball. Steiner should know: the 6-foot-0 opposite from Billings Senior High is the first Montanan ever selected to the AVCA Under Armor High School All-American team.

Meet The 2017 Under Armour All-Americans: Raegan Steiner

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Becoming the first Under Armour High School All-American from the state of Montana is the perfect way to conclude Raegan Steiner’s prep volleyball career. 

Meet The 2017 Under Armour All-Americans: Emma Schriner

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Tennessee-bound outside hitter Emma Schriner is as physical as they come. Standing 6-foot-3 and touching over 10 feet, Schriner was one of only two starters returning for her Jamestown High School team this fall. 

Last Four Teams Standing Book Their Tickets To Kansas City

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On Saturday night, the eight remaining teams in the 2017 NCAA Division I women’s volleyball tournament faced off to determine which four would advance to the Final Four in Kansas City next week. 

Meet The 2017 Under Armour All-Americans: Adanna Rollins

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Adanna Rollins led Hebron High School to the 6A Texas state championship last year as a junior and was named the MVP of the tournament. This fall, Hebron, missing graduated setter and reigning Texas Gatorade Player of the Year Kylee McLaughlin, wasn’t expected to repeat, but with some inspired play from Rollins, they did just that.

Regional Hosts Survive Sweet 16 Tests

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The regional semifinal rounds of the 2017 NCAA Division I women’s volleyball tournament wrapped up last night, leaving only eight teams remaining in the hunt for the championship. 

Meet The 2017 Under Armour All-Americans: Ella May Powell

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The list of colleges Ella May Powell considered before making her commitment to Washington features some of the most decorated women’s volleyball programs in NCAA history: Stanford, UCLA, Florida, and Nebraska.

This Week's College Commits: 12/8/17

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A Texas high school state champion from the class of 2020 made her verbal commitment to Florida this week, Florida State added a 2021 libero from Walton High School in Georgia, and the beach programs of Missouri State and TCU celebrated the addition of talent to their 2019 teams.

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Meet The 2017 Under Armour All-Americans: Jonni Parker

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Miami East senior Jonni Parker led the 2017 Viking squad with 449 kills and 315 assists, but perhaps the most impressive line item on her stats sheet is the 153 aces; that mark ranks her fifth in state history for aces in a single season, according to the Ohio High School Athletic Association website.

Meet The 2017 Under Armour All-Americans: Ade’ Owokoniran

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To get an idea of what Ade’ Owokoniran’s contributions at the collegiate level might be like when she makes her debut at Duke next fall, think of Danielle Cuttino of Purdue. Like Cuttino, Owokoniran is a middle blocker with the skill and athleticism to play on the outside, while putting on a display of explosive power when in the middle.