Meet The 2017 Under Armour All-Americans: Karson Bacon

Karson Bacon

Next fall, Rancho Cucamonga senior Karson Bacon will be a member of the University of Oregon’s women’s volleyball team. She’s one of the top middles in this year’s graduating class, and as an outside hitter was the kills leader on her high school team that made it to the second round of the CIF Southern Section tournament. 

But before all that, she was just a kid who got signed up for the University of Hawaii’s volleyball camp while visiting her grandparents in the islands. 


Karson Bacon

Position: Middle blocker

Height: 6-foot-3

High School: Rancho Cucamonga (Rancho Cucamonga, CA)

Club: Tstreet

College Commitment: Oregon


Since that camp in which she was introduced to the sport, Bacon has dedicated herself wholeheartedly to her volleyball career, starring not only for Rancho Cucamonga — hitting over .400 in each of her first three high school seasons as a starting middle blocker — but also playing on Tstreet’s nationally ranked 17-Naseri team. 

Six-three and touching 10-7, Bacon had 508 kills for Rancho Cucamonga this season and took over 1,000 swings, and yet still managed to maintain a .316 hitting percentage.

Thanks to her performance this fall, Bacon was named AVCA Under Armour First Team All-America.

“Karson is the most physically gifted athlete this program has ever seen,” Oregon head coach Matt Ulmer said in the announcement of his 2017 recruiting class. “She is extremely intimidating to the opposition with her blocking ability. Karson touches 10-7 and has the quickest lateral first step that I have seen from someone her height.”

Watch Bacon and the rest of the 2017 Under Armour First Team All-Americans in action at the Under Armour All-American Match on December 15, 2017, LIVE only on FloVolleyball.

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.