Get To Know The 2018 UA All-American Outside Hitters (Part 2)

Earlier this week, we started introducing you to the outside hitters on this year’s AVCA Under Armour All-America First Team. What follows are the profiles of the remaining five athletes, who are secondary only alphabetically.

Miss part one of the outsides feature? Check it out here, and learn about the First Team All-America liberos here.

Watch the Under Armour All-America Match right here on FloVolleyball, Friday, December 14, at 8 PM CT. 

Riley James | 5-10 | Barnstable, Massachusetts | Barnstable | Bryant 

Bryant University is having a great year. The Bulldogs made the NCAA Division I women’s volleyball tournament for the first time since moving up from Division II in 2012, and outside hitter Riley James is the program’s first Under Armour First Team All-America.

James won a state championship with her Barnstable High School team as a freshman and sophomore and was named Massachusetts Gatorade Player of the Year at the end of her sophomore season. Although Barnstable girls volleyball boasts an incredible track record with 18 state championships, earlier this year James became the first player in program history to surpass 1,500 career kills.

In James’ senior season, the Red Raiders didn’t lose a set until the state championship match, where they lost to Newton North in four. James collected a team-high 435 kills on the season, hitting a blistering .456.

Kendall Kipp | 6-4 | Newport Beach, California | Corona Del Mar | Stanford

One of three Stanford-bound outside hitters to be named First Team All-America, Kipp hails from Newport Beach, California. The versatile hitter played middle on the U.S. Girls Youth National Team in 2016 and 2017, and has played outside, middle, and opposite for her high school team. 

This fall, Kipp, a captain since her sophomore year, led Corona Del Mar to the Division I CIF state tournament, recording a team-high 505 kills.

Madi Kubik | 6-2 | West Des Moines, Iowa | Valley | Nebraska

PrepVolleyball ranked Madi Kubik as the No. 4 player in the Class of 2019. A a member of the U.S. Girls Junior National Team, Kubik helped the USA win gold at the 2018 NORCECA Women’s U20 Continental Championship, recording nine kills and two blocks in the championship match against Dominican Republic.

The 2017 Iowa Gatorade Player of the Year led her high school team to a 41-4 record and a state championship this fall, averaging 5.16 kills per set at a .382 clip.

“Madi is undoubtedly one of the best players in the country,” Nebraska head coach John Cook said of his future player. “Her experience with Team USA will be a very valuable addition to our program. With an outside graduating after this season, Madi will have a chance to compete for a starting spot right away. She is a complete volleyball player and can play all six rotations. She is an exceptional passer as well as a force at the net.” 

Caroline Meuth | 6-0| San Antonio, Texas | Churchill | Notre Dame

On October 5, Caroline Meuth set a new school record for kills in a match, tallying 35 versus powerhouse Reagan High School. But with an average of 5.3 kills per set in her senior season, that total wasn’t too far out of the ordinary. By the end of the season, Meuth had collected 652 total kills, and she led her team to the second round of the Texas 6A state tournament.

"Caroline is a special girl in many ways,” Notre Dame head coach Mike Johnson said in a signing day press release. “She is a powerful athlete who can hit the ball as hard as anyone in the country. She has shown the courage and the willingness to take a big swing, and that combined with her physical gifts will allow her to score points at the very highest level.”

Temitayo Thomas-Ailara | 6-2 | Chicago Heights, Illinois | Marian Catholic | Northwestern

Not only does Temitayo Thomas-Ailara jump high and have a full arsenal of shots, but she’s solid on defense and deadly from behind the service line. Don’t believe us? Check the stats. In her senior season, Thomas-Ailara racked up 384 kills (hitting .356), 62 aces, 182 digs, and 434 service receptions.

Thomas-Ailara has been known to take over matches and she led her team to a 27-7-1 record this fall, as well as an appearance in the Illinois Class 4A state tournament. Her sophomore season, Marian Catholic won the 3A state championship and she was named MVP. Last year, Thomas-Ailara earned another MVP honor after leading Michio Chicago 17 National to the 17 National title at USAV Nationals.

"Temi is a tenacious competitor with an athletic ability to match,” Northwestern head coach Shane Davis said. “We're excited to keep this homegrown talent close to home."

EIVA Honors Trio Of Hall Of Famers

Saturday, on the campus of Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey, the EIVA men’s volleyball conference will crown a new champion. 

EIVA Championships Preview

Princeton didn’t really need to beat Penn State in both teams’ final regular season match of the 2019 season. With a four-set victory over Saint Francis the night before, the Tigers had secured the EIVA regular season championship and hosting rights for the conference playoffs. 

CEV Women's Final Is Set For Imoco, Novara

In the 2018-19 CEV Champions League semifinals, Italy proved itself to be home of the best women’s professional volleyball in Europe. 

EIVA Notebook: Gimeno Shines For NJIT

A big week in EIVA men’s volleyball saw the four postseason contenders determined, and a new team rise to No. 2 in the standings.

EIVA Notebook: Princeton Digs In At No. 1

With only six teams advancing to the national postseason, winning your conference title is of the utmost importance for college men’s volleyball teams with NCAA Championship ambitions. 

Samantha Bricio Aims For The Top Of The World With Fenerbahce

Something about the way Samantha Bricio plays the game of volleyball catches a spectator’s eye. Perhaps it’s her graceful nonchalance on defense or her readiness to attack from anywhere on the court. It could just as easily be her practically un-passable hybrid jump serve or her understated but genuine celebrations. Of course, she’s also a pretty solid attacker who jumps high and swings fast. 

Bricio, Fenerbahce Among CEV Women's Final Four

The quarterfinals of the CEV Champions League made it pretty clear which regions serve as hubs for the best women’s professional volleyball in Europe. 

EIVA Notebook: Penn State Downs Reigning MIVA Champ

Only five of the EIVA’s eight teams competed last week and there were no conference matchups, so instead of our usual weekly notebook format, we’re going to break down the results for each of those five active teams and give you a preview of the top upcoming matches. 

The Battle For Europe's Most Prestigious Trophy Is Down To Four

As of Thursday night, only four teams remain in the hunt for Europe’s most prestigious professional trophy.

EIVA Notebook: Schoenfeld Leads Harvard Back From Extended Break

College basketball has hurtled into the postseason and March is officially mad, but in men’s college volleyball, regular-season action chugs along.