Get To Know The 2018 UA All-American Middle Blockers

Often the most physically imposing player on the court, middle blockers also have to be quick-thinking and agile. 

The Class of 2019 features some especially deadly middle blockers, including five who were named to the First Team Under Armour All-America list and will compete in the 2018 Under Armour All-America Match on Dec. 14 during the NCAA National Championship in Minneapolis. 

Watch the 2018 Under Armour All-America Match LIVE on FloVolleyball

Get to know this quintet of high-flying, hard-hit-blocking, quick-hitting athletes and tune in right here on FloVolleyball to watch the Under Armour All-America Match, Friday, Dec. 14, at 8 PM CT. 

Miss the previous installments of our Under Armour All-America features? Follow the links to learn more about the First Team liberos and outsides, part 1 and part 2

Courtney Gorum | 6-3 | Chesapeake, Virginia | Grassfield | Wisconsin

A former basketball player, Courtney Gorum joined her first club volleyball team as a sophomore in high school. A fast-twitch super athlete, Gorum touches 10-4 and ranked in the top 50 of PrepVolleyball’s Senior Aces list.

Gorum originally gave a verbal commitment to Chattanooga in February 2018, but after a stellar junior club season, it became clear she could aim even higher. She reopened her recruiting process and in October committed to Wisconsin, joining a team that currently boasts one of the nation’s top middles duos in Dana Rettke and Tionna Williams.

“[Courtney] attended our camp this summer and her ability to play above the net was certainly impressive,” Wisconsin head coach Kelly Sheffield said. “She’s a big jumper and has the potential to be a big-time blocker. Although very quiet off of the court, she can have a fiery personality on it.”

In her senior season, Gorum led her Grassfield team with 215 kills, hitting .522, in addition to racking up a team-high 93 blocks.

Madison Horin | 6-3 | Munster, Indiana | Munster | Southern California

Over the summer, Madison Horin earned the title of captain during her time with the U.S. Junior National Team, and the 6-3 Indiana native led the team to a gold medal at the NORCECA U20 Continental Championship. She also served as captain of the U.S. Youth National Team that traveled to Japan for the U18 World Championship in 2017.

On her high school team this fall, Horin scored 310 kills on 563 attempts to finish the season with a .398 hitting percentage and help her team earn a spot in the Class 4A state championship tournament. 

Kara McGhee | 6-4 | San Antonio, Texas | Clark | Baylor

The sole Baylor recruit on the 2018 First Team All-America list and only the second first teamer ever for the Bears, Kara McGhee ranked sixth on PrepVolleyball’s list of top seniors, making her the highest-ranked recruit in the history of Baylor volleyball. 

“[Kara] has a very heavy arm and plays above the net at a high level,” Baylor head coach Ryan McGuyre said. “Her size, strength, speed, power and servant leadership will capture our fans awe and hearts.”

With 607 kills, hitting .464, and 231 blocks, McGhee led Clark to the state semifinals, where it fell in five to O’Connor.

Shea Rubright | 6-4 | Yakima, Washington | West Valley | Minnesota

A state championship marked the perfect end to an illustrious high school career for Shea Rubright, which also included playing key roles on West Valley’s basketball and tennis teams. PrepVolleyball ranked the University of Minnesota signee seventh in the Class of 2019 and this fall, she earned First Team All-State honors.

“Shea has unbelievable potential in the middle blocker position,” Minnesota head coach McCutcheon said. "Not only does she have length,  she is also fast and strong. She knows how to work hard and she knows how to learn. 

On her way to winning MVP of the 4A state tournament, Rubright tallied a team-high 340 kills, hitting .505. She also led the team in blocks with 78. 

Riley Zuhn | 6-6 | Fort Collins, Colorado | Fossil Ridge | Nebraska

Top college programs started recruiting Riley Zuhn when she was in seventh grade — perhaps even earlier. Five years later, she’s lived up to the hype, winning a state championship as a sophomore and earning a spot on the U.S. Youth National Team. 

Listed as a middle, Zuhn is a versatile hitter and will likely play outside in college at Nebraska.

“Riley has worked very hard to be a Husker,” Nebraska head coach John Cook said. “We admire her passion and drive to be great. She is a player that will without a doubt have a positive impact on the culture of our program with her hard work and dedication. She is a highly skilled attacker and blocker and plays for one of the best club teams in Colorado.”

With Zuhn leading the way, Fossil Ridge lost just four matches in 2018 and made it all the way to the quarterfinals of the CHSAA state tournament. Zuhn recorded 353 kills on the year, hitting .421.

NCAA Tournament Watch Guide

The NCAA tournament is here. Check out the slate of games you can watch right here on FloVolleyball.

All The NCAA Tournament Info You Need

The NCAA Tournament is here! The selection committee released the bracket Sunday night and action starts Thursday at 4:30 pm ET. 

Big Ten Weekend Watch Guide

For most conferences the post season has already begun, for the Big Ten there are still a number of regular season games to settle first. 

FloVolleyball Weekly Notebook: Tickets Punched

It’s our last weekly update of the regular season. Here are the top headlines and storylines leading up to Sunday’s NCAA Selection Show.

American Men In CEV Champions League

Just like we did a few weeks ago with the women, we’re going to make it a whole lot easier for you to follow your favorite American professional volleyball players overseas by breaking down where you can see Team USA athletes in the 2019-20 CEV Champions League. 

Biggest Takeaways From The CAA Championship

Towson’s magical season hasn’t come to an end yet. The Tigers strolled through the 2019 Colonial Athletic Association Championship to claim the program’s second conference title and secure an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. They are the first team since 1996 to go undefeated in the regular season and win the postseason championship.

CAA Championship Wrap Up

Towson became the first team in over a decade to go undefeated for an entire season in CAA play and win the conference title in the same year since George Mason in 1996. The Tigers won 22 straight games, with 16 of them being conference wins, to finish the season at 28-2 overall and 16-0 in the CAA. They now receive an automatic bid to the 2019 NCAA Volleyball tournament.

Everything You Need To Know About The NCAA Postseason

The postseason is officially upon us. Thursday, four conferences begin their tournaments, with eight more kicking off Friday, and one league, the Southern Conference, started its tourney with a play-in match on Tuesday night. NCAA Tournament berths are on the line come the championship matches on Saturday and Sunday.

Top 7 Big Ten Matches Of 2019

Two more weeks of competition remain before the 2019 Big Ten women’s volleyball champion is crowned. There’s still plenty of time for big, game-changing results to roll in, but we wanted to take a moment to look back on some of the most exciting matches of the season to date in what is one of the, if not the, most competitive women’s volleyball conference out there. 

CAA Championship Preview: Towson Heavily Favored

The final regular-season results for the 2019 Colonial Athletic Association women’s volleyball rolled in on Sunday, and the nine teams in the league assumed their final positions in the standings.