Gatorade Announces Volleyball State Players Of The Year

Gatorade has released its list of state girls volleyball players of the year for 2018.

Of the 51 honorees (one each from the 50 states and Washington D.C.), 32 are seniors, with all but five of those 32 seniors having committed to continue their volleyball careers in college. Sixteen of the athletes honored are juniors and just three are sophomores. 

According to Gatorade, the player of the year award “recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field.”

Among the group honored for their achievements during the 2018 high school volleyball season are seven AVCA First Team High School Under Armour All-Americans. Ohio State and Nebraska tied for the most recruits making this year’s list, with three 2018 honorees heading to each school.

Five 2018 honorees are celebrating their second Gatorade State POY award in a row: Gabby Gonzales (Georgia), Madi Kubik (Iowa), Rylee Rader (Kentucky), Callie Minshew (Mississippi) and Olivia Curtis (Oklahoma). Three exceptional athletes have now been named state Gatorade POY three years running: Ellie Holzman (Louisiana), Jenaisya Moore (Maryland) and Maile Somera (Rhode Island). 

Another highlight of the list is North Dakota junior Lauren Ware, who impressively also earned the 2018 Gatorade Player of the Year honor for basketball. She has not yet decided which sport she’ll pursue in college.

Alabama

Lillie Fromdahl, 5-8, Sr., S, McGill-Toolen Catholic HS

College Commitment: South Alabama

Alaska

Hahni Johnson, 5-9, Jr., OH/S, Dimond HS

Arizona

Shannon Shields, 5-10, Sr., S, Xavier College Prep

College Commitment: Louisville

Arkansas

Clara Parker, 5-10, Jr., OH, Jonesboro HS

College Commitment: Arkansas

California

Natalie Berty, 6-3, Sr., OH, Mater Dei HS

College Commitment: Stanford

Colorado

McKenna Sciacca, 5-11, Sr., S, Lewis-Palmer HS

College Commitment: Northern Colorado

Connecticut

Kiara Robichaud, 5-11, Sr., OH, Joel Barlow HS

College Commitment: Columbia

Delaware

Madeline Matheny, 6-1, Sr., OH, Charter School of Wilmington

College Commitment: Quinnipiac 

Florida

Savannah Vach, 5-10, Sr., S/OPP, Oviedo HS

College Commitment: Miami

Georgia

Gabby Gonzales, 6-4, Sr., OH, Walton HS

College Commitment: Ohio State

Hawaii

Elena Oglivie, 5-10, Jr., OH, Iolani School

Idaho

Zoe Thiros, 5-11, Sr., OH, Century HS

College Commitment: Gonzaga

Illinois

Taylor Landfair, 6-4, Jr., OH, Plainfield Central HS

College Commitment: Minnesota

Indiana

Kenzie Knuckles, 5-7, Sr., OH, Yorktown HS

College Commitment: Nebraska

Iowa

Madi Kubik, 6-1, Sr., OH, Valley HS

College Commitment: Nebraska

Kansas

Audrey Klemp, 6-2, Sr., OH, St. James Academy

College Commitment: Loyola Marymount

Kentucky

Rylee Rader, 6-2, Jr., MB, Assumption HS

College Commitment: Ohio State

Louisiana

Ellie Holzman, 6-2, Sr., OH/MB, Mount Carmel Academy

College Commitment: Illinois

Maine

Annika Hester, 6-3, Soph., OH, Falmouth HS

Maryland

Jenaisya Moore, 5-11, Sr., OH, Northwest HS

College Commitment: Ohio State

Massachusetts

Riley James, 5-10, Sr., OH, Barnstable HS

College Commitment: Bryant

Michigan

Jess Mruzik, 6-1, Jr., OH, Mercy HS

College Commitment: Michigan

Minnesota

Kennedi Orr, 6-0, Soph., S/OH, Eagan HS

College Commitment: Nebraska

Mississippi

Callie Minshew, 5-11, Sr., OH, Brandon HS

College Commitment: Mississippi State

Missouri

Birdie Hendrickson, 6-2, Jr., OH, Logan-Rogersville HS

College Commitment: Florida

Montana

Audrey Hofer, 5-7, Soph., S, Capital HS

Nebraska

Marriah Buss, 6-0, Jr., OH, Lincoln Lutheran HS

College Commitment: Wichita State

Nevada

Tommi Stockham, 6-2, Jr., OH, Bishop Gorman HS

College Commitment: USC

New Hampshire

Leah Creteau, 5-7, Sr., OH, Spaulding HS

New Jersey

Anna Morris, 6-3, Jr., MB, Immaculate Heart Academy

New Mexico

Brie Mortensen, 5-6, Sr., S, La Cueva HS

College Commitment: New Mexico State

New York

Beth Miller, 5-6, Sr., OH, Portville HS

College Commitment: Edinboro (Pa.)

North Carolina

Sydney Dowler, 6-0, Jr., S, Green Hope HS

College Commitment: Maryland

North Dakota

Lauren Ware, 6-5, Jr., MB, Century HS

Ohio

Riley Wagoner, 6-0, Sr., OH, Dublin Coffman HS

College Commitment: Hawaii

Oklahoma

Olivia Curtis, 5-11, Sr., OH, Christian Heritage Academy

College Commitment: Oklahoma

Oregon

Rose Booth, 6-1, Sr., OH, Jesuit HS

College Commitment: Loyola Marymount

Pennsylvania

Abby Miller, 5-7, Jr., S, North Allegheny Senior HS

Rhode Island

Maile Somera, 5-9, Sr., OH, Barrington HS

College Commitment: Yale

South Carolina

Sophie Fischer, 6-5, Jr., OH/MB, Nation Ford HS

College Commitment: UNC

South Dakota

Lily Bartling, 6-0, Sr., OH, Washington HS

Tennessee

Alyiah Wells, 6-2, Sr., MB, Briarcrest Christian School

College Commitment: Alabama

Texas

Paige Flickinger, 5-10, Jr., OH, Byron Nelson HS

College Commitment: LSU

Utah

Tasia Farmer, 6-0, Sr., OH, Lone Peak HS

College Commitment: UC Santa Barbara

Vermont

Maddie Folsom, 6-0, Sr., MB, Essex HS

Virginia

Krissy O’Malley, 5-9, Sr., S, Flint Hill School

College Commitment: Liberty

Washington

Shea Rubright, 6-5, Sr., MB, West Valley HS
College Commitment: Minnesota

Washington D.C.

Lauren Antonucci, 5-9, Sr., S, St. John’s College HS

West Virginia

Bryce Knapp, 5-8, Sr., OH, Woodrow Wilson HS

Wisconsin

Maddie Koch, 6-2, Sr., OH, Ashwaubenon HS

College Commitment: Purdue

Wyoming

Danilynn Schell, 5-10, Jr., S/OPP, Kelly Walsh HS

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