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.


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

College Commitment: South Alabama


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


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

College Commitment: Louisville


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

College Commitment: Arkansas


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

College Commitment: Stanford


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

College Commitment: Northern Colorado


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

College Commitment: Columbia


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

College Commitment: Quinnipiac 


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

College Commitment: Miami


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

College Commitment: Ohio State


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


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

College Commitment: Gonzaga


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

College Commitment: Minnesota


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

College Commitment: Nebraska


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

College Commitment: Nebraska


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

College Commitment: Loyola Marymount


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

College Commitment: Ohio State


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

College Commitment: Illinois


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


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

College Commitment: Ohio State


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

College Commitment: Bryant


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

College Commitment: Michigan


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

College Commitment: Nebraska


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

College Commitment: Mississippi State


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

College Commitment: Florida


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


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

College Commitment: Wichita State


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


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

College Commitment: Hawaii


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

College Commitment: Oklahoma


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

College Commitment: Loyola Marymount


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


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

College Commitment: Alabama


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

College Commitment: LSU


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

College Commitment: UC Santa Barbara


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


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

College Commitment: Liberty


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


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

College Commitment: Purdue


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

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