2018 Flo50 Girls' High School Volleyball Rankings

Undefeated Assumption (KY) Wins Yet Another State Title

You might assume a high school team ending 43-0 and playing a national schedule against some of the best competition possible and then winning a state title would be considered that school’s best team ever.

But not at Assumption of Louisville, Ky. 

Legendary head coach Ron Kordes has had two teams earlier in his career that have done that same thing in 2001 and 2005 and he would only say after last Sunday’s final match that this year’s team would be one of the best he’s had when he was asked by the Louisville Courier-Journal.

The Rockets left no doubt about being this year’s mythical national champion when they topped their rivals from Mercy of Louisville 25-17, 22-25, 25-15 and 25-13 in last Sunday’s state tournament final. They ended 43-0 and seemed headed for the top national ranking for the season after they had won the last of the major tournaments they were in, which was the Asics Challenge in Chicago. 

Junior Rylee Rader, committed to Ohio State, had 16 kills against Mercy. That total was matched by senior Louisville-bound Anna DeBeer. Named as tourney MVP for Assumption was the versatile Callie Martin.

Assumption has now won 21 of the last 27 state titles in Kentucky with its toughest competition usually coming from the other Catholic schools in Louisville. Mercy, in getting a set off of the Rockets on Sunday, proved it was worthy of a national ranking this season as well.

Speaking of Catholic school rivals, last weekend’s state championship match in Hawaii marked the seventh time that Iolani of Honolulu and Kamehameha of Honolulu have met this season and it was the fourth straight year those two also have played at the end.

Both of those Hawaii schools have fared well enough against top teams from other states to warrant Flo50 national ranking attention and in the state final it was Kamehameha entering at No. 9 with Iolani at No. 24. In the seventh meeting, however, Iolani had the better night and won the state title with a 25-23, 25-21, 25-18 triumph.

The Raiders, who had only won once in the previous six matches against the Warriors, were led by junior outside hitter Elena Oglivie with 28 kills. Oglivie told the local media that the team was inspired by taking Kamehameha to a fifth set in the two teams’ last match. Grace Wee also shined by coming up with 20 digs.

In this week’s Flo50, Iolani moved up from No. 24 to No. 20 while Kamehameha dropped from No. 9 to No. 22.

Another top 10 team from last week’s rankings to lose was previous No. 3 Redondo Union (Redondo Beach, Calif.), which fell to Marymount (Los Angeles) in the CIF Southern Section Division I semifinals. Marymount has been a tricky team to rank all season because of matches that USA Beach Volleyball standout and California Ms. Volleyball candidate Devin Newberry has missed. Newberry played in that last match with Redondo and dominated with 24 kills.

In Saturday’s CIFSS D1 championship, Marymount (32-8) is facing Flo50 No. 2 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.), which has a win over Marymount with Newberry not in the lineup and a loss to the Sailors at the Nike Tournament of Champions when she was in. 

Two other teams hoping to join Assumption this weekend in nailing down final top 10 national rankings by winning state titles are No. 4 Yorktown (Indiana) and No. 6 Walton (Georgia). Yorktown is playing Avon for the Class 5A title in Indiana while Walton is facing Milton for the AAAAAAA championship in Georgia.

By Mark Tennis, Special to FloVolleyball

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