MaxPreps 2015 Medium Schools All-American Girls Volleyball Team
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MH – Caroline Marsh, North Henderson (Hendersonville, N.C.), 5-10 Jr.
Though the 15-7 Knights had a short postseason, Marsh once again put up big numbers: 7.5 kills per set, 145 blocks (2.1 per set) and 3.1 digs per set. She also returned 369 serves with only 23 errors. Marsh was named to MaxPreps Underclass All-American teams as a freshman and sophomore.
MB – Shardonee Hayes, Columbus (Ga.), 6-3 Sr.
Named the Georgia 5A Player of the Year as well as Area 1-AAAAA POY, Hayes has signed with Arizona. She led Columbus to three straight state 5A titles and as a senior recorded 530 kills and 114 blocks for the 46-7 Blue Devils.
MB – Devyn Cross, Desert (Edwards AFB, Calif.), 6-1 Sr.
Named the CIF-Southern Section's D-4 POY, Cross led Desert to the state semifinals and a 28-3 season. The Arizona signee averaged 4.6 kills (51.9 kill percentage), served 46 aces, blocked 131 shots (1.5 per set) and had 370 digs (4.2).
OH – Emily Tanski, Gabriel Richard (Ann Arbor, Mich.) 5-10 Sr.
Team captain of MaxPreps' No. 3 team, Tanski led Gabriel Richard to a state title and 42-0 record. She averaged 5.2 kills (552) per set and added 48 aces, 59 blocks, 393 digs (3.7) and had 310 serve receptions. The future New Hampshire University athlete was first team Class B all-state and the Ann Arbor News POY.
OH – Meredith Norris, Corunna (Mich.), 6-3 Jr.
Norris made headlines a year ago by recording 53 kills in a match. This year, she had a high of 56 to go along with a season total of 836 (6.4 per set average) as Corunna won 32 matches. Named the POY on the Lansing State Journal's Elite Team, she also had 74 aces (94 percent), blocked 56 shots and had a team-high 585 digs (4.5) and 696 serve receptions. She has committed to Michigan State.
OH – Mary Dodge, East Troy (Wis.), 5-10 Sr.
Dodge, who has committed to Wisconsin, recorded 670 kills (.486 kill percentage), 428 digs and 43 service aces in leading the Trojans (32-10) to the D-2 state final this past season. A three-time first team all-state selection, Dodge was named the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's All-Area Player of the Year.
OH – Julia Scoles, South Iredell (Statesville, N.C.), 6-1 Sr.
The North Carolina signee led the Vikings to a 27-1 record and 3A state title, as Scoles recorded 283 digs, 231 kills (.441 kill percentage) and 122 service aces. In the state title game, she slammed 23 kills on 28 swings (.821). Scoles, a three-time Statesville Record & Landmark Player of the Year, was North Carolina's Gatorade POY.
OH – Maria Bellinger, Paramus (N.J.), 6-1 Sr.
Bellinger recorded 434 kills (7.4 kill average, 50.8 kill percentage), 159 digs (3.1) and 42 service aces while leading the Spartans (21-6) to the Group 3 state championship match. The 2015 Star Ledger State Player of the Year, Bellinger is a two-time Bergen Record North Jersey Player of the Year choice and a two-time first team all-state honoree. The state's Gatorade winner, Bellinger will attend Delaware University.
OH – Sarah Tabit, Mt. Morris (Mich.), 5-9 Sr.
Tabit set a national single-season kill record of 1,076 in leading the Panthers to a 68-6-3 record. She averaged 6.0 kills per set (59.8 percent) on 1,740 attempts. Tabit, who was named the Flint Journal POY, also had 168 aces. The first team Class B all-state player will attend Saginaw Valley State.
S – Corinne Cox, Notre Dame Academy (Hingham, Mass.), 6-2 Sr.
A two-time Gatorade State POY, Cox led the Cougars to a 22-1 record and the D-2 state championship. Cox totaled 771 assists, 124 digs, 71 kills, 52 service aces and 42 blocks. A two-time Boston Globe All-Scholastic selection and a three-time D-2 first team all-state honoree, Cox will attend Dartmouth.
S – Carlee Ketchum, West Delaware (Manchester, Iowa), 5-8 Sr.
Ketchum averaged 1.68 kills, 8.16 assists and 2.72 digs per set as the Hawks (49-2) captured the state 4A title. A two-time first team all-state selection, she was named Player of the Year by the Iowa Girls Coaches Association, as well as Gatorade State POY. She has signed with Upper Iowa University.
S – Sydney Fulton, Delaware Military Academy (Wilmington, Del.), 5-8 Jr.
Fulton led the Seahawks to a 26-0 record and the state championship this past season. The state's returning Gatorade State POY recorded 718 assists, 153 digs, 55 kills and 40 service aces. A two-time first team all-state selection, she was also named Player of the Year by the Delaware Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association.
L- Emma Kowalkowski, Notre Dame Prep (Pontiac, Mich.), 5-5 Sr.
Another Michigan Miss Volleyball finalist, Kowalkowski recorded a state-best 1,028 digs in 2015 and also had 368 service points with 101 aces. She also showed her all-around versatility with 104 assists and 90 kills. A first team all-stater for the 46-10 Fighting Irish, she has signed with Western Kentucky.
L – Alexis Dirige, Sacred Heart Cathedral (San Francisco), 5-2 Sr.
Dirige, who has committed to Washington State, plays much bigger than her height and recorded 687 digs (6.0), served 90.9 percent (52 aces) and returned 555 serves (4.9) as Sacred Heart finished 30-9.
A-A – Meghan Donovan, Villa Duchesne (St. Louis), 6-3 Sr.
Donovan led the Saints (33-7-1) to the 3A state championship when she recorded 1,049 assists, 230 digs, 200 kills, 54 blocks and 48 service aces. A Georgia signee, she concluded her prep volleyball career with a state-record 3,468 assists as well as 949 digs and 605 kills. Donovan was Missouri's Gatorade POY.
A-A – Cheyenne Huskey, Columbus (Texas), 6-2 Sr.
A state-caliber high jumper, Huskey was named the Texas Sports Writers' State Small School POY. She led Columbus to a 41-9 season when she tallied 419 kills, served 95 aces, blocked 158 shots (1.1 per set), had 368 digs (2.6 average) and dished out 1,092 assists (7.6 per set). She has signed with Florida.
December 21, 2015