2017 MaxPreps Junior All-American Volleyball Team
The MaxPreps 2017 National Underclass Volleyball Players of the Year have a lot in common.
For starters, they win.
Gabby Gonzales, the National Junior Player of the Year, was the power behind Walton (Marietta, Ga.) and its state large school championship and MaxPreps national title after winning 40-of-41 matches and several major tournaments.
And for the first time, the MaxPreps National Sophomore and Freshman of the Year are not only from the same team, they are sisters — Melanie Shaffmaster and Mabry Shaffmaster.
The sisters led New Castle (Ind.) to a 34-6 season and the state 3A title.
In leading Walton to its 11th state title overall and sixth in seven seasons, the 6-foot-4 Gonzales had big numbers as a junior: 558 kills (5.5 kills per set) and had 220 digs. On four occasions, she averaged more than 8.5 kills per set in a match. Pledged to Ohio State, Gonzales was named the Marietta Daily Journal's Player of the Year.
Melani Shaffmaster, a 6-foot-3 do-it-all anywhere on the court player, was the 2016 MaxPreps National Freshman of the Year. She put up monster stats for the second-straight season: 456 Kills (3.9 per set average and 52.2 kill percent in 873 attempts), served 74 aces, recorded 101 blocks, had 219 digs and 952 assists (8.2 avg.). She has committed to Minnesota.
Mabry Shaffmaster, a 6-foot-1 hitter, isn't far behind her older sister in kills (445 for a 3.8 per set average), and leads in service aces (99-60) and percentage of service aces (22.5-18).
Here are the rest of the MaxPreps 2017 Underclass All-Americans:
OH — Madeline Chinn, Notre Dame Prep (Pontiac, Mich.), 6-3
Chinn led the Fighting Irish to a 64-win season and the state B title when she averaged 4.3 kills (51.2 kill percent), 2.1 digs and 2.1 serve receptions. Chinn also served for 79 aces and 256 points and blocked 126 shots in 152 sets. She was a first team All-State honoree.
January 5, 2018