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Congratulations to KC Power 18-1 Madison Duello, #9, 6-2 OH, Liberty (Missouri), KC Power – Wisconsin

Madison Duello of Liberty is The Star's All-Metro Volleyball Player of the Year

Kansas City - It wasn’t long after Liberty High School volleyball coach April Fleming met Madison Duello that the tall, lanky sixth-grader began talking about her dream to play college volleyball.

Nearly six years later, that goal will soon be reached, when Duello, the ninth-ranked volleyball recruit in the 2015 class, heads to Wisconsin to continue her athletic career.

There have been a whole lot of other accomplishments along the way.

In her senior season at Liberty, Duello led the Blue Jays to the Missouri Class 4 Final Four, where the Jays settled for fourth place. She recorded 546 kills, 239 digs, 53 blocks and 23 aces this season and earned Missouri Gatorade player of the year honors.

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Her latest accomplishment: The Star’s All-Metro player of the year.

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone quite like her,” Fleming said. “It’s not just the talent. It’s just the way she totally bought into volleyball. She has the ambition to be the best, and she doesn’t miss a day of training to do that. She’s always the hardest worker, leading us on the court and by example, too.”

Those examples churned toward a high level of production, which eventually resulted in All-American selection by various associations, including the American Volleyball Coaches Association and MaxPreps.com.

Liberty constructed its team around finding ways to best feed its 6-3 outside hitter, who recorded a .495 kill percentage this season. As a result, the Blue Jays finished 34-2-1 and took an unbeaten record into the state semifinals.

“Our strategy, more or less, was to get Madison the ball, and we’ll win the point,” Fleming said. “All of her teammates bought into that, too. They understood that’s what it took to win. We were really lucky with that part of it.”

PrepVolleyball has announced the finalists for National Junior Player of the Year.

Congratulations to KC Power 17-1 Regan Pittman, 6-4 MB, St. Thomas Aquinas

Overland Park, Kansas – A beast, Pittman was the emotional anchor of a Saints team that dethroned mighty St. James in Kansas’ 5A class in 2014. The Minnesota recruit led her league in hitting percentage (.495) and blocks (108) and terminated 366 times. She was flat out amazing in the state tournament, making one show stopping play after another. “Her excitement ignites her team,” said retiring coach Kim Bogart. “Love, love, love Regan Pittman!”

PrepVolleyball 2015 Senior Aces

01/21/2015, 3:00pm CST
By Denise

PrepVolleyball has announced their 2015 Senior Aces, recognizing the top 100 seniors nationally.

Congratulations to KC Power 18-1 Madison Duello, #9, 6-2 OH, Liberty (Missouri), KC Power – Wisconsin

So smooth and fluid, Duello puts her hand on the ball as well as anyone in this class. Her great arm and hand contact mean very few hitting errors and she has an arsenal of shots she uses to score with, whether she’s hitting from a pin or the back row. Duello is a complete player who blocks with more than elbows over the tape and covers a lot of ground in the back row on serve receive and left-back defense. Duello, whose transition to a more competitive club this past season helped elevate her game even more, has an unbelievable volleyball I.Q. and a refreshing willingness/desire to get better every time she steps on the court.  Her competitive mindset, leadership potential and coachability are other assets that could get her on the court early at Wisconsin, where she has committed.

PrepVolleyball has announced the 2015 finalists for the Andi Collins Award, which recognizes the top senior setters in the nation.

Congratulations to Power 18-1 setter Lindsey Benson, 6-2 S, Olathe East

Olathe, Kansas – A member of both the 6A All-State and All-State Tournament teams, Benson recorded 1,153 assists, 73 kills, 149 digs, 56 aces and 39 blocks as the Hawks repeated their Kansas state championship in Class 6A.

Prepvolleyball announces the 2015 Senior Player of the Year Candidates.  Congratulations to KC Power 18-1 Finalists:

Madison Duello, 6-3 OH, Liberty (Missouri) – A top senior recruit headed to Wisconsin, Duello’s superior all-around game propelled the Blue Jays to an undefeated regular season and a berth in the Missouri Class 4 State Tournament, where they finished fourth. The Missouri Gatorade POY, Duello recorded 546 kills, 239 digs, 53 blocks and 23 aces. She was named First Team All-State.
 

Lindsey Benson, 6-2 S, Olathe East (Olathe, Kansas) – A member of both the 6A All-State and All-State Tournament teams, Benson recorded 1,153 assists, 73 kills, 149 digs, 56 aces and 39 blocks as the Hawks repeated their Kansas state championship in Class 6A.