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KC POWER HEART TSHIRTS

02/08/2016, 6:15pm CST
By DENISE

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KC Power is offering Players and Families the opportunity to purchase a KC Power Heart Tshirt through a special order. Open the KC Power Heart Tshirt Order document for order and contact information.

 

Bishop Miege Summer Volleyball Camp

02/08/2016, 5:30pm CST
By Denise

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Dates are set for the 2016 Bishop Miege Summer Volleyball Camp.  Please visit our Clinics and Training tab for more information and enrollment.

Power 17-1 setter Madison Lilley has been selected as the 2016 Prepvolleyball National Junior of the Year.  

Madison Lilley set the USA Youth National Team to a Silver Medal at the U18 World Championships over the summer, matching the squad’s best-ever finish. Two months later, Lilley led Blue Valley West(Stilwell, Kansas) not only to its first state tournament appearance in a decade but to the Kansas 6A title. She did this despite playing out of position for much of the year and despite playing hurt the rest of the time.

It is these things that set her apart, by the narrowest of margins, from the rest of a talented Class of 2017. Lilley is PrepVolleyball.com’s 2017 National Junior of the Year.

***

When Lilley, who stands 5-11, announced her commitment to the University of Kentucky one month before the start of her sophomore year, she already was a nationally-renowned assist maker with a mesmerizing game. A great leader who commanded the court, Lilley demonstrated the ability to deliver a ball to outside hitters with ease from the opposite side of the court. She could set quicks, in front of and behind her, with pace and touch. Her ability to get her feet to the ball and better even errant passes was something to behold. She was an elite blocker, defender and attacker.

Lilley was so good in fact that she always was mentioned in the same breath as the other two elite setters in this class, Sydney Hilley of Champlin Park (Minnesota) and Ashley Shook of Plainfield Central(Illinois). I mention this because, while Shook, a Texas recruit, did not have enough high school team success in 2015 to be a serious contender for the Junior of the Year award, Hilley, a Wisconsin recruit, was the player Lilley had to beat out to take it home.

The differences between Hilley and Lilley, when it comes to National Junior of the Year consideration, are ever so slight, shadows on a penumbra if you will. Both made the Youth National Team and started matches for the USA. Both led their high school teams to the state tournament in their state’s largest classifications. Both had silly stats that showed their all-around brilliance: 200 or more assists, digs and kills. Hilley, our 2014 National Sophomore of the Year, was named Metro Player of the Year in the Twin Cities, Minnesota Gatorade POY, First Team All-State and MaxPreps’ National Junior of the Year. Lilley was First Team All-State and a member of the All-State Tournament Team but was not 6A Player of the Year (that went to senior Tess Reid of Olathe Northwest, another brilliant setter). Lilley’s team won state, which matters a lot; and made an 84-place move in the national rankings to finish at No. 12. Hilley’s team finished third after getting knocked out of the running for the title by Eagan, which has another brilliant junior setter/hitter inBrie Orr, and finished 77th nationally. Lilley’s team had slightly better overall personnel but the team doesn’t make the state semifinals without her. Hilley’s team doesn’t make the state tournament without her.

See my dilemma? Lilley and Hilley are two brilliant players with outstanding credentials for the award. YOU choose one!

I chose Lilley, not only because Hilley has already been recognized nationally for her 2015 work by MaxPreps, but also because Lilley went the extra mile by playing out of position and hurt to lead her team to a state title.

“I say this as a fan and a rival,” said Dave Johnson, head coach at Blue Valley. “I have had to coach against her in high school and club and have had the privilege to work with her as well. This kid is legit. Best setter in the country.”

***

Blue Valley West coach Jessica Kopp said that the hardest thing about coaching Lilley in 2015 was defining her role. She’s a tremendous setter, of course, but also is a strong attacker and blocker. Because the Jaguars only had one true middle, Kopp had to use Lilley’s versatility to benefit the team.

The plan early was for Lilley to set three rotations, play two in the middle, because of her ability to block and hit quicks; and one on either pin. This worked pretty well. For the first 14 matches, Lilley averaged 4.5 assists and 3.5 kills per set and BVW was 12-2, losing only to two teams in the national top 25, Shawnee Heights and Olathe Northwest.

Lilley then strained an abdominal muscle, which affected her ability to swing.  “At this point, we switched to a 5-1 which ended up being a blessing in disguise,” said Kopp. “Her consistency at the setting position was so good that it took us to another level.”

KC POWER ANNOUNCES SPRING BREAK CLINICS

02/07/2016, 10:45pm CST
By DENISE

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KC POWER will host Spring Break Volleyball Skills Clinics for ages 9-14 on March 15 & 16.  More details and enrollment document can be found under our Training section.  Questions call Gwenn Pike 913-422-0581

Click on the headline to open this article and download the tshirt order form

KC POWER HEART TSHIRTS

02/08/2016, 6:15pm CST
By DENISE

Click on the headline to open this article and download the tshirt order form

KC Power is offering Players and Families the opportunity to purchase a KC Power Heart Tshirt through a special order. Open the KC Power Heart Tshirt Order document for order and contact information.

 

Bishop Miege Summer Volleyball Camp

02/08/2016, 5:30pm CST
By Denise

Click on the headline to open this article and download the tshirt order form

Dates are set for the 2016 Bishop Miege Summer Volleyball Camp.  Please visit our Clinics and Training tab for more information and enrollment.

Power 17-1 setter Madison Lilley has been selected as the 2016 Prepvolleyball National Junior of the Year.  

Madison Lilley set the USA Youth National Team to a Silver Medal at the U18 World Championships over the summer, matching the squad’s best-ever finish. Two months later, Lilley led Blue Valley West(Stilwell, Kansas) not only to its first state tournament appearance in a decade but to the Kansas 6A title. She did this despite playing out of position for much of the year and despite playing hurt the rest of the time.

It is these things that set her apart, by the narrowest of margins, from the rest of a talented Class of 2017. Lilley is PrepVolleyball.com’s 2017 National Junior of the Year.

***

When Lilley, who stands 5-11, announced her commitment to the University of Kentucky one month before the start of her sophomore year, she already was a nationally-renowned assist maker with a mesmerizing game. A great leader who commanded the court, Lilley demonstrated the ability to deliver a ball to outside hitters with ease from the opposite side of the court. She could set quicks, in front of and behind her, with pace and touch. Her ability to get her feet to the ball and better even errant passes was something to behold. She was an elite blocker, defender and attacker.

Lilley was so good in fact that she always was mentioned in the same breath as the other two elite setters in this class, Sydney Hilley of Champlin Park (Minnesota) and Ashley Shook of Plainfield Central(Illinois). I mention this because, while Shook, a Texas recruit, did not have enough high school team success in 2015 to be a serious contender for the Junior of the Year award, Hilley, a Wisconsin recruit, was the player Lilley had to beat out to take it home.

The differences between Hilley and Lilley, when it comes to National Junior of the Year consideration, are ever so slight, shadows on a penumbra if you will. Both made the Youth National Team and started matches for the USA. Both led their high school teams to the state tournament in their state’s largest classifications. Both had silly stats that showed their all-around brilliance: 200 or more assists, digs and kills. Hilley, our 2014 National Sophomore of the Year, was named Metro Player of the Year in the Twin Cities, Minnesota Gatorade POY, First Team All-State and MaxPreps’ National Junior of the Year. Lilley was First Team All-State and a member of the All-State Tournament Team but was not 6A Player of the Year (that went to senior Tess Reid of Olathe Northwest, another brilliant setter). Lilley’s team won state, which matters a lot; and made an 84-place move in the national rankings to finish at No. 12. Hilley’s team finished third after getting knocked out of the running for the title by Eagan, which has another brilliant junior setter/hitter inBrie Orr, and finished 77th nationally. Lilley’s team had slightly better overall personnel but the team doesn’t make the state semifinals without her. Hilley’s team doesn’t make the state tournament without her.

See my dilemma? Lilley and Hilley are two brilliant players with outstanding credentials for the award. YOU choose one!

I chose Lilley, not only because Hilley has already been recognized nationally for her 2015 work by MaxPreps, but also because Lilley went the extra mile by playing out of position and hurt to lead her team to a state title.

“I say this as a fan and a rival,” said Dave Johnson, head coach at Blue Valley. “I have had to coach against her in high school and club and have had the privilege to work with her as well. This kid is legit. Best setter in the country.”

***

Blue Valley West coach Jessica Kopp said that the hardest thing about coaching Lilley in 2015 was defining her role. She’s a tremendous setter, of course, but also is a strong attacker and blocker. Because the Jaguars only had one true middle, Kopp had to use Lilley’s versatility to benefit the team.

The plan early was for Lilley to set three rotations, play two in the middle, because of her ability to block and hit quicks; and one on either pin. This worked pretty well. For the first 14 matches, Lilley averaged 4.5 assists and 3.5 kills per set and BVW was 12-2, losing only to two teams in the national top 25, Shawnee Heights and Olathe Northwest.

Lilley then strained an abdominal muscle, which affected her ability to swing.  “At this point, we switched to a 5-1 which ended up being a blessing in disguise,” said Kopp. “Her consistency at the setting position was so good that it took us to another level.”

KC POWER ANNOUNCES SPRING BREAK CLINICS

02/07/2016, 10:45pm CST
By DENISE

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KC POWER will host Spring Break Volleyball Skills Clinics for ages 9-14 on March 15 & 16.  More details and enrollment document can be found under our Training section.  Questions call Gwenn Pike 913-422-0581

2016 Pre-Season National 17s Club Rankings

02/07/2016, 8:15pm CST
By denise

KC Power 17-1 receive a #6 National ranking by PrepVolleyball.com

6. KC Power “Rangers” (Kansas)

The Facts: There were times last year when we were convinced Power was the best 16s team in the country. They have arguably the best setter in the country in Madison Lilley and talented players at every position. We like this team so much, in fact, that we might have started them at No. 1 but for the ACL injury to MB Hannah Weber. Coach Mike Stowell hopes to have her back in June. Even without Weber, seven impact players are back from a team that tied for fifth in 16 Open last summer. Besides Lilley, there are outsides Megan Cooney, a 6-4 beast who can also play on the right; and steady, reliable Megan Kuperand Lauren Stubbs, neither tall but both very crafty. Two great defenders, Izzy Enna and Lexie Longbine, also return, as does 6-5 middle Naomi Hickman, a Creighton recruit. Two newcomers to watch include Nebraska recruit Callie Schwarzenbach, a dynamic and athletic 6-4 middle; and OHGenna Berg, a 5-9 leaper cut from the same cloth as Stubbs.

Anything else? Lilley helped Blue Valley West win a state title this year. That’s right! She’s Lilley of the Valley!

ANDI COLLINS AWARD FINALISTS

01/28/2016, 10:45pm CST
By denise

Tess Reid - KC Power 18-1 is one of the 75 finalists for the PrepVolleyball Andi Collins wanted to be the best setter in the nation. Cancer ended that dream Sept. 4, 2003, a month shy of her 17th birthday. The Andi Collins Award, presented in her honor and memory, recognizes the best senior setter in the nation. Congratulations Tess!

Tess Reid, 5-10 S, Olathe Northwest (Olathe, Kansas) – The Kansas 6A POY led the Ravens to an historic season, which included a 42-3 mark, a win over national No. 2 St. James and a final No. 52 national ranking. The Loyola-Marymount signee finished 2015 with 1,120 assists (10.8 per game), a team-high 60 aces, 219 digs and 96 kills. She was named First Team All-State and to the All-State Tournament Team.

PrepVolleyball 2016 Club Rankings

01/21/2016, 11:45am CST
By denise

PrepVolleyball recognizes KC Power 18-1 in their first National Rankings of the 2016 season

13. “A O” KC Power (Kansas)

The Facts: Power tied for fifth in 17 Open last year and returns its core nine for 2016. Look for athletic setter Tess Reid to feature Under Armour All-America Regan Pittman, a middle bound for Minnesota, early and often. Libero Nicole Purcell and OH Allie Strong are others to watch on this squad, which welcomes newcomer Hannah Van Buskirk, a 5-11 All-State outside, to a good group of attackers that includes Emily Engelken and Mikala Wells.

Anything Else? Many defenses engage in relentless pursuit. For Power it’s relentless Purcell.

Top 50 Juniors

01/05/2016, 3:00pm CST
By Denise

PrepVolleyball selects Madison Lilley as one the top 5 setters in the class of 2017.  

PrepVolleyball.com presents its Top 50 Juniors, a snapshot look at the top 50 impact collegiate recruits in the Class of 2017.

The task of determining the top 50 recruits in a class is always a challenging one. This list, which is determined exclusively by our panel of college coaches, tasked those coaches to determine, as of this moment, who are the 50 players in the Class of 2017 with the greatest potential to make a deep impact at the next level?

Setters (5)

Sydney Hilley, 5-10 S/OH, Champlin Park (Champlin, Minnesota), MN Select — Wisconsin
Madison Lilley, 5-11 S, Blue Valley West (Overland Park, Kansas), KC Power — Kentucky
Piper Mauck, 6-1 S, Roosevelt (Des Moines, Iowa), IPVA – Iowa State
Jaden Newsome, 6-0 S, Clear Brook (Houston, Texas), AVA of Texas — Colorado
Ashley Shook, 6-2 S, Plainfield Central (Plainfield, Illinois), Sports Performance — Texas

Kansas Players of the Year

01/05/2016, 3:00pm CST
By Denise

Congratulations to KC Power's Kansas High School Players of the Year.

Kansas 6A - Tess Reid (P18) - Olathe Northwest

Kansas 4A-1 - Allie Strong (P18) - Bishop Miege

Kansas All State Tournament Award Winners

12/03/2015, 4:15pm CST
By Denise

Congratulations to the following Power Players and Coaches on their All State Tournament Awards.

Kansas 4A State Champion - Bishop Miege High School

Kansas 6A State Champion - Blue Valley West High School

STATE DIVISION PLAYER HIGH SCHOOL POWER TEAM
KANSAS 4A ALLIE STRONG BISHOP MIEGE 18-1
KANSAS 4A NICOLE PURCELL BISHOP MIEGE 18-1
KANSAS 4A HANNAH WEBER BISHOP MIEGE 17-1
KANSAS 4A MALLORY WHITE BISHOP MIEGE 15-1
KANSAS 5A REGAN PITTMAN ST. THOMAS AQUINAS 18-1
KANSAS 5A MEGAN COONEY SHAWNEE HEIGHTS 17-1
KANSAS 5A MIKALA WELLS SHAWNEE HEIGHTS 18-1
KANSAS 6A TESS REID OLATHE NW 18-1
KANSAS 6A EMILY ENGELKEN BLUE VALLEY WEST 18-1
KANSAS 6A MADISON LILLEY BLUE VALLEY WEST 17-1
KANSAS 6A HANNAH VANBUSKIRK BLUE VALLEY NW 18-1