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18's 2016 JR. NATIONALS ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM

05/02/2016, 1:30pm CDT
By Denise

CONGRATULATIONS to Tess Reid on being selected to the 2016 USAV Jr Nationals All tournament Team.

Bishop Miege Summer Volleyball Camp

03/28/2016, 12:30pm CDT
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.

Prepvolleyball.com Sophomore 79

03/22/2016, 11:45am CDT
By Denise

PrepVolleyball.com has recently announced their choices for the Top high school Soophomores in the country.  Congratulations to the following Power players recognized.

Of the players listed below, the first 79 are our “Soph 79,” in our estimation the top sophomores based on high school achievement in the land. Being on the Soph 79 does not mean you are one of the top 79 recruitable players in the class. You may be, but that’s not what this list is for. This list recognizes outstanding high school varsity achievement

Top 79 Sophomores

Logan Gish, 6-1 OH, Pleasant Hill (Missouri) – Helping the Roosters go 34-3-1 in 2015, Gish was part of the All-State, All-Conference and All-Region First teams as she recorded 330 kills and hit .329. She added 84 digs, 54 aces and 40 blocks as well. “She went up against the 6-3 double-block of Villa Duchesne at the state tournament and put down 11 kills on them,” Pleasant Hill coach George Creason said.

 

Highest Honorable Mention

Jaiden Chase, 5-9 libero, Olathe Northwest (Olathe, Kansas) – Chase helped the Ravens win the Sunflower League title and third consecutive sub-state championship by establishing a new school single-season record for digs with 487. Chase, a Sunflower League First-Team choice, passed at a 2.4 clip on a 3.0 scale. “Jaiden dominated the libero position,” coach Barry Lenth said. “Her passing allowed us to run a quick-attack offense. Jaiden’s hustle and refusal to let any ball hit the floor helped us win 93 percent of our matches.”

Taylor Kuper, 5-9 OH, Olathe Northwest (Olathe, Kansas) – Kuper helped the Ravens finish 42-3 in 2015 by leading a balanced team in kills with 323 while hitting .274 and recording 56 aces. Kuper was a KVA All-State Second-Team choice and earned All-Sunflower League First-Team honors (Northwest won the league title). “Taylor is a six-rotation player who is just as comfortable in the back row playing defense as she is attacking in the front row,” Northwest coach Barry Lenth said. “An undersized outside, Taylor uses a variety of shots to keep defenses off guard. Make no mistake, Taylor can pound the ball as hard as any attacker, but she uses off-speed and roll shots just as effectively. Taylor has a wicked top-spin serve that has been clocked at more than 45 MPH. She also has a wicked top-float serve that passers struggle controlling.”

Elite Honorable Mention

Marissa Hines, 6-0 S, Olathe North (Olathe, Kansas) – First Team All-League, Hines put up 939 assists over 96 sets for the Eagles in 2015 while also contributing 113 kills, 280 digs, 37 aces and 53 blocks. “Hines is a very strong and athletic kid,” noted one area observer. “She runs a quick-tempo offense, she is very good defensively, and she puts up a solid block.”

Special Mention

Callie Schwarzenbach, 6-4 MB, Kearney (Missouri) – Honorable Mention All-State Class 4, Schwarzenbach averaged 2.9 kills and 1.3 blocks per set for the Bulldogs in 2015. This Nebraska recruit is an elite athlete with Division I leaping ability and one of the highest ceilings in this class.

POWER 17s WIN GOLD IN OMAHA

02/15/2016, 5:00pm CST
By denise

POWER 17s roll through Presidents Day Tournament in Omaha undefeated and bring home the Gold.  Congrats and great teamwork!!

18's 2016 JR. NATIONALS ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM

05/02/2016, 1:30pm CDT
By Denise

CONGRATULATIONS to Tess Reid on being selected to the 2016 USAV Jr Nationals All tournament Team.

Bishop Miege Summer Volleyball Camp

03/28/2016, 12:30pm CDT
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.

Prepvolleyball.com Sophomore 79

03/22/2016, 11:45am CDT
By Denise

PrepVolleyball.com has recently announced their choices for the Top high school Soophomores in the country.  Congratulations to the following Power players recognized.

Of the players listed below, the first 79 are our “Soph 79,” in our estimation the top sophomores based on high school achievement in the land. Being on the Soph 79 does not mean you are one of the top 79 recruitable players in the class. You may be, but that’s not what this list is for. This list recognizes outstanding high school varsity achievement

Top 79 Sophomores

Logan Gish, 6-1 OH, Pleasant Hill (Missouri) – Helping the Roosters go 34-3-1 in 2015, Gish was part of the All-State, All-Conference and All-Region First teams as she recorded 330 kills and hit .329. She added 84 digs, 54 aces and 40 blocks as well. “She went up against the 6-3 double-block of Villa Duchesne at the state tournament and put down 11 kills on them,” Pleasant Hill coach George Creason said.

 

Highest Honorable Mention

Jaiden Chase, 5-9 libero, Olathe Northwest (Olathe, Kansas) – Chase helped the Ravens win the Sunflower League title and third consecutive sub-state championship by establishing a new school single-season record for digs with 487. Chase, a Sunflower League First-Team choice, passed at a 2.4 clip on a 3.0 scale. “Jaiden dominated the libero position,” coach Barry Lenth said. “Her passing allowed us to run a quick-attack offense. Jaiden’s hustle and refusal to let any ball hit the floor helped us win 93 percent of our matches.”

Taylor Kuper, 5-9 OH, Olathe Northwest (Olathe, Kansas) – Kuper helped the Ravens finish 42-3 in 2015 by leading a balanced team in kills with 323 while hitting .274 and recording 56 aces. Kuper was a KVA All-State Second-Team choice and earned All-Sunflower League First-Team honors (Northwest won the league title). “Taylor is a six-rotation player who is just as comfortable in the back row playing defense as she is attacking in the front row,” Northwest coach Barry Lenth said. “An undersized outside, Taylor uses a variety of shots to keep defenses off guard. Make no mistake, Taylor can pound the ball as hard as any attacker, but she uses off-speed and roll shots just as effectively. Taylor has a wicked top-spin serve that has been clocked at more than 45 MPH. She also has a wicked top-float serve that passers struggle controlling.”

Elite Honorable Mention

Marissa Hines, 6-0 S, Olathe North (Olathe, Kansas) – First Team All-League, Hines put up 939 assists over 96 sets for the Eagles in 2015 while also contributing 113 kills, 280 digs, 37 aces and 53 blocks. “Hines is a very strong and athletic kid,” noted one area observer. “She runs a quick-tempo offense, she is very good defensively, and she puts up a solid block.”

Special Mention

Callie Schwarzenbach, 6-4 MB, Kearney (Missouri) – Honorable Mention All-State Class 4, Schwarzenbach averaged 2.9 kills and 1.3 blocks per set for the Bulldogs in 2015. This Nebraska recruit is an elite athlete with Division I leaping ability and one of the highest ceilings in this class.

POWER 17s WIN GOLD IN OMAHA

02/15/2016, 5:00pm CST
By denise

POWER 17s roll through Presidents Day Tournament in Omaha undefeated and bring home the Gold.  Congrats and great teamwork!!

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.

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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.”

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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.”

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