PrepVolleyball.com has chosen P18 Madison Lilley as the recipient of the 2016 Andi Collins Award which is awarded to the top setter in the country. Congratulations Madison
Madson Lilley (10) enjoys a moment with her BVW teammates
“Gilding the lily,” with origins from Shakespeare, means to embellish something unnecessarily. Madison Lilley, our 2016 Andi Collins Award winner as the nation’s best senior setter, needs no gilding. She already has a golden touch. She is a perfect setter in every way.
I sit here this morning struggling to come up with new superlatives to describe the talented Kansan from Blue Valley West, who will enroll in June at the University of Kentucky. We wrote about Lilley at length last year when she was named PrepVolleyball.com’s National Junior of the Year after leading BVW to its first Kansas state title in a decade. We added to her narrative in September when we announced Lilley as the No. 4 recruit nationally in the Senior Aces. Here’s what we wrote about the 5-11 setter at the time:
“A game changer for every team she’s on, Lilley is a towering talent who will be Kentucky’s most touted recruit ever. Named 2015 PrepVolleyball.com National Junior of the Year after leading her high school to its first state title in a decade, Lilley is a gutsy setter who will set anybody from anywhere. She is particularly skilled at bettering bad passes, even setting to the opposite pin from off the court, and she has a knack for setting middles. Though she will set exclusively at Kentucky, Lilley is definitely a five-tool player. She is a smooth athlete with a flawless arm swing who loves to attack. Her serve is among the toughest in the nation. She is a dominant blocker at the net and her defense is both relentless and sophisticated. Lilley also is blessed with all the intangibles a big-time setter needs to help her teams win at the highest level. She is a natural leader, whip smart on the court and competes like no other. Lilley also has massive big-match experience, including from having played for the USA on its Youth and Junior National Teams the past two summers, and has been in so many pressure situations that she remains calm in the critical moments. “Her leadership qualities have been even more impressive in the beginning part of her senior season,” said BVW head coach Jessica Kopp. “If she feels the intensity in a practice beginning to dwindle, she brings the team together and lights the fire anew. She will do incredible things at Kentucky and beyond, I am excited to see her excel this year and in the future.”
Coach Gwenn Pike has announced the dates for the 2017 Spring Break Volleyball Clinic.
Spaces fill up quickly so register early.
When: March 13 & 14, 2017
Where: Bishop Miege High School - 5041 Reinhardt Drive, Fairwary, KS
Level 1 = ages 9-12 (Grades 3-6)
Level 2 = ages 12-14 (Grades 6-8) 6th grade club GOLD experience only
Time: Level 1 = 9:00-11:30 am Level 2 = 12:30-3:00 pm
To Enroll: Complete the registration form found in this article or in the training page and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Mail payment in the form of check to Gwenn Pike - 6255 Arapahoe, Shawnee KS 66226.
All questions should be directed to Coach Gwenn Pike at 913-422-0581
The National High School Coaches Association announced their 2016 National Coaches of the Year. 22 Coaches across the country were selected, 10 in boys sports, 10 in girls sports and 2 in other. Coach Pike was awarded the National coach of the Year in the sport of Volleyball. We are Power proud. Well deserved and Congratulations Coach Pike.
PrepVolleyball has announced their Top 50 Junior Recruits for 2017 and has selected Callie Schwarzenbach - P18 as one of the Top Middle Blockers in her class. Callie has committed to play at Nebraska. Congratulations to Callie!!
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