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.”
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.