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03/27/2017, 2:15pm CDT
By denise workman

Congratulations to 6 of KC Power 16-1 players recognized as some of the top High School Sophomores in the country. This list represents high school achievement only and represents multiple categories from the top 79 all the way to Honorable Mention.  

Top 79

Amaya Tillman, 6-3 MB, Shawnee Heights (Tecumseh, Kansas) – A consummate effort player, Tillman was a perfect complement to two high-impact seniors on the TBirds’ run to the Kansas 5A title in 2016. First Team All-City and Honorable Mention All-State, Tillman led Shawnee Heights in blocks with 107 and was third in kills, notching 237 in 107 sets.

Elite Honorable Mention

Morgan Gish, 5-11 RS, Pleasant Hill (Missouri) – Gish contributed 172 kills, 78 blocks and 39 aces to a nationally-ranked 34-win Chicks team that was runner up in Missouri’s Class 3 in 2016. “Morgan solidified our right side hitting and blocking, and generally was rotated to go against the other team’s best OH,” said coach George Creason. Gish was First Team All-Conference and All-District and Second Team All-State.

Rachel Fairbanks, 5-11 MB, Lansing (Kansas) – An All-State Class 5A Honorable Mention and an All-KVL First Team pick, Fairbanks helped the Lions to the tune of 308 kills and 83 blocks, hitting .460. “Rachel is an impact player,” Lansing coach Julie Slater said. “She poses a threat both blocking and hitting at the net. She works hard and has a great attitude. Second on the team in kills and led the team in blocks on a good 33-8 team that advanced to the state tournament.”

Special Mention

Kennedy Farris, 5-7 OH, Lansing (Kansas) – The Lions wouldn’t have been the same team without Farris on the court this past fall. The sophomore was a ball control wizard, passing a 2.5 and making 272 digs. Her 62 aces led the Lions. “Kennedy is a great solid all-around player who can do it all,” Lansing coach Julie Slater said. “She is one of those players who you must have on the court. She will libero in college and has verbally committed to Missouri State.”

Serena Sparks, 5-5 libero, Bishop Miege (Shawnee Mission, Kansas) – Sparks had 357 digs in 2016. The team’s captain, Sparks was a Second Team All-League pick and made the All-State Tournament Team. “Serena is tough as nails in the back row,” said coach Kathleen Ludwig. “Her leadership and natural court sense makes her a dynamic libero.”

Honorable Mention

Mallory White, 5-7 OH, Bishop Miege (Shawnee Mission, Kansas) – White had 277 kills and 25 aces for the Stags in 2016. She was a Second Team All-League pick and made the All-State Tournament Team. “Mallory is a high energy player with a 30+ inch vertical,” noted head coach Kathleen Ludwig. “She was a leader on her high school team as a Sophomore and continues to improve throughout her club season.”



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