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2016 Pre-Season HS All-American Watch List (FREE CONTENT)

PrepVolleyball.com reveals 500 high school players to watch during the fall season

Neenah (WI) OH, a Marquette recruit, is one of 500 standouts on our Pre-Season Watch List for 2016

Neenah (WI) OH, a Marquette recruit, is one of 500 standouts on our Pre-Season Watch List for 2016

Below please find 500 prep standouts we will be following closely during the upcoming high school season.  They are not Pre-Season All-Americans – it’s silly in our opinion to name an All-American before the season has concluded let alone scarcely begun – but players from around the country generally considered among the top 5-10 best in developing states and 10-30 best in power states, as of this moment.
In January, after state champions have been crowned from coast to coast as well as Hawaii and Alaska, PrepVolleyball.com will name 150 All-Americans for the 2016 season. Many, perhaps even most, will come from the players you see below – as virtually all play on contending teams in their respective states – but others will emerge as well, perhaps leading their team to state glory or even getting into the discussion for Player of the Year honors.

Will that be you?

Keep working hard. WE WILL FIND YOU.

Please note that we limited our Watch List to 500 players but had more players under consideration than that. I will put those who just missed on in a thread on our Girls’ Volleyball Forum.

2016 PrepVolleyball.com Pre-season All-American Watch List

Outside Hitters (211)

Kayla Afoa, 5-8 Sr. OH, Kamehameha School (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Lexi Alden, 6-0 Sr. OH, Catholic Memorial (Waukesha, Wisconsin)
Brooke Andersen
, 5-11 Jr. OH, Lake County Lutheran (Hartland, Wisconsin)
Lacy Angello, 5-8 Jr. OH, Lansing (Kansas)
Audrey Arand, 5-11 Sr. OH, St. Francis Borgia (Washington, Missouri)
Jacqueline Askin, 6-0 Sr. OH, Assumption (Louisville, Kentucky)
Gabi Bailey, 6-2 Soph. OH, Westborough (Massachusetts)
Taylen Ballard
, 6-3 Sr. OH, Clovis (California)
Alyssa Ballenger, 5-11 Sr. OH, Ankeny (Iowa)
Elissa Barbosa, 5-10 Jr. OH, Reagan (San Antonio, Texas)
Caleigh Barhorst, 5-11 Sr. OH, Fort Loramie (Ohio)
Whitney Barnes, 5-11 Jr. OH, Pitman (Turlock, California)
Ally Barrett, 6-1 Sr. OH, Geneva (Illinois)
Lydia Bartalo, 5-11 Sr. OH, Lewis-Palmer (Monument, Colorado)
Brook Bauer, 6-1 Sr. OH, St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)
Bria Beale, 5-11 Sr. OH, Rancho Cucamonga (California)
Jillian Berg, 5-10 Sr. OH, West Valley (Yakima, Washington)
Kate Berg, 5-11 Sr. OH, Wayzata (Plymouth, Minnesota)
Sarah Billiard, 6-0 Sr. OH/RS, Covenant Day School (Matthews, North Carolina)
Libby Bochniak, 5-10 Sr. OH, Lassiter (Marietta, Georgia)
Rachel Bontrager
, 6-1 Sr. OH, Valparaiso (Indiana)
Brooke Botkin, 6-4 Sr. OH, Pearland (Texas)
Abbey Bottomley, -6 Sr. OH, Princess Anne (Virginia Beach, Virginia)
Charity Bradley, 6-4 Sr. OH, Desert Hills (St. George, Utah)
Anna Brinkmann, 6-0 Jr. OH, Mason (Ohio)
Jaclyn Buhlman, 6-0 Sr. OH, Mt. Vernon (Indiana)
Yvette Burcescu, 6-2 Jr. OH, Walter Panas (Cortlandt Manor, New York)
Sam Burgio, 5-10 Sr. OH, Eden (New York)
Snowy Burnham, 5-11 Sr. OH, Jensen Beach (Florida)
Abryanna Cannon, 6-1 Jr. OH, Novi (Michigan)
Brynn Carlson, 6-4 Sr. OH, Cretin-Derham Hall (Saint Paul, Minnesota)
Doris Carter, 5-11 Sr. OH, Tates Creek (Lexington, Kentucky)
Allyson Cathey, 6-0 Jr. OH, New Albany (Indiana)
Morgan Chacon, 5-10 Jr. OH, Crown Point (Indiana)
Lauren Chastang, 6-0 Sr. OH, Bayside Academy (Daphne, Alabama)
Maddy Chinn
, 6-2 Soph. OH, Notre Dame Prep (Pontiac, Michigan)
Alyssa Chronowski, 6-2 Sr. OH, Munster (Indiana)
Darian Clark, 5-11 Jr. OH, Hamilton (Chandler, Arizona)
Dani Cole, 6-2 Jr. OH, Rouse (Leander, Texas)
Megan Cooney, 6-4 Sr. OH, Shawnee Heights (Tecumseh, Kansas)
JoJo Coulter, 5-9 Jr. OH, Manatee (Bradenton, Florida)
Destiny Cox, 6-1 Jr. OH, Carrboro (North Carolina)
Shannon Crenshaw, 6-2 Jr. OH, Bishop Moore (Orlando, Florida)
Kennedy Croft, 5-11 Jr. OH, Tumwater (Washington)
Ashley Cruise, 6-2 Jr. OH, Providence (Charlotte, North Carolina)
Gabby Curry, 5-8 Sr. OH, Buford (Georgia)
Keeley Davis, 6-0 Jr. OH, Rock Canyon (Highlands Ranch, Colorado)
Allye Beth Deaton, 6-0 Sr. OH, Midway (Waco, Texas)
Kathryn Decker, 6-4 Sr. OH, Jesuit (Portland, Oregon)
Jade Demps, 6-1 Fr. OH, Broughton (Raleigh, North Carolina)
Hailey Dirrigl, 6-2 Sr. OH, Desert Vista (Phoenix, Arizona)
Cameron Dobbs, 6-1 Sr. OH, Landmark Christian (Fairburn, Georgia)
Samantha Dreschel, 6-3 OH, Cedar Park Christian (Woodinville, Washington)
Logan Eggleston, 6-2 Soph. OH, Brentwood (Tennessee)
Maya Eller, 5-10 Sr. OH, Lake Catholic (Mentor, Ohio)
Maria Esch, 6-0 Sr. OH, Jamestown (Williamsburg, Virginia)
Alli Evans, 6-1 Sr. OH, Memorial (Edmond, Oklahoma)
Erin Fallert, 5-11 Sr. OH, Concordia (St. Paul, Minnesota)
Breleigh Favre, 6-1 Sr. OH, Oak Grove (Hattiesburg, Mississippi)
Skylar Fields
, 6-2 Soph. OH, Ridge Point (Missouri City, Texas)
Taliyah Flores
, 5-8 Jr. OH, Papillion-La Vista South (Papillion, Nebraska)
Julianna Zamora, 5-9 Sr. OH, St. Pius X (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
Jada Gardner, 6-0 Sr. OH, Steele (Cibolo, Texas)
Tanner Gauthier, 5-11 Sr. OH, Venice (Florida)
Samantha Gioiosa, 5-8 Sr. OH, Bogota (New Jersey)
Logan Gish, 6-1 Jr. OH, Pleasant Hill (Missouri)
Madison Goings, 5-10 Sr. OH, Aledo (Texas)
Gabby Gonzales, 6-3 Soph. OH, Walton (Marietta, Georgia)
Chapin Gray, 6-1 Sr. OH, Mountain Pointe (Phoenix, Arizona)
Gabby Gray, 6-0 Sr. OH, Baylor (Chattanooga, Tennessee)
Mia Grunze, 6-2 Jr. OH, Waterford (Wisconsin)
Lexi Hadrych
, 5-11 Jr. OH, Vista Murrieta (Murrieta, California)
Thayer Hall, 6-2 Jr. OH, Dorman (Roebuck, South Carolina)
Haley Hallgren, 6-1 Sr. OH, Carroll (Southlake, Texas)
Kayleigh Hames, 6-1 Soph. OH, Webb School (Knoxville, Tennessee)
Paige Hammons, 6-1 Sr. OH, Sacred Heart Academy (Louisville, Kentucky)
Jenna Hampton, 5-6 Jr. OH, Berkeley Prep (Tampa, Florida)
Lauren Harrison, 6-0 Jr. OH, Woodward Academy (College Park, Georgia)
Alexa Hasting
, 5-9 Sr. OH, Jonathan Alder (Plain City, Ohio)
Annie Hatch, 6-1 Soph. OH, Mesa (Arizona)
Mariena Hayden, 6-0 Sr. OH, Belle Plaine (Minnesota)
Brooke Heyne, 5-9 Sr. OH, Skutt Catholic (Omaha, Nebraska)
Kate Hoerdemann, 6-1 Sr. OH, Central Catholic (Bloomington, Illinois)
Claire Hoffman, 6-2 Jr. OH, Marist (Eugene, Oregon)
Callie Holden, 6-1 Sr. OH, Lovejoy (Lucas, Texas)
Marissa Hornung, 5-9 Jr. OH, Providence (Clarksville, Indiana)
Katie Howley, 6-2 Sr. OH, Notre Dame Academy (Hingham, Massachusetts)
Riley James, 5-10 Soph. OH, Barnstable (Hyannis, Massachusetts)
Christine Jarman, 6-0 Sr. OH, Boca Raton (Florida)
Halle Johnston, 5-11 Sr. OH, Lakeville South (Lakeville, Minnesota)
Garrett Joiner, 6-3 Jr. OH, Brentwood (Tennessee)
Landon Jones, 5-5 Sr. OH, Savannah Christian (Savannah, Georgia)
Cat Kelly, 5-7 Jr. OH, Sandia Prep (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
Haley Killinger, 5-11 Jr. OH, Prosper (Texas)
Rachel Kinney, 5-11 Jr. OH, Franklin Community (Indiana)
Carmen Kinsey, 5-10 Jr. OH, Mount St. Mary (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)
Sydney Kleinman, 6-2 Sr. OH, Wakeland (Frisco, Texas)
Kenzie Knuckles, 5-8 Soph. OH, Yorktown (Indiana)
Maya Krause, 6-1 Sr. OH, Lakota West (West Chester, Ohio)
Megan Kuper, 5-10 Sr. OH, Olathe Northwest (Olathe, Kansas)
Kylie Kuyava-DeBerg, 6-3 Sr. OH, Hudson (Iowa)
Caroline Kuhn, 6-2 Sr. OH/MB, J.H. Rose (Greenville, North Carolina)
Taylor Landfair, 6-4 Fr. OH, Plainfield Central (Plainfield, Illinois)

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    August 26, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    Looking at this list, more than 1/2 the players that medaled in USAV Open aren’t even listed. You recently acknowledged that in order to reach the finals, most players are performing so considering this is a “preseason” list, wouldn’t that factor in as consideration?

    Also, why aren’t the positions evenly distributed among the 500? How can one even keep up with the Top 211 Outside Hitters? The top 100 for OH, RS, MB, S and DS would have been a better analyzation IMHO.

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    John Tawa

    August 27, 2016 at 6:11 am

    There is a difference between club performance and HS performance.

    This is a HS-based list and is heavily tiled towards players who made impacts on their states last year, are expected to make impacts on their states this year or are top senior recruits.

    I start with last year’s HS All-American list and Senior Aces list and go from there. We listed 500 but could have made the list twice as big.

    Medaling in Open is a wonderful achievement but it is a team achievement. I bet you’ll find players listed from most teams that earned medals, but not all. Some are too young to make an impact, some aren’t on teams that will have an influence on their state tournaments, some we simply missed. We try to be inclusive and comprehensive but do miss players. In this instance, we did send our list to all HS coaches on our email server for input to try to be as all-inclusive as possible.

    Thanks for reading!

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    PA VB Fan

    August 27, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    You ought to keep your eyes focused on the two time PA state championship Parkland Trojans. They are poised for a three peat with a strong new team.

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    August 28, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    Funny, you don’t have a young lady from Lawrence Central, Indianapolis who was All County, All Conference, All County tournament team was the schools Offensive player of the year but u have a girl who ranked lower???? Is that because her team is ranked in state rankings? Even National Champion Cathedral was impressed and planned away from her but she isn’t on the list???

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    August 29, 2016 at 10:24 am

    Any way to make lists like these in the future with the ability to separate players according to state? Do you have a list of the “power states” that you mentioned?

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    August 29, 2016 at 11:33 am

    Thanks for the clarification John Have a great new season of analytics!

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    August 30, 2016 at 7:03 am

    Did you know they lay volleyball in the northeastern part of the US?

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    August 30, 2016 at 7:05 am


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    John Tawa

    August 30, 2016 at 10:49 am

    I know that, pancakes, but they do not, as coaches, especially from the New England states, rarely contribute despite my repeated requests. That being said, we have three from Mass, six from New York…what’s the issue?

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    For His Glory

    August 30, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    When asking our high school coach if she responded, she claims she was never asked to contribute or she would have forwarded info on our 3 D-1 players….how do you want the coaches to get info to you if you don’t request it from them?

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    John Tawa

    August 30, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    I have an email list that has 2,000+ coaches on it. Always willing to add more. Have her email john@prepvolleyball.com, thanks.

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    John Tawa

    August 30, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    Lawrence Central does not have a player I would consider for this list at this time, both because the players aren’t ranked high enough and the team isn’t good enough

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    John Tawa

    August 30, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    Power states are those we all know:


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    Steve Rousseau

    August 30, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    Name correction under setters.
    Alexa Rousseau is correct spelling

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    September 3, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    Thank you for the work you do to include players not in the listed power states- these girls are true competitors and are talented! We appreciate the love from Tennessee!

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    September 7, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    Check out Delaware!

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