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State-by-State Player of the Year Watch

Madison Lilley is a lock for Kansas 6A POY honors

Madison Lilley is a lock for Kansas 6A POY honors

With one state (Oklahoma) almost in the books for 2016 and several more wrapping up by month’s end, PrepVolleyball.com takes a look at the leading candidates for Player of the Year in each of the 50 states playing volleyball plus the District of Columbia.

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  1. Where do you get this information?

  2. John Tawa

    What do you mean? It is my expert opinion derived after polling local experts on their opinions

  3. Tough call in Wisconsin. Hope Werch plays for the top ranked team in the state and is the go to player but has an awesome team around her with no real weaknesses. Riley Vaughn may be having an even better year though with 360 kills, 300 digs, 300 SR and 500+ assists but plays mostly D4 (tiny) schools and has Mariah Whalen to go to when setting. The only other player on the list that would be considered realistically is Brooke Anderson whose numbers and team record are not as good as Hope’s

  4. One name that is not mentioned and should be though is Kristin Paulus of Random Lake, for some reason she is always left out of the conversation in Wisconsin. She has a similar situation with Vaughn/Whalen in that it is essentially a 2-woman show with Pualus and Kendra Bullard carrying Random Lake. Her numbers are directly comparable to Werch/Whalen/Anderson, she has a much higher hitting percentage coming from the right side as well. Last I heard, she was committed to UW-Green Bay

    Plus her serve is an absolute killer

  5. Mr. Tawa,
    You are typically spot on in your assessment along with your trusted coaching resources, but I’d like to suggest another deserving player overlooked in Ohio for POY consideration: Madison Cruzado (Libero) Elyria High School and University of Notre Dame commit ( a transfer from Amherst Steele whom you had listed in the Senior Aces #53 overall ranking was not even listed for consideration. I’d just like to point out that (Cox) and (Witte) were both Senior Aces in Top 100 like Cruzado. These 3 players were the only in Ohio selected in your Top 100 Senior Aces, yet Cruzado is left off with 2000+ career digs while anchoring an Elyria High team that was 12-10 last season to 21-2 and ranked #11 in Division 1 in the GCC which has 4 state ranked teams.
    Respectfully submitted and thank you for the wonderful high school and JO coverage.

  6. Mr Tawa,
    Sorry but your way off in Washington State. Those are great players listed but you haven’t done your research. Check out this link to Maxpreps. Lake Stevens, Wa is doing great this year.


  7. It’s North Henderson, not Handerson. 🙂

  8. Mr. Tawa and his panel of experts have been very “on point” with picking top teams and players throughout the last 4 years or so that we have been following PVB.com. Kudos to all the PVB experts and writers.

    If I may throw in a plug (just had to…lol) Watch Out for the Ferguson Falcons led by team Captain Michelle Cuervo (class of 2017 – verbally committed to Division 1 – Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT ) Miami Dade County Volleyball Player of the Year and (2015-2016) Miami Herald Athlete of the Year! Michelle has been to the State Final Four 2 out of the last three seasons in 8A Classification (losing in 5 sets to a strong Jupiter HS team 15-13) She and her Ferguson teammates (and sister Melanie Cuervo- sophomore starting setter- are on target to make it a third trip. Ferguson plays on Tuesday the Qtr. Finals…..Good Luck to everyone in the Regional Playoffs and Volley-On America!!!!

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