March Madness continues, and with it, does our Award Season. Today, after much delay and deliberation, we begin announcing our Fall High School All-Americans. It has been a lengthy and challenging process to determine how many athletes we would name to the list and how many others we could include in recognition because of the pandemic's impact on the volleyball landscape. Add to that the lengthy process of toiling through stats, awards, and records, tracking players from all over the country throughout the off-set high school season starts and finishes, and it's no wonder why we waited until March to release the full list.
Although we are excited and proud to recognize 100 deserving players as PrepVolleyball.com Fall All-Americans, there are always too many talented athletes and simply not enough spots for all of them. We've done our best to scour all those teams that participated in the Fall and consider coaches' input regarding qualifications. But, in truth, we know not everyone will be happy with the list. However, let us remind our readers and followers that the ability to have a season at all (or, in this case, multiple seasons) is a gift in itself, specifically in such challenging times. Please do your best to understand and appreciate that, and withhold your frustrations and complaints in light of it. We, too, are going through new challenges and transitions, and regardless we've put all of our efforts into celebrating and recognizing those athletes that found success.
I'll remind those players not selected of the best advice I have had the honor of hearing from a good friend of mine, who now coaches at the Division I level. Awards, Rankings, and Lists hold no bearing or reflection of your self-worth as a person or athlete, and you should continue to follow your passion for the game of volleyball for the simple joy it brings you.
That being said, we begin our Fall All-American journey with the Special Mentions portion of the list, one of three sections of our full release, which also include Honorable Mentions, and the 100 All-Americans. The Special Mentions section is compiled of athletes who made significant impacts on their teams' success but may not have had the exposure or statistics to draw national attention to the point of earning a place in the top 100, or Honorable Mentions. We received a great many nominations, each advancing the cause of one player or another, and they all had accomplished great things during the high school season and were worthy of recognition. Therefore, they qualified for the Special Mentions. You will find them below. On Tuesday, The Honorable Mentions will be released, followed by the 100 PrepVolleyball.com High School Fall All-Americans on Wednesday.
*Note: Even after sorting through hundreds and hundreds of players, there are bound to be discrepancies (heights, class years, spelling) that I have not caught. If you see one, email Jpompeo@prepvolleyball.com, and I will graciously fix them.*
Without further ado, we are proud to bring to you the Special Mentions of The PrepVolleyball.com High School Fall All-Americans.
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