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2018 National Junior of the Year: Rader, The Middle With A Killer Smile

Assumption middle blocker Rylee Rader was just too good for the national champions this past fall.

We’ll get to Rylee Rader, and why the junior middle blocker from national champion Assumption is PrepVolleyball.com’s 2018 National Junior Player of the Year. First, a personal note.

There seems to be some debate as to what type of awards a middle blocker can and cannot win. I was covering volleyball for The Orange County Register in 2009 when Newport Harbor, coached by Dan Glenn, won a CIF and state championship and finished No. 7 in PVB’s final National Rankings (behind national champion Archbishop Mitty).

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