Player of the Year

Wittman’s Play Demands National Junior Recognition

Ashley Wittman was a sophomore standout when her Minnesota high school, Shakopee, won its first-ever state large-class title in 2007. Wittman, who led the team with 340 kills, had a great senior setter, Jess Menden, and a partner in crime on the outside, senior Maggie Geske, who delivered 300 kills for a team that finished 31-1, good enough for a final No. 11 national ranking.

One year later, no one expected Shakopee to be as good. ranked the Sabers No. 92 nationally in the pre-season. But with Wittman almost doubling her kill total in 2008 while contributing behind the service line and in the back row, Shakopee duplicated its state-championship run.’s National Junior Award goes annually to the player who most greatly impacts her team and her state. In 2008, there is no question that Wittman is that player.

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