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. PrepVolleyball.com 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. PrepVolleyball.com’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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