Welcome to the first edition of PrepVolleyball.com’s Top 150, the country’s best volleyball players listed from No. 1 to 150! We released the Classes of 2021 Top 150 and 2022 Top 150 and will continue with 2024 next Monday.
Since this is the first release of the Top 150, we should clarify some things, namely what the Top 150 is about and how it is compiled. You can view our three-part series, “Inside the Top 150,” to read more about it.
The Top 150 player rankings are based on an athlete’s skills now, and not her potential or impact at the next level. Because players are constantly developing, we will update the Player Rankings three times each year – in the Fall, which is post-club/pre-high school season; in the Winter, post-high school/pre-club season; and in the Spring, mid-club season. For seniors, we’ll close out their ranking in the Spring and begin ranking incoming freshmen in the Fall.
At PrepVolleyball, we’ve historically begun watching and writing about athletes as they become freshmen, or when they are in their 15s year playing club.
Because the season was cut short this year, we’ve ranked half (75) in order, and left the other 75 unranked – for now. As time passes and volleyball resumes, we’ll rank more athletes numerically.
The players on this list did not have to be nominated by a coach and the rankings criteria are based on skill compared to other members of the graduating class, personal achievement and accolades, and impact on her team. Height and college commitment don’t necessarily indicate a player’s ranking… and a player’s ranking by us doesn’t mean she will or will not attend her dream school.
Rankings are subjective and it’s not a simple task to rank a libero against an outside hitter or a setter against a middle blocker. Instead of focusing on if you (or your athlete) is better than the one ranked above you, ask yourself, “How good am I?”
One last thing – our Frosh 59 and Soph 79 lists are based on high school achievements only. While it’s a terrific accomplishment to be named to those lists, they focus on half of the year’s events. Many, but not all, of those selected there have also made it in our Top 150.
Who is No. 1? Without further ado, you may view all 150 athletes, here.