USA Today is proud to announce its inaugural American Family Insurance ALL-USA High School Volleyball Team. PrepVolleyball.com founder John Tawa selected the team based on players’ performance during the 2013 high school season.
The 2013 fall season was an interesting one, with no dominant teams that have characterized years' past. Eventually, two teams, St. James Academy of Kansas and The Woodlands of Texas, rose above the rest to complete unbeaten seasons and finish 1-2 in PrepVolleyball.com's final national rankings.
St. James is represented on the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Team by Second Team middle Audriana Fitzmorris, a big blocking 6-4 sophomore who made the USA Youth National Team as an eighth grader; and coach Nancy Dorsey, a dedicated mentor who has helped the Thunder attain unimaginable success in a very short time.
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The Woodlands is represented by Second Team defender Kelly Quinn, a senior ball hawk who is headed to LSU, and by First Team setter Courtney Eckenrode, who is the ALL-USA Player of the Year. Eckenrode not only guided The Woodlands to an undefeated season and first large-class state title in 2013, she helped "reverse the curse," as no Houston-area team had won Texas' 5A classification in 13 years. Eckenrode took the Highlanders to the title with precision setting, unmatched decision-making, relentless blocking and defense and outstanding leadership.
Simone Lee | Outside Hitter | 6-2 | Sr. | Menomonee Falls (Wis.)
The Penn State signee and No. 8 recruit in the country by PrepVolleyball.com had 21 kills and 12 digs as Menomonee Falls swept Westosha Central for the Wisconsin Division I title. Lee averaged 5.4 kills per set, led the Indians in aces with 100 and blocks with 57, and was second in digs with 355.
Courtney Schwan | Outside Hitter | 6-3 | Sr. | Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma, Wash.)
The Washington signee and No. 19 recruit powered the Lions to a second consecutive Class 4A title. The three-time All-Tacoma Area Player of the Year averaged 5.1 kills per set, led Bellarmine in aces with 89 and was second in digs with 284. She had 25 kills and 14 digs in the state championship win over Curtis.
'Alohi Robins-Hardy | Right Side Hitter | 6-1 | Sr. | Kamehameha (Honolulu, Hawaii)
A BYU recruit in both volleyball and basketball, Robins-Hardy led the Warriors to the Hawaii Division I title, amassing 18 assists, 16 digs and a match-high 13 kills in a sweep of league rival Punahou. Named the league MVP and state tournament MVP, Robins-Hardy averaged 4.3 assists, 3.2 kills, 3.1 digs and 1.2 blocks per set.
Haleigh Washington | Middle Blocker | 6-3 | Sr. | Doherty (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Rated the top recruit in the nation by PrepVolleyball.com, the Penn State signee averaged 6.5 kills and 1.1 blocks per set for the 21-6 Spartans, who were not expected to be state contenders in 2013 yet defeated both the 5A and 4A champions during the regular season and finished tied for fifth in Class 5A. Washington’s 48 kills in a season-opening win over eventual 5A champion Grandview set a state single-match kill record.
Nia Reed | Middle Blocker | 6-2 | Sr. | Immaculate Heart Academy (Washington Township, N.J.)
The nation's No. 12 recruit, Reed led IHA both to its seventh straight Non-Public Group state title and third straight Tournament of Champions title. The four-year starter and Penn State signee averaged 5.4 kills, 2.1 digs and 1.2 blocks per set.
Courtney Eckenrode | Setter | 5-9 | Sr. | The Woodlands (Texas)
The San Diego State signee led The Woodlands to a perfect 45-0 record and the Texas 5A title. Eckenrode was named the state tournament MVP and averaged 9.8 assists and 3.2 digs per game.
Cat McCoy | Defense | 5-7| Sr. | Carroll (Southlake, Texas)
A relentless defender with extreme range, McCoy led Carroll to a 46-2 mark and the state 5A semifinals by averaging 5.0 digs per set. The top 50 national recruit, who will play for Texas, was an AVCA/Under Armour All-American, an All-State selection and the only libero chosen to LoneStarVolleyball.com's All-Texas Team.
Coach of the Year
Nancy Dorsey, St. James Academy (Lenexa, Kan.)
In her eighth season at the helm, Dorsey has led St. James to six straight state titles over two classifications and has finished in the national top five four times, including two mythical national championships. The Thunder are 215-10 over the past five years and finished the 2013 season 46-0 and No. 1 in the PrepVolleyball.com rankings.
Taylr McNeil | Outside Hitter | 6-1 | Sr. | Eagan (Minn.)
Khalia Lanier | Outside Hitter | 6-2 | So. | Xavier College Prep (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Ashlie Reasor | Right Side Hitter | 6-0 | Sr. | Reagan (San Antonio)
Mikaela Foecke | Middle Blocker | 6-3 | Jr. | Holy Trinity Catholic (Fort Madison, Iowa)
Audriana Fitzmorris | Middle Blocker | 6-4 | So. | St. James (Lenexa, Kan.)
Alexa Filley | Setter | 5-9 | Sr. | Assumption (Louisville, Ky.)
Kelly Quinn | Defense | 5-3 | Sr. | The Woodlands (Texas)
Christina Ambrose | Outside Hitter | 6-3 | Sr. | Winter Park (Fla.)
Lily Johnson | Outside Hitter | 5-11 | Sr. | Lafayette (Wildwood, Mo.)
Christine Chandler | Right Side Hitter | 5-11| Sr. | Mount Notre Dame (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Macy Reece | Middle Blocker | 6-3 | Sr. | Goodpasture (Madison, Tenn.)
Maggie DeJong | Middle Blocker | 6-0 | Sr. | Roosevelt (Sioux Falls, S.D.)
Taylor Nelson | Setter | 5-11 | Sr. | Granite Bay (Calif.)
Claudia Coco | Defense | 5-4 | Sr. | Chattahoochee (Johns Creek, Ga.)