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THE WINNER: Lily Johnson
School: Lafayette (Wildwood, Mo.)
Athletic achievement: She led the Lancers to a 38-1-2 record and a third straight Class 4 state title this past season. Johnson recorded 398 kills, 270 digs, 66 service aces and 52 blocks for Lafayette, which has lost only one match in the last two years. A 2013 American Volleyball Coaches Association Under Armour Second Team All-American, Johnson is a two-time First Team All-State pick. She concluded her prep volleyball career with 974 kills and 802 digs
Academic excellence: Johnson has maintained a 4.0 GPA.
Exemplary character: A four-year member of the Lafayette High Class Advisory Committee, she has volunteered locally as a peer math tutor and as a youth volleyball coach and referee.
“Lily Johnson has been the best offensive player in the state for the last two years,” said Jared Kreienkamp, head coach of Marquette (Chesterfield, Mo.). “On several occasions, both watching them play other teams and when we played them, everyone in the gym knew Lily was getting the ball but there wasn’t anything the other team could do about it.”
THE FUTURE: Johnson has signed with Missouri State.