American Family Insurance ALL-USA Preseason Volleyball Team

American Family Insurance ALL-USA Preseason Volleyball Team

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American Family Insurance ALL-USA Preseason Volleyball Team

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USA Today is proud to announce the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Preseason High School Volleyball Team. PrepVolleyball.com founder John Tawa selected the team based on players’ performance during the 2013 high school season.

First Team

OH Khalia Lanier, 6-2, Jr., Xavier College Prep (Phoenix )

The daughter of NBA Hall of Famer Bob Lanier has had an incredible year, bookending club national championships with an Arizona Division I title last fall. Lanier, who recently committed to USC, won National Sophomore of the Year honors in 2013 from PrepVolleyball.com after recording 378 kills and 193 digs for the Gators. She is a true six-rotation threat and consummate hard worker whose motto is: “Put the extra in ordinary and be extraordinary.”

OH Alexa Smith, 6-1, Sr., Lewis-Palmer (Monument, Colo.)

PrepVolleyball.com’s 2013 National Junior of the Year, Smith is a dynamic attacker who is committed to Purdue. She led Lewis-Palmer to a 27-2 mark and Colorado’s 4A title in 2013. The USA Junior National Team member recorded 461 kills (5.1 per set) while adding 236 digs, 50 aces and 31 blocks. “Alexa has one of the highest volleyball IQs of anyone her age,” said coach Susan Odenbaugh.  “She is also a strong player because of the composure that she exudes on the court.”

S/RS Jordyn Poulter, 6-1, Sr., Eaglecrest (Centennial, Colo.)

Poulter was named “Best Setter” last month as the USA Junior National Team won the Gold Medal at the NORCECA U20 Continental Championships. In high school, Poulter, an Illinois recruit, is a versatile talent who led Eaglecrest in assists, aces and blocks last year while also contributing heavily in kills and digs. She brings size and athleticism to the setter position, and is a highly skilled athlete who grades out at one of the world’s best at her position.

S/RS Kathryn Plummer, 6-5, Jr., Aliso Niguel (Alisa Viejo, Calif.)

A member of the USA Youth National Team indoors and a recent FIVB world champion on the beach, Plummer, who is uncommitted, is the rare talent at 6-5 who can set, hit and block, all at an elite level. She amassed 245 kills, 99 blocks and 392 assists for the 23-3 Wolverines last year and will be a key cog in Aliso Niguel’s push for a Southern Section title in the fall.

MB Mikaela Foecke, 6-3, Sr., Holy Trinity Catholic (Fort Madison, Iowa)

A beastly hitter and top-five national recruit, Foecke dominated Iowa small-class volleyball last fall to the tune of 760 kills, 145 blocks, 90 aces and 275 digs. Her team was upset in the Iowa Class A final, but that did not stop Foecke, a member of the USA Junior National Team and a Nebraska recruit, from taking home Gatorade Iowa Player of the Year honors. Foecke also was recognized as National Junior of the Year by MaxPreps.

MB Audriana Fitzmorris, 6-6, Jr., St. James (Lenexa, Kan.)

Fitzmorris was a key reason St. James went undefeated, won a sixth straight Kansas state title and claimed PrepVolleyball.com’s mythical national championship in 2013. Fitzmorris is a crazy good all-around player who recorded 392 kills last fall while hitting an astounding .592. A member of the USA Junior National Team this summer, Fitzmorris has been offered by virtually every elite collegiate program in the country, but it is uncommitted. “She is crazy talented and her ceiling is so high,” said coach Nancy Dorsey.  “She hasn’t even begun to scratch the surface of how good she can really be. She can hit, block, set, pass, serve and even play defense.”

D Molly Sauer, 5-7, Sr., Assumption (Louisville, Ky.)

Named “Best Receiver” and “Best Digger” at the NORCECA U20 Continental Championships, this USA Junior National Team member and future Louisville Cardinal has perfect passing posture and catlike reflexes. She recorded 277 digs and 39 aces in a loaded backcourt for the Kentucky state champion last fall. If Assumption wins again in 2014, it will be because of defense, with Sauer front and center.

Second Team

OH Molly Haggerty, 6-0, Jr., St. Francis (Wheaton, Ill.), committed to Nebraska

OH Micaya White, 6-1, Sr., Centennial (Frisco, Texas), committed to Texas

MB Tionna Williams, 6-2, Sr., Concordia Lutheran (Fort Wayne, Ind.), committed to Wisconsin

MB Alison Bastianelli, 6-2, Sr., Marysville (Mich.), committed to Illinois

S Samantha Seliger-Swenson, 5-11, Sr., Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.), committed to Minnesota

S/RS Kylie Pickrell, 6-0, Sr., Coppell (Texas), committed to Arizona State

D Amber MacDonald, 5-4, Sr., Blessed Trinity (Roswell, Ga.), committed to Wisconsin

Third Team

OH McKenna Granato, 5-11, Sr., Punahou (Honolulu), committed to Hawaii

OH Yaasmeen Bedart-Ghani, 6-3, Sr., Redondo Union (Redondo Beach, Calif.), committed to Texas

MB Ronika Stone, 6-2, Jr., Valley Christian (San Jose, Calif.), not committed

MB Brooke Morgan, 6-5, Sr., Dike-New Hartford (Dike, Iowa), committed to Wisconsin

S Jenna Gray, 6-0, Jr., St. James Academy (Lenexa, Kan.), not committed

S/RS Brie Orr, 5-10, Soph., Eagan (Minn.), not committed

D Jenna Lerg, 5-4, Sr., Mercy (Farmington Hills, Mich.), committed to Michigan

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