The Class of '20: The top 20 athletes in the Class of 2020

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The Class of '20: The top 20 athletes in the Class of 2020

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The Class of '20: The top 20 athletes in the Class of 2020

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19. Rylee Rader

Assumption’s Rylee Rader smashes one past Sacred Heart’s Kristen Clemons for the score. Photo: Scott Utterback/Courier Journal

School: Assumption (Louisville, Kentucky)
Sport: Volleyball
Position: Middle blocker
College: Ohio State

Rylee Rader can’t go up much more after last season. The ALL-USA Volleyball Player of the Year led Assumption to an undefeated season – 43 victories – and won the championship. She had 415 kills with a .533 hitting percentage and only made 34 errors on 689 swings.

The middle blocker, who is committed to Ohio State, did all that despite having a shoulder injury, according to the Courier-Journal.

Rader was the MaxPreps Volleyball Player of the Year. She’s a two-time Gatorade Kentucky Volleyball Player of the Year.

And even while receiving that Gatorade award as a sophomore, Rader took a huge step in her junior year. Listed at 6-foot-3, she increased her kill count from 260 to 415, increased her hitting percentage from .525 to .553, kill percentage from 58.8 to 60.2 and even put up 21 aces, compared to just one the year prior. On defense, she excelled with 56 blocks and 46 digs, good for 1.3 and 1.1 per match, respectively.

She had more games without any errors (22) than she did with (21).

Don’t know volleyball well? To put it lightly, those numbers are very good. If you’re trying to get into volleyball, Rader is a good person to start watching.

She finished the season with 10 consecutive games with 10 kills or more. How long will her streak go before a team finally figures out how to stop her?

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