Just about every week during the high school season, provided there are enough nominees from varsity coaches, VolleyballMag.com will recognize a Dream Team of high school volleyball players who were standouts the weekend before.
The goal is for the eight-girl Dream Team to consist of the following:
Setter, S/RS or RS
Players will be considered for Dream Team ONLY if they are nominated by their high school coaches using this link: https://volleyballmag.com/hs-player-of-the-week-submissions/. This week’s Dream Team includes an extra OH and extra libero, because no defensive specialists and insufficient middles were nominated.
Nominations will be solicited by email to high school coaches only on our email list. To sign up, follow this link: https://volleyballmag.com/hs-email-sign-up/
Note to coaches and directors: while there is no science to how we choose members of our Dream Team, performing on bigger stages will give players an edge, as will nomination forms that describe with specificity how well a player performed the previous weekend.
VolleyballMag.com HS DREAM TEAM for October 25
S/RS: Mikayla Haner, 5-10 Soph., Hamilton (Chandler, Arizona) – Hamilton stunned top-ranked Xavier College Prep last week in a five-set thriller that ended 20-18 in the final set. Haner more than did her part, with20 assists, 13 kills, 19 digs, five aces and three blocks.
S: Kinslee McGown, 5-10 Sr., Cleveland (Tennessee) – McGown had 37 assists and five kills to help the Raiders get by Nolensville in straight sets for the Tennessee AAA title, their second in a row.
S: Claire Smith, 5-8 Jr., Lewisburg (Olive Branch, Mississippi) – Smith had 51 assists and 11 digs to help send Lewisburg past defending champion Brandon for the 7A title. The Patriots dropped the first two sets before rallying for the win.
S: Katie Salonga, 5-7 Sr., Foothill (Pleasanton) – Salonga was instrumental in the Falcons’ three wins last week. The first, over Amador Valley¸ completed an undefeated league championship season. The latter two, five-set wins over Monte Vista and San Ramon Valley, clinched the league tournament title as well. In those three matches, covering 13 sets, the Colorado recruit totaled 128 assists. She twice also had double digit dig totals.
RS: Avery Peters, 5-11 Jr., Valley View (Jonesboro, Arkansas) – A southpaw, Peters registered 20 kills, eight digs and six blocks over…