2017-18 Gatorade State High School Players Of The Year Announced

  0 Carly DeMarque | January 16th, 2018 | High School, News

The 2017-18 Gatorade State High School Players of the Year have been announced for all 50 states, including the District of Columbia. The 51 athletes selected are among an elite group of players that stood out well beyond their peers this past volleyball season, with many players heading off to major NCAA Division I volleyball programs from the 2018 season.

The Gatorade State Player of the Year has been around since the induction of the award in 1985 and is set out to recognize the nation’s most outstanding high school student-athletes for their athletic excellence, academic achievement and exemplary character. The award is dished out to six sports of each gender.

Among some of the top players honored with the award are South Carolina’s Thayer Hall, who has struck a lot of attention in the past year for her volleyball abilities nationally and internationally. Hall has graduated early from high school to begin her training with the University of Florida this spring, who is coming off a runner-up position in the 2017 NCAA Tournament. Florida hit the jackpot for this upcoming season, with three players being named to the list – Hall, Arkansas’ Haley Warner and Florida’s Marlie Monserez. Penn State, Creighton and Auburn are among other programs that will see multiple players come the fall.

Also coming in is Nicklin Hames out of Tennessee, who will head to the reigning national champions, Nebraska this fall.

Outside of seniors who will be attending their university either this spring or in the fall, there was a mix of juniors and sophomores that received the prestigious honor. While many are undecided on their post-prep plans, there is a number that has snagged up their verbal commitments to elite schools:

This is Holzman’s second Gatorade Player of the Year honor, being named to the list in 2016.

State Player School Position Year College
Alabama Kenya McQuirter McGill-Toolen Catholic HS Outside Hitter Junior Undecided
Alaska Zoey Keene South Anchorage HS Setter Senior
Alaska Fairbanks
Arizona Brooke Nuneviller Corona Del Sol HS Outside Hitter Senior Oregon
Arkansas Haley Warner Fayetteville HS Opposite Senior Florida
California Devon Cheng Santa Margarita Catholic HS Setter Senior UCLA
Colorado Keeley Davis Rock Canyon HS Outside Hitter Senior Creighton
Connecticut Alana Hruska Rham HS Middle Blocker Senior Undecided
Delaware Emily Jarome Padua Academy Outside Hitter Senior Towson
DC Rebecca Frye St. John’s College HS Setter Senior James Madison
Florida Marlie Monserez Bishop Moore Catholic HS Setter Senior Florida
Georgia Gabby Gonzalez Walton HS Outside Hitter Junior Undecided
Hawaii Lexis Akeo Kamehameha Schools-Kapalma HS Setter Junior
Pittsburgh (2019)
Idaho Dani Nay Skyview HS Outside Hitter Senior Weber State
Illinois Mica Allison The High School of Saint Thomas More Setter Senior Auburn
Indiana Melani Shaffmaster New Castle HS Setter Sophomore
Minnesota (2020)
Iowa Madi Kubik Valley HS Outside Hitter Junior Undecided
Kansas Taylor Kuper Olathe Northwest HS Outside Hitter Senior Illinois
Kentucky Rylee Rader Assumption Middle Blocker Sophomore Undecided
Louisiana Ellie Holzman Mount Carmel Academy Middle Blocker Junior Illinois (2019)
Maine Molly Mawhinney Molly Mawhinney Outside Hitter Senior Undecided
Maryland Jenaisya Moore Northwest HS Outside Hitter Junior Undecided
Massachusetts Emma Smallcomb Westborough HS Setter Senior Sacred Heart
Michigan Erin O’Leary Novi HS Setter Senior Michigan
Minnesota McKenna Melville Eagan HS Outside Hitter Senior Central Florida
Mississippi Callie Minshew Brandon HS Outside Hitter Junior Undecided
Missouri Gabby Blossom St. Joseph’s Academy Setter Senior Penn State
Montana Raegan Steiner Billings Senior HS Opposite Senior Idaho State
Nebraska Jaela Zimmerman Malcolm HS Outside Hitter Senior Creighton
Nevada Whittnee Nihipali Shadow Ridge HS Outside Hitter Senior Arizona
New Hampshire Maddie Norris Hollis-Brookline HS Outside Hitter Junior Undecided
New Jersey Julia Morris Immaculate Heart Academy Setter Senior Undecided
New Mexico Cat Kelly Sandia Preparatory School Outside Hitter Senior
New Mexico State
New York Mackenzie Cole Connetquot HS Outside Hitter Senior Duke
North Carolina Taylor Rowland Cox Mill HS Outside Hitter Senior Auburn
North Dakota Megan Gaffaney Jamestown HS Setter Senior Jamestown
Ohio Jonni Parker Miami East HS Setter Senior Penn State
Oklahoma Olivia Curtis Christian Heritage Academy Outside Hitter Junior Undecided
Oregon Chloe Brown Southridge HS Outside Hitter Senior Miami (FL)
Pennsylvania Renee Schultz Bishop Shanahan HS Setter Senior Yale
Rhode Island Maile Somera Barrington HS Outside Hitter Junior Undecided
South Carolilna Thayer Hall Dorman HS Outside Hitter Senior Florida
South Dakota Avery Thorson Harrisburg HS Setter Senior Augustana
Tennessee Nicklin Hames Webb Schoool of Knoxville Setter Senior Nebraska
Texas Adanna Rollins Hebron HS Outside Hitter Senior Minnesota
Utah Heather Gneiting Pleasant Grove HS Middle Blocker Senior BYU
Vermont Charlotte Frivoll Essex HS Libero Senior Undecided
Virginia Elena Shklyar Langley HS Setter Senior Michigan State
Washington Calley Heilborn Auburn Riverside HS Outside Hitter Senior
Western Washington
West Virginia Tessa Wyner George Washington HS Outside Hitter Senior Virginia Tech
Wisconsin Brooke Anderson Lake Country Lurtheran HS Outside Hitter Senior Iowa State
Wyoming Madison Vinich Kelly Walsh HS Outside Hitter Senior Undecided

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About Carly DeMarque

Carly DeMarque

Carly DeMarque has been involved with competitive volleyball for the majority of her life, playing competitively at the club and collegiate level for 15 years and coaching club for five. Now a retired Division I volleyball athlete out of McNeese State University, she continues her volleyball enthusiasm by stepping back into …

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