VolleyMob’s National Player of the Year Mid-Season Watch List

  0 Jesse Birdsall | November 03rd, 2017 | Big 12, Big Ten, College - Women's Indoor, News, Pac 12, SEC

As we approach midseason, National Player of the Year candidates are emerging and cementing their status. In no particular order, here’s our mid-season watch list.

 1. Carli Snyder

This 6’1″ senior outside hitter has been putting up gaudy stats for the whole 2017 campaign. With wins against Texas, Nebraska and Kentucky, she’s shown her ability to come up big when it counts. Snyder averages 4.20 points, 3.42 kills and 3.45 digs per set. Her strong jump serve has also scored 35 aces on the season.

2. Samantha Seliger-Swenson

Samantha Seliger-Swenson is one of the best setters in arguably the best volleyball conference in the nation. Seliger-Swenson ranks #2 in the nation with 12.20 assists per set. With 208 digs and 45 blocks, she impacts her team in all facets of the game. Her team is hitting .288 on the season with four hitters over .280 – in spite of a very young offensive group.

3. Kathryn Plummer

Last season’s National Freshmen of the Year hasn’t disappointed in her sophomore campaign. The converted opposite hitter has been lighting it up on the left side for Stanford, tallying 431 kills, 113 blocks and 224 digs. While only a sophomore, her numbers speak volumes even in comparison to more senior players.

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4. Adora Anae

This Hawaii native traveled far for college, ending up at Utah. All of the travel has been worth it for the 2016 All-American. She’s recorded 344 kills and 246 digs for the Utes thus far. A force at the net, she’s also put down 38 points with her blocking skills.

5. Micaya White

With top 10 recruits year after year, Texas always has a NPOY candidate on the court. Micaya White is no exception. For 2017, she’s scored 479 kills (.273), 263 digs and 83 blocks. As if that wasn’t enough, she’s also tough from the baseline with 25 aces.

6. Haleigh Washington

Leading the nation with an astronomical .513 hitting percentage on 250 kills, Haleigh Washington is on fire for Penn State. With 117 blocks already for 2017, it’s no wonder that she recently reached the 500 career blocks milestone. The senior middle blocker paces the Nittany Lions to a whopping .349 hitting percentage, the best in the country and shows no signs of slowing down.


7. Dana Rettke

In her first collegiate season, Rettke has already set a new record with 7 Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors. The 6’8″ middle scores 4.45 points per set, with an average of 3.43 kills and 1.41 blocks. With a .657 and .500 hitting percentage against Minnesota and Nebraska respectively, she’s shown she can be clutch against top competition.


8. Kelsie Payne

The Kansas career leader in hitting percentage and two time All-American has continued her dominance this season. She’s a force at the net with 345 kills (.311) and 55 blocks. While her strength is above the net, Payne gives nothing away in the back row with 179 digs. Already the career leader in single-season kills, Payne is pursuing the career kill leader to cap off her senior season.

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9. Leah Edmond

Leah Edmond is only a sophomore, but you wouldn’t know that from her stats.As the SEC Freshman of the Year in 2016, Edmond has built on her success. The Lexington native has scored 345 kills (.311), 49 blocks and 149 digs. A threat in all six rotations, Edmond has also served 24 aces.

10. Kelly Hunter

Despite missing early matches with an injury, the 2015 national champion and returning All-American setter has come back with a vengeance. Hunter has recorded 721 assists and 53 kills for her team. Defensively she’s no slouch, notching 186 digs and 32 blocks for her team.


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