By René Ferrán
In a normal year, December would be a time to hand out all-state awards for fall high school sports in Oregon.
Of course, nothing about 2020 has been normal.
We hope circumstances will allow for high school sports to take place later in the school year. While we wait, we thought it would be fun to name all-state teams this December anyway.
Here are one longtime writer’s picks for an all-returning, all-classifications, all-state team in Oregon high school volleyball. This all-state team doesn’t take solely into account where a player slots into the recruiting rankings; it combines 2019 performance with 2020-21 projection to determine who might be the best of the best in the state of Oregon next spring. It also doesn’t divide between Class 6A and Class 1A — as you’ll see — but puts everyone into one boat.
We invite comments as to which players would make your all-Oregon team!
Emily Bourne, Sr., Santiam Christian
After winning Class 3A player of the year honors as a sophomore, the Oregon State commit came back to earn first-team all-state honors and help the Eagles win a second consecutive state championship.
Alexis Hobie, Sr., North Eugene
She improved from a second-team all-Midwestern selection to the league’s player of the year and a first-team Class 5A all-state honoree in leading the Highlanders back to the state tournament.
Clarissa Klein, Sr., Wilsonville
A second-team Class 5A all-state selection who helped the Wildcats reach the state championship match, the Saint Mary’s College signee led the team in kills (278) and aces (66) to go with 34 blocks and 154 digs while hitting at a .333 clip.
Tess Masingale, Jr., Jesuit
She emerged as a force in the middle for the repeat Class 6A state champions, earning second-team all-state honors while recording 188 kills with a team-best .363 hitting percentage to go with 30 blocks.
Daley McClellen, Sr., Canby
One of the the Northwest’s top outside hitters in the Class of 2021, the first-team all-state selection and Three Rivers player of the year has committed to the University of Oregon. She led the Cougars to a program-best third-place finish at the Class 6A state tournament.
Audra Wilmes, Sr., West Linn
The University of Washington signee earned second-team Class 6A all-state honors after leading the Lions to a fifth-place finish at state, where she was a unanimous all-tournament pick. She was named to the AVCA/Under Armour All-America third team.
Ellie Cantu, Sr., Kennedy
The first-team Class 2A all-state selection expertly directed a Lancers offense that featured three all-state hitters, finishing with 747 assists, 291 digs, 143 kills and 72 aces as Kennedy won its first state championship.
Peyton Griffin, Sr., Jesuit
The first-team Class 6A all-state selection does a little of everything for the two-time defending state champions, finishing with 157 kills, 273 assists and 130 digs while sharing setting duties with second-team all-state pick Alison Buchholz.
Kealani Rosa, Sr., Central Catholic
The Rams have had three hitters earn four all-state selections over the past two years. The common link? A two-year starting setter who received Class 6A all-state honorable mention last season with 562 assists (5.2 per set), 185 digs and 48 aces for the state runner-up.
Maisie Alexander, Jr., Jesuit
A first-team Class 6A all-state selection for the back-to-back champion Crusaders, she had 397 digs — including 38 in the five-set victory over Central Catholic in the final — and a team-high 53 aces.
Grace Clark, Sr., Mountainside
A two-time all-Metro first-team selection and a second-team Class 6A all-state pick, she helped the Mavericks place fourth in their first state tournament appearance.
Maddy Dowdall, Sr., Jesuit
Bailee Hartsook, Sr., Sweet Home
Makenah Jackson, Sr., Central Catholic
Harper Justema, Sr., Summit
Maddie Klopcic, Sr., Valley Catholic
Jazi Smith, Sr., McMinnville
Alison Buchholz, Sr., Jesuit
Megan Bushnell, Sr., Bend
Adia Messenger, Sr., Reynolds
Hailey Arritola, Sr., Kennedy
Caitlin Gay, Sr., Canby
Izzy Armstrong, Sr., Bend
Liz Barker, Sr., Crook County
Madie Dowell, Sr., West Albany
Allie Hueckman, Sr., Burns
Mackenzie Leith, Sr., Mountainside
Danielle Tsague, Jr., Portland Christian
Hannah Ledgerwood, Sr., Sheldon
Melia Patrick, Sr., Wilson
Morgan Stafford, Sr., Corbett
Abby Bareksten, Sr., Oregon City
Ally Henry, Sr., Ridgeview