Must-see 30 volleyball players to watch during 2021 fall Washington high school season

As contending teams position themselves for an October run to a league title – and postseason riches – that is usually the time top-tier talent shines on the volleyball court.

Here are 30 must-watch standouts from around the state of Washington (Class 4A, 3A, 2A, 1A, 2B and 1B) moving forward:

CLASS 4A VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS TO WATCH

OH Hailey Brockway, Graham-Kapowsin, junior

An all-4A SPSL selection from her ninth-grade season on, the feared Eagles’ hitter has given recent verbal commitment to Illinois State.

OH Isabella Christensen, Lake Stevens, junior

Still just a junior for the high-powered Vikings, is hitting at .283 clip this fall. Has committed to play collegiately for the Air Force Academy.

OH Ella Ensign, Curtis, junior

The Vikings’ captain of an up-and-coming 4A SPSL group is off to a great start to 2021, converting on .270 of her offensive attempts.

OH Kyleene Filimaua, North Creek, junior

Another junior that has solidified her future plans early, has committed to play indoor and beach volleyball at Florida State.

OH Emmy Hansen, Camas, senior

High court awareness has eased transition from middle blocker to the outside, where her athleticism makes her a dangerous attacker.

OH Tyra Schaub, Skyview, senior

A force to be reckoned with, Gonzaga commit led the Storm to its first state tournament appearance in a decade two years ago (no state in 2020).

OH Anna Schroedl, Lake Stevens, senior

One of the main offensive threats for a deep Vikings squad, the 6-foot-11 hitter has added 54 kills so far this season to her career total of 228.

L Sophia Sheppard, Puyallup, junior

A digging machine that just understands where to be to rescue plays. The Vikings captain has 94 digs over her first 12 matches of the season.

OH Bailey Showalter, Mount Si, senior

Dominant offensive force for a squad that recently finished fifth at the Kent Classic has committed to play on the beach at USC.

OH Hayli Tri, Lake Stevens, junior

The junior co-captain is hitting at a huge .466 percentage for Class 4A-contending Vikings team off to a 6-1 start this fall.

OH Ivy Vindivich, Puyallup, junior

The Vikings’ co-captain presents an all-around threat for opponents – as a hitter and ball-handler (92 kills, 53 digs).

CLASS 3A VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS TO WATCH

S Telia Allen, Mount Spokane, senior

All-state facilitator has been an impact performer from the time she first stepped on campus, and is leader for two-time Class 3A champions.

MB Eva Atkins, Roosevelt, senior

The 6-foot-2 force in the middle also hits on the outside for the Roughriders. Is committed to the Ivy League’s Columbia University for 2022.

OH Langley Griffin, Peninsula, junior

Not just the younger sister of University of Washington’s Maeve Griffin, this right-side hitter fires away (.314 clip, 43 kills, 37 digs) for Seahawks.

OH Bella Hadaller, Kelso, senior

The 6-foot-1 Hawaii-Hilo commit has the Hilanders off to a undefeated start in the 3A Greater St. Helens League.

MB Elise Hani, Lake Washington, senior

A fierce competitor on the volleyball or basketball floor, the 6-foot-4 force inside has committed to play volleyball at the UW.

OH Emily Mekelburg, Arlington, senior

Averaging 4.4 kills per set, Mekelburg is hitting at a robust .401 clip. Already amassed 349 career kills to go with 111 service aces.

OH Cassie Moeller, Mead, junior

Standout offensive threat (.270 hitting clip) has Panthers right in the thick of it in the Greater Spokane League, leading upset of Mount Spokane.

OH Lauren Riffe, Interlake, senior

At 5-foot-8, not the biggest hitter outside. But hops and anticipation work well – she has 112 kills already for the Saints.

CLASS 2A VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS TO WATCH

MB Elizabeth Andrew, Ridgefield, sophomore

Seen this name before? She is the younger sister of Allie (Baylor) – and now it is her turn to be the tall (6-foot-5) defensive wall ready to stifle attacks.

OH Abby Harrell, Ellensburg, junior

Quickly established herself as one of the rising attackers in the state as a ninth grader, and has continued to pace the offense for the Bulldogs.

S Morgan Harter, Ridgefield, senior

The engine that makes the two-time defending state champion Spudders go, she has facilitated the attack that beats 4A and 3A schools regularly.

OH Sirena Peredo, Washington, junior

Don’t let the 5-foot-6 frame fool you, she easily elevates over blocks for offense – and gives the Patriots a go-to attacker in the 2A SPSL.

S Amey Rainaud, Burlington-Edison, senior

Consistent all-NWC first-teamer registered back-to-back seasons of 900-plus assists during her first two full years – and on pace for that again,

OH Riley Reeves, Columbia River, senior

Ability to hit various shots when necessary, she attacks defenses at different angles. Consistent presence on defense and at the serve line.

MB Ashley Shumate, Lynden, sophomore

Played mostly middle blocker last spring as a ninth grader, but now has shifted outside after school record-setter Anna VanderYacht graduated.

OH Emily Vossenkuhl, Ridgefield, senior

As if Spudders needed it – another dominant offensive force for a squad that recently captured Kent Classic title; USC beach volleyball commit.

CLASS 1A/2B/1B VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS TO WATCH

OH Payton Davis, Oakesdale (1B), sophomore

All-around player also sees time at setter – and produces wherever she is for Nighthawks (70 kills, .307 hitting clip; 88 digs, 30 assists).

OH Ellie Marble, La Conner (2B), junior

Can do it all – hit, pass and serve. Became the second Marble sister to bring home Class 2B state title (2019) playing for mom, Suzanne.

OH Olivia Strandberg, Chelan (1A), junior

One of two all-Caribou Trail first-team performers returning this fall. Standberg is a massive-upside athlete who can take over a match.

Doug Drowley

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