Northern’s Halle Shell jumps to hit the ball during their game against Port Huron Oct. 3. BRIAN M. WELLS/TIMES HERALD
Shell leads list of Top 25 volleyball players
JOSEPH HAYES, TIMES HERALD, October 14, 2017
The high school volleyball season is entering the home stretch.
Throughout the season, local teams have been jockeying for positioning in their respective conferences. But in the next few weeks, their attention will turn to the start of postseason play.
But before the regular season concludes and district play begins, let’s take a look at the Top 25 girls volleyball players this season. This list has no bearing on our end of the season awards.
The No. 1 player is a familiar name that has had plenty of impact through the season.
1. Halle Shell, Port Huron Northern: The Port Huron Northern senior was recently recognized as being one of the best seniors in the state. And for good reason; Shell can be downright dominant in the middle of the court. Shell has helped lead a resurgent Northern program, that should be riding a high entering the playoffs.
2. Hannah Delor, Marysville: While Shell does most of her damage from the middle of the court, Delor has become the best outside hitter in the area. Delor has led the Vikings to another successful season behind her explosive athleticism. With Delor helping lead the way, the Vikings appear primed for a postseason run.
3. Lexie Davidson, Croswell-Lexington: The Pioneers senior outside hitter has become one of the best all-around players in the area. She has combined an impressive mix of offensive firepower and defensive instincts to become the Pioneers top player. With Davidson on the court, the Pioneers can play with anyone.
4. Hayley Delor, Marysville: The Vikings setter has teamed with her twin sister to become a potent offensive combination. Delor runs the Vikings offense with such consistency that the other players around her have developed and given Marysville an overall talented team. Much of the Vikings improvement can be attributed to Delor.
5. Sami Klink, Port Huron Northern: The Huskies senior has been a key player in the lineup for several years. But this season, Klink has taken yet another step forward on and off the court, where she has become one of the team’s biggest leaders. Klink’s intelligence and athleticism continue to give opponents problems and the talented Huskies appear to be rounding into form as the stretch run begins.
6. Kendal Muxlow, Brown City: Muxlow was one of the unsung heroes last season during Brown City’s state championship run. This season, she has continued to develop into one of the area’s best players. She is known for her court awareness and aggressive play and will be a player to watch once the postseason begins.
7. Stephanie Abraham, Marine City: The Marine City senior middle hitter leads the Mariners in kills and blocks. Blessed with explosive athleticism, Abraham can make plays all around the court. She has also improved in her overall game and is known for being excellent in serve receive.
8. Taylor Bieszczad, Marysville: The Vikings libero is one of the best overall defensive players in the area. She is instinctive in reading hitters and has also become a vocal leader for the Vikings. In many ways, Bieszczad has become the Vikings coach.on the floor.
9. Mackenzie Deloover, Yale: The Bulldogs might be one of the biggest surprises of the season. Leading the way is Deloover, who is the Bulldogs middle hitter and can also play defensive specialist. Deloover has also become one of the better blockers in the area.
10. Madison Adair, Port Huron Northern: Adair is the third Huskies player to make the list, also behind her defensive contributions. The Huskies libero has brought stability to the Huskies lineup and has helped the team go on runs with her dynamic serve.
11. Laurel Shaw, Croswell-Lexington: The Pioneers senior libero is averaging over five digs per set, which ranks her among the leaders in digs in the state. Being a savvy defender starts with Shaw’s instincts and quick feet, which has also made her strong in serve receive.
12. Halie Johnson, Marine City: The Mariners senior outside hitter has become one of the best attackers in the area. She has developed more power this season and has become a top all-around player for the Mariners.
13. Juliana Amey, Port Huron High: The Big Reds libero has already established a new digs record for the Big Reds with her outstanding defensive play. Amey controls the back row for the Big Reds and has been a consistent force this season.
14. Brenna Johnson, St. Clair: The Saints are another team that has been on a recent surge. Johnson has played a big part in their growth with her powerful shot and her timely plays.
15. Cassidy Schott, Port Huron Northern: The Huskies setter has effectively run the offense, adding in powerful serving and offensive skills as well. Schott has proved key in Northern’s development.
16. Sam Miller, Marysville: The Vikings middle hitter has continued to develop into a leader as a senior. She is one of the better blockers in the Blue Water Area and will provide steady play and leadership as the postseason begins.
17. Devyn Gordon, Croswell-Lexington: The Pioneers junior middle hitter is quickly becoming one of the best blockers in the area. That has allowed the Pioneers defense to limit top opposing hitters. Offensively, Gordon is also developing a top level shot and is already her team’s No. 2 hitter behind Davidson.
18. Jessica Bohm, St. Clair: Bohm is an excellent overall athlete for St. Clair and continues to produce. Not only is she a potent offensively player, she has also improved defensively and given St. Clair a potent 1-2 threat with Johnson.
19. Morganne Rapley, Yale: The junior setter is quickly becoming one of the best players at her position in the area. Rapley’s play has been one of the biggest reasons Yale has enjoyed a breakout season.
20. Alexis Wiltse, Brown City: The Brown City setter is quick and timely with her decisions. She is known for being one of the better athletes on the Brown City roster and is developing rapidly throughout the season.
21. Jessica Wright, Marine City: The Mariners senior outside hitter could be one of the most underrated athletes in the area. She has become a key part of the Mariners lineup with her defense and jumping ability.
22. Patty Pratt, Yale: The Bulldogs senior middle blocker is known for her leaping ability. But she has also greatly improved her overall offensive game. Her contributions have helped limit opposing hitters and put her teammates in good position to have success.
23. Sydney Soper, Croswell-Lexington: The Pioneers junior setter has taken a huge step forward in her development this season. She is one of the best overall athletes in the area and has done a good job communicating with teammates. Soper is also known for her serving ability.
24. Emma Trombley, Port Huron: The Big Reds freshman outside hitter has been improving every game. She has progressed to the point of leading the Big Reds in kills in several matches and will be a player to watch going forward.
25. Ann Schlaud, Brown City: The Brown City outside hitter is known for her ability to adjust on the fly. After moving over from middle hitter, Schlaud has developed rapidly as an outside hitter and a complement to Muxlow.
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