The American Volleyball Coaches Association released the Under Armour High School All-America teams on Wednesday and Wisconsin recruits were well represented. Four from coach Kelly Sheffield’s upcoming class were tabbed for the honor, including two first-team members.
Sydney Hilley, Setter, Champlin Park High School (Champlin, Minn.)
Hilley, a 6’0 setter and outside hitter, was the national prep sophomore of the year in 2014, the 2015 Minnesota Volley Player of Year, the Star Tribune Metro Volleyball Player of the Year and is a member of the National Honor Society. She led Champlin Park High School to a 27-2 record in 2016 with 507 kills (6.7 per set) and a blistering .465 hitting percentage. She has amassed more than 1,757 kills and 1,500 assists in her four-year varsity career. Here are some highlights.
Grace Loberg, Outside Hitter, Geneva High School (Geneva, Ill.)
Loberg, a 6’2” outside hitter, has accumulated a .360 hitting percentage in 2016 with 345 kills (averaging 4.4 kills per set) for Geneva High School, the No. 17 team in the Maxpreps Xcellent 25. A two-sport athlete, she was the Kane County Chronicle Female Athlete of the Year as a junior when she had 275 kills, 48 blocks and 185 digs. You can see her here, bringing the thunder.
Dana Rettke, Outside Hitter, Riverside-Brookfield High School (Riverside, Ill.)
Rettke, a 6’8” outside hitter, averaged 5.7 kills per set in 2016 with a .353 hitting percentage. She has 254 blocks in her prep career to go with 467 digs and 189 aces. She is the nation’s tallest player and is viewed as a top-10 prospect for her athleticism and blocking ability. Here is her profile by Game Day Sports Stars.
Mariah Whalen, Newman High School (Wausau, Wis.)
Whalen, a 6’0” outside hitter, is a four-year varisty player for Newman High School in Wasau with over 2,600 kills in her career to go along with more than 1,100 digs. As a senior, she averaged 5.9 kills per set and hit .431 on 1,217 attempts. She was the PrepVolleyball.com National Freshman of the Year. She led Newman to three straight state championships and is competing for a fourth this season.