It’s officially summer time, and with that, it’s time to send off our 2018 players with the final rankings of their high school careers.
We’ve updated the Class of 2018 rankings now that their senior years of high school – and club volleyball – are over. Each day we will release more rankings until we get to the top five.
For now, here are the players that finished ranked #46-50. Congrats to them all and best of luck in the future! Thanks for all you did to make high school volleyball in Nebraska so amazing!
#46 – Makenna Freeman, 5’10, OH, Omaha Westside (Nebraska Elite) – committed to College of St. Mary
Freeman has been in a constant state of improvement for quite some time now and really came on strong toward the end of her senior season and into her final club season, which helped her land a scholarship to College of St. Mary. She had 245 kills her senior year at Omaha Westside, including 15 in a district win over Lincoln Northeast. She also had 37 blocks on the year and 305 digs.
#47 – Cassidy Plooster, 5’7, Setter, Lincoln Southeast (Nebraska ONE) – committed to Nebraska Wesleyan
After being a back-up at Lincoln Pius X, Plooster transferred to Lincoln Southeast for her senior year and really shined in helping lead the Knights to a 24-13 record and a trip to state. The Nebraska Wesleyan recruit had 902 assists – 9.2 per set – and also proved to be an extremely well-rounded player, finishing with 210 digs, 52 kills and 25 ace serves.
#48 – Morgan James, 5’9, OH, Bellevue West (Performance VBC) – committed to Concordia University
A two-year starter for the Thunderbirds, James was undersized but still delivered some of the hardest hits as an outside hitter with her powerful arm. She had 491 kills for her career, including 272 as a senior. She had a season-high 17 in a 3-2 district win over Omaha Burke last fall. In the past year James also made tremendous strides defensively and had 338 digs in 2017 to go along with 38 ace serves.
#49 – Grace Volk, 5’8, Setter, Arlington (VCNebraska) – committed to UNC-Asheville
Playing a little under the radar at Arlington, Volk was an extremely athletic do-it-all standout for the Eagles as a four-year starter. She finished her career at the Class C-1 school with 2,666 assists to go along with 295 kills, 750 digs and 194 ace serves. Her senior season she had a pair of triple doubles (double-digit kills, digs and assists in a match), both of which came against Ashland-Greenwood.
#50 – Mckenzie Michalek, 5’7, Libero, Papillion-LaVista (Premier) – committed to Omaha
When you play 382 varsity sets in your career for one of the state’s premier volleyball powerhouse programs, that says something about your ability, and that’s exactly what Michalek did for Papillion-LaVista. The Omaha recruit was a huge part of the Monarch program from the time she started her freshman year, finishing with 1,024 digs and 1,091 serve receptions to go with 96 ace serves.