Posted On: 04/11/19 12:52 PM

Missouri is producing some big time players going to big time programs throughout the Midwest and beyond.  With the Class of 2019 saying farewell with USA Nationals in Dallas at the end of the month, it won’t be long before they will be reporting to their college campuses this summer as the new kids on the block looking to make an impact at the next level.  Here are a few throughout the state who have made their impact on the high school and club level.

Kentessa Lawson – Show Me – Middle Blocker

Committed to West Virginia

Long, athletic, with a huge swing, Lawson has the athleticism to compete among the best in the Big 12.  Out of Fort Zumwalt West, Lawson can get from pin to pin with an incredible reach for a block to take multiple angles away from the hitter.  Her physical presence is enough to alter a shot, giving her offense a chance to get in-system. The athletic ability of Lawson shows the high ceiling she has for the college level where she can make an impact in the middle or with her big swing she could be quite the offensive and defensive weapon on the right side.

Rylie Gregston – KC Power – Setter

Committed To Oklahoma

Gregston will be seeing Lawson in Big 12 play when she heads to Oklahoma.  At 5’7, Gregston has the style of play where she is a gritty defender and very high IQ, being able to run at a system with multiple tempos to a variety of hitters.  Getting to see her play at the Northern Lights Qualifier early in the season she can really mix it up without giving anything away to the defense. KC Power snagged a late season bid to compete at 18 Open at USAV Nationals.

Livia Sandt – Rockwood Thunder – Setter

Committed To Dayton

Sandt is heading into program that is coming off an NCAA Tournament appearance and is always one of the top programs in the A10, consistently floating around the top 25 in Dayton.  Sandt has always competed at a high level and with the athletic style of play of Dayton she will be a great fit for their program. Sandt can also be an offensive weapon on the second contact making her a complete all around player.

Morgan Gish – KC Power – Right Side

Committed To Tennessee Tech

Everyone likes a left handed, high contact point….if that athlete is on your side of the net.  Gish is going to be competing in the Ohio Valley Conference for Tennessee Tech. The 6’0 right side hitter is able to swing high and put up a solid block.  With a left handed swing, Gish provides a different look and has a very finesse style of play where she can hit around, over, or use the block to her advantage.

Jilliian Gillen – KC Power – Outside Hitter

Gillen with the swing.

Committed to Arkansas

Gillen packs a power on her swing.  A go to outside hitter for KC Power out of the Barstow School in Kansas City is 5’9 with a hammer for an arm.  With an aggressive approach and no fear swing, she is not afraid to go for the split. With a heavy arm she is able to really use the block to her advantage with how much power she is able to generate.  

Class of 2019 athletes staying in state

Missouri State

Kennedee Anderson

Azyah Green

Holly Luginbill

Julia McCown

Southeast Missouri

Tara Beilsmith

UMKC

Garionna Pearl

Peyton Van Nes

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