Posted On: 11/18/19 8:55 PM

The 2019 Missouri High School volleyball season is one for the books, with Advance, Hermann, St. Francis Borgia and Nixa all leaving Cape Girardeau with a state title.

The evolution of freshman from the first day of camp to the final whistle of their first season can be incredible. Other times, a freshman’s impact on their team is immediate. Whatever the scenario, here is a group of players whose mark on their team – and on the high school volleyball scene in 2019 – was a significant one.  

Reese Gray – Outside Hitter, Lesterville

Gray helped Lesterville capture its fourth straight district title and advance to the state quarterfinals, all while being just behind star Mallory Polk in kills with 321. The outside hitter is one of two freshman on the Missouri High School Volleyball Coaches Association All-State team for Class 1 – in large part due to performances like the one in the state quarterfinals against Billings, where she had 23 kills and hit .333.  Gray also had 401 digs and 37 aces in 2019. The Bearcats finished the year at 18-14-4, but will be a team to watch in 2020 as it loses just two varsity players

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