Posted On: 07/24/20 7:45 AM

Even though volleyball is a team sport, there’s probably no other aspect of the game in which its collective sense gets more prominent than defense. While an outstanding hitter, a fantastic server and a phenomenal blocker can each carry their teams based on their sole efforts, that is not the case with defense.

An effective defensive system is rarely built upon a single player as these four pairings showed in 2019 and will probably show again when the 2020 season starts.


Ellie Marble and Rachel Cram – LaConner

LaConner ranked second in digs (2,028) in the entire state and the duo of freshman outside hitter Ellie Marble and sophomore libero Rachel Cram had a lot to do with it. Marble, who took the 2B class by storm on her first high school season, and Cram both ranked within the top-12 in the state in digs with 410 (eight) and 393 (12th), respectively. Their efforts, which helped the Braves win the State Championship, certainly didn’t go unnoticed as both made it to the All-State Teams (Marble to the first, Cram to the second) and granted Marble a Co-Player of the Year Award.


Ella-Leigh Anderson and Addy Schmidt – Crosspoint

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