Posted On: 07/20/20 8:31 AM

Middle-blockers are typically the tallest players in a volleyball team and, therefore, the less suited to stand out on defense. Truth be said, they are normally the ones who are replaced by liberos or defensive specialists any time they are in the backcourt.

These six Washington middle-blockers are exceptions to the norm, though, and, as they showed in 2019, they can be effective both at the net and in the back.

 

 Jasett Smith and MacKenzie WhyteMacKenzieWhyte6'2" | OHSnohomish | 2021StateWA – Snohomish

Snohomish ranked seventh in the state in digs per set (21.1) last season and their middle-blocker duo had a lot to do with it. 5’ 11” sophomore Jasett Smith and 6’2” junior MacKenzie WhyteMacKenzieWhyte6'2" | OHSnohomish | 2021StateWA combined for almost half of the Panthers’ 1,158 digs in the season, upping balls 276 and 261 times, respectively. They placed second and third in the team’s defensive ranking.

 

Maggie Meyer - Colton

Colton ranked in the top-five in digs per set (23.1) in 2019 and Maggie Meyer’s helped it to happen. The 5’6” sophomore middle-blocker was a key piece in the team’s defensive system. Meyer was the second most effective digger in the entire roster of the Wildcats as her 267

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