Posted On: 10/17/20 8:26 PM

  Much of our attention tends to go toward those in the front line attacking but these defenders are committed to defending the back court.  Here are 7 top defenders to keep tabs on this season.

Lauren Johnson - Belle Plaine;  Johnson is probably better known for dominating the basketball  court; she is one of the few in school history to have surpass 1,000 points.  Her skill translate perfectly to volleyball: hustle, speed, and technical skills.  In a recent match she had 35 digs in only three sets.  They use her as a primary passer in nearly every rotation and she is great in the middle back.

MaKena Panizke - Minnewaska Area;  Makena is having a great start to her senior year.  She creates long rallies with her solid defense.  Although her number of digs rarely outshines her contributions in the front, she is a well rounded player who seems to have a hand on every play.

Alexa Melcher - Elk River; One of the younger athletes on our list but an essential part of the Elk River team is sophomore Alexa.  In the first three matches, she has already accumulated close to 60 digs.  Likewise, she is equally

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