Posted On: 10/6/20 4:49 PM
As we tour the state of Oregon, we will be making many stops throughout this great State. We will be stopping by cities big and small, highlighting the best athletes in those places. First stop: Portland Metro! Here are the top five outside hitters from the class of 2023:
Sophie Gregoire-Salagean Sophie Gregoire-Salagean 6'0" | OH Newberg | 2023 State OR , 6’0″, OH Newberg High School, Oregon Juniors Volleyball Academy
Gregoire-Salagean did not let being the only freshman on the Newberg High School Varsity team stop her. Early on she became a six-rotation outside hitter for the Tigers. There were few freshmen to make an All-League First-team selection, but Gregoire-Salagean was one of the few. She was awarded Pacific Conference First Team All-League All-League and was a contender for the Pacific Conference Player of the Year. She was the leading scorer on the team in both kills and hitting percentage, she ranked second in serve receive, blocking and digs, and had the third-most assists. She mixes up her attack with different angles and shots and is a smart defender. Last club season she played for Oregon Juniors Volleyball Academy on their 15-1 National team.
Addie Hoover Addie Hoover 5'9" | OH West Linn | 2023 State OR , 5’9″, OH, West Linn High School, Portland Volleyball Club
Hoover, one of two freshmen to make the West Linn Lions varsity squad, is a dynamic athlete who has the ability to step into any position on the court. While her attack comes with great speed and power, she also is a sharp defender, and often saw court time in the back row, with Warmenhoven (#1 2022 recruit in OR) and Wilmes (University of Washington commit) on the outside for the Lions. Last club season she played for Portland Volleyball Club’s 16-1 National team.
Sydney Brewster Sydney Brewster 6'0" | OH Sandy | 2023 State OR , 6’0″, OH, Sandy High School, Adidas NW Jrs. Volleyball Club
Brewster, the only Freshman to make the Sandy High School varsity squad, made her presence known. An incredibly versatile athlete with a powerful arm swing, she switched between the outside and middle with ease. Though a middle blocker most of her career, she played outside many times given her ability to play the back row well. For her play she was awarded Mt. Hood Second Team All-League. She spent the off season playing varsity basketball for the Pioneers and club volleyball for Adidas NW Juniors 16-1 team.
Isabel Patterson Isabel Patterson 5'9" | OH Jesuit | 2023 State OR , 5’9″, OH, Jesuit High School, Athena Volleyball Academy
Patterson, one of two freshmen to make the Jesuit High School Crusaders varsity squad, helped them secure a first-place finish in the 6A State championship. Patterson flies off the court when attacking and uses her insanely fast arm swing to rack up kills. Though not in the starting line-up this season, with Dowdall (#16 2021 recruit) and Henry (#25 2021 recruit) fulfilling the outside positions for the Crusaders, she has made significant strides in her game during the offseason and has become a force to be reckoned with. Last club season she played for Athena Volleyball Academy’s 15-1 Gold team.
Amyah Semau Amyah Semau 5'10" | OH West Linn | 2023 State OR , 5’8″, OH/MB, West Linn High School, Portland Volleyball Club
Semau, one of two freshmen to make the West Linn Lions Varsity squad, is a very versatile athlete with the ability to play any position on the front row. Since the Lions had Warmenhoven (#1 2022 recruit in OR) and Wilmes (University of Washington commit) on the outside, Semau was put on the right side given her strong block. When Claire Matthiessen went down with an injury at the beginning of the season, the Lions looked to Semau to fill her shoes, and she rose to the challenge. Last club season she played for Portland Volleyball Club’s 16-1 National team.
Kalista Lukovich Kalista Lukovich 6'0" | OH Nelson | 2023 State OR , 5’11″, OH, Clackamas High School, Portland Volleyball Club
Lukovich, the lone freshman on the Clackamas High School Cavaliers roster, helped them finish second in the Mt. Hood Conference. Being the youngest did not stop her from seeing court time. She primarily started on the right side for the Cavaliers given her strong block. Incredibly athletic, she has the ability to play across the front row and see success. She is incredibly coachable and continues to improve with each season. Last club season she played for Portland Volleyball Club 16-1 National team.