Posted On: 12/29/20 11:05 AM

There is high-quality middle depth in the Class of 2023. There are power players, finesse players, great blockers, and more. Some of these players will stay in the middle. You may see some move to the pins down the road. For now, though, we will focus on their play as middle blockers.

#3 Calissa Minatee Calissa Minatee 6'0" | MB North Kansas City | 2023 State MO - 6’0" - North Kansas City/Dynasty

Minatee is a very athletic player in the middle. She has shown power and the ability to find open floor with tips. She runs a good slide and scores with high efficiency. She has good length and an above-average blocker. She could eventually transition to the pin.

#9 Elise Paul Elise Paul 6'0" | MB Lutheran South | 2023 State MO - 6’0" - Lutheran/HPSTL

When watching Paul you immediately notice her fire on the court. She has a great reach and uses that to get over the block. She loves the quick set and terminates it with high success. Defensively, she has good blocking technique and presses well over the net. 

#13 Layne Witherspoon Layne Witherspoon 6'0" | MB Lafayette | 2023 State MO - 5’10" - Lafayette/Rockwood

Witherspoon may be viewed as undersized for a middle, but her play speaks for itself. She is a gamer with tremendous athletic ability. She may

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