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Posted On: 08/26/21 1:29 PM

Class 3 should be another class that is wide open this year for a new champion.   With the top 3 state finishers getting hit hard with graduation, this would open things wide for Springfield Catholic,  El Dorado, or Eldon. We will find out soon enough if Springfield Catholic was pushed up a class or stays in Class 3.

Here’s a look at some of the top returning leaders.

 

Vanessa Polk Vanessa Polk 6'2" | MB John Burroughs | 2022 State MO -Senior-John Burroughs

Unfortunately for Polk, they had to fight through a short season but still had one to remember.  Losing to Hermann 1 win away from the final four, Polk is one hard player to look past. The Pepperdine recruit finished last year with 180 kills on 398 attempts and season-high 26 kills. Look for this season to be a dominating year for Vanessa Polk Vanessa Polk 6'2" | MB John Burroughs | 2022 State MO .

 

Caroline Beckmann Caroline Beckmann 5'11" | MB Eldon | 2022 State MO -Senior-Eldon

The 5’11 hammer for the Mustangs had a great 2020 season. Ending with 516 kills, hit .359%, 263 digs, and a season-high of 35 kills in a 3-2 win over Southern Boone.  Beckmann should surpass 1000 kills in the first half of the season.  Finished 2nd in kills for the year in Class 3. 

 

Vanessa Polk Vanessa Polk 6'2" | MB John Burroughs | 2022 State MO -Senior-John Burroughs Unfortunately for Polk, they had to fight through a short season but still had one to remember.  Losing to Hermann 1 win away from the final four, Polk is one hard player to look past. The Pepperdine recruit finished last year with 180 kills on 398 attempts and season-high 26 kills. Look for this season to be a dominating year for Vanessa Polk Vanessa Polk 6'2" | MB John Burroughs | 2022 State MO .   Caroline Beckmann Caroline Beckmann 5'11" | MB Eldon | 2022 State MO -Senior-Eldon The 5’11 hammer for the Mustangs had a great 2020 season. Ending with 516 kills, hit .359%, 263 digs, and a season-high of 35 kills in a 3-2 win over Southern Boone.  Beckmann should surpass 1000 kills in the first half of the season.  Finished 2nd in kills for the year in Class 3.    Grace O’Reilly Grace O’Reilly 6'0" | RS Springfield Catholic | 2023 State MO -Junior-Springfield Catholic Catholic finished 4th in the state for Class 3 last season.  With a quartet of talented hitters, O’Reilly led them as a sophomore with 359 kills and 252 digs. The lefty had a season-high 21 kills in a loss to 2-3 loss to Mt. Vernon.   Tevi Gurley Tevi Gurley 5'10" | OH El Dorado Springs | 2022 State MO - Reese Schaaf Reese Schaaf 5'10" | RS El Dorado Springs | 2022 State MO -Seniors-El Dorado Springs The hitting and setting tandem has led the Bulldogs the first three seasons and will be relied on to do the same this year. Not a lot of programs will have a setter/right side duo as good as these two.  Tevi Gurley Tevi Gurley 5'10" | OH El Dorado Springs | 2022 State MO , the stat stuffer, completed her junior year with 516 assists, 66 aces, 303 digs, and 332 kills. Reese Schaaf Reese Schaaf 5'10" | RS El Dorado Springs | 2022 State MO had just as good a year finishing with 440 assists, 293 digs, and 320 kills.  Tevi Gurley Tevi Gurley 5'10" | OH El Dorado Springs | 2022 State MO , for her career, has 808 kills, 1192 assists, and 690 digs. Reese Schaaf Reese Schaaf 5'10" | RS El Dorado Springs | 2022 State MO ’s career kills 804, 1078 assists, and 505 digs.  The fierce duo looks to break through and win a district title in their last high school season.    Cherie Sabini Cherie Sabini 5'10" | MB Springfield Catholic | 2022 State MO - Hallie Cook Hallie Cook OH Springfield Catholic | 2022 State MO Seniors-Springfield Catholic This Irish team is loaded with talent, and Sabini and Cook team up with Grace O’Reilly Grace O’Reilly 6'0" | RS Springfield Catholic | 2023 State MO for a fantastic trio. The duo was part of a 4th place team in Class 3 last year and should again compete for championships in Class 3 or Class 4 if they get moved up. Sabini finished with 306 kills and 61 blocks while Cook put down 296 kills and 337 digs.   Olivia Witt-Junior-Sullivan A bright spot on a disappointing season for the Eagles was the 5’8 outside hitter. She completed the season with 291 kills and 274 digs to lead her team. Season-high 24 kills in a 3-2 win over St. Clair in the district finals.   Rylee McClintock-Senior-Cape Notre Dame Another solid player coming out of the Notre Dame program had its season cut short in the 2-3 loss to Dexter in the district finals and finished with 284 kills and 467 digs. Season-high 21 kills in a 3-1 win over Dexter.    Ella Lewis Ella Lewis MB California | 2022 State MO -Senior-California The 5’11 middle had another fine season for the Pintos finishing with 313 kills and 41 blocks.  Season-high of 20 kills in a 3-2 win over Southern Boone.   Cameryn Cassity-Senior-Mt. Vernon The 5’9 senior helped guide the Mountaineers to 1 win away from the final four losing to Catholic 0-3. A team they had beaten 2 out of 4 tries but lost when I mattered most. She finished her junior year with 283 kills and 33 blocks. Season-high 19 kills happened twice during the season.   

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