Promising volleyball players have been standing out all over the state of Washington. From North to South, and East to West, talent abounds in the Evergreen State with young prospects consistently climbing the volleyball ladder in different areas of the state.
With that in mind, we’re starting a series that will highlight some of the most promising Washington players according to their positions and regions. This time we’ll look at the Tacoma area and will do so highlighting three of the top middle blockers in the region.
Riley Clark – HS: Lakes – 2022
Riley Clark provides a physical presence at the net for her high school team Lakes. The six-footer is a very athletic prospect, who uses her physical tools to help her team in multiple ways. Last year, Clark was huge for the Lancers, ending a 33-set season with 89 kills, 56 blocks, 101 digs and 22 aces. She was included in the All-League first team because of her solid season.
Rae Wartelle – HS: Annie Wright – Club: DaKine Warriors – 2023
Johanne ‘Rae’ Wartelle has been a stud for her high school team Annie Wright since her first season with the Gators. She made it to the All-League second team in 2019, when she posted 123 kills and 56 blocks, and moved up to the first team last season, when her performance was even better. Tailored in the strong club DaKine Warrios,the six-foot Wartelle is excellent with her timing when blocking, lethal on offense and has a nasty floating serve that’s really difficult to pass.
Ivy Brown – HS: Wilson – Club: Puget Sound Volleyball Academy – 2024
Ivy Brown is an extremely versatile prospect who can play in a variety of different positions. She made it to the All-League first team as middle blocker for Wilson last season after delivering in great style, tallying 124 kills, 118 digs and 88 passes in her first season of high school volleyball. The 5’9” Brown is extremely powerful on offense and can score from the middle, left or right with ease.