Lauren Heming

Posted On: 09/6/21 6:19 PM

Athletic defenders are a big part of the Class of 2023 in our most recent rankings.

Nine defenders cracked the top 40 and all have shown promise to play at the next level. Here’s a look at those nine in order and what they’ve been able to bring to the floor.

1. Kaitlyn Hoffman Kaitlyn Hoffman 5'8" | DS/L Novi | 2023 State MI , Novi/Legacy: Hoffman is really showing her range this fall with a new team in Novi, as she’s playing a mixture of outside hitter and DS. She’s one of the team leaders in digs and still an elite passer, but also showing a consistent ability to finish at the net. Along with a strong serve, Hoffman is proving she’s got a lot of tools in her toolkit.

2. Lauren Heming Lauren Heming 5'6" | DS/L Marian | 2023 State MI , Marian/Legacy: Top-ranked Marian has an absolutely loaded offense, but it’s the defensive play of Heming that is a big aid in allowing the Mustangs to run so smoothly. She’s a third-year veteran for the Mustangs and really was an unsung hero in last year’s state championship run.

3. Kendall White, St. Johns/Five:1: White is another third-year varsity standout defender in this class. She’s racked up over 1,000 digs in her prep career

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