So this is what high school volleyball should look like? These sophomores started their high school careers with plenty of regulations when it came to Covid-19 protocols affecting parents attending, student sections gathering in the masses, and for some an abbreviated season or alternate season. I have been to some of the top tournaments in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana (with Beast of the East in Michigan coming up this weekend). Here are some of the top Class of 2024’s I have seen LIVE, in person and can provide an accurate read on who these players are and where they are trending.
– Oconcomowoc (WI)
Bjork’s athleticism and physicality out of the middle is something special to watch. She has a fast, high arm snap that makes her hitting efficiency extremely high. When she hits it square, its a kill. Her ability to go from pin to pin is tough to top where she gets planted, giving her a chance to really get her hands across the net. She’s had top tier USA training, plays for the top team in Wisconsin’s largest class, and will be a middle among the best in the Class of 2024.
Teams are closing in on winning their pool. Ocon looking dominant this morning at #chargerchallengewi
— Chris Fitzgerald (@PrepDigChris) September 18, 2021
– Oconomowoc (WI)
Yes, she is the one setting Bjork and is alongside her blocking which makes for a massive barrier for opponents to hit around. Wagner is essentially running a college offense with a lineup of attackers who are 6’0 tall and extremely fast and dynamic. Her court presence is beyond her years, she has command, leadership, and makes something out of nothing. There is little weakness to her game. At just under six feet tall and very long she gets her hands to every ball and knows how to put her attackers in a spot to score.
– Plainfield (IN)
I’m struggling to find the appropriate analogy when it comes to watching approach and jump. It’s deer like, but she approaches and jumps like its a well choreographed dance. She is so smooth. I saw Utterback play way back in January and again late in the spring/early summer and she has improved with her overall physicality and with how high she can play above the net. With continued top tier training, she is going to be really dangerous when she applies that approach and high contact to the backrow.
– Nazareth Academy (IL)
I remember seeing Salata playing during the club season and her progression into the high school season is not surprising. Her versatility is the biggest perk of her game where she could play on either pin and is a real point scorer on the right side. She is part of a high school program who knows how to utilize their athletes the best way possible with two other athletes who are setting and swinging with (Committed to Indiana) and Kitty Sandt (Committed to Clemson).
– Appleton North (WI)
Demetrician just got back from a big road trip to Omaha where the Lightning took on some of the top teams out of the Omaha and Kansas City area. Demetrician is a six rotation outside who is extremely physical on the pin. She is experienced, well trained, and when she turns it on, she is tough to stop. Appleton North, along with Oconomowoc will be two of the top teams heading into the post season in Wisconsin’s largest class.
— Chris Fitzgerald (@PrepDigChris) October 2, 2021
– Mother McAuley (IL)
White is another solid six rotation outside hitter who can do it all. She has a really high IQ from the pin where she knows what’s open and how to score to the open spot using her power and finesse. She works really well with top uncommitted senior setter in where she finds White in any rotation. I really like how White is able to run different tempos all across the net where teams always have to know where she is because there isn’t a shot she can’t hit.