2012 VBM/Rox Girls’ Fab 50

USA Volleyball
Molly McCage

Long before the many player rankings arrived with the advancement of the Internet, Volleyball, now in its 35th year of publication as the industry’s only printed resource covering all aspects of the sport, was presenting its annual Fab 50 lists for boys’ and girls’ youth players. Some of the sport’s all-time greats have graced the Fab 50 list over the past three decades. This year, an elite panel of 20 NCAA Division I women’s college coaches—representing many of the top programs in the country—cast votes. Who on this list will be the next big thing? Without further ado, the 2012 VBM/Rox Girls’ Fab 50, which honors the top 50 senior girls’ youth talents in the country.

Inky Ajanaku
6-4
MB
Bishop Kelley (Tulsa, Okla.)
Club One
Stanford


Bianca Arellano
5-8
S
Xavier (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Club Red
Tennessee


Alexis Austin
6-1
MB
Cypress Falls (Houston, Texas)
Houston Jrs.
Colorado


Katy Beals
6-0
S
Lake Travis (Austin, Texas)
Austin Jrs.
Washington


Martenne Bettendorf
6-2
OH
Central Catholic (Portland, Ore.)
NW Oregon
Oregon


Mackenzie Bigbee
6-2
Opp.
Williamsburg (Iowa)
Six Pack VBC
Iowa State


Madison Bugg
6-0
S
Cardinal Gibbons (Raleigh, N.C.)
Triangle
Stanford


Jordan Burgess
6-0
OH
Berkeley Prep (Tampa, Fla.)
Tampa Bay Jrs.
Stanford


Sarah Burrington
6-5
MB
Riverview (Fla.)
Tampa Bay Jrs.
Florida St.


Chanel Clark-Bibbs
6-0
MB
Cypress Falls (Houston, Texas)
Houston Jrs.
Ga. Tech


Megan Courtney
6-1
OH-S
Archbishop Alter (Kettering, Ohio)
Team Z
Penn State


Nicole Dalton
6-2
OH-S
Chaparral (Parker, Colo.)
No club 2012
Texas


Ally Davis
6-1
OH
Hinsdale Central (Ill.)
Sports Performance
Michigan


Annie Drews
6-4
Opp.
Penn (Mishawaka, Ind.)
Circle City Gold
Purdue


Nicole Edelman
6-0
S-Opp.
Fairview (Boulder, Colo.)
Front Range
Colorado


Samantha Epenesa
6-0
OH
Edwardsville (Ill.)
HP St. Louis
Purdue


Khourtni Fears
6-2
MB
Bellaire (Texas)
Texas Elite
LSU


Kelsey Fien
6-3
OH
Frontier (Bakersfield, Calif.)
Bakersfield VBC
Nebraska


Macey Gardner
6-0
OH
Gilbert (Ariz.)
Club Red
Arizona St.


Krystalyn Goode
6-4
MB
Nicolet (Glendale, Wis.)
Milwaukee Sting
Michigan


Meghan Haggerty
6-3
MB
Benet (Lisle, Ill.)
Sports Performance
Wisconsin


Sara Hattis
6-4
MB
Cleveland (Rio Rancho, N.M.)
N.M. Juniors
Texas


Karlie Hauer
5-10
OH
Andover (Minn.)
MN Select
Minnesota


Brittany Howard
6-3
OH
Mountain View (Calif.)
Vision
Stanford


Andrea Kacsits
6-4
MB
Rockford (Mich.)
DFFO
Ohio St.


Haley Lawless
6-3
OH
Seton Catholic (Chandler, Ariz.)
Club Red
UCLA


Olivia Magill
6-2
MB
Seattle Prep (Wash.)
WVBA
Arizona


Gabby Mallette
6-1
OH
The Bolles School (Jacksonville, Fla.)
JJVA
Florida


Andie Malloy
6-1
S-Opp.
Lovejoy (Lucas, Texas)
Skyline
Iowa St.


Alyssa Mason
6-2
MB
Redlands East Valley (Calif.)
Rancho Valley
Pepperdine


Molly McCage
6-3
MB
Klein Collins (Spring, Texas)
Austin Jrs.
Texas


Megan McGehee
6-3
MB
Lee’s Summit (Mo.) West
Invasion
Stanford


Victoria McPherson
6-0
MB
No. Broward (Coral Springs, Fla.)
Boomers
No. Carolina


Leah Mikesky
6-1
OH
Schulenburg (Texas)
Texstar
Florida St.


Katie Mitchell
6-1
OH
College Park (The Woodlands, Texas)
Houston Jrs.
Ohio St.


Annie Mitchem
6-3
MB
Friendswood (Texas)
AVA Texas
Uncommitted


Taylor Morey
5-6
Libero
Burris (Muncie, Ind.)
Munciana
Notre Dame


Amy Neal
5-9
Libero
Lake Travis (Austin, Texas)
Austin Jrs.
Texas


Caitlin Nolan
5-6
Libero
Carroll (Southlake, Texas)
TAV
Iowa St.


Paulina Prieto
6-2
OH
Palmer Trinity (Miami, Fla.)
Boomers
Penn State


Cinnamon Sary
5-10
S
Newport Harbor (Newport Beach, Calif.)
Orange Co.
USC


Lauren Sieckmann
5-10
S
Elkhorn (Neb.)
South Nebraska Jrs.
Nebraska


Emily Sklar
6-2
OH
Presentation (San Jose, Calif.)
Vision
Duke


Alexa Strange
5-11
S-Opp.
San Clemente (Calif.)
Coast VBC
Colorado


Cassie Strickland
5-7
Libero
Edison (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
TCA
Washington


Rebecca Strehlow
6-0
S
Wilson (Long Beach, Calif.)
Sports Shack
UCLA


Alexis Viliunas
6-0
S
Lyons Township (LaGrange, Ill.)
1st Alliance
Illinois


Melanie Wade
6-5
MB-Opp
Palo Alto (Calif.)
City Beach
Washington


Nicole Walch
6-2
OH
Martin Co. (Stuart, Fla.)
Treasure Coast
Florida St.


Berkley Whaley
6-1
OH
Lakewood (St. Pete, Fla.)
Pinellas Heat
Florida


Kiara Wright
6-1
MB-OH
Clear Lake (Houston, Texas)
AVA Texas
USC


2012 VBM/Rox 25 Underclassmen to Watch




As voted on by an elite list of 20 NCAA Division I women’s college coaches representing some of the top programs in the nation.



Ciara Capezio
6-2
OH
Burlington (Wis.)
Junior
Milwaukee Sting
Minnesota


Lauren Carlini
6-0
S-Opp.
West Aurora (Ill.)
Junior
Sports Performance
Wisconsin


Abby Cole
6-5
MB
Grand Haven (Mich.)
Junior
MVA
Michigan


Chloe Collins
5-7
S
Cypress Woods
(Houston, Texas)
Junior
Houston Jrs.
Texas


Carly DeHoog
6-4
Opp.
Ontario Christian (Calif.)
Junior
Club West
Washington


Claire Felix
6-5
MB
Classical Acad. (Colo. Springs, Colo.)
Junior
Colo. Jrs.
UCLA


Jennie Frager
6-5
MB
Torrey Pines
(San Diego, Calif.)
Junior
Encinitas Waves
UCLA


Tayler Higgins
5-8
S
Punahou
(Honolulu, Hawaii)
Junior
Ku ‘Ikahi
Hawaii


Kelly Hunter
5-11
S-Opp.
Papillion
La Vista South (Neb.)
Junior
Nebraska Jrs.
Nebraska


Jenelle Jordan
6-2
MB
Bellaire (Texas)
Houston Jrs.
Cal


Kira Larson
6-3
MB
Fargo (N.D.)
North, Northwoods
Junior
Black Ice
Nebraska


Ashley Mariani
6-1
MB
Arlington (Texas)
Junior
Dallas Summit
Tennessee


Taylr McNeil
6-0
OH
Lakeville (Minn.)
Sophmore
Mizuno M1
Minnesota


Kayla Morin
5-10
OH
Portage (Mich.)
Junior
Northern, DFFO
Northwestern


Ebony Nwanebu
6-3
MB
Lovejoy (Lucas, Texas)
Junior
TAV
USC


Chiaka Ogbogu
6-1
MB
Coppell (Texas)
Junior
TAV
Cal


Kylie Randall
6-2
OH
Magnolia (Texas)
Junior
Asics Willowbrook
Ohio St.


Chole Reinig
6-4
OH
South Lyon (Mich.)
Junior
Michigan Elite
Michigan St


Amber Rolfzen
6-3
OH
Papillion (Neb.)
Junior
La Vista South
Nebraska Jrs.
Nebraska


Kadie Rolfzen
6-3
OH
Papillion (Neb.)
Junior
La Vista South
Nebraska Jrs.
Nebraska


Carli Snyder
6-0
OH
Dakota (Macomb, Mich.)
Sophmore
Michigan Elite
Florida


Michelle Strizak
6-0
OH
Mt. Notre Dame(Cincinnati, Ohio)
Junior
Team Z
Illinois


Nikki Taylor
6-3
OH
Kaiser (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Junior
‘Ime ‘Iki
Hawaii


Bryanna Weiskircher
6-1
S-OH
Rockford (Ill.) Boylan
Sophmore
Club Fusion
Penn State


Sarah Wilhite
5-11
OH
Eden Prairie (Minn.)
Junior
Northern Lights
Wisconsin

Originally published in March/April 2012

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