Earlier this year, we took a deeper dive into standout players who received votes for consideration to be included on the 2020 VolleyballMag.com Girls 25 Underclassmen to Watch list — the annual sister component to our four-decade-plus sport standard Girls Fab 50 list.
We initially introduced you to 13 rising stars, again the only caveat being they were on the original 25 Underclassmen ballot and received votes or were written in by one of our elite panelists, comprised of NCAA Division I women’s coaches.
This time around, we introduce you to 12 more players from across the country that fit that criteria. Some of these players, because of the school year turning over since our last update, are seniors in high school now, but the majority are juniors and sophomores, with a freshman included as well.
As you can see by some of the college choices, these players mean business and will be names you will be seeing on these pages in the very near future (before you know it, 2021 Girls Fab 50 time will be upon us again).
On the girls indoor side, we’ll be back with one more update before our attention turns to the exciting process of getting those 2021 Girls Fab 50 and 25 UC to Watch lists rolling and published early in the new year.
And be on the lookout for our fall girls high school All-Americans presentation in the coming December weeks. We’ll honor players who played in states that conducted regular seasons and then circle back in the spring and do the same for those states that moved volleyball from the fall due to the pandemic.
Position: Middle Blocker
Year in school: Senior
High school: San Juan Hills (San Juan Capistrano, California)
College choice: BYU
What they are saying about Brie: “It’s been a joy to work with Brie,” Tstreet coach Naseri Tumanuvao said. “Brie is a wonderful talent with immense potential. She is consistent, coachable and cognizant of making changes that will elevate her game as she transitions to the next level. I am confident Brie will add tremendous value to her future teams on and off the court, and I am excited for what her future holds.”
Year in school: Junior
High school: North Raleigh Christian (Raleigh, North Carolina)
Club: NC Academy Volleyball
College choice: Missouri
What they are saying about Riley: “Riley Buckley is without a doubt one of the hardest-working club players I have come across in 23 years of coaching club,” NC Volleyball Academy director Jon Garner said. “I would say she is the best setter in the country at the club level for any class. She’s very athletic, fast and can set any ball you ask her to set. She could easily be a six-rotation outside hitter at a Power 5 school if she had chosen that route. I think she has the potential to set for Team USA if she wanted to go that direction. She is easy going, teammates love playing with her because she is a hard worker and enjoys the game. No attitude with her. She just wants to be great and make her teammates great.”
Year in school: Sophomore
High school: Cardinal Mooney Catholic (Sarasota, Florida)
Club: Siesta Keys Juniors
College choice: Undecided
What they are saying about Jordyn: “Jordyn is a multidimensional talent being able to play all front-row positions due to her incredible skill set,” Siesta Key Juniors coach Chad Davis said. “She is a six-rotation player who hits an extremely heavy ball, puts up a massive block, is a point-scoring option from the back row, and is working very hard on her defense/serve-receive skills this season. She is one of the team captains who displays great leadership and compassion for her teammates.”
Year in school: Junior
High school: Lovejoy (Lucas, Texas)
Club: Dallas Skyline Juniors
College choice: Baylor
What they are saying about Averi: “I wanted to take this time to compliment an athlete I have had the privilege of coaching and watch turn into one of the top setters and volleyball players in the country,” Skyline Juniors coach Kirk Perry said. “What Averi brings to the sport and her team is leadership, competitiveness, support, and most of all, the winner’s mentality. She is the most dynamic and athletic setter in the country. The best quality of this fierce competitor is she is the most humble and best teammate whether it is for her school or club team. I coached her in club when she was a freshman, but had to play 16s. She led that team to finish third in the country in 16 Open. Her teammates fed off her will to win at all costs. She earned all-tournament honors at nationals and remained humble and appreciative of her teammates. She is one of the best athletes and human beings I have had the privilege of coaching and to have at Skyline Juniors.” And here is this from Dallas Skyline Juniors director Jon Rye. “For years, I have witnessed Averi compete against many of the best teams and players in the nation,” he said. “Averi, like many setters, is sometimes overlooked because much attention goes to how well her hitters are doing. There are many times this is true with Averi; however, often times when we defeated some of the best club teams in the nation, it was obvious that Averi was the reason why. It’s special when you see a player that is able to totally take over a match. Averi plays the game of volleyball with joy, passion and confidence. She expresses a great amount of enthusiasm every time one of her teammates does well. She is able to elevate her game when playing better opponents. Avery simply makes her team and all of her teammates better.”
Year in school: Freshman
High school: Hamilton Southeastern (Fishers, Indiana)
Club: Team Indiana Volleyball
College choice: Undecided
What they are saying about Lauren: “Lauren is a volleyball junkie and a gym rat,” Team Indiana club director and coach Brian Murray said. “She loves getting in the gym and working on every aspect of her game. Not only is she a tremendous worker, but she is a tremendous teammate. She stays positive, works hard and is humble. She celebrates her teammates’ successes with as much joy as she does her own.”