You could argue that from top to bottom, this is as strong of a freshman class that has ever entered NCAA Division I women’s volleyball.
The players coming into the college game are ready to not only play, but compete at the highest level. To wit, a freshman, Nicklin Hames, set Nebraska into the NCAA championship match. Another freshman, Holly Campbell, cracked the Stanford lineup and was a key factor as the Cardinal won it all.
But no freshman was more valuable to her respective team this season than Penn State’s Jonni Parker, who also appears on the VolleyballMag.com fourth All-American team.
The 6-foot-1 right side is our national freshman of the year and highlights our first all-freshman team.
We’ve also added a second all-freshman team — which includes Parker’s Penn State teammates Serena Gray and Kaitlyn Hord — and the way things are going in NCAA volleyball, don’t be surprised if we add a third team in the future, the talent level is so deep.
Freshman of the year: Jonni Parker, Penn State