The prevailing theme for the 2022 VolleyballMag.com Girls Fab 50?
This year’s Girls Fab 50 list, the longest-running national awards platform that honors the top 50 senior-age players in the country voted on by an elite panel of NCAA Division I coaches (the VolleyballMag.com staff has nothing to do with the rankings beyond assembling them after balloting), features players from 22 states and 31 clubs who will attend 27 different Division I institutions of higher learning.
Geographically, the usual two suspects crossed the finish line well ahead of anybody else with Texas leading the way with nine Fab 50 positions, one ahead of usual winner California and its eight selections. Illinois and Florida had four each.
The Southern California-based Sunshine Volleyball Club tied with Dallas-Fort Worth-based Skyline Juniors for the most Fab 50 picks with four each.
Of note, Sunshine’s four selections in Kelly Belardi (Stanford), Elia Rubin (Stanford), Megan Verbiest (USC) and Kerry Keefe (Duke) represent the vast majority of Los Angeles Marymount High School’s starting lineup from this past season. Marymount was the 2021 VolleyballMag.com girls high school team of the year and Rubin was the recent VolleyballMag.com girls high school player of the year.
Houston Skyline and Atlanta-based A5 tied for the next position with three Fab 50 picks each.
Who got rich on the college side? How about the USC Trojans, who lead the way with five Fab 50 picks. Nebraska, Minnesota, Texas and Notre Dame each had three, while Northwestern and Pepperdine are notable this time with two each.
In terms of the top recruits in the land, Minnesota-bound McKenna Wucherer is No. 1 in the Class of 2022 as voted on by the Fab 50 panel. The 6-1 outside hitter out of the Milwaukee suburbs and the Milwaukee Sting program received the majority of the first-place votes.
USC-bound Jordan Middleton, who seemingly has been on any VolleyballMag.com awards list for what seems like forever, was a semi-distant second and Texas signee Devin Kahahawai out of Hawaii and the Spike & Serve club was the other significant vote-getter in this race. The top five was rounded out with Nebraska recruit Maggie Mendelson (Ogden, Utah) at No. 4 and Skyline product Averi Carlson (Baylor) and the above-mentioned Rubin tied for fifth.
Name, Height, Position, High School, Club, College
Rebekah Allick, 6-4, MB, North Star (Lincoln, Nebraska), VC Nebraska, Nebraska
Brianna Anderson, 5-10, OH-Libero, Buchholz (Gainesville, Florida), OTVA, LSU
Rosemary Archer, 6-0, S, Lovejoy (Lucas, Texas), TAV, Pepperdine
Kelly Belardi, 5-9, S, Marymount (Los Angeles, California), Sunshine, Stanford
Carter Booth, 6-7, MB,, Cherry Creek (Greenwood Village), Colorado), Colorado Jrs., Minnesota
Aly Borellis, 6-0, S, Notre Dame Prep (Pontiac, Michigan), Michigan Elite, Ole Miss
Eden Bower, 6-3, OH, Skyview (Nampa, Idaho), Idaho Crush, BYU
Ava Brizard, 6-0, OH, Marian (Bloomfield Hills, Michigan), Michigan Elite, NC State
Riley Buckley, 6-0, S-OH, North Raleigh (North Carolina) Christian, NC Academy, Missouri
Emily Canaan, 5-8, L-DS, Allen (Texas), Skyline, Florida
Averi Carlson, 5-11, S, Lovejoy (Lucas, Texas), Skyline, Baylor
Mimi Colyer, 6-2, OH, Lincoln (Stockton, California), SynergyForce, Oregon
Alexis Dacosta, 5-10, OH, Fulshear (Texas), Skyline, Baylor
Adonia Faumina, 6-2, S-RS, Long Beach (California) Polytechnic, Long Beach, USC
Emma Halter, 5-5, L-DS, Roncalli (Indiana), Team Indiana, Texas
Julia Hanson, 6-0, OH, Prior Lake (Minnesota), Northern Lights, Minnesota
Anna Herrington, 6-1, MB-RS, Timber Creek (Orlando, Florida) OTVA, Boston College
Emily Hellmuth, 6-2, OH, Highland Park (Texas), Skyline, Pepperdine
Carly Hendrickson, 6-2, OH, Mount Notre Dame (Cincinnati, Ohio), Elevation, Florida
Averie Hernandez, 6-2, OH, Normal (Illinois) West, Illini Elite, Northwestern
Eva Hudson, 6-1, OH, Bishop Dwenger (Fort Wayne, Indiana), Munciana, Purdue
Katie Hurta, 6-0, S-OH, Nazareth Academy (LaGrange Park, Illinois), Adversity, Indiana
Rachel Jepsen, 6-4, MB, Olympus (Holladay, Utah), Club V, Pitt
Devin Kahahawai, 6-2, OH, Kamehameha (Honolulu, Hawaii), Spike & Serve, Texas
Kerry Keefe, 6-2, RS, Marymount (Los Angeles, California), Sunshine, Duke
Caroline Kerr, 5-11, S, Thomas More (Champaign, Illinois), Illini Elite, Tennessee
Hayden Kubik, 6-1, OH, Valley (West Des Moines, Iowa), Club Ignit, Nebraska
Logan Lednicky, 6-2, RS, George Ranch (Richmond, Texas) Houston Skyline, Texas A&M
Cheridyn Leverette, 6-0, OH, Eagles Landing Christian (McDonough, Georgia), A5, UCLA
Alexa Markley, 6-2, RS, McIntosh (Peachtree City, Georgia), A5, Penn State
Rylie McGinest, 6-1, MB, Long Beach (California) Polytechnic, Long Beach, USC
Maggie Mendelson, 6-5, MB, Fremont (Ogden, Utah), Hive, Nebraska
Jordan Middleton, 6-2, OH, Hamilton (Chander, Arizona), AZ Storm, USC
Carter Mogridge, 6-4, MB-OH, Steinbrenner (Lutz, Florida), OTVA, North Carolina
Serena Nyambio, 6-2, MB, Detroit Country Day (Beverly Hills, Michigan), Legacy, Michigan
Grayce Olson, 6-3, OH, Foothill (Pleasanton, California), NorCal, UCLA
Kate Prior, 6-5, MB, Boulder City (Nevada), Vegas Aces, BYU
Kathryn Randorf, 6-0, MB-OH, Gilmour Academy (Gates Mills, Ohio), AVC, Northwestern
Elia Rubin, 6-2, OH, Marymount (Los Angeles, California), Sunshine, Stanford
Harmony Sample, 5-10, S-RS, Hebron (Carrollton, Texas), TAV, Notre Dame
Allie Sczech, 6-4, RS, Cypress Ranch (Cypress, Texas), Houston Skyline, Baylor
Marianna Singletary, 6-4, MB, Porter-Gaud (Charleston, South Carolina) A5, Texas
Alexis Stucky, 6-2, S-RS, Laramie (Wyoming), NorCo, Florida
Amaya Thomas, 6-2, MB, University (Orlando, Florida), OTVA, Florida
Gala Trubint, 5-8, L-OH, Scripps Ranch (San Diego, California), Coast, USC
Lucy Trump, 6-0, OH, Ryle (Union, Kentucky), Tri-State Elite, Notre Dame
Megan Verbiest, 5-6, Libero, Marymount (Los Angeles, California), Sunshine, USC
Brielle Warren, 6-1, OH, College Station (Texas), Houston Skyline, Purdue
Ella Wrobel, 6-4, OH-RS, Plainfield (Illinois) North, Sports Performance, Wisconsin
McKenna Wucherer, 6-1, OH, Brookfield (Wisconsin) Central, Milwaukee Sting, Minnesota
Top 5 Players in the Class of 2022
1. McKenna Wucherer (Milwaukee Sting, Minnesota)
2. Jordan Middleton (AZ Storm, USC)
3. Devin Kahahawai (Spike & Serve, Texas)
4 .Maggie Mendelson (Hive, Nebraska))
T5. Averi Carlson (Skyline, Baylor)
T5. Elia Rubin (Sunshine, Stanford)
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