A short nine months ago, Hayley Hodson graced our cover as the top women’s volleyball recruit in the country. At the time, the high school senior was taking online classes to train and compete with the U.S. Women’s National Team.

Now, after only one season of NCAA competition at Stanford, the Newport Beach native has already made her mark on the collegiate game, claiming the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and Volleyball magazine Freshman of the Year titles. Hodson led the Cardinal with 405 kills and 36 aces and ranked third on the team with 256 digs and fourth with 75 total blocks. In conference, she cracked the top 10 in kills per set and points per set.

Stanford seniors Jordan Burgess and Brittany Howard had the outside positions locked in for this year, so Hodson moved to right side for her freshman season. She made the transition seamlessly, and it allowed head coach John Dunning to utilize her as a blocker as well as an offensive weapon. Although Loyola Marymount upset Stanford in the second round of the tournament, ending Hodson’s spectacular freshman seasonin which she became the first freshman to lead the team in kills since Alix Klineman in 2007the Cardinal have much to look forward to during Hodson’s next three years with the program.

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