8 Topeka-area high school volleyball players to watch


These eight Topeka-area volleyball players are expected to lead their teams this fall. Here’s what to watch out for.

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Kinley Porter, Jr.: Rossville

Rossville returns two big chunks in senior Brinley Dyche and junior Kinsey Perine, but Kinley Porter will take on an even bigger role in his junior season.

Porter had 233 kills, 213 digs, 86 assists, 19 trick blocks and 24 aces after transitioning from setter to outside hitter to give the team more offensive options, and her versatility is a plus.

“Kinley is a very versatile player who had an outstanding year last season,” coach Tom Colwell III said after last season. “I don’t know what positions she will play next year, but she will play a much bigger role next season.”

Dyche is returning to libero to enter his fourth year and Perine is back after leading the team in kills for the past two seasons. Porter’s impact is expected to grow as the team returns to No. 2 kills with the graduation of Briar Gillum.

Maya Pridgett, junior: Cair Paravel

Although a sophomore last season, Maya Pridgett, an outside hitter, emerged as the go-to option for Cair Paravel’s offense.

Pridgett had 52% (272-519) of Cair Paravel’s kills last season with a 44% kill percentage, .264 efficiency and 87% service percentage and returns as a junior this fall .

Zoe Canfield, Jr.: Washburn Rural

Zoe Canfield is one of many experienced Washburn Rural players returning from the state semi-finalist team 41-2 last year.

Washburn Rural’s returning attack power is daunting, but it doesn’t happen without the setter.

As a sophomore, Zoe Canfield excelled, earning a team-high 439 assists, 53 aces, and a 92.5% serve percentage.

With one more year of experience under her belt and some top summer tournaments, I’m confident she has improved and that will only help returning forwards.

Seniors Brooklyn DeLeye and Taylor Russell as well as junior Jada Ingram are back and having played the role before, Canfield will be able to help bring in new, inexperienced plays much easier as an experienced passer.

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Brooklyn Gormley, second year: Seaman

The production of senior Drew Baxter needs to be replaced. She led the team in kills (278), aces (39) and assists (377).

Three players managed over 200 eliminations last season at Baxter, including now-junior Taylin Stallbaumer (204) and runner-up Maegan Mills (212). Sophomore Brooklyn Gormley should be able to fill the void.

Gormley led the team in blocks (47) last season, was fourth in kills (142) and third in aces (32) — that was as a freshman center hitter.

With Baxter gone, a place on that front line opens up, and Gormley may be someone to help replace Baxter’s production.

Abby Fleisher, senior: Shawnee Heights

Abby Fleisher (5) of Shawnee Heights sent the ball through Seamans defenders last season.

Abby Fleisher stands out as someone who can help bridge Shawnee Heights’ shortcomings this year.

The team’s top killer in seniors Emily Loy (307) returns, as do senior libero and digging team leader (269) Taylor Rottinghaus and senior setter Elise Curry.

Fleisher already led the team in blocks last year (54) as a center hitter and showed potential with 76 kills, which was good for the team’s fourth-place finish.

After Loy, the next two team leaders, Kali Henry (179) and Taryn Dial (94), graduated. Fleisher may not have had as many chances to get as many wins last year. Now she has it.

Lexis Berndt, Senior: Silver Lake

Lexis Berndt

Silver Lake has experience everywhere.

Four of the top five team leaders. Four players with over 90% service percentage. Three of his top four blockers. Three of the four main diggers. 830 of their 909 assists.

In other words, Silver Lake has a good chance of improving its 28-9 record.

Lexis Berndt played 83 sets last season as a defensive specialist, and she’s probably one of the best candidates to replace graduate libero Taryn Burkhardt.

But their stats are already similar even with the split time last season, so don’t expect much of a drop.

Burkhardt had an 89.2 percent serve percentage and 28 aces. Berndt had a 90% serve percentage and 20 aces. Burkhardt had 290 digs and Berndt had 231.

Brooklyn DeLeye, senior: Washburn Rural

Kentucky commitment and reigning Kansas Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year Brooklyn DeLeye is back for one more year with Washburn Rural.

Washburn Rural returns its top three offensive options led by Gatorade Kansas Volleyball Player of the Year to Brooklyn DeLeye who was also the 6A Player of the Year and selected to the First Team All-State for the third time in three years.

Senior Taylor Russell returns after racking up 242 kills last season as a junior and junior Jada Ingram also returns after racking up 198 kills and 54 blocks kills last year as a sophomore.

DeLeye, the University of Kentucky commit, led the team with 586 kills while adding 259 digs, 133 aces, 38 assists and 26 blocks with a .563 save percentage and .438 save percentage.

With a program record 1,633 career-deciding wins and this fall yet to come, DeLeye is the centerpiece of this team as the senior class looks to capture that elusive state title with placements of second, third and fourth in the state leading this season. .

Makinsey Jones, senior: Topeka West

Makinsey Jones

A young Topeka West team made progress last year and is returning almost all of that talent this season. With only two seniors in the rotation having graduated, the stat leaders are returning across all categories.

Makinsey Jones led the team in two of those categories in kills (246) and blocks (50) and was third on the team in aces (28) and would place fourth in the triple jump at the track meet. of the state in the spring.

Last season’s second and third senior leaders May Henderson (176) and junior Addison Brooks (131) return, and junior assist leader (620) Jaya Miller also returns. Having these precious players around her will allow Jones to excel in her senior season in high school.

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