Here are the candidates for the Minnesota High School Volleyball Players of the Year for 2022. Read through the nominees and cast your vote. Voting will conclude Friday, December 2 at 11:59 p.m. and the winner will be announced Monday.
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Sydney Schnichels, Willmar
The senior outside hitter carried Willmar to the Section 2A quarterfinals by leading the state in kills with 490, according to MNvolleyballhub. She also had 17 blocks on the season and finished second with a .318 kill percentage (minimum 900 attempts).
Sahara Morken, Mabel-Canton
The sophomore setter and libero led Minnesota with 1,040 assists and finished fifth in service aces with 91. She also finished just outside the top-25 with 332 digs, lifting Mabel-Canton to third place in Class 1A.
Anya Schmidt, Rogers
The sophomore setter led the state with 152 service aces and posted a .777 serve percentage this season. She also finished top-30 with 556 assists, taking Rogers to fourth place in Class 4A.
Brooke Burgemeister, Belle Plaine
The sophomore had the most digs in Minnesota (576) and almost a hundred more than the next best defender. Her defense help Belle Plaine finish fifth in Class 2A.
Alice Steman, Cambridge-Isanti
The sophomore middle blocker and middle hitter led the state with 61 blocks to take Cambridge-Isanti to the Section 7, Class 4A quarterfinal.
Samantha Ball, Nova Classical
The senior outside hitter led the state with a .325 kill percentage (minimum of 900 attempts). Her 421 kills were fifth-most in Minnesota and she was just outside the top-25 with 61 service aces.
Ava Ball, Nova Classical
The sophomore outside hitter had the second-most kills in Minnesota with 447 and posted a .294 kill percentage. Her contributions helped Nova Classical get to the Section 4, Class 2A championship.
Allison Ball, Nova Classical
The senior setter finished seventh in the state with 75 service aces and sixth with 869 assists.
Maddy Benka, Minnehaha Academy
The junior outside hitter had the third-most kills in Minnesota with 439 and posted a .302 kill percentage on 957 attempts.
Corbyn Menz, Delano
The senior outside hitter finished fourth in the state with 430 kills, leading Delano to second-place in Section 6, Class 3A.
Grace Tverberg, Concordia Academy
The sophomore setter finished second in Minnesota with 1,010 assists, helping her team finish fourth in Class 2A.
Kyla McTeague, Concordia Academy
The senior outside hitter led Minnesota in service reception with 700 serves successfully received and just 52 errors made. She also had 427 digs, which was sixth-most in the state.
Ava McTeague, Concordia Academy
The senior outside hitter finished sixth in the state with 415 kills and tied for eighth with 422 digs. She also successfully received 611 serves and made just 50 errors receiving serve.
Kylie Hart, Floodwood
The senior setter finished third in the state with 905 assists and was tied for twelfth with 68 service aces, leading Floodwood to a second-place finish in Section 7A.
Gabrielle Wachholz, Mayer Lutheran
The outside hitter for the Crusaders finished eighth in Minnesota with 390 kills and was top-30 in both service aces (62) and digs (326). Her contributions helped Mayer Lutheran to a second-place finish in Class 1A.