2014 Girls’ Fab 50

The 2014 Fab 50

Another year, another crop of top volleyball recruits. This spring, seniors from New Jersey to Hawaii join the exclusive club that is VBM’s Fab 50 list, etching their names alongside greats such as Misty May-Treanor, Logan Tom, Lindsey Berg, and Kristen Hildebrand (née Richards).

Brittany Abercrombie
Height 6'2"
Position Opp.
High School La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad, Calif.)
Club Coast
College USC

Stephanie Aiple
Height 6'1"
Position S
High School Round Rock (Texas)
Club Austin Juniors
College Texas A&M

Rhamat Alhassan
Height 6'5"
Position MB
High School Academy of the Holy Cross (Kensington, Md.)
Club Metro American
College Florida

Christina Ambrose
Height 6'3"
Position OH
High School Winter Park (Fla.)
Club Orlando Volleyball Academy
College Purdue

Kelli Bates
Height 5'11"
Position OH
High School Bradley-Bourbonnais (Bradley, Ill.)
Club Ultimate
College Wisconsin

Olivia Boender
Height 6'2"
Position OH
High School Waverly (Neb.)
Club Nebraska Juniors
College Nebraska

Kaz Brown
Height 6'4"
Position MB
High School Cedar Falls (Iowa)
Club Six Pack
College Kentucky

Sidney Brown
Height 5'11"
Position OH
High School Berkley Prep (Tampa, Fla.)
Club Orlando Volleyball Academy
College Stanford

Reily Buechler
Height 6'2"
Position OH
High School Torrey Pines (San Diego, Calif.)
Club Wave
College UCLA

Alyssa Cavanaugh
Height 5'11"
Position MB/Opp.
High School Assumption (Louisville, Ky.)
Club KIVA
College Western Kentucky

Kelly Claes
Height 6'2"
Position S/Opp.
High School El Dorado (Placentia, Calif.)
Club SoCal
College USC (sand)

Danielle Cuttino
Height 6'4"
Position MB
High School Ben Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Club Circle City
College Purdue

Abby Detering
Height 6'1"
Position S
High School Lake Catholic (Mentor, Ohio)
Club Academy for Volleyball Cleveland
College Florida

Lydia Dimke
Height 6'2"
Position S/Opp.
High School Blaine (Minn.)
Club Northern Lights
College Purdue

Jordan Dunn
Height 6'3"
Position MB
High School Corona (Calif.)
Club Mavericks
College USC

Kali Eaken
Height 5'9"
Position S
High School Bishop Miege (Roeland Park, Kan.)
Club KC Power
College Kansas State

Mylan Eugene
Height 5'11"
Position OH
High School Cypress Falls (Houston, Texas)
Club Houston Juniors
College LSU

Alexa Filley
Height 5'9"
Position S
High School Assumption (Louisville, Ky.)
Club KIVA
College Auburn

Ali Frantti
Height 6'2"
Position OH
High School Richmond-Burton (Richmond, Ill.)
Club Fusion
College Penn State

Lauryn Gillis
Height 6'1"
Position OH
High School New Castle (Ind.)
Club Munciana
College USC

Alyssa Goehner
Height 5'10"
Position OH
High School Lakeville North (Lakeville, Minn.)
Club Northern Lights
College Marquette

Maddie Haggerty
Height 6'2"
Position OH
High School St. Francis (Wheaton, Ill.)
Club Sports Performance
College Nebraska

Crissy Jones
Height 6'2"
Position MB
High School Los Alamitos (Calif.)
Club Tstreet
College Washington

Savannah Kahakai
Height 5'8"
Position L
High School Farrington (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Club Imi Ike
College Hawai’i

Claire Kieffer-Wright
Height 6'1"
Position MB
High School South Pasadena (Calif.)
Club San Gabriel Elite
College Michigan

Caroline Knop
Height 5'8"
Position L
High School La Salle (Pasadena, Calif.)
Club San Gabriel Elite
College Michigan

Adeja Lambert
Height 6'2"
Position OH
High School Keith Country Day (Rockford, Ill.)
Club Fusion
College Michigan

Simone Lee
Height 6'2"
Position OH
High School Menomonee Falls (Wis.)
Club Fusion
College Penn State

Molly Lohman
Height 6'3"
Position MB
High School Mankato West (Mankato, Minn.)
Club Northern Lights
College Minnesota

Katherine Mahlke
Height 6'1"
Position Opp.
High School Downers North (Downers Grove, Ill.)
Club 1st Alliance
College Michigan

Cat McCoy
Height 5'7"
Position L
High School Carroll (Southlake, Texas)
Club Texas Advantage
College Texas

Taylr McNeil
Height 6'1"
Position OH
High School Eagan (Minn.)
Club M1
College South Carolina

Rachel Minarick
Height 6'3"
Position S
High School Waubonsie Valley (Aurora, Ill.)
Club Sports Performance
College Michigan State

Beth Nordhorn
Height 6'6"
Position MB
High School Winter Park (Fla.)
Club Orlando Volleyball Academy
College North Carolina

Kelsie Payne
Height 6'3"
Position MB
High School John B. Connally (Austin, Texas)
Club Austin Juniors
College Kansas

Ashlie Reasor
Height 6'0"
Position Opp.
High School Reagan (San Antonio, Texas)
Club Alamo Volleyball Association
College Texas A&M

Nia Reed
Height 6'2"
Position MB
High School Immaculate Heart Academy (Washington Township, N.J.)
Club DIGS
College Penn State

Tia Scambray
Height 6'0"
Position OH
High School Dana Hills (Dana Point, Calif.)
Club Tstreet
College Washington

Luisa Schirmer
Height 6'1"
Position OH
High School Pittsford Sutherland (Pittsford, N.Y.)
Club VolleyFX
College Ohio State

Courtney Schwan
Height 6'2"
Position OH
High School Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma, Wash.)
Club Kent Juniors
College Washington

Frankie Shebby
Height 6'0"
Position OH
High School Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
Club Mizuno Long Beach
College Oregon

Gabby Simpson
Height 6'4"
Position S
High School Doherty (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Club Colorado Juniors
College Colorado State

Ashten Smith-Gooden
Height 6'2"
Position OH
High School Los Osos (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.)
Club West
College Cal

Carli Snyder
Height 6'2"
Position OH
High School Dakota (Macomb, Mich.)
Club Michigan Elite
College Florida

Azariah Stahl
Height 5'11"
Position OH
High School Elkhart Central (Elkhart, Ind.)
Club Circle City
College Purdue

Taylor Tashima
Height 6'0"
Position S
High School New Trier (Winnetka, Ill.)
Club Wildcat Juniors
College Northwestern

Heidi Thelen
Height 6'4"
Position MB
High School Notre Dame Academy (Park Hills, Ky.)
Club Team Z
College Penn State

Holly Toliver
Height 6'2"
Position Opp.
High School Berrien Springs (Mich.)
Club DFFO
College Michigan State

Haleigh Washington
Height 6'4"
Position MB
High School Doherty (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Club Colorado Juniors
College Penn State

Bryanna Weiskircher
Height 6'1"
Position S
High School Boylan Catholic (Rockford, Ill.)
Club Fusion
College Penn State

Fast Facts

Leading Lions
Reigning national champion Penn State will add five Fab 50 selections to its roster in the fall.

No. 1 Sand Recruit
Kelly Claes is the only Fab 50 selection who plans to play sand volleyball exclusively in college.

California Girls
Ten Fab 50 selections hail from California, while eight call Illinois home.

Undecided
Only two underclass selections have yet to verbally commit to a college.

Originally published in April 2014

1 Comment

Jul 23, 2014 at 11:16PM Brad Golik

Thank you to Volleyball magazine for finally recognizing some of our unsung heroes...the Libero! You have placed 3 liberos in your top 50 (6%) ...one of the best I have seen. In the Under Armor All Americans there was 1 libero (2%) selected in the top 50. Pretty sad when you consider that these are some of the hardest working athletes on the court! It's time to start recognizing these athletes, many who are game changers!
Great Job

Add a Comment

You need to log in to comment on this article. No account? No problem!

Advertisements