Updated Class of 2020 Player Rankings: #1-10
As we inch ever closer to August and the start of the high school season, it’s time to update our player rankings for the state of Nebraska. Each day we will release more Class of 2020 rankings until we get…
As we inch ever closer to August and the start of the high school season, it’s time to update our player rankings for the state of Nebraska.
Each day we will release more Class of 2020 rankings until we get to the top. We’ve increased the number of ranked players to 185 for this class! Remember, these lists are fluid and updated often, so if you are ranked, congratulations and just know that people will be gunning to take your place wherever you are ranked. If you are not ranked, please remember that we do the best that we can to see and evaluate as many players in the state as possible during the high school and club seasons. Just because you aren’t ranked now doesn’t mean you won’t be in the future.
For now, here are the players that are ranked #1-10. Congrats and best of luck this upcoming high school season. Thanks for all you do to make high school volleyball in Nebraska so amazing!
#10 – Eve Fountain, 5’9, OH/Libero, Millard North (Nebraska Elite) – uncommitted
Fountain is the best of the vast number of “tweeners” in the class of 2020. It took her about half of the 2017 high school season to get into a groove but was then unstoppable in the final month or so, averaging 14 kills a match during the state tournament. She’s powerful and athletic on the outside, but will have to go the smaller school route in college to be an attacker. Her twitch reflex, quickness and ability to hit bombs from the back row also makes her an attractive back-row specialist at the next level.
#9 – Mayah Delgado-Walker, 5’11, RS, Omaha Duchesne (Nebraska Elite) – uncommitted
Delgado-Walker holds down the top spot in the 2020 class for pure right sides. She puts up one the biggest and most physical blocks in the state and can absolutely be a weapon attacking at the net. Her 23-kill performance against Grand Island Northwest last season (with a .611 hitting percentage) was one of the most impressive matches by anyone last year.
#8 – Lauren Taubenheim, 6’1, OH, Lincoln Pius X (Nebraska ONE) – uncommitted
Taubenheim keeps climbing up the charts with her constant improvement and development as a player. She has great size and length and is very athletic, which allows her to rise above most blocks that she sees and allows her to be a very effective blocker. As she fills out more and gets stronger, she could turn into an absolutely dominant attacker.
#7 – Atley Carey, 6’2, MB, Lincoln East (Nebraska Elite) – South Dakota
Carey has been burdened by foot issues in the past but that all now seems to be behind her. She’s really active along the net and has really good height and push on her block. She has an ideal frame for the next level and should continue to get stronger on a yearly basis. She also possess a good, quick arm in the middle.
#6 – Jordan Hopp, 6’3, MB, Alliance – uncommitted
No player has skyrocketed up the list more than Hopp, and that’s a testament to what can happen when players tap into their abilities and develop an aggressive mindset on the court. Hopp touches 10-foot, has drawn interest from Nebraska, Creighton, High Point, Colorado State and Iowa State over the summer because of her tremendous block. She also might run one of the most powerful slides in the state.
#5 – Mattie Johnson, 6’0, OH, Sidney (Northeastern VBC) – South Dakota
Much like Hopp, Johnson might not have the name recognition she deserves throughout the state because of where she goes to high school, but make no mistake that Johnson is one of the most gifted and athletic attackers on the outside in the state.
#4 – McKenna Ruch, 6’2, OH, Millard North (Premier) – Omaha
Ruch isn’t as flashy as some of the other top players in the state, but she simply makes plays and does the things you need for a big-time recruit. She hit .565 with 15 kills and four block assists in the Class A state final last year against Omaha Marian and averaged 3.1 kills per set.
#3 – Megan Skovsende, 5’11, OH/DS, Skutt Catholic (Premier) – Creighton
Skovsende has always had the defensive chops to play major college volleyball, but in the past year to 18 months her improved approach and elevation has absolutely made it feasible for her to also be an attacker at that level. She is the most college-ready players in the state right now with her all-around game.
#2 – Marriah Buss, 6’1, OH, Lincoln Lutheran (Nebraska ONE) – Wichita State
There simply isn’t a more dominating attacker in the state right now than Buss. Her high-energy play on the court combined with her ability to elevate and drop the hammer makes her pretty much unstoppable at the high school level. Her back-row abilities play at the next level and she also puts up an outstanding block.
#1 – Kalynn Meyer, 6’3, MB, Superior (VCNebraska) – Nebraska
The level of improvement in Meyer’s game since the end of the high school season has been unbelievable. That having been said, there is still a lot of meat on the bone left in her development, which is a scary thought considering she averaged 26 kills and four blocks a game during the state tournament last season.