Briarcrest Volleyball Players Named To 2015 PrepVolleyball.com High School All-American Team!
According to PrepVolleyball.com…Agony…and ecstasy. There simply is no other way to describe the process of selecting high school All-Americans.Congrats to Briarcrest Volleyball players Callie Anderton, Kendal Strand and Alyiah Wells for being recognized as part of the athletes selected for 2015 All-American Team by Prep Volleyball.
From Prep Volleyball:
We are thrilled to recognize 150 deserving players from 40 states as 2015 PrepVolleyball.com All-Americans. On the other, there are always too many talented kids and not enough spots for all of them. Tough choices had to be made. Agonizing choices. Choices that have had me up the past several nights stressing!
How was the All-American list developed? I started formulating the list back in the fall, paying attention to the leading candidates for the state Gatorade Player of the Year awards, who was earning MVP recognition in state tournaments, which players were receiving All-State and All-Area POY accolades and which players were making huge impacts on nationally-ranked teams, among other things. Then, in late-November, I sent the first of a few e-mails to high school coaches and posted on the Girls Volleyball Message Board and on social media that I was seeking nominees for High School All-American, making clear the following:
“To be a High School All-American, you must have made a massive impact on your high school team. The nominations poured in, each advancing the cause of one player or another. They all had accomplished great things during the high school year and were worthy of recognition. But, alas, I could only choose the 150 high school players I thought made the greatest impact on their teams AND their states in 2015.
After narrowing the list to 175 or so “must be All Americans,” I sent out several e-mails to coaches whose opinions I valued in areas where I wasn’t totally sure about my choices. Phone calls were made, journalists were consulted, all in an effort to make the All-American list the best it could be
Finally, after agonizing over the selections – I cannot tell you how painful this was, not only for the top 150 but also for the Honorable Mention selections -- we got down to 150 All-Americans. Below you will find the breakdown of our selections by class year and state. At no time until after the list was determined did I look to see what the breakdown was. I picked the players I thought made the greatest impact in 2015 and let the chips fall where they may
Congratulations to Callie, Kendal and Alyiah – You are All-Americans!