Kelowna's Madelyn Hettinga capped her senior season with another B.C. title, as well as No. 2 on our list of B.C.'s Top 15 girls Grade 12 volleyball talents. (Photo by Vancouver Sports Pictures property of VSP 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Our 11th annual edition: Who are B.C.’s Top 15 senior girls Grade 12 volleyball players? Check out our 2019-20 Dream Team!

LANGLEY — B.C.’s best senior girls Grade 12 volleyball players from the Class of 2019-20 were determined by a vote involving the head coaches of B.C.’s four U Sports programs — UBC, UBC Okanagan, Thompson Rivers and Trinity Western — as well as NCAA Simon Fraser.

Meet our 11th annual Dream Team!

While she isn’t the tallest hitter around, Katarina Pantovic was still so multi-skilled she was the unanimous selection as B.C.’s Player of the Year. (Photo by Vancouver Sports Pictures property of VSP 2019. All Rights Reserved)

1 Katarina Pantovic

School — Lord Byng (Vancouver)

Height — 6-foot-0

Position — Outside Hitter

Poll points — 5

Average rank — 1.00

What our panel says — Unanimous #1 pick by the coaches. Extremely gifted athlete, great jumper and has a big arm as an attacker. Definitely a standout, the type of athlete that is at another level.

Freshman’s Future — California (NCAA)

Kelowna’s Madelyn Hettinga (left) is one of the most versatile and dynamic athletes in all of B.C. high school sports. (Photo by Vancouver Sports Pictures property of VSP 2019. All Rights Reserved)

2 Madelyn Hettinga

School — (Kelowna)

Height — 6-foot-1

Position — Outside Hitter

Poll points — 10

Average rank — 2.00

What our panel says — Extremely versatile and athletic. Has the ability to play middle as well as outside. B.C. High School Heptathlon Champion to go with her back-to-back Quad-Å Girls Volleyball Titles (2019 MVP).

Freshman’s Future — UBC Okanagan (U Sports)

3 Elle Oestreich

School — Mt. Baker (Cranbrook)

Height — 6-foot-0

Position — Outside Hitter

Poll points — 15

Average rank — 3.00

What our panel says — Definitely one of the top all-around volleyball athletes in the province as seen by her national all-star performance in club last season and her junior national team invite. Possesses a high end level of toughness that allows her to work on her game until she is successful.

Freshman’s Future — Thompson Rivers (U Sports)

Pacific Academy’s Lauren Attieh will suit up next fall in the PacWest for New Westminster’s Douglas Royals. (Photo by Wilson Wong property of UBC athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)

 

4 Lauren Attieh

School — Pacific Academy (Surrey)

Height — 5-foot-9

Position — Outside Hitter

Poll points — 22

Average rank — 4.40

What our panel says — A very dynamic outside hitter, the word competitor comes to mind when Lauren’s name is mentioned. Jumps high, hits the ball hard, she is extremely fun to watch.

Freshman’s Future — Douglas (PacWest)

Davida Hill joins the NCAA and the Simon Fraser Clan next season after a stellar career at Surrey’s Pacific Academy. (Photo by Wilson Wong property of UBC athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)

5 Davida Hill

School — Pacific Academy (Surrey)

Height — 6-foot-0

Position — Outside Hitter

Poll points — 26

Average rank — 5.20

What our panel says — An athletic outside hitter with great jumping ability. Has the arm and all-around skills to play right-side or left-side at the next level.

Freshman’s Future — Simon Fraser (NCAA)

York House’s Akash Grewal. (Photo by Jon Hayduk property of Jon Hayduk Photography 2019. All Rights Reserved)

6 Akash Grewal

School — York House (Vancouver)

Height — 5-foot-11

Position — Outside Hitter

Poll points — 27

Average rank — 5.40

What our panel says — Strong attacker and blocker in the front row complemented by solid serving and passing abilities. Led York House to AA Championship.

Freshman’s Future — UBC (U Sports)

York House’s Natalie Davidson (right). (Photo by Jon Hayduk property of Jon Hayduk Photography 2019. All Rights Reserved)

7 Natalie Davidson

School — York House (Vancouver)

Height — 6-foot-1

Position — Outside Hitter

Poll points — 35

Average rank — 7.00

What our panel says — Big physical presence on the court. A versatile athlete with the ability to play middle and on the outside.

Freshman’s Future — TBD

8 Cailin Bitter

School — MEI (Abbotsford)

Height — 5-foot-10

Position — Setter

Poll points — 44

Average rank — 8.80

What our panel says — Flew a bit under the radar until she made a break through with Team BC last summer and showed her all around skill set as a setter and her ability to run a successful offence.

Freshman’s Future — Fraser Valley (U Sports)

9 Emily Matsui

School — Terry Fox (Port Coquitlam)

Height — 5-foot-4

Position — Libero

Poll points — 45

Average rank — 9.00

What our panel says — This athlete has all the qualities of a great libero. Strong court presence, quiet passing platform, reads extremely well on defence.

Freshman’s Future — Fraser Valley (U Sports)

Lord Tweedsmuir’s Ellie Sinclair is one of three B.C. products set to help lead Abbotsford’s Fraser Valley Cascades into the U Sports world beginning this fall. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
(Photo by Vancouver Sports Pictures property of VSP 2019. All Rights Reserved)

10 Ellie Sinclair

School —Lord Tweedsmuir (Surrey)

Height — 6-foot-1

Position — Middle

Poll points — 46

Average rank — 9.20

What our panel says — Long middle blocker with a good arm and the ability to score points at the next level.

Freshman’s Future — Fraser Valley (U Sports)

11 Amelia Anderson

School —Kelowna

Height — 6-foot-1

Position — Setter

Poll points — 61

Average rank — 12.20

What our panel says — Physical setter with a big presence, especially in the front court. Her size will be a great asset at the post-secondary level with her big block and her ability to play the ball high above the net. Two-time B.C. AAAA champ.

Freshman’s Future — Grant MacEwan

12 Morgan Likness

School — Mission

Height — 6-foot-0

Position — Middle

Poll points — 63

Average rank — 12.60

What our panel says —Quick middle with the ability to score points and has the potential to transfer out to the wing as well.

Freshman’s Future — TBD

13 Amelia McCullough

School — Oak Bay (Victoria)

Height — 5-foot-11

Position — Setter

Poll points — 65

Average rank — 13.00

What our panel says — Tall setter with good athleticism that will thrive at the PacWest level.

Freshman’s Future — Camosun (PacWest)

14 Erica Bolink

School — Pacific Christian (Victoria)

Height — 5-foot-10

Position — Outside Hitter

Poll points — 68

Average rank — 13.60

What our panel says — A steady, hard-working outside hitter with solid ball control and a wide array of shots.

Freshman’s Future — Grant MacEwan (U Sports)

Kelowna’s Sophie Lachapelle is noted as a big-match player. (Photo by Vancouver Sports Pictures property of VSP 2019. All Rights Reserved)

15 Sophie Lachapelle

School — Kelowna

Height — 5-foot-11

Position — Right Side

Poll points — 71

Average rank — 14.20

What our panel says — A very good athlete with big jumping ability and a fast left arm. Has a tendency to play her best in big games and finds a way to score the big points when it matters.

Freshman’s Future — TBD

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES

Jinna Zeng

School — Pacific Academy (Surrey)

Height — 5-foot-4

Position — Libero

Freshman’s Future — TBD

Fiona Bayfield

School — Sutherland (North Vancouver)

Height — 6-foot-0

Position — Middle

Freshman’s Future — TBD

Sara Ostojic

School — Lord Byng (Vancouver)

Height — 5-foot-11

Position — Outside Hitter

Freshman’s Future — Concordia-Irvine (beach)

Aja Sy

School — Victoria

Height — 6-foot-0

Position — Middle

Freshman’s Future — UBC Okanagan (U Sports)

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