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Top 25 girls volleyball players for 2016

A look at the high school girls volleyball players on Long Island as the 2016 season gets underway.

Haley Anderson, Smithtown East, Sr., Outside hitter

Returning member of Newsday's All-Long Island first team
Credit: James Escher

Returning member of Newsday's All-Long Island first team averaged a double-double last season with 14 kills and 15 digs per match.

Lara Atalay, Ward Melville, Sr., Outside hitter

A veteran leader of a balanced team, Atalay
Credit: James Escher

A veteran leader of a balanced team, Atalay figures to play a big role in the Patriots' attempt at taking Suffolk AA.

Gabby Ayzenberg, Long Beach, Sr., Outside hitter

The Marines will lean on Ayzenberg heavily to
Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

The Marines will lean on Ayzenberg heavily to pace the team after moving up to Nassau AA from Nassau A.

Camryn Bancroft, Westhampton, Sr., Middle/Outside hitter

With good size and athleticism, Bancroft is a
Credit: James Escher

With good size and athleticism, Bancroft is a dual threat at the net and on the outside.

Julia Beckmann, Garden City, Jr., Outside hitter

Beckmann burst onto the scene late last season,
Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Beckmann burst onto the scene late last season, leaving several rival coaches calling her a "stud" leading into the upcoming season.

Shannon Brooks, Massapequa, Sr., Outside hitter

Brooks is one of the leaders of an
Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Brooks is one of the leaders of an experienced Chiefs team looking to win its 17th consecutive Nassau AA title.

Hunter Christian, Holy Trinity, Sr., Outside hitter

The four-year varsity starter is expected to lead
Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

The four-year varsity starter is expected to lead a Titans team that could surprise the rest of the Catholic League.

Mackenzie Cole, Connetquot, Jr., Libero

Unquestionably the top libero on Long Island, Cole
Credit: James Escher

Unquestionably the top libero on Long Island, Cole made 450 digs last season and has already made a verbal commitment to Duke.

Taylor Cole, Connetquot, Sr., Outside hitter

A senior leader and strong hitter, Cole went
Credit: James Escher

A senior leader and strong hitter, Cole went on college visits to Elon and Harvard this summer.

Kiersten Colvin, South Side, Sr., Middle/Outside hitter

The Cyclones have county final aspirations, and Colvin
Credit: James Escher

The Cyclones have county final aspirations, and Colvin will be at the heart of the effort.

Kiersten Cote, Kellenberg, Sr., Outside hitter

An excellent server, Cote converted 93.7 percent of
Credit: James Escher

An excellent server, Cote converted 93.7 percent of her serves last season to go along with 224 digs and 196 kills.

Claire Curtin, Carey, Sr., Outside hitter

One of seven returning players for the Seahawks,
Credit: James Escher

One of seven returning players for the Seahawks, Curtin is an all-around threat.

Sophie Dandola, Seaford, Sr., Outside hitter

Owner of Nassau's most powerful right arm, Dandola
Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Owner of Nassau's most powerful right arm, Dandola destroyed defenses with 313 kills last fall.

Jillian Graham, Wantagh, Sr., Outside hitter

Graham is a top player in Nassau who
Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Graham is a top player in Nassau who is currently weighing several collegiate offers.

Gabby Horman, Smithtown West, Sr., Middle/Outside hitter

Standing 6-0, Horman is a big presence at
Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Standing 6-0, Horman is a big presence at the net on both offense and defense.

Molly Jandris, Sachem East, Soph., Right Side

The lefty is the leader of a young
Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

The lefty is the leader of a young team with high aspirations for the upcoming season.

Lauren Kloos, Kings Park, Sr., Outside hitter

As Kings Park's only senior, Kloos is expected
Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

As Kings Park's only senior, Kloos is expected to shoulder the load of a young, talented team.

Nicole Migliozzi, Connetquot, Jr., Setter

Migliozzi won the state Class AA championship finals
Credit: James Escher

Migliozzi won the state Class AA championship finals MVP last season for her performance against Pine Bush in the state title match.

Angela Napolitano, Centereach, Sr., Middle hitter

An efficient hitter, Napolitano has Centereach poised to
Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

An efficient hitter, Napolitano has Centereach poised to make a playoff push.

Cassandra Patsos, Connetquot, Jr., Middle/Outside hitter

A quiet contributor who is fiery on the
Credit: James Escher

A quiet contributor who is fiery on the court and can strike the ball with the best hitters on Long Island.

Olivia Poplawski, Whitman, Sr., Setter

As far as setters go, Poplawski is up
Credit: James Escher

As far as setters go, Poplawski is up there with the best in terms of how fluid her offense runs.

Jamie Smith, Massapequa, Sr., Right Side/Setter

Arguably Nassau's top player, Smith is a versatile
Credit: James Escher

Arguably Nassau's top player, Smith is a versatile player who tallied 221 assists, 136 kills and 66 digs last season.

Hannah Vetter, St. Anthony’s, Sr., Outside hitter

Now the leader of a Friars team looking
Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Now the leader of a Friars team looking to reclaim the CHSAA title, Vetter will be crucial to her team's success.

Lauren Wilke, Bayport-Blue Point, Sr., Setter

Last season's Nassau Class B finalists will lean
Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Last season's Nassau Class B finalists will lean heavily on Wilke to run a smart offense.

Jamie Yonker, Plainview JFK, Jr., Outside hitter

Yonker is moving from setter to outside hitter
Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Yonker is moving from setter to outside hitter this season, a position where she'll be able to showcase her defensive skills a bit more.

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