Interactive graphic: Meet the 2016 All-Tribune volleyball team

First Published      Last Updated Dec 13 2016 05:03 pm

Seyvion Waggoner

Bountiful | Outside Hitter | Senior

For the Braves' second straight state championship, Waggoner stepped into a leadership role as well as pounding 354 kills. It was hard to miss her biggest asset — athleticism — particularly when Waggoner utilized her 35-inch vertical leap to soar above opponents at the net. "What is crazy is not that she goes up, but when she does she can hang up there," said Bountiful coach Sarah Chism. Waggoner's teammates had plenty of imaginary food in her honor over the course of the season: When she scored a kill, her teammates pretended to be eating out of a bowl while chanting, "Rice! Rice! Rice!" in honor of Waggoner's scholarship to play at Rice University.

Janet Kalaniuvalu

Mountain View | Outside Hitter | Senior

Kalaniuvalu at times seemed to be a one-woman shooting gallery for the Bruins at the state tournament, as Mountain View went to the Class 4A semis and eventually took third place. When she wasn't slamming kills from her strong-side hitting position on the front row, Kalaniuvalu was cramming the ball down defenders' throats with her serve — after launching the ball some 30 feet into the air with a dizzying serve-toss. Kalaniuvalu will take her skills to Southern Utah University next year. "She really helped us, even with our own defense," Bruins coach Jaicee Roden said. "I told my girls, 'If you can play defense on Janet, you can play defense on anybody.' "

Anna Cox

Morgan | Middle Hitter | Senior

The numbers were certainly impressive, as Cox led Morgan to back-to-back Class 3A championships by scoring a team-high 335 kills from the middle this season. "I think she can hit any set, and she's our go-to girl. Not a lot of teams use their middle like that," Trojans coach Liz Wiscombe said. More impressive perhaps was the way that the Southern Utah commit stepped into an all-around role as the only returning regular from Morgan's 2015 championship squad. "She had never played back row before, and she played really solid defense," Wiscombe added. "You wonder why the coach never did that before."

Heather Gneiting

Pleasant Grove | Middle Hitter | Junior

The 5A state runner-up Vikings were unusually deep when it came to middle hitters this season, but the best of the bunch willingly gave up her spot there in the last couple of weeks of the season. Gneiting, who finished with 213 kills and 72 blocks, switched to the outside to help Pleasant Grove's overall team defensive scheme. "She's one of the most versatile middle blockers, being able to move to the outside like that," Vikings coach Allyce Jones said of Gneiting, who has committed to playing at BYU. "She's a bulldog when she gets on the court. She wants to win and she finds a way to do it."

Kacie Huntsman

Lone Peak | Setter | Senior

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How the All-Tribune prep volleyball team was chosen

The Tribune and TribPreps staff used personal observations, analysis of season statistics and input from coaches throughout the state to select an All-Tribune MVP and an additional eight-member All-Tribune Team. These players were selected from throughout the state and regardless of classification.