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.' "
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."
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."
Lone Peak | Setter | Senior