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TOP 10 SERIES: Best female volleyball players in area history

By in Press Enterprise on July 5, 2017

By Eric-Paul Johnson

A quick look through the record books will show the Inland Empire has a long and rich tradition when it comes to the world of women’s volleyball.

Cajon and Rim of the World were powerhouses in the 1970s and 1980s, and a handful of area players were key members of NCAA championship teams during that same period. That tradition has continued over time, with Inland programs and players making an impact on the national level.

But which players from the area can be considered the best of the best?

This following Top 10 list was mad by using a combination of the player’s prep, college, professional and international achievements, with greater weight placed on the higher levels of competition. It’s why Kelli Tennant, a three-time area high school player of the year, from missing on the list. Tennant was a phenomenal player but an injury ended her career at 19.

The list spotlights “homegrown talent,” so playing at an area high school was a requirement. The players on this Top 10 list come from the current coverage area of The Press-Enterprise, so great players like Dana Smith (Twentynine Palms) and Alexis Crimes (Etiwanda) were not considered.

With that said, it’s time to take a trip down memory lane as we serve up the list of the area’s top female volleyball players.

Woodstra, who graduated from Colton High School, is widely regarded as being one of the finest passers and most most technically-sound players of her era. Woodstra was an All-American outside hitter on the 1977 USC team that went 38-0 en route to a AIAW national championship. She made the 1980 Olympic team (though the U.S. boycotted the Games) and captained the 1984 Olympic squad took silver. Woodstra had a long pro career and also was an assistant coach for the U.S. team that […]    

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