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North Stars

Some Minnesotan names to know at various levels of volleyball:

U.S. NATIONAL TEAM

Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul): First-team All-America for the Gophers in 2009.

Tori Dixon (Burnsville): First-team All-America for the Gophers in 2013.

Sarah Wilhite (Eden Prairie): 2016 national player of the year for the Gophers.

Hannah Tapp (Stewartville): First-team All-America for the Gophers in 2015.

Paige Tapp (Stewartville): Two-time third-team All-America for the Gophers.

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Samantha Seliger-Swenson (Hopkins): First-team All-America for Gophers in 2016.

Molly Lohman (Mankato): Honorable-mention All-America for Gophers in 2016.

Jasmyn Martin (Brooklyn Park): Big Ten Freshman of the Week for Gophers Oct. 9.

Sydney Hilley (Champlin Park): Big Ten All-Freshman Team this year for Wisconsin.

Jenny Mosser (Lakeville): Pac-12 All-Freshman Team this year for UCLA.

Tina Boe (Plymouth): Summit League All-Freshman Team this year for Denver.

Brie Orr (Eagan): Iowa’s starting setter all season as a freshman.

Claire Sheehan (Isanti): Iowa’s second-best kill-per-set average (2.54) as a freshman.

Mariena Hayden (Belle Plaine): Freshman nearly broke UNLV service ace record with 43.

HIGH SCHOOL

Kennedi Orr (Eagan): Nation’s No. 1 recruit for Class of 2021, committed to Nebraska.

CC McGraw (Prior Lake): 2017 Under Armour first-team All-America, future Gopher.

McKenna Melville (Eagan): Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year headed to Central Florida.

Kayla Blair (Prior Lake): Senior blocking machine is headed to Michigan.

Grace Persson (Eden Prairie): Senior outside hitter is headed to Michigan.

Elizabeth Juhnke (Lakeville): A junior, she’s the state’s most powerful hitter.

Joe Christensen