FROSH 59 – LOCALS ONLY
Local volleyball players Nive Tuileta and Heavenly “Lala” Campbell were recently recognized via Prepvolleyball.com’s FROSH 59 list. Nive was among the top 59 and Lala made the Honorable Mention list. Congratulations to both Nive and Lala.
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Below please find the FROSH 59, our list of the nation’s most outstanding varsity-playing volleyball freshmen for the 2017 fall season.
Starting in November of 2017 we sent out the word to high school and club coaches across the land that we were looking for the best high school freshmen in the United States. Unlike our Senior Aces and Top 50 Juniors, which are recruiting lists, this is a high school list, based exclusively on accomplishment at the varsity prep level. It does not necessarily mean you are one of the top college recruits in the Class of 2021; only that you distinguished yourself at the high school varsity level last fall. Remember that moms and dads! As I explained on Tuesday, there will be players not on this list or in the Honorable Mention section that end up as Top 10 national recruits!
To be considered for this Frosh 59 list, a freshman needed to be a varsity starter and one of the top talents in her area during the fall season. There are many very fine players you won’t find on this list because they played exclusively on the junior varsity or were bench players for national powers or because their coaches took my request literally and chose not to submit someone who wasn’t yet a “top talent in her area.”
Please note: While we tried our best to identify ALL the freshmen deserving of inclusion on this list, we have no doubt that several will be missed. We rely heavily on coaches to tell us who the top freshmen are. Our best efforts inevitably fail to yield ALL of the most deserving young players out there. For instance, there are 90 or so listed at the end of this piece whom we tried, unsuccessfully, to learn more about so that we could determine whether they were eligible for this list and, if so, where to place them.
There also are bound to be mistakes. If you identify one or more, please email John Tawa so that we may make the appropriate corrections. Statistical corrections may come only from high school coaches.
One other note: this list takes a LONG TIME to compile. I have been working on it since the start of the school year and practically full time for the last several days. I am indebted to Sloane Green, Sarah Harrington, Courtany Hagen and John Critzer for their help in crafting many of the narratives you will read below.
The Frosh 59 comprises the top varsity achievements, in our opinion, of freshmen in 2017, with almost 250 additional freshmen standouts finding homes in the Highest Honorable Mention, Special Mention and Honorable Mention categories. Congratulations to all of you!
THE 2017 PrepVolleyball.com FROSH 59!
Nive Tuileta, 5-10 S, Le Jardin (Kailua, Hawaii) – First Team All-League, Honorable Mention All-State and a member of the HHSAA Division II All-Tournament team, Tuileta averaged 35 assists per match in leading the Bulldogs to their second consecutive state title in Division II. She also finished second on the team in aces and added 85 digs and 30 kills over 17 regular season and post-season matches. “Nive brought a high game I.Q., a calm, steady demeanor, and a solid work ethic to the team,” said coach Lee Lamb. “I think the senior leadership gravitated towards her because of those attributes and I think the team as a whole trusted her to deliver. Nive rewarded their trust by helping the team win a second consecutive state championship.”
Highest Honorable Mention
Heavenly “Lala” Campbell, 5-8 OH, Damien Memorial (Honolulu, Hawaii) – An explosive offensive player and consistent defender, Campbell shined at the state tournament, recording 37 kills, 10 blocks and nine digs over four matches. She was named Second Team All-ILH Division II for her work during the regular season.
State-by-State Need More Information List
- Joy Hatcher, S/OH, Christian Academy– Second Team All-ILH Division III
- Janae Nakamura, OH, Lanakila Baptist – First Team All-ILH Division III
- Ayla Ruiz, MB, St. Andrew’s – First Team All-ILH Division III