John Tawa’s prepvolleyball.com rated this year’s freshman class at the U the No. 1 in the country. Well, Gophers coach Mike Hebert already has two highly recruited player locked up for 2010. They are Ashley Wittman of Shakopee and Tori Dixon of Burnsville.
Tawa’s web site, which relies on college coaches, rates Wittman No. 8 and Dixon No. 13 in the country. Here is what prepvolleyball.com says about each:
Ashley Wittman, 6-0 OH, Shakopee (Minnesota), Northern Lights
Ashley Wittman is the epitome of a complete player. A fierce and driven competitor, she has great leaping ability (recently touching 10-5!), a hammer for an arm and an unyielding desire to win. In high school, Wittman is the reigning National Junior of the Year and her Shakopee High School team is working on its third straight Minnesota AAA championship.
Her Northern Lights club team won back-to-back-to-back AAU National Championships and earned three Open Division medals. She’s been a major contributor to that success in virtually every rotation. Wittman is an unstoppable force on the court. She has excellent range as a hitter, can attack any tempo and hits a mean high ball. She is a strong block on the left side. She is a primary passer and has a tough jump float serve. Due to her long, agile body, she covers a lot of court defensively and is very accurate with her digging. A 4.0 student, this Minnesota
My comments: 6-6 Tabi Love can touch 10-5 1/2, so Ashley is in the same stratosphere. And Love’s father said, if he had to do it over again, Tabi would have enrolled at the U early like Ashley is planning to do. Might be a trend.
Tetori “Tori” Dixon, 6-3 MB, Burnsville (Minnesota), Northern Lights
At 6-3 and extremely strong, Dixon is a formidable and intimidating opponent. While her father (former Minnesota Viking Offensive Guard David Dixon) blocked for quarterbacks and running backs, Tori does some outstanding blocking of her own. Beyond being a supreme rejecter, Dixon has all-around skills that surprise. She plays middle for the celebrated Northern Lights team but lives on the outside for her high school squad.