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Three Arizona volleyball commits named MaxPreps Players of the Year for their states

Photo courtesy of the Cisneros family

It’s the season for postseason volleyball awards and all-star games. Future Arizona Wildcats have been busy with both. UA 2024 signees Carlie Cisneros and Avery Scoggins and 2025 commit Paige Thies were all named Player of the Year for their home states by MaxPreps last week. Last month both Cisneros and Scoggins were named AVCA All-Americans with Cisneros making first team and Scoggins landing on second team.

Cisneros has played in various all-star games since her final high school season ended, including facing future teammate Brookelyn Hatton last month.

Cisneros is an outside hitter from Kansas City, Missouri. She will arrive in Tucson in early January, but she has other appearances to make before that. She will head to Orlando, Fla to appear in the Under Armour Next All-America game just before she comes to Arizona.

It won’t be her first all-star appearance this offseason. Cisneros and Hatton were on opposing sides in the second annual Metro Sports KC All-Star volleyball game on Nov. 11. The game pits all-stars from high schools on both sides of the Kansas-Missouri border.

Cisneros, who starred at Liberty North High School for four years and ended with 1,642 kills, 1,292 digs, and 143 assists for her career, played on the Missouri squad. Hatton, who just finished her junior season as the libero at Blue Valley West High in Overland Park, played for the Kansas team. For the second season, the Kansas team took the match 3-0.

Both Hatton and Cisneros will be important components in the coming years as the Wildcats try to fix some glaring issues. Arizona’s biggest weakness this past season was passing. Both will bring strong passing games to the Wildcats that should help address that deficiency.

Scoggins could be a long-term answer to another issue Arizona has had: leadership. The 6-foot setter from Middle Creek High in North Carolina is a multi-sport athlete who has also competed in soccer and swimming. She averaged 9.9 assists per set in her final season, ending with a career average of 9.6 a/s. In her final season, she was the MVP of the state championship as she led her team to its first 4A title despite missing its top outside hitter.

Thies cannot be mentioned by Arizona because she cannot sign until next November. However, she has been committed to the Wildcats since the first day she was eligible to do so, calling Arizona her “dream school.”

Among class of 2025 recruits, she is the top-rated player in the state of Oregon and the 97th-ranked player in the nation according to Prep Dig. She has moved up to the No. 1 position since 2021 when she was ranked second in the state. MaxPreps named her to its Junior All-America team at the end of the season. She was also the Oregonian's state player of the year.

The 6-foot-2 outside hitter led her Oregon City team to the 6A championship in 2023. She had 404 kills during her junior season.