Thomas Beye, senior, Francis Howell North
6-foot-4 right-side hitter was go-to offensive option for Knights team that went 20-11-3 and advanced to Class 4 semifinals. Beye led Knights with 3.04 kills a set, and his 26 aces were second most on team. Beye also was leader in serve receive and recorded 222 digs.
Jacob Christopher, junior, Northwest-Cedar Hill
Area kills leader with 5.8 per set, a total even more impressive considering all of the Lions’ opponents focused their defenses toward stopping the 6-foot-5 right-side hitter. Christopher also was strong in serve receive and had 131 digs.
Kyle Deutschman, senior, Marquette
A 6-foot-2 outside hitter, his 5.33 kills per set were the second-most in the area. Deutschman had a lethal serve that produced 60 aces. He was a driving force in the Mustangs’ serve receive and he had 198 digs.
Clay Kruse, senior, De Smet
6-foot-6 middle hitter averaged .67 blocks per set and his presence forced opponents to run their offenses away from him in more predictable patterns. He averaged 2.28 kills for a Spartans team that went 18-10.
Justin McMahon, senior, O’Fallon
A 6-foot-3 outside hitter, McMahon was Panthers’ go-to option offensively. He averaged 3.15 kills per set and put down 20 aces. An all-round player, he was a key cog in the team’s serve receive and had 171 digs.
Jimmy Mullen, senior, Chaminade
The quarterback of an elite offense, the 6-foot-1 setter helped lead the Red Devils to a 28-6 record and Class 3 state championship. Mullen averaged 8.99 assists per set and posted 124 digs.