Two SMASH Volleyball Club athletes were recognized today as a 2018-19 Gatorade State Player of the Year - Riley James from Massachusetts and Maile Somera from Rhode Island.
Both play for nationally ranked SMASH 18s, who open their 2019 season next weekend at New England Winterfest in Hartford, CT.
This is Riley's second Gatorade POY award (2016-17) and Maile's third consecutive honor! Both seniors led their high school teams (Barnstable, MA and Barrington, RI) to their respective Division I state championship matches last fall.
James has committed to Bryant, and Somera to Yale, for collegiate volleyball next autumn.
Congratulations, Riley & Maile!