Volleyball

TOP 10 SERIES: Best female volleyball players in Riverside area history

Sue Woodstra (Colton HS) was the captain of the U.S. women’s indoor volleyball team that won a silver medal at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. (Photo courtesy of USC Athletics)
Sue Woodstra (Colton HS) was the captain of the U.S. women’s indoor volleyball team that won a silver medal at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. (Photo courtesy of USC Athletics)

A quick look through the record books will show the Inland Empire has a long and rich tradition when it comes to the world of women’s volleyball.

Cajon and Rim of the World were powerhouses in the 1970s and 1980s, and a handful of area players were key members of NCAA championship teams during that same period. That tradition has continued over time, with Inland programs and players making an impact on the national level.

But which players from the area can be considered the best of the best?

This following Top 10 list was mad by using a combination of the player’s prep, college, professional and international achievements, with greater weight placed on the higher levels of competition. It’s why Kelli Tennant, a three-time area high school player of the year, from missing on the list. Tennant was a phenomenal player but an injury ended her career at 19.

The list spotlights “homegrown talent,” so playing at an area high school was a requirement. The players on this Top 10 list come from the current coverage area of The Press-Enterprise, so great players like Dana Smith (Twentynine Palms) and Alexis Crimes (Etiwanda) were not considered.

With that said, it’s time to take a trip down memory lane as we serve up the list of the area’s top female volleyball players.

TOP 10 LIST

*This piece was written by Press-Enterprise staff writer Eric-Paul Johnson.