Arizona Athletics

VOLLEYBALL: Morgan Gappmayer & Whittnee Nihipali named to Under Armour Preseason All-American Watch List

The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) placed 19 athletes from Arizona on the preseason Under Armour Watch List and Ironwood Ridge senior Morgan Gappmayer was the only athlete from Southern Arizona to earn the honor. Gappmayer is an outside hitter.

University of Arizona commit Whittnee Nihipali of Shadow Ridge in Las Vegas also made the list.

Southern Arizona
Morgan Gappmayer, Ironwood Ridge, 6-0 OH

University of Arizona Commit
Whittnee Nihipali, Las Vegas Shadow Ridge, 6-2 OH


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