Prep Volleyball: Canby’s Pederson makes AVCA Phenom List

Canby junior setter Abbey Pederson gets ready to pass a ball during the Lancers’ match against Central Minnesota Christian in the section tournament at SMSU on Oct. 28.

MARSHALL – While the University of Minnesota puts the final preparations together for its match against Stanford in the national semifinals tonight, one area high school volleyball player is taking in the festivities.

Canby junior Abbey Pederson is in Columbus, Ohio, as part of the AVCA Phenom College Prep Program.

The program is an invitation-only event for both uncommitted seniors on the Under Armour Watch List and underclassmen on the AVCA Phenom List. The event starts tonight and runs through Sunday.

Pederson is one of 21 Minnesotans from the class of 2018 to make the list, which also includes players from Jackson County Central, Luverne, Willmar and Windom Area.

She was excited when she received the invitation, and is looking forward to the weekend.

“I am hoping to learn more about collegiate volleyball,” Pederson said. “Also, I’m excited to be challenged and show my skills to many college coaches.”

Canby coach Amy Wagner was also pleased to hear the news.

“I have read about this event for years but have never had an athlete invited to it,” Wagner said. “We have so much great volleyball in our area and in Minnesota so it will be interesting to see the caliber of athletes that attend.”

College recruitment is still in the early stages for Pederson, who hasn’t made any decisions yet.

“I am currently looking at different options and doing visits,” she said. “I’m hoping to find the right one that fits me academically and athletically. It’s certainly an interesting experience and overwhelming but exciting.”

The weekend includes panel discussions and educational sessions about college recruiting and life as a student-athlete. There will also be performance testing and behavioral profiling.

Pederson can also interact with AVCA collegiate all-Americans and coaches, and participate in a talent showcase. Participants will also be able to take in the NCAA Division I national semifinal and championship matches.

“Hopefully, she gains an even better understanding of what potential collegiate volleyball players’ talents look like at all levels,” Wagner said. “It will be fun to see the future of college volleyball and what talent looks like from different regions of the United States.”