Somewhat confusingly the Gatorade National Volleyball player of the Year award is not always given to the #1 recruit in the country. I don't mean to diminish the honor, but it involves a more holistic evaluation, taking into account high schools stats, service, personality and whatever else. It takes into account a lot more than talent and potential.Ellie Holzman (now out for the season) was Gatorade National Volleyball Player of the Year in 2018-19.
While Holzman was highly rated, she wasn't close to the top rated recruit. She was ranked #36. https://fightingillini.com/sports/womens-volleyball/roster/ellie-holzman/10243