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Ryah Cotton '27 Recruiting Profile

Prior Lake High SchoolPrior Lake, MNWomen's Volleyball
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ClubMizuno Northern Lights
Primary PositionSetter
Secondary PositionOpposite
Dominant HandLeft
Standing Reach7ft 7in
Block Jump8ft 5 in
Approach Jump9ft 8in


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Personal Statement

From the moment I stepped onto the court for the first time, I felt an immediate connection to volleyball.  The pace of the game, the team connection, and the thrill of a perfectly executed play all captivated me.  Since then, I have poured my heart and soul into perfecting my skills and improving as a player. My ultimate dream is to play college volleyball at an elite level.

One of the aspects I love most about volleyball is its reliance on teamwork.  I believe that effective communication, especially as a Setter, is the key to a well-functioning team.  I always strive to be the vocal leader on the court, encouraging my teammates, and bringing the energy.

I am also a highly competitive individual.  I always push myself to be the best that I can be and constantly seek out opportunities to challenge myself.  Whether it be attending extra training sessions, growing my strength in the gym, or even watching game footage to analyze my own performance, I am always looking for ways to improve and grow as a player.

Volleyball has taught me valuable life lessons that extend beyond the court.  It has taught me the importance of being resilient and adaptable.  It has also taught me how to handle both success and failure with grace and humility.  These lessons have shaped me into a well-rounded individual and have instilled in me a strong sense of discipline and determination. 

Outside of volleyball, I am a multi-sport high school athlete, a member of the honor role, and a straight ‘A’ student. When I’m not playing volleyball, golfing or studying, my hobbies include wake surfing, pickleball, swimming, running and spending time with friends and family.  I strive to be better every day in whatever I take part in, and I’m thrilled to see where my athletic career takes me.


High School Information

  • Years w/ Varsity
  • 1 year
  • Varsity Starter
  • 1 year
  • 2023 Varsity Team
     - Jersey: #7
  • Team Awards
  • Conference 3rd Place
  • 2022 Freshman Team
     - Jersey: #4
  • Individual Awards

Club Information

  • Seasons of Club Experience
  • 6 seasons
  • 2024 Mizuno Northern Lights (15-1)
  • 2023 Mizuno Northern Lights (14-1 Open)
  • 1st (National Champions) in AAU 14-Open, 5th in USA Girls Junior Championships-14 National, 2nd in Prep Dig Gauntlet 14-Open, 1st in Molten Cup 15-Premier, 19th in Triple Crown Volleyball NIT, 1st in North Country Regional Qualifier
  • 2022 Mizuno Northern Lights (13)
  • 2021 Mizuno Northern Lights (12)
  • 2021 Mizuno Northern Lights (12 Fall League)
  • 2020 Prior Lake Extreme (12U Blue Fall League)

Coach References

  • Club Coach
  • Andy Guggisberg
  • Strength
  • Jon Drees
  • Private Coach
  • UPON REQUEST (Outside Club)
  • Club Coach
  • Kaleb Greene
  • Private Coach
  • UPON REQUEST (At Club)


  • Camp/Event
  • Northeast Qualifier
  • 4/19/24 to 4/21/24
  • Camp/Event
  • Show Me Qualifier
  • 4/06/24 to 4/08/24
  • Camp/Event
  • Triple Crown NIT Tournament
  • 2/17/24 to 2/19/24
  • Mizuno Northern Lights 15-1
  • Camp/Event
  • Prep Dig Stock Up Showcase
  • 8/05/23 to 8/05/23
  • Class of 2027


  • Drees Performance Training
  • 3 years
  • Vertical Jump Training, Volleyball Lessons, Personal and Performance Training, Headstrong Athlete Training

Additional Sports

  • Golf
  • 5 years
  • Varsity Team
  • Varsity Rookie of the Year (2022/7th Grade), Varsity Most Improved (2023/8th Grade)
  • Basketball
  • 6 years
  • Club/Travel Team
  • No longer playing.
  • Other
  • 5 years
  • Club/Travel Team
  • Competitive Cheer and Sideline. No longer playing.
  • Soccer
  • 4 years
  • Club/Travel Team
  • No longer playing.


Statistic2023 Varsity Team
Games Played70
Matches Played26



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High School Information

Phone(952) 226-8600

Academic Accomplishments

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Awards and Activities

  • AwardsPresidents Education Award Program for Outstanding Academic Excellence 2023, School Honor Roll 2021-2023
  • ActivitiesWEB Leadership 2023

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