Yes it is a big deal and very rare here. None made it this year. Past 6 years our league has only had three freshmen make Varsity, separate schools, all
setters with club experience, and 2 were starters. One has graduated and, although recruited by several schools, decided not to play in college because she
was burned out. The others are still playing in HS.
But the most recent top two players from our league, both middles playing D1 now - did not make Varsity until sometime during their sophomore (and not at
As a freshman my DD did have friends who made Varsity soccer, cross-country, track, and softball. So maybe it happens more in other sports...
I do think
that if a freshman makes Varsity and gets playing time - she is probably pretty special.
P.S. I edited because I no way meant to demean the girls who do make it early!