CLARKSVILLE, TN — A late Christmas gift came early Saturday morning for local high school volleyball players.
The memory of Sullivan South ending our year with a fifth state championship is already two months old, but the awards continue to flow with seven local stand outs earning All-State honors from the Tennessee Sports Writers Association.
Our state champion Lady Rebels garnered three selections to the Class AA team, starting with State Tournament MVP Hannah Price. The junior adds All-State to a complete list of distinctions in 2015. She was named Three Rivers Conference Player of the Year and was the MVP of the District 1-AA Tournament and Region 1-AA Tournament.
Joining her are senior hitter Emma Carico and junior setter Rachel DeLung. Both players got superlatives at the conference level. Carico was the Three Rivers Conference Hitter of the Year, and DeLung took Setter of the Year. The duo was on the District 1-AA and Region 1-AA Tournament teams.
In AAA, it was a memorable year made even better for Tennessee High and senior hitter Molly Shaw. The Lady Vikings won the Big 7, District 1-AAA and Region 1-AAA, and Shaw was the catalyst, earning Big 7 Player of the Year in the process. She also took home Region 1-AAA Tournament MVP before signing to play at UNC Charlotte next year.
Joining her on the AAA squad is Science Hill senior libero Mandy Stallard. The Hilltoppers were 2nd in the Big 7 this fall, and Stallard led the way, taking conference and District 1-AAA Tournament honors.
South Greene came up just short of a first state championship in Class A, falling to Goodpasture in the championship match, but two Lady Rebels, Taylor Lamb and Brooke Davis, earned their spot on the All-State squad.
Lamb is 2-for-2 making this list in her high school career. The sophomore followed up a 493 kill freshman year and trip to State with a 651 kill sophomore campaign and that spot in the state championship.
Joining her on the team is junior Brooke Davis, who took a huge step in her 3rd season with the Lady Rebels. Davis had 520 kills in 2015, more than her freshman and sophomore years combined. She has 999 total kills in her three year career. Davis added 151 blocks, an average of 1.1 per set.