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THE WINNER: Taylor Lord
School: Musselman (Indwood, W.Va.)
Athletic achievement: She led the Applemen to a 44-6 record and the Class AAA state championship this past season. Also the Player of the Year as named by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association, Lord amassed 577 kills, compiling a .329 hitting percentage and .458 kill percentage, to go along with 471 service receptions, 315 digs, 31 service aces and 27 blocks. In Musselman’s 3-0, title-clinching victory against Greenbrier East (Fairlea, W.Va.), she totaled 15 kills, eight digs and three service aces.
Academic excellence: Lord has maintained a 4.35 weighted GPA, ranks No. 1 in her graduating class and serves on her school’s student council.
Exemplary character: A member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Rotary International’s Interact club, she has volunteered locally on behalf of a women’s shelter supply drive, the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry, the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation, a Volley for the Cure fundraising event and a charity Volley to End Dementia Night.
“Taylor is an exceptional all-around player,” said Musselman head coach Shawn Martz. “She dominates in the front row as well as excelling in ball control and defense. Taylor has a unique ability to attack at a high percentage out of the back row as well as the front. She is also an intense competitor, always bringing her best in the big matches, and is one of the hardest workers in the practice gym.”
THE FUTURE: Lord will be a senior next year.