South Carolina Volleyball POY: Thayer Hall

South Carolina Volleyball POY: Thayer Hall

Gatorade State Player of the Year

South Carolina Volleyball POY: Thayer Hall

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The Gatorade State Volleyball Players of the Year were selected based on athletic production and impact in the 2015-16 season. Each winner also demonstrated high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership.

For the list of the other 2015-16 Gatorade State Volleyball POY’s, click here.

THE WINNER: Thayer Hall

THE BASICS

School: Dorman (Roebuck, S.C.)
Grade: Sophomore
Position: Outside hitter
Height: 6-foot-3

Athletic achievement: She slammed 570 kills while recording a .539 kill percentage and .417 hitting percentage this past season, leading the Cavaliers (35-4) to the Class AAAA state final. Also the Class 4A Player of the Year as named by the South Carolina Coaches Association of Women’s Sports, Hall amassed 310 digs, 239 service receptions, 58 service aces and 36 blocks. A two-time club All-American, she led the Upward Stars to the 2015 AAU Girls’ Junior National Volleyball Championships this past summer, capturing tournament Most Valuable Player honors.

Academic excellence: Also an accomplished artist and basketball standout, Hall has maintained a 4.94 weighted GPA and has served as a member of her school’s leadership program.

Exemplary character: In addition to donating her time as a youth volleyball instructor, she has volunteered locally on behalf of a soup kitchen, her church, the Special Olympics and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

THE PRAISE

“Thayer Hall is quite possibly the best player and athlete I have seen as a high school coach,” said April Raymond, head coach at rival Raymond High. “She’s extremely effective and powerful.”

THE FUTURE: Hall will begin her junior year of high school in the fall of 2016.

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