HENDERSONVILLE – Being at the beach was half the battle for UNC Wilmington.
But it took a lot more than that to land the top volleyball player in North Henderson history.
Caroline Marsh has been named a MaxPreps All-American each of the past three seasons. She chose the Seahawks over competing offers from Western Carolina University, Memphis and Davidson.
“I can play indoor or in the sand (at UNCW),” Marsh said.
“I went down there for a camp, and then visited again a few weeks ago. It just feels like a good fit for me, both with volleyball and academics. Now I can just focus on playing and I don’t have to stress out.”
Marsh earned All-Western North Carolina Athletic Conference and Citizen-Times All-WNC honors in 2015 after finishing with 522 kills and 145 blocks. The 5-foot-10 junior’s hitting percentage was .305. Marsh and the Knights (15-7) reached the second round of the NCHSAA 3-A playoffs after an 0-4 start to their season.
North Henderson will only graduate three seniors off of that squad — Alex Oates, Megan Edwards and Reva Bagwell.
With one year to go, Marsh has accumulated 1,598 career kills, 469 digs, 393 blocks and 85 kills.
“We’re really going to miss those seniors, but I am super-excited about the future,” Marsh said.
“Everyone is definitely putting in their time in the gym to get ready.”
Marsh plays in the offseason for Xcel Volleyball Performance.