Harrison’s Kelly Scott simply the best in 2012
by Adam Carrington
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November 25, 2012 01:01 AM | 2281 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Kelly Scott headed to the Sports Performance Setters Camp in Chicago for the first time the summer after her freshman year at Harrison and was required to make 75,000 sets in a nine-day span.

That many sets in such a short time frame also led to having sore fingers.

Scott’s mother, Laura Scott, remembers the day she asked her daughter if she enjoyed camp and getting a completely different response than what she was expecting.

“I asked her if camp was fun and she was like, ‘Are you crazy? My hands are killing me,’” Laura Scott said. “I asked if she wanted to go back and she said, ‘Yes. I’m not having fun but I am learning. I want to go back.’”

Scott went back to Chicago two more times, but they were only for five days and a required 50,000 sets, according to Laura Scott. Next summer, she will not be going to the Windy City. She will be starting summer semester at Georgia Southern in June where she will be playing volleyball next year.

Her three trips to the somewhat uncomfortable setting camp shows her year-round work ethic. She takes only two weeks off during the year, and that’s only because her parents insist.

Scott’s devotion to the sport may also explain why she is touted as the best setter in the state. Her floor leadership and her other volleyball abilities led Harrison back to the state finals for the second straight year.

For her efforts, Scott was named Marietta Daily Journal/Cobb County Volleyball Player of the Year.

Scott, also named all-state player of the year, isn’t just an ordinary setter who can come through with 20 to 30 assists per match, she can do other things because of a well-rounded game.

She takes full advantage of her 6-foot frame and can get up to seven to eight kills in a match and can disguise a set by throwing the ball over the net to the part of the court where an opposing player isn’t covering. She’s also capable of putting up three to four solid blocks a match — she had three block assists in Harrison’s four-set loss to Walton in the final — and her serve as also a valuable weapon.

Scott is able to do so many things on the court because she didn’t start out as a setter. When she first started playing at 13-years-old for the Mount Paran Christian middle school team, she started out as a middle blocker. Then she played outside hitter before converting to a fulltime setter at 15.

“My club coaches (at TCA Atlanta) thought I had good hands and they put me as setter,” Scott said. “I started liking it more than hitting.”

Numbers wise, she was instrumental in Harrison’s come-from behind four-set win over Johns Creek in the semifinals. Not only did she have 32 sets, she had three block assists in that match as well, plus a solo block and six kills.

She had an all-around performance in Harrison’s third straight area tournament win Oct. 13 in a four-set win over North Cobb with 25 assists, 11 digs, four kills and three blocks.

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