Harrison, the two-time reigning runner-up of Class AAAAAA, had three players honored — junior outside hitter Caroline Ostman, freshman middle blocker Katie Doering and freshman setter Allana McInnis.
Sophomore setters Celeste Fitzgerald (Walton), Taylor Parrish (North Cobb) and Myah Martin (Hillgrove) were also selected, as were two Walker juniors, outside hitter Sasha Fazylov and middle blocker Brooke Warner. So, too, was Cumberland Christian freshman middle hitter Alexus Holt.
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“That’s not surprising just because of the strong club teams in this area that feeds into the strong programs we have in the county,” Walker coach Karen Arndt said. “Speaking for all the girls, they work really hard during the offseason and in high school and go to a lot of training practice session to increase all their skills.”
Ostman has helped Harrison (26-6) get off to a quick start of the season, often finishing with double-digit kill totals. Doering has already been a force in the middle, while McInnis is currently a backup to Megan Bright at the setter position.
Fitzgerald dished out 51 assists in Walton’s four-set win over Harrison last season to help the Lady Raiders seal their third straight state title. This season, the Lady Raiders (13-5) only have two losses to in-state opponents, with both coming to Johns Creek.
Martin is looking to steer Hillgrove back into the state playoffs in an Area 3AAAAAA field that also includes Harrison and North Cobb, and Parrish has been key in North Cobb’s consecutive runs into the semifinals.
“She’s been driving all season to get herself more athletically ready to take advantage of her potential,” North Cobb coach James Auld said of Parrish. “She’s definitely starting to assume more of a leadership role to this team. She’s making good decisions throughout points and has improved her defense this year.”
Ostman, Warner and Fazylov were recognized by PrepVolleyball.com’s Sophomore 79 list last April, with Ostman making the list and Warner and Fazylov named honorable mentions.
As a sophomore, Ostman helped lead Harrison to a 49-7 record and finished the 2012 season with 296 kills, 216 digs and 29 aces. Warner (418 assists, 183 kills) had dual roles as Walker’s setter and middle blocker, leading the Lady Wolverines to the Class A state finals. Fazylov chipped in with 249 kills and 180 digs.