Harrison’s Ostman among elite sophomores
by Adam Carrington
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A standout sophomore season in the fall landed Harrison’s Caroline Ostman on an illustrious list. The outside hitter was named to PrepVolleyball.com’s Sophomore 79 team, a nationwide grouping of the best second-year varsity volleyball players.
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A standout sophomore season in the fall landed Harrison’s Caroline Ostman on an illustrious list. The outside hitter was named to PrepVolleyball.com’s Sophomore 79 team, a nationwide grouping of the best second-year varsity volleyball players.
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Harrison’s volleyball team will be expecting big things from Caroline Ostman over the next two seasons.

The outside hitter was the lone sophomore in Cobb County to make PrepVolleyball.com’s Sophomore 79 list, after helping lead Harrison to the state finals for the second straight year.

The list is chosen based on a player’s achievements with their high school varsity team.

As the Lady Hoyas’ leading hitter, Ostman led the team to a 49-7 record and an Area 3AAAAAA championship. She finished the season with 296 kills, 216 digs and 29 aces.

Ostman and South Forsyth middle blocker Taylor Svehla were the only two public school players selected from Georgia. Blessed Trinity libero Amber MacDonald and setter Maggie Rick were also selected, as were Westminster setter Mason Rooney and Lovett outside hitter Harley Sebastian.

“I thought it was really cool,” Ostman said of being selected. “I was kind of shocked when I heard about it and was excited and happy to be a part of it.”

During the fall season, Ostman was sidelined for two weeks with an ankle injury and had to miss the Cobb County Championships, but once she returned for Harrison’s win over North Cobb in the area championship, she didn’t miss a step.

Ostman had eight kills and seven digs in Harrison’s four-set win over North Cobb, but she got stronger once the postseason began.

In the Lady Hoyas’ straight-set win over Lassiter in the first round of the state playoffs, she had 12 kills and nine digs. In a semifinal-round win over Johns Creek, she had 17 kills over four sets.

“We’re real excited for her,” Harrison coach Clay Taylor said. “She’s worked hard year-round to get there. She puts in a lot of time and she’s definitely earned this honor.”

Ostman’s teammate, Kodi Smith, was named high honorable mention. A natural libero who plays the outside hitter position, Smith finished the 2012 season with 244 kills, 304 digs and 58 aces.

Walker sophomores Brooke Warner and Sasha Fazylov were also recognized.

Warner, who pulled double duty as a setter and middle hitter, was named to the elite honorable Mention list. She had 481 assists and 183 kills in helping the Lady Wolverines make the Class A finals.

Fazylov, an outside hitter, finished with 249 kills, 180 digs and 48 aces.

“I thought it was a great honor and recognition by the way they played on varsity this season,” Walker coach Karen Arndt said. “The were a force on the court and I think that PrepVolleyball recognized the fact that having them on the team and making a big impact were a huge reason why Walker had success this past season.”
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