Top volleyball players to watch in 2022

By DONNELL COLEY
Sports Editor
Posted 8/4/22

Here’s a look at the top girls from Record clubs ahead of the Aug. 15 volleyball season opener.

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Top volleyball players to watch in 2022

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Preseason practices and scrimmages are underway for local volleyball teams. 

Last fall saw four area groups make it to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association playoffs, with three of those winning at least one postseason matchup.  A lot of players from those runs are back in the mix in 2022. 

Here’s a look at the top girls from Record clubs ahead of the Aug. 15 volleyball season opener.

Jordyn Brown, OH, South Johnston – The reigning All-Record Volleyball Player of the Year returns for her senior campaign after proving she could lead a successful South squad. She ended 12 matches with 10 or more kills, and seven with double-digit digs during the regular season. Her best performance came in QCC play, a 21-kill, 20-dig effort during the five-set win over C.B. Aycock on Sept. 30. Look for the explosive swinger to continue taking the Lady Trojans to new heights after recording a state-playoff victory for the first time since 2014.

Morgan Hall, MH, Midway – In what was her first season at the varsity level, Hall proved she belonged and earned a first-team All-Record selection. Just a sophomore, she had the most blocks and second-most kills among Southeastern Athletic Conference players as the Lady Raiders celebrated yet another league title. Hall ended with 14 kills and a career-high 14 blocks against Clinton on Sept. 14, then followed with a career-high 20 kills in a straight-sets victory over the Lady Dark Horses on Oct. 20. She helped Midway advance to the fourth round of the state playoffs for the first time since 2002, an achievement the group hopes to top this fall.

Lily Gervase, MH, Harnett Central – The massive middle hitter left a large impression in her first year playing for Central. Gervase led the team in blocks, registering five or more swats 10 times, and was second in kills after finishing with double-digit spikes in 10 matches – including five of the last six. The second-team All-Record pick will look to step into a major role for Ashley Gaines’ high-powered attack following the graduation of AAC Player of the Year, Ivanna Jones.

Carleigh Hemby, MH, Triton  Another second-team All-Record selection last season, Hemby also used her length at the net to cause fits for the opposition. She was second in the AAC in kills and was one of just three players in the conference to top 200 kills, 50 digs and 30 blocks. Hemby helped Triton close the season with five wins in the final eight contests to qualify for the state playoffs.

Blair Baggett, OH, Midway – With her first chance to start coming as a junior last year, Baggett thrived as an all-around player for the talented Lady Raiders. She led the team in aces, scoring five or more aces in eight contests, and was third in both kills and digs. Baggett saved her best outing for archrival Clinton on Oct. 20, notching a career-high 19 kills to go with 11 digs during the straight sets victory. Look for the standout senior to be a veteran leader, both with her play and voice.

Keep an eye on

Lannah Price, MH, South Johnston

Dianna Boykin, OH/MH, South Johnston 

Carlie Love, S, Harnett Central

Chyna Massey, MH, Triton

McKenzie Williams, L, Midway

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