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Matthews, Fischer Lead Talented Volleyball Group Of Players Being Honored At Seawells Today


Matthews, Fischer Lead Talented Volleyball Group Of Players Being Honored At Seawells Today

By Billy G. Baker


ColumbiaAshley Hall’s Mattison Matthews, a Virginia signee, is the 2018 HSSR Miss Volleyball in South Carolina marking a rare feat indeed to be awarded top statewide honors from a private school with a proud tradition in the sport of the volleyball.

In her five- year career Matthews recorded 1,792 kills and 556 blocked shots in the 517 sets she played in. Matthews led her team to the 2018 SCISA AAA state championship over Porter-Gaud when she had 23 kills and eight blocked shots in the finals.

After the championship game she told David Shelton of the HSSR, “We were so focused all year, but we really brought it tonight,” she said. “It feels great to beat Porter-Gaud for the championship, but it didn’t really matter who was on the other side of the net. We just wanted to win this championship.”

Veteran Ashley Hall head coach Franny Slay is the HSSR-SCISA AAA Volleyball Coach of the Year. After the championship she said, “This means so much because we’ve been in it so many times and we were never able to close the deal,” said Coach Slay who has more than 750 career wins. Tonight, we did. I am so proud of this team. This is very rewarding because this team deserved a championship.”

From the SCHSL ranks 6-5 Nation Ford super junior Sophie Fischer is already committed to North Carolina and without a doubt she is a leading candidate for HSSR-Miss Volleyball next season. Fischer, the 2018 HSSR AAAAA player of the Year, led her team to a dominating win over traditional power Wando in the finals at White Knoll in November. 

Against the Warriors Fischer had 17 kills and five blocked shots. “I played well today but I think I can better,” she said standing in line to get her medal after the title. “It feels unreal to finally win a state championship and it still has not settled in. This has been a goal of mine for a long time. I chose North Carolina because I like the coaches and it just feels like the right place for me.”

In three seasons at Nation Ford Fischer has 1,361 kills, 209 blocks, and 116 aces with one season to go in her prep career.

Other players to be honored in volleyball at Seawell’s today include Co-AAAA Players of the Year from North Myrtle Beach Sydney Bellamy and Kayla Henley along with AAA player of the Year Savannah Roberts of Powdersville. The AA Player of the year is Kyra Thompson of St. Joseph’s and the Class A Player of the year is Nyla Parker of the Governor’s School in Hartsville.

HSSR-SCHSL 2018 Volleyball Coaches of the Year include Carrie Christian of Nation Ford in AAAAA, Alex Sing of North Myrtle Beach in AAAA, Brooke Passini of Powdersville in AAA, Jan Carino of St. Joseph’s in AA and Hugh O’Connor of the Governor’s School is the Class A Coach of the Year.

From the SCISA ranks Samantha Arp is the AA Player of the Year while Jacquelyn Adams of Cathedral is the Class A Player of the Year. The SCISA AA Coach of the Year is Andrew Garland of Spartanburg Christian and the Class A Coach of the Year is Madison Carter of Cathedral.

© 2017 High School Sports Report

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