Lady Cougars named to all-state, all-region teams

Published 12:03 pm Friday, December 14, 2012

Named to the all-region team were Kendi Castoro, Emilee Murr, Merrianna Parker and Kelsey Harrell.

Several members of the Grace Christian Academy volleyball team were recently named to all-state and all-region teams with the Georgia Independent Schools Association (GISA).

Junior outside hitter Melissa Mills was named first team All-Region 3-AA, as well as All-State, by the GISA coaches.

She was joined on the all-region first team by three other Lady Cougars — Kendi Castoro, Merrianna Parker and Kelsey Harrell. Another Grace player, Emilee Murr, was named as an honorable mention all-region player.

Melissa Mills was named to the all-state team and the all-region team.

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Mills led the Lady Cougars, who went 12-8 overall, finished second in Region 3-AA and advanced to the second round of the state playoffs, with 207 kills, a 43-percent kill percentage and 113 aces. She also had 123 digs and an 84-percent serve percentage.

Castoro, a libero, led the team in digs with 173, and had 30 aces and a 92-percent serve percentage.

Parker, a sophomore setter, led the Lady Cougars with 332 assists. She also had 88 digs and a team-high 93-percent serve percentage. Despite missing six matches due to injury, freshman outside hitter Harrell had 49 kills, 55 aces, 83 digs and an 86-percent serve percentage.

Freshman middle hitter Murr finished with 49 kills, 109 digs and an 82-percent serve percentage.