Several Upward Stars Players Selected to the Herald Journal Volleyball All Area Team. Stars coach Shanna Hughes named Coach of the Year.

Wednesday, January 07, 2015 2:48:44 PM


Tinsley Fain, Sr., Spartanburg Christian Academy: The SCISA 2A Player of the Year, all-region, all-state and North-South all-star setter is a Gardner-Webb commitment and led the state with 154 aces and was second with 1,022 assists.

Coach of the Year

Shanna Hughes, Gaffney: Led the Indians to the Region III-4A title and upper state championship appearance.


First Team

Courtney Williamson, Sr., Chesnee: The Region I-2A Player of the Year, North-South 2A/1A Most Valuable Player and all-state setter/outside hitter recorded 255 kills, 256 assists, 18 kill blocks, 25 digs and 165 serve-receive passes.

Payton Duncan, Sr., Gaffney: The Region III-4A Player of the Year, North-South 4A/3A MVP and all-state outside hitter/defensive specialist recorded 4.9 kills per set, 5.0 digs per set and .333 hitting average.

Marianna Warren, Soph., Gaffney: The All-Region III-4A and all-state outside hitter finished with 106 aces, 3.9 kills per set and 3.3 digs per set.

Thayer Hall, Fr., Dorman: The All-Region II-4A and all-state outside hitter led the region with 478 kills and added 42 kill blocks, 337 digs and 52 aces.

Tatum Metts, Sr., Dorman: The All-Region II-4A, all-state and North-South all-star selection led the team with 473 serve receptions and added 424 digs, 48 aces and 61 assists..

NaScottisha Drummond, Sr., Byrnes: The North-South all-star and All-Region II-4A middle/outside hitter finished with 144 kills, 79 blocks and .205 hitting percentage.

Second Team

Mallory Taylor, Sr., Gaffney: The All-Region III-4A libero recorded 6.5 digs per set.

Aubree Denton, Jr., Landrum: The All-Region I-2A setter recorded 178 assists, 38 aces and 52 digs.

Peyton Thompson, Fr., Spartanburg Christian Academy: The SCISA 2A North-South all-star, all-state and all-region selection recorded 382 kills and 48 blocks.