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County sweeps volleyball player of year honors

Posted: November 9, 2017 9:14 a.m.
Updated: November 10, 2017 1:00 a.m.
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WHITLEY KAHLER ... Camden

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After having either won or tied for their respective conference championships, all three Kershaw County volleyball programs reaped the spoils of another winning season on the court by having their players being voted as the most valuable player in each league by the coaches from each circuit.

Camden senior Whitley Kahler was tabbed as the Region 4-AAA player of the year while Lugoff-Elgin junior Sarah Turner was tabbed as the top player from Region 6-4A with North Central eighth-grader Alayna Johnson being accorded the honor from the seven coaches in Region 4-AA.

Kahler, an outside hitter/defensive specialist, helped lead the Lady Bulldogs to an 8-0 conference record and into the third round of the AAA state playoffs. In addition to her player of the year award, Kahler was named to the South Carolina Coaches Association of Women’s Sports (SCCAWS) AAA All-State squad as well as to the South Carolina North-South All-Star Volleyball Weekend matches at Erskine College in Due West on Nov. 17-18.

Turner, a setter/hitter, was a main cog in the Lady Demons’ winning Region 6-4A with eight wins in as many conference starts. She and senior teammate Natalie Taylor, were also named to the SCCAWS 4A All-State squad.

In her first varsity campaign, Johnson was part of a North Central squad which shared the 4-AA conference crown with Buford --- both with 11-1 records --- only to see Buford win the tie-breaking match to take the top seed from the circuit for the state playoffs. In addition, the Lady Knights’  outside hitter was selected to the SCCAWS AA All-State team.

All-conference selections: A total of 10 other county players --- not including the three aforementioned players of the year --- earned all region honors.

Camden placed senior middle hitter Grace McGugan, senior setter/defensive specialist Catherine Todd and junior setter Abby Irick on the All-Region 4-AAA team.

Lugoff-Elgin placed Taylor, a senior defensive specialist, senior middle/right side hitter Madi Campbell and senior defensive specialist P.A. Wells on the All-Region 6-4A squad.

North Central had four All-Region 4-AA selections in sophomore defensive specialist Peyton Holley, junior hitter McKenna Arrants, sophomore hitter Madison Dixon and sophomore setter Aaliyah White.

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