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KC volleyball players pile up post-season honors
NC's Pate gets AA hat trick
NORTH CENTRALS MADELINE PATE was selected as the Region 4-AA player of the year, was also a AA All-State choice and will represent the Lady Knights in the North-South All-Star Volleyball Matches next weekend at Erskine College. - photo by C-I photo by Tom Didato

Led by five from North Central’s AA Upper State runner-up squad, 10 Kershaw County volleyball players earned post-season honors for their performance on the court this past season.

The most decorated of the group is North Central’s Madeline Pate. The senior outside hitter was tabbed as the Region 4-AA player of the year, as selected by the circuit’s seven coaches, after having helped the Lady Knights to the conference crown with a 12-0 record. Pate also earned AA All-State honors for the second time in as many years while also having been selected to represent Andy Johnson’s program at the North-South All-Star Volleyball Matches to be played Nov. 20-22 on the Erskine College campus in Due West.

Pate was joined by senior teammates Erin Humphries, an outside hitter, and Ambi Wood, a middle hitter, on the AA All-State Team. All three Lady Knights are repeat selections to the elite squad from a year ago. The three will be honored as part of the ceremonies at the North-South All-Star Volleyball Matches.

The NC senior trio was joined by Lady Knight sophomores Logan Coates, a setter, and defensive specialist Kelsie Gardner on the All-Region 4-AA squad.

Camden, the Region 4-AAA champion, had three seniors earn honors following the completion of the 2014 campaign.

Senior setter Maddison Flowers not only earned All-Region 4-AAA honors, but was also selected to represent the Lady Bulldogs in the North-South All-Star Volleyball Matches to be played Nov. 20-22 on the Erskine College campus in Due West.

CHS senior Libero Morgan Wilson was voted onto the AAA All-State Team by coaches throughout the Palmetto State and will be honored as part of the ceremonies at the North-South All-Star Volleyball Matches.

Both Flowers and Wilson were named to the All-Region 4-AAA squad, as selected by the league’s six head coaches, along with senior teammate and front row player Michaela Taylor.

"I’m proud of our whole team, but I am especially proud of these three girls for their honors," said CHS head coach Paige Wilson. "All three of these girls worked very hard and are very deserving of their honors. All were leaders for us both on and off the court."

Lugoff-Elgin, the Region 4-4A champion, had a pair of girls selected to the all conference squad in senior outside hitter Sarah Cashion and senior defensive specialist Kensley Jordan. The pair served as two of the team’s captains this past season.

L-E head coach Jessica Mullins said both players have been vital cogs for a program which has won back-to-back conference crowns in 2013 and 2014.

"Sarah has been a very versatile player for us the last four years. She plays and does great wherever we need her," Mullins said of Cashion. "Her freshman and sophomore year, she was a middle hitter. In her junior year, she was a setter and played right side hitter, and senior year she was middle hitter and setter."

Mullins also had high praise for Jordan. "Kensley has been a key player in our defensive game the last two seasons," she said. "As the Libero both seasons, she was not only a leader on the court but also a key player during the game."



Calling all volleyball players:

There will be an informational meeting for parents, whose daughters are interested in playing for the Kershaw County Juniors Club Volleyball program, on Sunday, Nov. 16 at 3:30 p.m. inside the Camden High School Performing Arts Center.

The program is open to all girls from the third grade through high school seniors. Players of all levels, from beginner to advanced, are invited to join a team.

Coached by CHS head coach Paige Wilson, L-E head coach Jessica Mullins and CHS assistant coach Abby Spitzer, players will learn volleyball skills in practices while competing in tournaments.

For more information on the program, contact Wilson at or, Mullins at