By R. Alan Richardson
After the smoke cleared from an ultra-successful volleyball season where Morgan County captured an Area 8-AAA Championship and a Sweet Sixteen bid, it’s now surprise that the top awards came back to the Lady Dogs in a major way.
First-year Coach Olivia Daniell was awarded the 8-AAA Coach-of-the-Year honors and senior Bailey Shultz grabbed the Player-of-the-Year. Shultz was the motor that ran the MOCO offense and defense from her libero position in her final campaign after starting for four years. She said, “It’s pretty crazy. I didn’t expect my coach to tell me about it at our banquet. It’s exciting. My teammates also did very well with their awards and Coach Daniell was Coach-of-the-Year as she should have been.” Her heart on the court was obvious to the other coaches in the region who vote on the end-of-year awards. She will be attending Division II North Greenville University on a volleyball and academic scholarship next year. The Lady Crusaders compete in the Carolina Conference. She will be missed.
Also in the mix for some of the top honors were Brooke Butler who was named to the first team All-Area, Emma Silvey to the second team, and Anna Cox captured honorable mention. The best thing about these girls is that they are all sophomores! The Dogs should be in good shape for the next two years at least with these three returning.