Are You Kidding Me? Five Members of the A5 Family Named Frosh 59May 11, 2018 -
Are You Kidding Me? Five Members of the A5 Family Named Frosh 59
Prepvolleyball.com publishes the Frosh 59 each year - a list of the top 59 freshmen in the country based upon their contribution to their varsity team as freshmen. Though this list is meant to recognize performance in High School, of course we are proud when members of our Club are named to the prestigious group. Following are those from our organization so honored, along with their citation from Prep:
Jacque Boney (A5 15 Boba), 6-3 MB, Marist School (Atlanta, Georgia) - Boney had 19 kills as the nationally-ranked War Eagles capped a 40-3 season with a sweep of three-time defending champion Blessed Trinity for their first Georgia AAAA title since 2014. Boney, an All-Area and All-State choice as well as the team's Offensive Player of the Year, finished with a team-high 444 kills (4.4 per set) while hitting .482. Her defense at the net - Boney finished with 83 total blocks - was almost as impressive as her hitting by year's end, but it was her offense that wowed everyone. "Jacque was a literal beast in the front row, especially during the Marist state championship run," noted assistant coach Karen Arndt. "She wanted the ball to attack and tirelessly ran a variety of offensive plays out of the middle to challenge even the best defenses. Her strong attack, solid contact, body control, and quickness on the court proved to make a difference for the team."
Emery Dupes (A5 15 Boba), 5-4 Libero, Walton (Marietta, Georgia) - Facing one of the most difficult schedules the school has ever played, Dupes led the national champions in aces, with 47, and digs, with 302. She held down the back row, passing a 2.27, and earned her way to be named the team Rookie of the Year and to the AAAAAAA All-Area Team. Coach Suzanne Fitzgerald said, "She is one of the best young defensive players I have ever coached. She is fearless and has such a strong mindset when it comes to defense. Besides the energy she brought to the matches, she allowed us to run more competitive practice sessions because she came to the gym every single day ready to work and outwork anyone else."
Kalissa Greene (A5 15 Boba), 5-11 S, Pace Academy (Atlanta, Georgia) - Greene led the Knights to their first Georgia AAA title in 2017. The All-State pick amassed 850 assists and 93 aces, both team highs, and added 159 digs and 83 kills over 102 sets for a 29-win team. "We won the Georgia AAA State Championship for the first time ever at Pace Academy and she was the main reason behind our success," said coach Anna Bush. "She is a fierce competitor and a selfless team player. Her instincts and feel for the game are incredible for a girl her age. I've never coached anyone as mature and calm under pressure."
Ngozi Iloh (A5 South 15 Joe), 6-1 MB, McIntosh (Peachtree City, Georgia) - Iloh dominated the net as a freshman for the Georgia AAAAA champions. She finished with 252 kills and had well over 100 blocks for the nationally-ranked Chiefs. Considered a top five national recruit at this stage of her career, Iloh is a superior athlete with strong volleyball skills and a team-oriented leader. They sky's the limit for Iloh, who was a First Team All-Region and All-State pick in her first season.
Erykah Lovett (A5 South 15 Joe) 5-9 OH, McIntosh (Peachtree City, Georgia) - Lovett had 24 kills, several in the pressure-packed fifth set, as the Chiefs held off two-time defending champion Buford in the Georgia AAAAA title tilt this past fall. The First Team All-Region and First Team All-State pick led her nationally-ranked team in kills for the season, with 316 in 90 sets, and was a key cog in serve-receive. "Erykah is that intense and dynamic player every coach wants on her team," said Wendy Mabon. "She works hard for every ball, every point. Her power combined with finesse makes her a true offensive threat. She plays with a maturity and volleyball I.Q. far above her age. We made it to the State Finals last season and lost. The difference this season was our freshmen."
Highest Honorable Mention
Mariah Haislip (A5 15 Boba), 5-11 MB, Roswell (Georgia) - Haislip was a First Team All-Area pick in 2017 for the 24-14 Hornets. She was among the state's kill leaders among freshmen, with 330 over 103 sets, and also added 46 aces and 34 blocks.
Makaila Haislip (A5 15 JJ), 5-10 OH, Roswell (Georgia) - Haislip recorded 270 kills and 119 digs for the 24-14 Hornets in 2017.
Izzy Hall, 5-8 S, Centennial (Roswell, Georgia) - Hall amassed 822 assists, 243 digs and 50 aces for the Knights in 2017.
Bella Tolone (A5 15 Boba). 5-8 OH, Lambert (Suwanee, Georgia) - A killer server, shot-maker and ball control wizard, Tolone was named Freshman of the Year and a Second Team All-Area selection, finished 2nd in Georgia's 7A division in aces (90) and hit .288 with 242 kills. According to Coach Missey Hall, she has one of the most deadly serves in all of 7A and made a huge impact as a threat both offensively and defensively." Tolone's efforts helped lead the Longhorns to a 29-11 record and a spot in the Georgia 7A Elite Eight.
Annette Baker (A5 South 15 Joe), 5-8 OH, Whitewater (Fayetteville, Georgia) - A player on her way to becoming a powerhouse hitter, Baker was named the Whitewater Freshman of the Year and received Fayette All-County 2nd Team accolades. She totaled 178 kills, 107 digs, 43 aces and 18 blocks on the season, helping her team go 33-12 and finish tied for fifth in the state in 5A. "Her positive attitude and perfectionist work ethic made her a natural leader on this team," exclaimed coach Sandi Stein. "She was our 'go to' hitter alongside senior Emily Sweatman who was the Area MVP."
Bella Murray (GA5 15 Arieon), 6-2 S/MB, Norcross (Georgia) - Honorable Mention All-County for 2017, Murray powered the Blue Devils' attack with 320 assists, 103 kills and 120 digs.
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