Finishing second in the conference in digs and fifth in kills, Carroll County senior Aubree Marshall has been named the Conference 24 Volleyball Player of the Year.
Marshall, a senior outside hitter, is joined on the All-Conference 24 squad by three teammates, seniors Morgan Tompkins, Torilyn Reavis and Bristal Upchurch. Marshall led Carroll Carroll in digs with 318, a number that was the second-highest total in the entire conference. Her 165 kills were fifth-best in the conference. She also showed her versatility with a 93 percent service percentage, making just 20 serve errors in 305 attempts, and 29 aces.
Marshall helped Carroll County finish the season with a 14-11 record, including a Conference 24 Quarterfinal victory over William Fleming. She also was Carroll’s lone selection to the 4-A West All-Region volleyball team.
“I thought Aubree had a really good year. With Aubree playing all the way around, we felt like that was the biggest difference,” Carroll County head coach Cindy Edwards said about Marshall’s selection as player of the year. “Her versatility was a big part of it. She is an outside hitter and she brought energy to the team with how hard she played. She played hard all the time and never took a point off.”
Marshall was joined on the All-Conference 24 first team by teammate Morgan Tompkins. A senior middle hitter, Tompkins put up similar production to Marshall in 2015 and also ranked high among those in consideration for conference player of the year. A four-year varsity starter, Tompkins finished third in the conference in kills with 181.
Tompkins was also one of Carroll County’s top servers, making just 32 serve errors in 318 attempts for a 90 percent service rate. She finished second in the conference with 50 aces and seventh in blocks with 26. She also added 68 digs. Edwards said Tompkins is planning on continuing her volleyball career in college as she is currently in the process of visiting several schools.
“She and Aubree both brought tremendous leadership and energy. Mo always played hard and always played with emotion,” Edwards said. “Both of them are just really good players and really good kids.”
A senior setter, Reavis earned second-team all-conference honors after leading the conference in assists with 420. She also had Carroll’s highest service percentage at 97 percent, making just eight serve errors in 303 attempts. Reavis also had 32 aces and 123 digs.
“Torilyn was so consistent. The kid was just so steady from her leadership and experience of being on the varsity and playing the year before,” Edwards said.
A senior outside hitter, Upchurch also proved to be a very versatile player. She finished second on the team and fourth in the conference in digs with 270. She was also second on the team and fourth in the conference in aces with 39. Upchurch also threw down 115 kills and served at a 90 percent clip (32 serve errors in 316 attempts).
“I thought Bristal was our most improved player. She had a good summer and really improved throughout the season,” Edwards said. “I thought she struggled a bit passing at the beginning of the season. We just left her and at the end she was one of our most consistent passers. She was also a consistent server. I felt like we scored more points when Bristal was back there with her serve. All of these girls played club ball and a put a lot of time and dedication into it.”
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