Anderson leads All-County team

Published 6:00 am Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Montevallo High School senior Mallory Anderson, far right, is the Shelby County Reporter Player of the Year in volleyball. (Reporter Photo /Jon Goering)

By WESLEY HALLMAN / Sports Editor

Versatile athletes are consistently labeled “do everything” players in sports.

A new catch phrase is needed to describe Montevallo High School senior Mallory Anderson, who was a “do everything at the same time” type player for the Bulldogs this season.

Anderson’s multiple skill set led to her selection as the Shelby County Reporter Player of the Year.

Anderson was most feared by opponents for her ability to finish off any play near her around the net. The 5-foot-8 outside hitter led Shelby County players in kills per set and racked up a total of 420 kills in 83 sets in 27 matches this season.

In addition to her attacking skills, Anderson displayed an impressive defensive ability with a team-high 447 digs. Anderson dug a ball up to keep it in system and finished off a point with a dramatic kill on several occasions for the Bulldogs.

Those weren’t the only positives Anderson brought to the court. The Bulldogs’ team leader also finished with 57 service aces and added 57 assists during her final season.

Anderson helped Montevallo return to the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 3A Elite Eight for the first time in four years this season. The Bulldogs lost only once, to Class 5A Central-Tuscaloosa, during the regular season. Anderson played a key role in Montevallo’s 11 wins to start the season and a 14-match winning streak leading up to the Elite Eight, where the Bulldogs fell to Danville in the Class 3A quarterfinals.


2011 All-County volleyball team

OH — Mallory Anderson, Montevallo, Sr.

OH — Hannah Kowal, Oak Mountain, Jr.

OH — Samantha Colyer, Chelsea, Sr.

MB —  Logan Nasworthy, Briarwood Christian, Sr.

MB —   Dana Allen, Pelham, Sr.

S —  Kellie Rasmussen, Calera, Sr.

Honorable mention:

BRIARWOOD: Carly Cline, Sr., Adeline Reiser, Jr., and Lizzie Baumbach, Jr.; CALERA: A’Kia Harris, Jr., Elizabeth Rhinehart, Jr. and Caitlin Ryan, Soph.; CHELSEA: Kacie Craft, Sr., Jesse Vohler, Sr., and Holly Marbut, Jr., INDIAN SPRINGS: Lauren Plouff, Sr., Ambria Hardy, Jr. and Yuka Sanui, Jr.; MONTEVALLO: Kathryn Ray, Sr., Maryann Lee, Sr., and Sarah Hyde, Jr.; OAK MOUNTAIN: Abbi Bourque, Sr., Emily Cosgrove, Jr. and Hannah Beach, So.; PELHAM: Sydney Days, Sr., Porsha Tolbert, Sr., and Caitland Smith, Soph.; SHELBY COUNTY: Jasmyn Buie, Jr., Keyanna Gayden, Soph., and Kaitlyn Paschall, Soph.; SPAIN PARK: Michelle Cocke, Sr., Kylie Beaubien, Jr., and Chandler, Soph., THOMPSON: Sonia Acosta, Sr., Jade Douglas, Sr., and Hailey Schatz, Sr.; VINCENT: Courtney Holston, Sr., Jessie Kimbrell, Jr., and Destanie Howard, Fr.; KINGWOOD: Karley Chamblee, Sr., Katie McElroy, Sr., and Casey Whitmer, Jr.; CORNERSTONE: Jaclyn Largin, Sr., Tamera Kirksey, Soph., and Lindsey Sims, Fr.; COOSA VALLEY: Amelia Ripley, Sr., Katelyn Bierley, Jr., and Shelby Hurt, Soph.; HOPE: Teenie Donlin, Sr., Lindy Walker, Jr., and Erin Douglas, Jr.; EVANGEL: Kate Foster, Sr., Elizabeth Ragland, Soph., Kierson McGriff, Soph.