Spain Park’s Rothman named county’s Female Athlete of the Year

Published 6:51 am Tuesday, June 21, 2022

By ALEC ETHEREDGE | Managing Editor 

Trailblazing her way to the state championship during the 2021 volleyball season, Spain Park’s Audrey Rothman left a path of history in her wake.

The star player for the Jags this past season, she not only led the team to its first state championship in school history, but she went on to become the county’s best player and the school’s first-ever Gatorade Player of the Year winner in volleyball.

During the remarkable run, Rothman totaled 709 kills, one of the best marks in the country, 247 digs, 71 blocks and 67 aces.

That impressive stat line earned her the county’s Player of the Year, a spot on the All-County Team, the state’s Player of the Year, a First Team Under Armour All-American nod and a spot on the MaxPreps All-American First Team.

Now, she has earned the top honor in Shelby County as this year’s Shelby County Reporter Female Athlete of the Year winner.

Perhaps the most dominant player in any sport this season across the county, Rothman was determined to lead her team to the Class 7A State Championship this past season, and while earning the individual accolades has been special, it’s that accomplishment that sticks out.

It’s also her will to do so that made her this year’s top female athlete.

After losing to rival Hoover 3-0 a year earlier in the state championship, Rothman told head coach Kellye Bowen the team would be back in 2021, and she would make sure they won it.

The Jaguars tore through their redemption path, finishing the season 46-4 overall, beating Hoover in the regional tournament to earn a trip back to the Elite Eight and then sweeping Enterprise, Sparkman and McGill-Toolen en route to claiming their first state championship.

Just as she promised, she led the Jags to that exact moment, and the ending couldn’t have been written any better.

On match point, she got a perfect set from a teammate, leapt in the air and powered a ball right into the teeth of the McGill-Toolen Yellow Jackets that became the final kill of the Jaguars’ state championship season.

It was also the final kill of Rothman’s stellar career as one of the best volleyball players to come through Shelby County.

The now Florida State Seminole ended her career as the school’s all-time leader in kills and digs. She finished her playing days at Spain Park with 1,858 kills and 1,344 digs.

Her final season bested a junior season that saw her post 512 kills, 244 assists, 172 digs, 64 aces and 46 blocks.

Now, she’ll look to carry her confidence to the collegiate level with the Seminoles.