Team Red Wins Inaugural Under Armour All-America Volleyball Match
OMAHA, Neb. - The inaugural Under Armour All-America High School Volleyball Match & Skills Competition, presented in partnership with Under Armour and the American Volleyball Coaches Association, took place Sunday at Qwest Arena in Omaha, Neb. The event showcased the talents of the 24 high school seniors from 17 states who comprised the 2008 Under Armour First-Team High School All-America.
The All-Americans were split into two 12-player teams, as Team Red posted a 25-21, 15-25, 25-20 win over Team Black. Team Red's Hannah Werth (Chatham, Ill.), a University of Nebraska recruit, tallied five kills and eight digs and was named the most valuable player of the match. Christiana Gray (Indianapolis, Ind.), who will play her college volleyball at Duke University, added seven kills and a .500 hitting percentage for the winning side, and Lauren Cook (Lincoln, Neb.), going to UCLA, posted 20 assists. Sha'Dare McNeal (Fallbrook, Calif.), who will play for The University of Texas next fall, had six kills to lead Team Black, while Casey Garvey (Louisville, Ky.), who will play at Samford University, tallied 13 assists.
In addition to the three-set match, the All-Americans, many of whom have signed to play volleyball for some of the nation's finest collegiate teams next fall, also participated in a series of skills competitions in serving, hitting, setting, passing and digging. The match and skills challenges were held as part of the 2008 AVCA Annual Convention.
The inaugural Under Armour All-America High School Volleyball Match & Skills Competition will debut on ESPNU at 7:30 p.m. (ET) Dec. 30 and will be rebroadcast Jan. 10 and Jan. 13.
Under Armour Skills Competition Winners
Best Server - Sha'Dare McNeal (Fallbrook, Calif.)
Best Passer - Darcy Dorton (Muncie, Ind.)
Best Setter - Elly Barrett (Englewood, Colo.)
Best Digger - Caitlyn Donahue (Overland Park, Kan.)
Hardest Hitter - Kristin Carpenter (Mechanicsville, Va.)
Hit vs. Dig Winner - Christiana Gray (Indianapolis, Ind.)