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Five VolleyCats Receive Georgia High School Association Distinctions

Five members of Westminster's volleyball team, which finished second in the state after a five-set thriller against Pace, have been honored by the Georgia High School Association for their individual efforts during the 2017 season.

Gabi Dolan '18 was named Most Valuable Area 5-AAA Player for her efforts on the court this season. The outside hitter and four-year varsity starter finished her career by shattering program records. She is first in career hitting attempts (3,266), career kills (1,282), and career kills per game (3.5).  

Joining Dolan on the All-Area 5-AAA Team are fellow senior Lexi Saulny, junior Maggie McSwain, sophomore Claire Zhou, and freshman Mary Emily Morgan.  

Saulny, a three-year starter at libero, finished her career near the top of the record books. She is second in program history for career digs (1,194) and career service aces (195).

McSwain, one of the team’s middle blockers/opposite hitters, was a force at the net, leading the team with 53 blocks and swinging the ball with a .234 hitting percentage.

Defensive specialist Zhou had a stellar season from the service line, climbing atop the program record book for aces per game (.9) and career aces (71).

Morgan, who played outside hitter/setter in her first season, tied Dolan with a hitting percentage .266. For the season, she was also second in kills (197) and third in assists (162). The freshman also broke into the program’s record book top ten and sits eighth for career kills per game (1.99).

In addition to the GHSA honors, Dolan and Saulny were recognized by the Georgia Volleyball Coaches Association as all-state players and were chosen to participate in the prestigious GVCA Senior All-Star Game on Saturday, November 4 at Lovett.

Over the past two years, the VolleyCats—led by seniors Dolan, Saulny, Alix Nail, and Lauren Carpinella—successfully defended the legacy of Westminster volleyball. The four seniors helped the program to an astounding 20-0 area record, a combined 57-31 overall record, the 2016 AAA state championship, and the 2017 state finalist.

All-Area 5-AAA Team Members
Mary Emily Morgan '21
Claire Zhou '20
Maggie McSwain '19
Lexi Saulny '18
Gabi Dolan '18 - Most Valuable Area 5-AAA Player

GVCA Senior All-Star
Gabi Dolan '18
Lexi Saulny '18

GVCA All-State
Gabi Dolan '18
Lexi Saulny '18

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