Bishop Kelley senior wins Gatorade state volleyball award
BY Staff Reports
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
12/12/12 at 6:24 PM
Bishop Kelley senior Claire Kelley has been named Gatorade Oklahoma High School Volleyball Player of the Year in collaboration with USA Today High School Sports.
A four-year starter, the 5-foot-8 senior setter led the Comets to a 32-4 record and a sixth consecutive state title this past season. She recorded 947 assists, 168 kills, 908 blocks and 47 service aces.
“That’s awesome, and very deserving,” coach Jerri Berna said. “She’s a great leader and just a great example of a fine human being all the way around. We don’t have very many kids who come through here and start for four years and play on four state championship teams.”
Kelley also has been part of three Comet state championship teams in soccer, with a chance to win a fourth in the spring.
She is the sixth Comet recipient of the Gatorade award in volleyball, joining Inky Ajanaku from last season, Katie Pickup (2000), Nichol Amberg (2001), Sarah Blum (2003) and Amy Lewis (2009).
Kelley had 40 assists in a win over Edmond Memorial in the Class 6A championship match and was named Most Valuable Player of the state tournament.
A 2012-13 American Volleyball Coaches Association Under Armour Honorable Mention selection, she has signed to play college soccer at the University of Arkansas. She carries a 3.98 grade-point average.
Bishop Kelley's Claire Kelley (12) hits the ball during the OSSAA 6A State Volleyball Championship between Bishop Kelley and Edmond Memorial at Westmoore High School in Moore back in October. GARETT FISBECK/NewsOK.com