Rock Hill Bearcats' Bragg, Elder earn All-Area volleyball honors

bmccormick@heraldonline.comDecember 25, 2013 

Rock Hill Bearcats coach Cindy Elder, left, is the Herald’s All-Area Coach of the Year. Rock Hill senior setter Christen Bragg is the All-Area Player of the Year.


Christen Bragg has been an extension of her coach, Cindy Elder, on the volleyball court for the Rock Hill Bearcats the past few years. So maybe Bragg, an All-State selection and North-South all-star, should have been considered for All-Area Coach of the Year too?

No, Elder has that wrapped up after leading the Bearcats deep into the postseason yet again, this time to the third round before a strong Dorman team ended the Rock Hill run.

Bragg was the catalyst for the Bearcats all season long, setting up the team’s big hitters at the net, Sutton Alexander and rising star Emily Russell, to the detriment of opposing teams.

Bragg will play volleyball in college next season, and is likely on her way to following in Elder’s footsteps. But who will be the Bearcats’ coach on the floor next season?

2013 All-Area team

Player of the Year: Christen Bragg, Rock Hill: Senior setter racked up 855 assists, 57 serving aces, 219 digs, 79 kills and served at a 92 percent clip. Bragg will play for Coker College next season after making All-State the past two seasons and playing in the North-South game this fall.

Coach of the Year: Cindy Elder, Rock Hill: Elder led her Bearcats to another Region 3-AAAA championship and a berth in the third round of the playoffs.

Sutton Alexander, Rock Hill: Senior middle blocker was named All-State while registering 254 kills, a 0.284 hitting percentage, and 77 blocks. Alexander will play at Wofford College.

Emily Russell, Rock Hill: Tenth grade middle blocker with a lot of potential finished the season with 258 kills, a 0.276 hitting percentage, 76 blocks and a 92 percent serving clip.

Jessica Kemp, Nation Ford: Six-foot-3 sophomore middle blocker showed real potential, finishing the season with 351 kills and a 0.250 hitting percentage. Kemp, the Falcons’ Offensive Player of the Year, also had 98 blocks.

Amy Snyder, Nation Ford: Senior setter earned All-Region 3-AAAA for the third consecutive year after providing 834 assists and 183 digs for the Falcons. She also had 46 kills and 30 aces.

Briley Prince, Nation Ford: Senior libero was Nation Ford’s Defensive Player of the Year thanks to 415 digs. Prince was also an All-Region selection.

Gabby Syemore, Fort Mill: Senior was a standout libero for the Yellow Jackets, producing 387 digs and hitting 95 percent of her serves in play.

Liza Walker, Fort Mill: Tall senior outside hitter finished the season with 222 kills, 172 digs and a 0.253 attacking percentage.

Peyton Carter, Fort Mill: Sophomore outside hitter opposite Walker had 165 kills, 156 digs and 97 percent serving accuracy.

Emily Oliver, Westminster Catawba Christian: Senior middle hitter had an excellent 0.515 attacking percentage, and also hit 94.9 percent of her serves into play. Oliver was a N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association (NCISAA) All-State selection for the state champion Warriors.

Hunter Moxley, Westminster Catawba Christian: Senior setter also earned All-State honors from NCISAA. Moxley finished the season with a 0.553 hitting percentage, and provided 499 assists to teammates, in addition to 156 digs.

Julia Scott, Westminster Catawba Christian: Junior libero led the team with 468 defensive digs and also hit 96.7 percent of her serves in play.

Monica Mullis, South Pointe: Senior outside hitter had 214 kills and 201 digs this season.

Megan Rector, South Pointe: Junior setter provided 454 assists and 111 digs to the Stallions’ cause.

Lauren Davis, Northwestern: Senior libero finshed this season with 212 digs and 94 percent serving accuracy for the Trojans. Davis also made three all-tournament teams.

Madison Martin, Northwestern: Senior outside hitter had 136 kills, a .314 hitting average and 96 percent serving accuracy.

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