Fort Mill Sports

3 volleyball players named to All-American team


Three volleyball players were recently named to the Under Armor All-American team.

Nation Ford’s Jessica Kemp and Fort Mill’s Tessa Grubbs and Payton Carter were all selected to the All-American program. Kemp was named as third team All-American, which puts her in the top 72 seniors in the country. She is the highest ranking player out of South Carolina for 2015 selected to the team.

“It is well deserved,” said Nation Ford head coach Carrie Christian. “She is an all-around player. We are really proud of her.”

Both Carter and Grubbs were named as honorable mentions, putting them in the top 150 seniors in the country.

“I am thrilled for Tessa and Payton to get this tremendous honor,” said Fort Mill head coach Gina Farley.

“Payton is a very smart, skilled player in every aspect of the sport and has brought stability to the team time and time again. Having only played volleyball for four years, Tessa has developed into a top player in an incredibly short amount of time. She was a defensive player’s worst nightmare, hitting over blocks and coming up with huge attacks sent straight to the floor. They have left their mark on Fort Mill volleyball. Their strong leadership and work ethic pushed those around them.”

All three players were selected from a region consisting of North and South Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia.

Kemp has verbally committed to play college volleyball for NC State University next year.

Carter will play at Liberty University and Grubbs will play for the University of Tennessee next year. Both Grubbs and Carter will sign their letters of intent this week.

Mac Banks:, @MacBanksFM