WAXAHACHIE — The Waxahachie High School's season leader in kills just added another mark to her career resume despite recently ending her second year in the varsity ranks.
Twenty-five girls from each of the junior, sophomore and freshman classes throughout the nation were chosen for the CBS Sports Digital affiliate MaxPreps 2016 Underclass All-American Volleyball Teams on Wednesday.
Sophomore Audrey Nalls was one of only five players chosen from the state.
"Being named to their sophomore All-American team is a huge honor," said Sandy Faussett, the Lady Indians' head volleyball coach. "We are talking about the top recruits in the class of 2019, so to be included in that group of elite athletes is an outstanding accomplishment. Audrey has so much talent, but more importantly, she has a great work ethic and doesn’t take anything for granted."
Nalls was selected as the District 10-5A MVP after posting 683 kills (4.6 per set average), 405 digs and 151 blocks during the 2016 season and helping the Lady Indians reach 46-9 overall and 18-0 District 10-5A. Waxahachie also advanced to the Nov. 11 regional semifinals of the UIL 5A playoffs.
She also joined four other players as the school's All-State representatives. The Texas Girls' Coaches Association selected Kendyll Armstrong, Shelby Martin, Kennedy Lemons, Megan Six, Amarie Hester and Madelyn Ward — who had a cumulative 94 percent grade-point average — for spots on the UIL 5A Academic All-State Team and tabbed Nalls as an outside hitter for its Athletic All-State Team.
The Lady Indian outside hitter was the only sophomore from Texas tabbed by MaxPreps and joined Southlake Carroll junior middle blocker Asjia O'Neal, Hebron junior outside hitter Adanna Rollins, Oak Ridge setter Carly Graham and Byron Nelson outside hitter Paige Flickinger on the exclusive list.
Faussett said it's her mentality and approach to the game — more than her physical talent — that makes Nalls the type of talent coaches fall in love with.
"I’m thrilled for the recognition Audrey Nalls has received by MaxPreps," Faussett said. "She is very coachable and constantly works to improve her game. I love coaching Audrey because she is so humble despite what she has already accomplished. She has more than earned this and is very deserving of this recognition."
Marcus S. Marion can be reached at (469) 517-1456. Follow him on Twitter @MarcusMarionWNI.