Three Baylor Volleyball Players Recognized By Prepvolleyball.com

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Last fall, sophomore Haven Bethune and freshmen Gabby Gray and Lilly Turner helped lead the Baylor volleyball team to a fifth-straight state tournament appearance and a runner-up finish. 

Since then, they’ve been busy collecting postseason honors.

Most recently, the three were selected among best of their class in the nation by prepvolleyball.com. 

Gray was named to the website’s Frosh 59 first team—a list of the 59 most outstanding varsity-playing volleyball freshmen in the country for the 2013 fall season—and Turner was selected as a special honorable mention.  Bethune was named to the website’s Soph 79 first team which recognizes the 79 most outstanding sophomores in the country. 

“These accolades are very well deserved,” said Baylor volleyball coach, Sarah Lail. “I couldn’t be more proud of what these three have accomplished both on and off the court.”

Turner, a 5’6” libero, who led the Lady Red Raiders (41-8) with an impressive 641 digs, was also named to the Division II/AA All-Region team, and was named the team’s Defensive Player of the Year. 

Gray, a 6’0” outside hitter, registered 660 kills—the 9th best single season total in TSSAA history—to lead her team, which went undefeated in region play. She also

led the team in hitting percentage (.356) and kill percentage (45%), adding 48 blocks, 358 digs, and 82 aces.

Like Turner, she was an all-region selection. Additionally, Gray was named to the all-state team, and was one of 21 players nationwide named to the MaxPreps 2013 Freshman All-America team.  Along with being selected as an All-State player and Times Free Press second team best of preps. 

Bethune, a 5’10” setter, tallied 1,504 assists during the 2013 season, which is the most assists in a single season in TSSAA history.  Haven also contributed 30 blocks, 86 kills, 107 aces, and 359 digs.  She joins Gray as an All-State player and Times Free Press Best of Preps second team.

The girls are well respected by their teammates for their dedication both on and off the court, according to Lail, who said that they all excelled in the classroom also this year.

“It is very exciting for our program, that the girls are getting this kind of recognition.” Lail added. “It is a testament to the hard work they put in every day.”


RHP Julio Teheran Picked As Opening Day Starting Pitcher For Braves

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has been among the many who have long assumed Julio Teheran will make his second consecutive Opening Day start for Atlanta this year. But Gonzalez did not make it official until he shared a brief casual exchange with his young right-hander after Friday's rain-shortened win over the Red Sox. Teheran responded with a smile ... (click for more)

Mocs Softball Shutout Bucs, 11-0

Johnson City, Tenn. – The Chattanooga Mocs (21-8, 4-0) softball team picked up its fourth consecutive SoCon win and 21st season victory with an 11-0 triumph over ETSU Saturday afternoon in Betty Basler Field. The offensive outburst was backed by an electric pitching performance by senior Taylor Deason (9-3).  Chattanooga exploded for 11 runs over six innings to down the ... (click for more)

Hard Freeze Predicted In The Area For Saturday Night

Temperatures are expected to drop Saturday night to 28 degrees or less. Here is the latest report from the National Weather Service:  HARD FREEZE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT EDT /11 PM CDT/ TONIGHT TO 11 AM EDT /10 AM CDT/ SUNDAY... * EVENT... A HARD FREEZE EXPECTED WITH LOWS FROM THE TEENS NORTH TO THE UPPER 20S SOUTH LATE TONIGHT AND SUNDAY MORNING. ... (click for more)

Man Charged In Shooting On Sixth Avenue Had Been Shot Himself Last Week; Police Say Incident "Part Of Gang War"

A man charged with attempted first-degree murder on Sixth Avenue Court on Thursday afternoon was shot himself earlier this month. O'Shae Kadaris Smith, 20, of 2114 E. 12th St., is also charged with reckless endangerment, aggravated assault and possessing a firearm during the commission of a crime. He was one of two people shot on Rawlings Street on March 16. Kendre Allen, ... (click for more)

Finley Stadium Needs To Grow Up - And Response

RE:  Finley Stadium Financial Picture Rosy; Beer And Alcohol Sales Approved; AstroTurf Almost Ready and City, County Pitching In $250,000 Each For New Finley Stadium AstroTurf I read a story here five days ago about a rosy future for Finley stadium. It lead me to believe that the stadium was making money and even improvements with donations.  Then we get a short ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Mom’s Parting Instructions

My mother, Helen Exum, went to be with the Lord in late August of last year and, in the way folks do, I was going through some of her files last week when I ran across an envelope with my name on it. Inside was a story and written in her hand were the words, “This is a wonderful story for you to tell!” Not being one to disobey my mother and not about to waylay the wishes of the ... (click for more)