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.”


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