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Cara Considine Volleyball "Player of the Year"

12/23/2011
Senior Cara Considine was selected by the Savannah Morning News as the "Player of the Year" in Volleyball. She also received this honor last year. Caroline Groover and Caroline Holden were honored as First Team All Area and Elle Darbyshire and Ashton Young were selected Honorable Mention.

CARA CONSIDINE

SCHOOL: Savannah Country Day, senior
 
POSITION: Outside hitter
 
HEIGHT: 5-foot-8
  
AWARDS: Voted 2010 and ’11 Area AA/A Most Valuable Player by the area’s coaches; led the Hornets to an 18-game winning streak to end the season, a 37-7 record and a victory in the Area 2-AA/A tournament; helped SCD advance to the second round of the GHSA AA/A state playoffs and a No. 9 ranking in the final AA/A state rankings; 2010 Savannah Morning News Volleyball Player of the Year; 2010-11 Greater Savannah Athletic Hall of Fame Volleyball Athlete of the Year; Hornets’ MVP in 2010 and ’11; 2011 Volleyball at the Beach MVP; 2011 Ampest Spikefest Tournament MVP; 2010 Dig for a Cure Florida All-Tournament team.
 
THE NUMBERS: 310 kills, 244 digs, 46 aces, 7 assists. Her 310 kills ranks third all-time at Country Day for kills in a season.
 
What they are saying ...
  
CARA ON CARA: “It’s pretty much surreal (to be named player of the year for a second year in a row). I’m so honored because there are so many great players on my team and at Calvary, Savannah Christian and St. Vincent’s. I would never have expected it to happen. It was such a shock because I’ve seen so many great performances out of everyone. It’s something I know I’ll look back on and it will stand out, because I know I’ll come back to Country Day to watch games, and I will know that I received these honors and made a little history at Country Day. Volleyball has been one of my strongest things, and it’s helped me appreciate myself more. It’s helped me to know that if there is something I want to accomplish I have to keep pushing.”
 
SCD COACH BOBBI MOCK: “She has a great work ethic and she loves volleyball. She provided a lot of leadership this season. By being the best on the floor, she challenged the other players to be their best. She wanted to win games, tournaments and championships, and her attitude helped the entire team play to a level that was maybe higher than it normally would have been. That’s why our record was what it was this season. To have Cara duplicate the same effort as last year enabled us to continue with the kind of success we have had and keep the program going. And there was a lot of pressure on her because she was the 2010 player of the year, so she felt like she should dominate the sport. And if she didn’t play up to her expectations, she would get down, but we worked through it. It’s so hard to win something like this two years in a row, and I can’t say enough how proud I am of her and this team.”
 
2011 ALL-GREATER SAVANNAH VOLLEYBALL TEAM
 
CAROLINE HOLDEN, senior, Savannah Country Day 
Setter led the area in assists and recorded more than 200 more assists than anyone else in the area. Recorded 201 digs, 60 aces and 866 assists and was a 2-A/AA All-Area first-team selection.
 
CAROLINE GROOVER, senior, Savannah Country Day
Prolific hitter was a vital part of the Hornet offense. Recorded 229 kills, 246 digs and was a 2-A/AA All-Area first-team selection.
 
HONORABLE MENTION
ELLIE DARBYSHIRE, junior and ASHTON YOUNG, senior