Carlyle Nusbaum of St. Thomas Aquinas High School capped off a decorated senior season by recently being named the 2014-15 Gatorade Kansas Volleyball Player of the Year.
She is the first member of the Saints to win the award, which came after Nusbaum led the Saints to a Kansas Class 5A state championship and was named the Class 5A player of the year by the Kansas Volleyball Association.
A 5-foot-9 outside hitter, Nusbaum registered 390 kills, 262 digs, 59 blocks and 27 service aces with a .474 kill percentage. She balanced her athletic achievements with a 3.09 grade-point average in the classroom. She also volunteers with the Salvation Army as a peer tutor and is a Eucharistic minister in her church.
“It is hard to capture in words how dynamic Carlyle Nusbaum is and what a game-changer she can be for us,” St. Thomas Aquinas coach Kim Bogart said in a statement. “Her dynamic play at the net changes the tempo of the game. She has an unmatched sense of the game from both an offensive and defensive perspective. In the big matches of the year, her defense in the back row has been just as impressive as some of her powerful attacks. She thrives on the big match and pressure.”
Nusbaum signed to play volleyball with Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn..
Fitzmorris honored as All-American
St. James Academy senior Audriana Fitzmorris was recently named to the CBS MaxPreps Volleyball All-American first team.
She finished the season with 688 kills, 219 digs, 67 solo blocks, 36 aces and a .455 hitting percentage for the Thunder, which finished second at the Kansas Class 5A state tournament behind St. Thomas Aquinas.
According to St. James Academy coach Nancy Dorsey, Fitzmorris is fielding a number of Division I offers, including Stanford, Penn State, Notre Dame, Duke and Wisconsin.
Gray invited to elite tryouts
Gardner Edgerton High School senior Marissa Gray is already on the national radar, though she only recently picked up the sport of skeleton racing — which is a based on the concept of bobsled racing.
Gray, a volleyball player, discus thrower and Division I recruit in rowing, started her skeleton racing journey this past year when she participated in tryouts with the United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation’s Developmental Team in Lake Placid, New York.
She will return to Lake Placid this spring and conclude training with the U.S. National Championships scheduled for March 16-20.
“Marissa has a unique raw ability that has propelled her into this program and may have a bid to represent her country, her family and her community in international competition,” U.S. Developmental Coach Don Hass Jr. said.
Gray signed in the fall to row for the University of Kansas.
Brooks is SEC Player of the Week
Olathe Northwest High School graduate and Arkansas sophomore Kelsey Brooks earned Southeastern Conference Player of the Week honors twice during December.
Most recently, Brooks was named basketball player of the week on Dec. 15, following back-to-back 19-point games against Missouri State and Tulsa. Through 14 games, she led the Razorbacks with 16.5 points per game and 27 steals. She is shooting a team-best 39.7 percent from beyond the three-point line, as well.
As of Jan. 6, Brooks’ scoring average was also the best in the SEC and she ranked third in minutes played.
Eldridge named NSCAA All-American
Blue Valley Southwest High School graduate Emily Eldridge earned National Soccer Coaches Athletic Association All-American honors after being named MIAA Defender of the Year.
She played 21 games for Central Missouri, which yielded just 16 goals for a 0.6 average per game.