Volleyball Player of the Year: Sheets soars for Seahawks

By normal standards, the 2012 season should have been a disappointment for Myrtle Beach High volleyball standout Shelby Sheets.

After all, the Lady Seahawks reached the Class 3-A state championship match in her sophomore season. But with the loss of six seniors and junior transfer/reigning region player of the year Meagan Milligan, Sheets was left behind to lead a team of newcomers in one of the toughest regions in the state.

“We lost a lot of seniors and we had a lot of young players come in and work hard,” said Sheets, who was voted the Mammy’s Kitchen Volleyball Player of the Year. “We really progressed a lot last season and this year we’re going to get even better.”

That’s not just tall talk from the senior-to-be outside hitter. Her comments came via telephone from Orlando, where her Grand Strand Juniors club team is competing in the Disney Club Volleyball Championships for the fourth straight year. The growth of the program means more help is on the way for the Lady Seahawks.

“I wouldn’t be where I am without Grand Strand (Juniors) and all the coaches,” said Sheets, who practices four times a week during the “offseason” from high school, and she and her clubmates travel to about 10 tournaments a year to compete against the best. “It’s been a big help for me and volleyball in the area.”

Sheets hopes the hard work not only pays off in a strong senior season, but also the chance to play volleyball beyond high school. She is currently playing in front of college scouts in hopes of making a good impression, which she obviously did with voters by carrying a young team on her back.

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