Player Of The Year

Volleyball

High School Sports

December 15, 2003

Kayani Turner

John Carroll

An intimidating force at the net, the 6-foot-2 senior outside hitter combined power and athleticism to become the metro area's top player.

In the past two seasons, Turner has led the Patriots to the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A and B Conference titles and a 39-1 record.

Smashing ball after ball, she was unstoppable with 27 kills in the A Conference final win over Chapelgate this season. Turner also improved other aspects of her game and developed leadership skills.

"Kayani was more than a player," said John Carroll coach Greg Cullison. "She was like a coach on the court. The other kids listened to her."

She finished with an area-leading 324 kills, an average of 5.6 per game, after delivering a metro-area-leading 264 kills (4.6) as a junior.

Turner, the area's most heavily recruited volleyball player, accepted a scholarship to play at the University of Illinois after 100 schools showed interest in her.

It's amazing she has only been playing the sport for four years. She started playing in her freshman year in order to get in shape for basketball.

By season's end, it was obvious she could be something special on the volleyball court. By her junior year, Turner was clearly on her way to garnering a Division I scholarship.

She put it all together this year, including 23 blocks, 145 service points and 54 aces.

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