Best players in Dallas County make 2017 All-County team

Published 7:15 pm Friday, December 8, 2017

Six different schools will be represented on the Times-Journal’s 2017 All-County volleyball team this year. Each player was nominated based on their skills and leadership.

Selma High’s Kanesha McGraw, Morgan Academy’s Regan Hewitt, Meadowview Christian’s Alyssa Verhoff, Dallas County’s Keyondra Fletcher, Southside’s Destiny Davis and Keith’s Erica Smiley were named to the All-County team based on their performances and nominations from the coaches.

McGraw, who also made the 2015 All-County team as a freshman, was a key player again for head coach Katasha Turner and the Selma High Saints.  She played middle front for the Saints, but she ended up being an all-around player that the team needed.  McGraw was nominated by multiple coaches in the area. According to Turner, McGraw even filled in as a setter when needed.

“Kanesha is a talented kid. She kind of doesn’t know her own strength nor her own power,” Turner said. “She is a solid leader on the court. She’s one of the go-to players. Even though she plays middle, she’s an all-around middle. She can do it all in every rotation.”

Hewitt, one of Morgan’s three seniors, was a true leader for her team and her spikes brought energy to the game. The team captain finished the season with 157 kills, 39 aces and 412 digs in play. She was selected to the all-tournament team in the region tournament and named to the AISA all-star team for her play this season.

“She’s good at reading the open holes in order to get a point when needed,” Morgan head coach Kayla Thacker said. “The team voted for her to be team captain, and the players know best who helps them.

Alyssa Verhoff represented the Trojans at the front of the net this season. The junior outside hitter was Meadowview’s best player this season, according to head coach Tim Burton. Her strength was in her hitting ability and passion for the game.

“Her strength is probably her love of the game,” Burton said. “She loves it, so she learns and she listens. Other than that, it’d be her hitting ability. She can get up and hit pretty good.”

Keyondra Fletcher had a standout year for the Lady Hornets, according to Dallas County head coach Linda Moore. Fletcher had 23 attacks, 17 aces and 12 assists this season.

“She has been a part of the team for four years, and she’s been a really great asset to the team for the last two years,” Moore said. “She has really been the glue to the team. She does a good job of bringing the team together. She does whatever it takes. She sacrifices her body and does whatever is asked of her to do.”

Destiny Davis represents the Southside Panthers on this year’s All-County team. She was also nominated by multiple coaches for this honor. Davis had 40 aces, 36 kills, 31 blocks, 61 digs and 168 total points for the Panthers this year. She was given the all-tournament trophy for the area tournament as well, according to Southside head coach Samantha Henry.

“She’s a determined player, and she’s also an aggressive player,” Henry said. “She’s definitely a leader, that’s for sure.”

Erica Smiley earned her spot on the All-County team and represents Keith High School. The junior was the best player on the team according to Keith head coach Towanna Flennory

“She was our most dominant player on the team,” Flennory said. “She led the team in kills and she also led the team in blocks.”

Congratulations to all of the Times-Journal’s 2017 All-County volleyball selections.