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Millsap’s Cassandra Collins was one of three Lady Bulldogs who brought home all-district honors in 2019.

A trio of Millsap Lady Bulldog volleyball players were rewarded for their play in 2019, with the group notching a first-team selection as well as a pair of honorable mentions.

Senior Cassandra Collins, who finished the season with 113 total blocks, 395 digs, 723 assists and 77 kills, took home Millsap’s lone first-team selections, an honor which reflects the upperclassman’s perseverance and commitment to the game, Head Coach Courtney Hammett said.

“Cass has been faced with a lot of adversity in her three years on varsity, but she has never let up or quit,” Hammett said.

“She has persevered through everything life has thrown at her and she definitely deserves this honor. I am so proud of her and wish her the best in college.”

Bringing home honorable mentions for the Lady Bulldogs were juniors Taylor Cotton and Kennedy Burkhall.

Cotton put up 148 kills, 28 aces, 242 digs and 118 service receptions, while Burkhall tallied 173 total blocks and 78 kills.

Hammett said she has seen immense growth from the pair of juniors over the years, adding that both display a great work ethic and fight.

“I have been Taylor and Kennedy’s coach since they were in seventh grade, and I have been blessed to be able to watch them grow into amazing young women, students and athletes,” Hammett said.

“They are leaders, fighters, and always give their best every single day. Their work ethic, focus and teamwork have gotten them this far and I am beyond proud of them.”

The Lady Bulldogs also saw a number of their players earn academic all-district honors, including Collins, Burkhall, sophomores Stormie Ingersoll and Hannah Lowry as well as freshman Baylee Chriestenson.

Hammett praised the hard work of all her team’s all-district recipients for both their efforts on the court as well as in the classroom.

“These young women work hard day in and day out in everything they do,” Hammett said.

“They never settle for less than their best and it shows on and off the court. I am so proud of them.”

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