CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina women’s volleyball incoming freshman Gabby Gray has been named a 2016 PreVolleyball.com High School All-American. Gray is one of just 150 high school volleyball athletes to earn the All-American distinction. She has excelled during her prep volleyball career at the Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tenn., and this honor is one of many she has received.
According to PrepVolleyball.com, to be a High School All-American, you must have made a massive impact on your high school team. ‘Massive’ is subjective, but at a minimum requires that you be the best player on your team and one of the top 3-5 players in your state regardless of class, except for volleyball hotbeds like California, Texas and Illinois, where you must be among the 10 best High School players regardless of class.
Gray is one of just seven student-athletes from the state of Tennessee to earn the All-American distinction. By comparison just four athletes from North Carolina made the list.
In her four years with the Raiders her team compiled a 172-27 record and won four-straight region championships and a State Championship in 2014. She was an All-Region and All-State selection all four years and was named the Gatorade Player of the Year as a sophomore when she led her team to the state title and was also the Most Valuable Player at the State Tournament. She was also the 2014 MaxPreps Sophomore National Player of the Year and a USA Today All-American her sophomore season. She was a Best of Preps Second Team selection as a freshman and the Best of Preps Player of the Year as a sophomore. Also as a freshman she was named the 2013 PrepVolleyball.com Freshman National Player of the Year. As a senior she was on the 2016 PrepVolleyball.com Senior Aces 150 and was an Honorable Mention All-American by Under Armour.
She finished her prep career with 2,369 kills, 1,405 digs, 287 aces and 144 blocks.
Gray will join the Catamounts this fall as part of the 2017 recruiting class signed by head coach Karen Glover.