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December 4, 2012

Salem News 2012 Volleyball All-Star Team

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Coaches Award winner as a junior ... Was a big reason why the Panthers had their best-ever regular season mark, with 14 wins in 16 matches ... An excellent defender who specialized in receiving serves ... Has a 3.51 grade-point average ... Wants to major in business management and minor in journalism in college.

RACHEL GERSHLAK

Hamilton-Wenham Senior

Outside Hitter

Was named Generals’ Most Valuable Player ... Team captain from Peabody was also a member of the Cape Ann League’s All-League team ... Had her best performance in a home match vs. Peabody ... Parents’ influence of playing hard in athletics but also having fun has resonated with her ... Carries 4.08 grade-point average ... Would like to study physical therapy in college.

KARLIE MARRS

Beverly Senior

Setter

Captain was Panthers’ most consistent server ... Used focus and a positive attitude to help her own game and rally her teammates ... Guided Panthers to best-ever 14-3 mark and No. 3 seed in state tournament ... Member of NEC’s All-Conference team ... Favorite match was a big win over Salem, the first one in years ... Would like to graduate college with nurse’s license ... Brothers have been her biggest influence.

HANNAH MULLARKEY

Salem Junior

Libero

Member of the NEC’s All-Conference team for the second straight year ... Team captain led the Witches in digs, setting a new school record with over 250 on the season ... Had 35 digs in match vs. archrival Beverly ... Salem’s top server led the club in aces (80) and service points (176) ... Team’s offensive MVP as both a freshman and a sophomore ... Starter at libero since her freshman season ... Ranked 23rd in her class with 3.87 grade-point average ... Wants to study nursing.

GRACE McNALLY

North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie Senior

Middle Hitter

Captain from Lynnfield led the Bulldogs to a fine 12-7 mark this fall ... Named her league’s Most Valuable Player ... Team MVP as a junior, when she was runner-up for league MVP ... Participated in Title 9 Women In Sports Day in Boston in October ... Carries 3.39 grade-point average ... Had 18 straight serves in one match ... Plans on majoring in marine biology in college ... Says her lacrosse coach, Mrs. Lalli, has been her biggest influence athletically.

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