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Notre Dame Prep's Carlson wins 2014 Miss Volleyball Award

Volleyball   | Jeff Dullack

Notre Dame Prep's Carlson wins 2014 Miss Volleyball Award

Pontiac – On Monday afternoon, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep’s Katherine Carlson was named the 2014 Michigan Miss Volleyball, as selected by the Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association (MIVCA) and the Detroit Free Press.

Carlson, number 11 for the Irish Varsity Volleyball team, won the honor after receiving 177 votes, beating out Traverse City West’s Katie Placek, who finished in second place with 116 votes and Temperance Bedford’s Nicole Rightnowar who tallied 110 votes and took third place.

North Branch’s Laura Wilson finished in a fourth place tie with Farmington Hills Mercy’s Jenna Lerg, each receiving 91 votes.

So far this season, Carlson, who is committed to Valpraiso, has recorded 991 kills and is headed for a second consecutive season where she has gone over the 1,000 kill mark.

Last season as a junior, Carlson helped lead the Fighting Irish to the Class B state championship, the first volleyball state title for Notre Dame Prep since 2007.

Carlson, who is the first ever Notre Dame Prep player to win the Miss Volleyball Award, and the Irish will face Dearborn Divine Child in the Class B quarterfinals, looking to advance to Battle Creek and defend its state championship.