Volleyball duo garner academic all-state honors

December 7, 2013

Since she took over as Granbury Lady Pirates head volleyball coach 11 seasons ago, Tammy Clark has stressed success in the classroom even more than winning on the court.

As her teams have steadily improved, having the best season in school history this year, her players have also consistently been among the smartest in the state.

The same is true this season as two members of the Lady Pirates were recently named to the Texas Girls Coaches Association Academic All-State Team.

Seniors Hannah Hiler and Sydney Carpenter received the honor.

“Hannah and Syd earned academic all-state by putting their studies first and their multiple activities second,” said Clark. “They are able to keep their priorities in order and excel at everything they do.”

To qualify for the award, an athlete must be a graduating senior, have an overall grade point average of 94 or above for grades 9-11, be a varsity participant or member of the support staff of that sport in good standing, and be of good moral character.

“This honor is a difficult one to receive as it takes into account GPA from the entire high school career,” said Clark.

“I am proud of these young ladies and their consistent high achievement in all aspects of their lives. This is an award that embodies ‘student-athlete’ and one of the best honors a high school athlete can achieve.”

The duo were also big parts of the Lady Pirates finishing 41-6 and reaching the 4A Region I championship match. Their season ended with a loss to eventual state champion Amarillo.

Hiler had 146 kills and 84 digs, while Carpenter posted 39 blocks and 95 kills.

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