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The Golden touch

Hartselle High School senior Olivia Golden has been named the Hartselle Enquirer Player of the Year.

While she may not have been the tallest player on the court, Golden could always be found around the net making plays for the Tigers this season.

Hartselle’s Olivia Golden is the Hartselle Enquirer’s 2011 Volleyball Player of the Year. She helped lead the Tigers to the state semifinals. | Special to the Enquirer: Richard Hollingsworth (

During the season, which saw the Tigers finish with a 52-11 record, the Hartselle outside hitter racked up 633 kills, 627 digs, 69 aces and 36 blocks. She helped lead the Lady Tigers to the Morgan County Championship and the semifinals of the Class 5A State Tournament in Pelham.

This is Golden’s second time to be named Player of the Year, a title she won in 2010.

Hartselle maintained its No. 3 ranking throughout the regular season and the team went undefeated in area play and in the county tournament.

The key moment of the season was when Hartselle faced a 2-0 deficit to Faith Academy in the first round of the state tournament. However, the Tigers rallied all the way back by winning the next three games to take the game 3-2.

Golden led the Tigers with 17 kills and 23 digs in that quarterfinal win. She also had three kills in the 15-8 final game of that match.

Other members of the Hartselle Enquirer All-Area Volleyball team are as follows


• Katelyn Hill had 415 kills, 337 digs, 98 blocks and 60 aces.

• Savanne Howard had 1,650 assists while recording 55 aces, 78 blocks, 245 digs and 47 kills.


• Haley Rae Garnett had 1,225 assists, 81 aces, 323 digs, 30 blocks and 157 kills.

• Jada Callahan had 399 kills, 459 digs, 89 Aces, 92.0 percent serving percentage and 22 blocks.

• Sydni Shelton had 846 kills, 96 aces, 112 blocks and 451 digs. She was the “go to” player on Danville’s Class 3A state semifinal team.


• Cheyenne McLemore had 43 aces, 217 kills, 39 blocks, 154 digs and 26 assists.

• Riley Northway had 321 kills and 98 blocks with a .310 hitting percentage.


• Molly Thompson set school record for kills in a season at 386 and in blocks at 191. She was also a 87 percent server.

• Katie Barker had 351 kills, 72 aces and 264 digs

Honorable mention

• Hartselle: Haley Jared, Kaylee Shelton and Taylor Lybarger.

• Danville: Keri Callahan

Falkville: Sarah Smith and Sydney Moore.

Brewer: Savana Flack, Danielle Dunn and Shelby Dooley.

Priceville: Emily Williams and Peyton Parker