Eagle Elite Volleyball: Jasper's Ferguson named Player of the Year

Sophomore all-around leader for Lady Vikings

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 1/6/18

Jasper volleyball coach Bobby Daniels admits that star sophomore McKinley Ferguson’s stats could be more eye-popping.

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Eagle Elite Volleyball: Jasper's Ferguson named Player of the Year

Sophomore all-around leader for Lady Vikings

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Jasper volleyball coach Bobby Daniels admits that star sophomore McKinley Ferguson’s stats could be more eye-popping.

“She’s such a unique player. If I let her do just one thing, she would have more stats,” Daniels said. “If I let her hit all the time, she would have a lot more kills. If I let her set all the time, she would have a lot more assists.”

Instead of limiting Ferguson, Daniels uses her all over the court.

She responded by leading the team in aces, assists and kills. Ferguson was also second in both digs and blocks.

“Name another player in the state that did that,” Daniels said. “She just does a lot of things. She has a great attitude, is one of the hardest workers and loves her teammates. It’s all about if the team is having success to her — whether she does well or not.”

Ferguson helped lead Jasper to a state-runner up finish and a 51-5 record in 2017. She is the Daily Mountain Eagle’s Volleyball Player of the Year. Ferguson finished the season with 488 kills, 742 assists, 332 digs, 173 aces and 45 blocks.

Ferguson shined on the court in her sophomore season, making the Al.com Super All-State Team, which is limited to the top 15 players in the state regardless of classification.

“She really made a big jump from last year. She worked on her strength and conditioning in the offseason. If you watched her play, she was stronger at the net. She had more power when she hit the ball, and her stamina was better,” Daniels added.

Ferguson paced the Vikings in the state championship match against Pelham, leading the team with 18 kills in a five-set loss. Behind Ferguson, Jasper rallied from two sets down to force a fifth set, ultimately losing 17-15.

“She’s always thanking her teammates. She knows she can’t accomplish anything without their help. Her attitude rubs off on her teammates and coaches. Those things make her such a good player,” Daniels said.

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Joining Ferguson on the Eagle Elite first team are Addison’s Abbie Chambless, Kendra Tyree, Cecilee Gaither and Savannah Manley; Jasper’s Alex Oliver, Abby Trotter, Temperance Chatman and Mia Griffin; Carbon Hill’s Alyssa Dutton, Molly Kate Atkins, Lacey Evans and Ricki Jill Burrough; Meek’s Sevanna Banks and Jayden Waldrep; Sumiton Christian’s Lexi Jackson and Anna Calloway; Oakman’s Kylie Bolton and Iyana Canada and Winston County’s Saige Blanton and Elle Donaldson, Curry’s Madison Pavlovec and Dora’s Deja Pendleton.

Honorable Mention players are Addison’s Allie Chambless; Carbon Hill’s Heather Carmichael and Grayson Evans; Jasper’s Morgan McClendon and Jordan Gilbert; Meek’s Amanda Cunningham; Sumiton Christian’s Anna Kate Tyree and Winston County’s Mackenzie Blackwood.