TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A pair of rising redshirt sophomores were recently honored by The News-Press as being among the best high school volleyball players in Florida as Alyssa Collins was named to its All-Decade Volleyball Team, and Lily Tessier was selected as an honorable mention.
“I’m so proud of Alyssa and Lily,” said FSU head coach Chris Poole. “To be named to the All-Decade Team in such a volleyball-rich area of South Florida is a tremendous honor.”
Collins was named the FACA District 18 and The News-Press Player of the Year as a senior, tallying 428 digs and 22 aces as a libero to lead Bishop Verot to a 20-6 record, a district championship and a Class 5A regional semifinal appearance. Overall, she recorded 1,065 digs and 193 aces in her four-year career. Collins was named to the 2015 News-Press All-Area Volleyball Second Team as a sophomore and earned 14 MaxPreps Player of the Match awards throughout her high school campaign.
Tessier was a four-year starter at Evangelical Christian High School where she recorded 185 aces, 600 digs, 376 kills, and 2,282 assists (6.8 per set). Tessier was named to the 2014 AAU All-American Team following her freshman season, as well as the 2015 Second Team News-Press All-Area as a sophomore. After tallying 707 assists, 105 aces, and 208 digs as a junior, Tessier was named a finalist for the 2016 News-Press All-Area Volleyball Player of the Year. As a senior, she lead her team to another regional final appearance, finishing with 111 kills, 22 blocks and 244 assists in only 52 sets. She earned two Player of the Match honors in her final season, and saw one triple double performance, picking up 18 kills, 27 assists and 12 digs.
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The News-Press All-Decade Volleyball Team
Brittany Brinson (Fort Myers – Class of 2011)
Alyssa Collins (Bishop Verot – Class of 2018)
Kenzi Gustason (Fort Myers – Class of 2013)
Mindie Mabry (Bishop Verot – Class of 2017)
Schuyler Moore (ECS – Class of 2014)
Abbie O’Ferrell (Labelle – Class of 2014)
Amy Oxton (Fort Myers – Class of 2015)
Alayna Ryan (Fort Myers – Class of 2017)
Paris Thompson (Fort Myers – Class of 2021)
Jessica Wagner (North Fort Myers – Class of 2012)
Larra Bickelhaupt (Oasis – Class of 2015)
Katie Dickey (North Fort Myers – Class of 2020)
Sydney Ferguson (ECS – Class of 2014)
Macy Jerger (Fort Myers – Class of 2015)
Shelby Joslin (ECS – Class of 2013)
Lily Tessier (ECS – Class of 2018)
Chennelle Walker (Riverdale – Class of 2014)