BLITZ Volleyball Player of the Year: Sarah Jennings

A senior season for the ages for Sarah Jennings, who earns back-to-back BLITZ Player of the Year status after an unforgettable, legendary run in 2022 that ended with Jennings hoisting a GHSA State Championship!

Photo in graphic by Austin Poffenberger

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INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • 417 Kills (9.1/match) *Single-Season School Record
  • 326 Digs (7.1/match)
  • 91 Aces (2.0/match)
  • 47 Assists (1.0/match)
  • 89% Serve
  • Area 8-A Player of the Year
  • 1,085 Career Kills (School Record)
  • 1,025 Career Digs (School Record)
  • 283 Career Aces (School Record)

An unbelievable stat line for Sarah Jennings. In Tallulah Falls’ State Championship season, which consisted of a 35-11 overall record and Area Championship, the outside hitter set a school record with 417 kills (9.1/match), and added 326 digs (7.1), 91 aces (2.0), and 47 assists (1.0). She served at 89%, and finished as the school’s all-time leader in kills (1,085), digs (1,025), and aces (283). Jennings was named Area Player of the Year for her efforts.

VOTING RESULTS

  1. Sarah Jennings – 72 pts (11 1st-place votes)
  2. Allie Church – 51.5 pts (4)
  3. Linsey Burke – 37.5 pts (2)
  4. Kaytlin Johnson – 24.5 pts
  5. Abby Felkai – 21 pts (1)
  6. Kitty Rodenas – 18.75 pts (1)
  7. Addy McCoy – 8.5 pts
  8. Morgan Powell – 2.25 pts

Voting included our 19-person panel made up of sports reporters, writers, video producers, former coaches, players, GHSA officials, and sports experts. The voting is Heisman-style, with the following points system:
1st place votes: 5 pts; 2nd: 3 pts; 3rd: 2 pts; 4th: 1 pts; 5th-6th: 0.5 pts
7th-8th 0.25 pts

Sarah Jennings won by a comfortable margin by taking 11 1st-place tallies. Still, it was interesting that 5 different players were granted a 1st-place vote, showing the depth and talent of our Volleyball Finalists.

HISTORY OF VOLLEYBALL POY

  • 2022 – Sarah Jennings – Tallulah Falls SR OH
  • 2021 – Sarah Jennings – Tallulah Falls JR OH
  • 2020 – Katy Corbett – Tallulah Falls SR OH
  • 2019 – Katy Corbett – Tallulah Falls JR OH
  • 2018 – JoJo Smith – Jefferson SO OH
  • 2017 – Katerina Shalikashvili – Habersham SR OH
  • 2016 – Lainey Gosnell – Habersham SR MH
  • 2015 – Lainey Gosnell – Habersham JR OH
  • 2014 – Chaselin Allen – Habersham SR L
  • 2013 – Caeli Chambers – Habersham SR L
  • 2012 – Haley Gerrin – Habersham SR MH
  • 2011 – Haley Gerrin – Habersham JR MH
  • 2010 – Alexia Wilson – Lumpkin JR MH
  • 2009 – Megan Rowland – Habersham SR OH

Sarah Jennings goes back-to-back, becoming the 4th player in BLITZ history to do it. That keeps the award at Tallulah Falls for a 4th consecutive season, which is still 3 years shy of the 7 years in a row that Habersham held the award. It also makes 6 years in a row that the honors goes to an outside hitter.

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