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South’s Kelliher wins Gatorade Player of the Year

Telegraph file photo by TOM KING Nashua South's Kara Kelliher was named the New Hampshire Gatorade Player of the Year on Monday.

NASHUA – The honors keep coming in for Nashua High School South girls volleyball senior Kara Kelliher.

But this one is the highest, as Kelliher was named the New Hampshire Gatorade Player of the Year on Monday.

Kelliher was an explosive net player for the Panthers the last two years, especially this year when she led them to an unbeaten (21-0) Division I championship.

She has already been named the Division I All-State Player of the Year and last week was honored as the Telegraph All-Star Player of the Year.

The 5-foot-4 senior played 10 times taller than her size, recording 218 kills, 163 digs, 28 service aces, 20 blocks and had a kill percentage of .469.

She gave opponents fits.

“Although she isn’t the tallest on the team, I think she jumps the highest,” one opposing coach said. “The first time you see her attack the ball, you take notice.”

Headed to play at Assumption College next fall, Kelliher finished her South career with 721 digs and 677 kills.

Other recent local Gatorade POY winners were Hollis Brookline’s Maddie Norris (2017), and Merrimack’s Jo and Jen Coffey (2014, 2015).

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