HSVB: Seahawk star O’Grady named state 4A Player of the Year

Ady O’ Grady delivered the Hilton Head High’s volleyball team a season for the ages. Now, she’s rewarded with the state’s highest individual volleyball honor. 

The Seahawk junior was named the 2020 South Carolina Coaches Association of Women’s Sports 4A Player of the Year on Sunday, capping off a memorable state championship season. 

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Ady O’Grady (left) was named the SC-CAWS Class 4A Volleyball Player of the Year after racking up a Lowco-best 246 kills, a .409 hitting percentage, 124 digs, and 33 blocks for state champion Hilton Head Island High School.

After starring at Hilton Head Christian Academy in 2019, O’Grady transferred to join Garret Talarczyk’s Seahawks for her junior season. The standout middle hitter feasted all season long, racking up a Lowco-best 246 kills and a phenomenal .409 hitting percentage along with 124 digs and 33 blocks. She was a force inside that could not be contained, punishing any mistake that an opponent made and finishing off points with elite power and pinpoint accuracy. 

In a 2020 season that almost didn’t even happen, O’ Grady took full advantage of the opportunity, leading her team on and off the court. She saved her best performance for the biggest stage, recording 28 kills and a .440 hitting percentage in a 3-1 state championship victory over Pickens. 

O’Grady took over the match from the start with her dominance at the net and delivered the final blow to give her Seahawks the ultimate triumph, a title-clinching win over a Pickens team that didn’t drop a single set in nearly a month. 

“When I found out I had received this award I was so excited and honored,” O’ Grady said. “Coach Talarczyk called me really early one morning and told me, and I was so happy that I got to represent South Carolina from the 4A division. When I found out, I was in shock. I am so blessed to have Coach T and my other coaches and teammates to help push me to the limit and fight for me so I can achieve these goals.”

Written by Wes Kerr / Photos by Justin Jarrett

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