AJ's Dixon to play in North-South match

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Event set for Erskine College

By Robert Howey


   Andrew Jackson High School senior volleyball player Callie Dixon will be among the state’s elite this weekend when she plays in the annual North-South All-Star volleyball match sponsored by the Coaches Association of SC (CAWS).

Dixon, an all-state selection, will play for the North Class AA-A all-stars in the matches held at Erskine College in Due West.

“I’m excited about going to play in the match this year,” Dixon said. “Last year, I went as an all-state player and watched the game, and set that as a goal to return and play in the game.

“Last year, I just watched, but this year I’ll be playing,” she said. “I worked extra hard to get back there and be part of the match. I’ve already started packing and I can’t wait.”

Andrew Jackson volleyball coach John Verdugo praised Dixon’s selection.

“Callie had a tremendous career at Andrew Jackson High School and was instrumental in revitalizing the volleyball program,” Verdugo said.

Dixon made the AJ varsity as a sophomore, but was sidelined with a shoulder injury.

“In her junior and senior years, she proved to be a dominating force within the region and across the state,” he said.

Dixon departs Thursday and will play in a match Friday night and Saturday morning at Erskine.

In her senior season, Dixon helped AJ to a runner-up finish in region play after finishing in a regular-season tie with Indian Land for the second straight season.

AJ, 16-14-2, including a 9-2 region mark this season, dropped a 3-2 road loss to Chesnee in second-round postseason play last month.

Dixon, for the 2011 season when she earned the Region IV-AA Player of the Year, she had 265 kills, 70 service aces and 319 digs.

In Dixon’s career (176 games in her junior and senior seasons), she had 473 kills, 127 service aces and 349 digs.

Dixon, in her junior season, was named to the all-region team and earned selection to the Class AA all-state team.

“It has been a pleasure assisting Callie and watching her grow into a game-changing volleyball player,” Verdugo said. “She is clearly deserving of the recognition she has received.”

The 2010 Lady Vols, who fashioned a 22-9 record, captured their first region crown since the 2002 season. AJ advanced to the third round of the Class AA Upper State playoffs and finished tied for fourth in the final Class AA state volleyball poll.