Ebony Nwanebu Named High School Player of the Year|
Jan. 25, 2013
LOS ANGELES - Incoming USC women's volleyball freshman Ebony Nwanebu (Lucas, Texas/Lovejoy HS) was named the 2012 Mizuno/Volleyball Magazine High School Player of the Year and was selected as a member of the 2012 High School All-America first team.
Nwanebu was named a first-team Under Armour All-American in the fall and helped lead Team West to a win in the Under Armour All-American game. She was also named the Hardest Hitter among outside hitters in the skills competition. The 6-4 outside hitter played at Texas Advantage Volleyball Club under head coach Ping Cao and prepped at Lovejoy High School under head coach Ryan Mitchell.
She is PrepVolleyball.com's No. 7 Senior Ace and has twice been named to the LoneStarVolleyball.com All-Texas first team. Nwanebu recently led her club to a silver-medal finish at the Junior National Championships and was selected to the all-tournament team. She has also helped her high school to a pair of Texas State titles in the 3A division and was named the tournament MVP as a sophomore.
In 2009, Nwanebu was a PrepVolleyball.com National Freshman of the Year finalist and has been a regular face at the USA High Performance Camps. Nwanebu has previously earned All-America honors from MaxPreps and PrepVolleyball.com and was chosen by the Texas Sports Writer's Association as a Co-Player of the Year in addition to the numerous accolades throughout her accomplished club and high school career.
Nwanebu finished the fall with 701 kills, 356 digs, 103 blocks, and 35 service aces, as she helped Lovejoy (48-4) win the Texas Class 4A state title; the program's fifth in a row. She played her freshman season at Irving (Tex.) MacArthur High School and was named the Dallas Morning News SportsDay Player of the Year and an AVCA All-American first-team pick. As a senior co-captain in the state finals, Nwanebu finished with 26 kills and 11 digs and was named the MVP of the championship match.