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Posted at 06:14 PM ET, 03/14/2011

Sherwood’s Alex Holston lands volleyball scholarships from Maryland, North Carolina; drawing more interest

Before last season, area volleyball coaches kept predicting that Sherwood had a budding star in 15-year old sophomore Alex Holston , a quiet and young outside hitter. As Sherwood rolled past its opponents last fall en route to an undefeated season and a Maryland 4A state title, Holston, who had grown to 6-foot in the offseason, blossomed into a top college recruit.

Three weeks ago, the All-Met outside hitter received her first scholarship offer, from Maryland, according to her father, Joe Holston. Then two weeks later, North Carolina also offered a scholarship. Other top volleyball programs are also pursuing Alex Holston. National champions Penn State, once-top-ranked Florida, Purdue and Texas have all expressed interest or have seen Holston play.
Alex Holston, a six-foot sophomore for Sherwood High School's volleyball team, gets low for a dig. (Doug Kapustin - FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

And as she travels with her travel club volleyball team, Holston will play in front of more college coaches, incluing those on the West Coast. Holston, who can touch a 10-foot basketball rim and has a 6-foot-4 wingspan, is a versatile player who lead the Warriors in kills (304) and blocks (65) but is a capable defender and a deft and improving setter. With her size and skill set, some predict she may be among the most highly recruited volleyball players in the D.C. area in recent history.

“Being as young as she is and how good as she is, I can only imagine its only going to get more competitive with these schools,” said Sherwood Coach Brian McCarty.

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