Zakhia Taylor named to all-star volleyball team

Billie Boyd, Staff Writer

Zakhia Taylor, a middle hitter for the Lady Mustangs, has been selected to play in the 2018-2019 Mississippi Association of Coaches All-Star Volleyball game this summer.

“It’s been one of my dreams since freshman year,” said Taylor, who is called “Z” by her friends, teammates and teachers at Center Hill High School.

Twelve players each were chosen for the North and South teams announced in November. Taylor is the only Center Hill player from DeSoto County, which is also represented by players from Lewisburg, Lake Cormorant, DeSoto Central and Hernando. Players from Caledonia and Clinton will round out the North Team.

Taylor, who also plays competitive volleyball for Southern Storm, said she is grateful for her selection to the all-star team.

“I give all my thanks to God and to everyone who has pushed me to be a better person,” she said.

Among her supporters is teammate Emma Freeze.

“She has a passion for the game that others don’t, and you can tell that she wants to take it farther,” Freeze said. “It’s not just a game to her.”

Coach Robbie Veazey, who called Taylor’s selection to the all-star team “a huge honor,” said Taylor is one of her most experienced players.

“She has all the skill, is a main contributor on offense, and is a leader,” Veazey said. “She has positive energy and is seen as one of the best in DeSoto County. She has high expectations for herself and so do others.”

The all-star game will be July 17 at Millsaps College in Jackson.