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Owen earns MVP honor

Paris High School’s Haley Owen helped propel the West squad to a win in the Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star volleyball game played on Wednesday, June 19 at the Farris Center on the University of Central Arkansas campus at Conway.

Owen won the Most Valuable Player distinction for her play.

The West took three games in the five game series to win, 3-2.

In one game, Owen had 14 kills and seven assists. In the first match, Owen, who will attend Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, has eight kills. In the third game, Owen had three kills and got three more in game five.

It’s been a very good year for Owen but being named to the All-Star squad was something Owen has always wanted to do.

“I’m looking forward to building a bond with these girls I don’t know,” Owen said before the game. “I’m real excited to start practicing and to be under a coach I don’t know. I don’t know how (Fayetteville coach Jessica Phelan) coaches.”

The 5-foot-11 outside hitter had already had an outstanding year, helping to lead her team to the 3A championship match and earning a scholarship to Arkansas Tech. Then came coach Wes Davis’ news about the all-star match.

“I had always wanted to play in it,” Owen said. “When he told me, I was so excited. It means I get to play with the top players in our state. I know not everybody gets to do that.”

Owen said she’s familiar with several players on the roster — Fayetteville’s Audrey Edie, Springdale’s Anna Holcomb and Prairie Grove’s Caleigh Moyer — and at least one player from the East, Southside’s Peyton Hamilton.

“I know Audrey, Anna and Caleigh,” she said. “I’m ready to go to see how it plays out.”

As it turns out, thing played out quiet well for Owen.

(The Times Record of Fort Smith contributed information used in this report.)

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