Two GSSM Students Named 1A All-State Volleyball Players

October 27, 2016

The South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) is pleased to announce that Amber Hazzard, daughter of Dr. Deborah D. Hazzard and Eric D. Robinson of Richland County, and Tessa Ortiz, daughter of Karen and Rodney Ortiz of Kershaw County, are two of 87 volleyball players across South Carolina who received recognition as a 1A All-State Volleyball Players. 

Hazzard and Ortiz were nominated by the School’s volleyball coach, Hillary Pratt. Coaches from across the region voted to award the honor to them based on athletic stats and ability, good sportsmanship and leadership qualities.

“Amber and Tessa are both extremely gifted athletes whose talents shine both on and off of the court,” Pratt said. “I am extremely proud of both of their efforts this year and know we will see great things from them in the future.”  

Hazzard, a junior at GSSM, has been playing volleyball for five years. Seeing fellow GSSM students in the bleachers inspires her to play to the best of her ability.

“Being selected as an All-State player means a lot to me because it proves that hard work pays off,” Hazzard said. “I hoped that if I worked hard enough, one day I would be recognized. Being an All-State player is a dream come true.”

Ortiz, a senior at GSSM, has been playing volleyball for eight years. She enjoys GSSM’s smaller, diverse team and the low pressure environment.

“It is nice to be recognized for my hard work as a player and leader on the GSSM volleyball team,” Ortiz said. “However, it is not just an award for me. Having two people on the same team win this prestigious award really speaks for the quality of the volleyball program at GSSM and our coach.”

Hazzard and Ortiz will be recognized and presented with plaques at the North/South All-Star game on November 19 at Erskine College in Due West, South Carolina.

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