Volleyball Teams, Players, and Coach Capture Awards

December 3, 2019 / Athletics/All News

The Jackson Academy Lady Raiders volleyball teams had another stellar year. JA now holds the MAIS championship title for five out of the last six years!

JA volleyball was recognized this past week by the Clarion-Ledger for All State team selections and Coach of the Year. Earlier in November, MAIS named JA players to the All State team and as Player of the Year. At the team banquet, varsity and junior varsity team records were recognized and individual awards were presented.

Clarion Ledger All-State Volleyball Team:

1st Team: Parker Bracken
1st Team: Natalie DeRusso
1st Team: Anna Katherine Ray
Coach of the Year: Melissa Denson


All MAIS State Volleyball Team

Parker Bracken, junior
Player of the Year for the MAIS

Anna Katherine Ray, senior

Natalie DeRusso, junior

Anna Claire Sheffield, sophomore

Remy Jones, sophomore

Emma Robertson, eighth grader


Middle School

  • 19-5
  • Runner up in MAIS
  • Fourth place in Top Hits Classic

Junior Varsity

  • 19-2 overall, 9-0 in MAIS
  • Second place in Infinity Volleyball Academy JV Tournament


  • 43-3
  • Undefeated in MAIS
  • 2019 MAIS Overall Volleyball State Champions
  • No. 1 in the State of Mississippi by MaxPreps
  • No. 94 in the Nation by prepvolleyball.com
  • Southern Classic Tournament Champions
  • Saints Showdown Champions
  • Chargers Invitational Champions
  • Hawk’s Invitational Third Place
  • Volley in the Ville Third Place (Memphis, Tennessee)
  • Varsity team that was selected National Team of the Week by prepvolleyball.com on Aug. 16

Junior Varsity Awards

JV Offensive Award
Ava Ladner
• 68 Aces
• 105 kills
• 4 blocks

JV Defensive Award
Mary Grace Seago
• 127 Digs
• 2.13 Passing Average

Varsity Awards

Varsity Kill Leader
Parker Bracken
• 648 Kills

Varsity Assist Leader
Natalie DeRusso
• 1,287 Assists

Varsity Dig Leader
Parker Bracken
• 517 Digs

Varsity Block Leader
Anna Claire Sheffield
• 74 Blocks

Varsity Ace Leader
Parker Bracken
• 120 Aces

Raider Award
Anna Katherine Ray

Lady Raider Academic Award
Anna Katherine Ray

Varsity Most Improved
Emma Robertson

Varsity Hustle Award
Remy Jones

Varsity Most Valuable Player
Parker Bracken
• 648 kills
• 517 digs
• 120 aces
• 37 Blocks
• 2.50 Passing Average

Varsity Medals

Natalie DeRusso
• 3,000 Career Assists, 2019

Parker Bracken
• 1,000 Career Digs, 2019

Parker Bracken
• 2,000 Career Kills, 2019