Cleveland High volleyball has become a mainstay in the state volleyball scene the last few years, and Joy Douglass has been a big part of that Lady Raider success.
Her abilities are being recognized today as she has been named a member of the Tennessee Sports Writers Association's Class AAA All-State Volleyball Team.
With the Lady Raiders making three trips to the TSSAA State Championships the last four years, Douglass has been a key player on two of those squads, as well as helping the 2018 crew make it to the Sectional round before falling just one win shy off a state berth.
"Joy is a winner at life! She does everything the right way on and off the court. This is why she will be successful at anything she decides to do," proclaimed Cleveland head coach Amy McGowan.
"Joy is a great athlete, but her greatest qualities are being a great teammate and a great person. She deserves the highest honors. She exemplifies what a student-athlete is supposed to look like. We are blessed to have her lead our team at CHS."
The junior outside hitter earned District 5-AAA Player of the Year and Region 3-AAA Most Valuable Player honors this past season, as Cleveland claimed its fourth straight district championship and third region title in the last four seasons.
Douglass made the TSWA honor squad as an outside hitter, but her versatility means she never leaves the court because of her excellent serving and defensive skills.
The 5-foot-8 fireball blasted 494 kills, drilled 51 aces in her 124 service points with a 94.4% serve success rate. She also returned 491 serves, had 514 digs, handed out 47 assists, plus was in on 14 blocks.
Cleveland, which has posted Top 6 finishes in each of its three state tournament trips, has gone 77-41 with Douglass in the starting lineup since she arrived on campus as a freshman.