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Melrose volleyball star hitting on all cylinders

Volleyball-600Ashundria McNeal, a senior volleyball player at Melrose High School, was a Best of the Preps selection this year. On Wednesday, she signed with Alabama A & M University.

McNeal is the first volleyball player from Melrose to receive a full volleyball scholarship to a Division 1 school.

Nominated to the district all-star team for the past three seasons, McNeal was ranked in the top 20 in the state in hitting percentage during the regular season.

Off the court, McNeal is ranked No. 5 in her senior class with a 4.0 G.P.A.

"Ashundria has demonstrated outstanding character and responsibility since I met her as a 9th grader," said Angela Long, Melrose's head volleyball coach. "She has been a team captain for the past three years and her leadership abilities are evident on and off the court.

"I have been coaching her all four years and I would like to help her celebrate this achievement," said Long, spreading the word about McNeal's signing.

"This is not only a crowning achievement for her and the school, but also the community of Orange Mound.

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