Summit Christian Academy (SCA) junior Leah Nigh was recently honored as an elite rising high school volleyball student-athlete by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and was named to the 2013 AVCA Phenom List. Only student-athletes who have been formally recognized for their exceptional play are named to the list. For this season Leah has been named an All-Conference, All-District, and All-Region player and was named to the Class 2 All-State, 1st Team.
"Leah knows volleyball, sees the court and what is happening in the game and can make decisions on the court like a player well beyond her years," said Mikki Shearer, SCA volleyball coach. "Even though she stands only 4’10" tall, I’m not surprised Leah has been named to the Phenom List," said Coach Shearer. "She is always a player to watch at games and tournaments."
Being honored for her play on the volleyball court is nothing new to Leah. She was named to All-Conference, All-District and All-Regional, 1st Teams not only this year, but also her freshman and sophomore years of play. She was named to All-State, 2nd Team her freshman year.
In December, Leah will attend the AVCA Phenom College Preparatory Program in Seattle, Washington. It is an invitation–only event for AVCA Phenom List and unsigned Under Armour Watch List athletes. The event is designed to prepare and educate participants about playing volleyball at the collegiate level. Leah is the only student from Lee’s Summit invited to attend and is one of 8 students in the metro area.
"Leah is a player, that as a coach, you really only get once in a lifetime. She plays through pain daily with Scoliosis but never complains. As a matter of fact, rarely is there anything but a smile on her face," said Coach Shearer. "She is strong in her faith and walk with Christ, and she’s an encouragement to her teammates, coaches, and even officials."