While the Jackson volleyball team had its season come to an end to the eventual Class 5 State Champions in the state quarterfinals for the third consecutive season this fall, the program still had one of its players named to the Missouri High School Volleyball Coaches Association all-state team.
This was senior libero and Southeast Missouri State signee Holland Guilliams, who was one of the 30 players in Class 5 named all-state. She led Jackson in digs for the third year in a row with 381, finishing as the Indians all-time leader in the category with a career total of 1,298 digs through her career.
Guilliams is the first all-state selection at Jackson for current head coach Dave Mirly, who has guided the Indians to capture five-straight district championships and win 26 or more each season since he took over in 2017.
Holland was a four-year starter for Coach Mirly as she averaged 324.5 digs per year and is the only player in Jackson history to have recorded 1,000 career digs. Guilliams also led the Indians in service receptions this fall with a total of 497, while she also finished with a team-best hitting percentage of 97% with 40 aces and 266 service points.
This led Guilliams to be named the SEMO Conference Player of the Year back-to-back, as well as finish her career as a three-time SEMO Conference Libero of the Year.
While Holland was her team’s only all-state honoree, she was one of Jackson’s five first team all-district picks. Earning all-district with Guilliams were fellow seniors setter Payton Gannon, outside hitters Ella Domian and Nadia Wasilewski and junior outside hitter Katy St. John.
Like Guilliams, Domian and Wasilewski have also signed national letters of intent to continue their careers at the next level. Nadia will be a fellow Division-I volleyball player with Holland as she signed with Wichita State, while Ella inked with D-II Maryville.
Heading into college, Guilliams could be trying to take over for one of the best liberos in college volleyball history Tara Beilsmith.
Beilsmith, who was just named the Ohio Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year for the second-straight time, is the NCAA D-I fourth all-time leader in career digs with 2,950 and counting. Tara has helped the Redhawks reach the NCAA Tournament twice, starting in 2019 and lastly 2021.