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Plant's Maddie Martin named Under Armour All-American, gets to finish career in national showcase at Forum

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Tue. November 24, 2009 | Eduardo A. Encina

Plant volleyball standout Maddie Martin ended her high school career Saturday by winning her fourth straight state title. This week, the Panthers standout was named an All-American, Plant coach Leanna Taylor confirmed Tuesday morning.

Martin, a Penn State signee, was one of 24 high school senior players from across the nation named to the Under Armour High School All-American first team Monday.

The best part of the honor -- Martin will play in the Under Armour High School All-American Match to be played on Dec. 20 at the St. Pete Times Forum at 1 p.m. The match, which will also include a skills competition, is being held in Tampa this season to correlate with the NCAA Division I women’s volleyball national championship next month from Dec. 17-19.

Also, Plant senior libero Ali McCurdy, a Duke recruit, was one of 24 players to make the Under Armour All-American second team, which also means she might also be invited to play in the match if first-team selections can not. Panthers setter Becca Howard and Berkeley Prep middle hitter Lindsay Young were named honorable mention

All-American selections were made by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

Martin led the county with 390 total kills for a 5.1 kills-per-game average. During the playoffs, she was at her best, averaging 6.3 kills a game in five region and state tournament matches.

She also averaged 2.8 digs a game and tallied 53 aces, leading Plant to a 29-1 record and the Class 6A state title. She was also part of the three previous Plant teams that won states in Class 5A. Martin had 22 kills and 11 digs in Plant's four-set Class 6A championship match win over Winter Park.

Martin, a AAU and Junior Olympics All-American, committed to Penn State the summer before her junior season. Her future school is the runaway favorite to win the Division I national championship next month at the Forum. The Nittany Lions, ranked No. 1 in the nation with a 30-0 record, have won back-to-back titles and are riding a 94-match winning streak – the second-longest winning steak in Division I team sports.

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