Plymouth Whitemarsh High School senior Caroline Melillo has signed to play volleyball for Moravian University next year. 

The outside and right-side hitter said she is excited to grow as a player and a person when she begins competing at the collegiate level. Her time on the volleyball team at Plymouth Whitemarsh has set her up (pun intended) for success.

“At PW, I was able to play in many different spots on the court, which has helped me become a more versatile player,” she said. “I also made many strong friendships, which increased my love for the sport.”

While a stress fracture kept her sidelined for half of this year’s season, she still managed to play in 35 sets, got 50 kills (balls

Caroline Melillo is seen here with coaches and family. Behind her, from left to right, are David Stewart, Rachel Glass, Jack Melillo, Stephanie Melillo, Jameson Melillo, and Sydney Melillo.

that were not returned by the other team), and 35 digs (first contact with the ball that results in a successful pass). She maintained a serving average of 84% over the 68 varsity sets she played. 

“My favorite game was against Central Bucks South during the most recent season. I had just recovered from a stress fracture and was nervous about my skill level. I got one of my largest kill records in a game and helped the team win in a 5-set, nail-biter match. I was so excited when we won because I had helped the team more than I thought I was capable of,” she said.

Caroline also participated in indoor and outdoor track, winning a coaches’ award during her junior year because she surpassed expectations. But volleyball is the one sport that provides her with the most excitement.

“There is always something going on on the court and things move very quickly, so there is a lot of action,” she said.

Along with her athletic endeavors, Caroline has many academic accolades. She has made Distinguished Honor Roll every semester and was inducted into the National Honor Society. She also belongs to the Cancer Awareness Club and Steering Committee at the high school. While at Moravian, she hopes to study graphic design.