Melton named to All-Century spike team

Melton Melton AUSTIN—Milano’s Becky Melton, who led Milano to four straight state tournaments and dominated play in Class A, has been named to the University Interscholastic League’s All- Century volleyball team.

In celebra- tion of its 100th year of governing high school athletic and academic competition, the UIL allowed fans to select an All-Century team from the sports it oversees.

Melton was a second team selection on the squad which was dominated by perennial power Round Top-Carmine, which had five players on the first-team.

Caldwell, another volleyball hotbed, placed two players, Beth Karasek and Jane Anne Karasek on the first team.

Jane Anne Karasek led Caldwell to the state tournament the past two seasons as coach.

There were 30 players overall divided into three teams out of hundreds of nominees. Over 14,000 votes were cast.

Melton led Milano to four straight state tournament appearances from 2002-2005, including a runner-up finish in 2005.

“When I saw her nominated, I was thrilled,” said Milano Coach Wendy King. “I thought how cool that would be if a Milano player made that team. That’s a very big honor to be included on the all-century team and I believe well deserved.”

Known for her extraordinary leaping ability despite standing just 5-foot-5, Melton was a three-time first-team all-state selection.

“At tournaments, other coaches would stop what they were doing to come watch her play,” said King. “I still have people from around the state stop me and email me asking what happened to her.”

She continued to play at Temple College where she was named the conference most valuable player twice.

Melton gave up volleyball and is now studying nursing at Temple.

“I am proud to have been her coach and this honor means a lot to both of us.” King said.

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