Sixth-straight year the Gamecocks have posted the most freshman on the list
Cara Howley named tourney MVP, joined on the all-tourney team by Christina Vereb and Paige Wheeler
2012 (FRESHMAN): Played in nine matches, mostly as a defensive/serving specialist ... Tallied two assists in her debut against UNC Asheville (8/25) ... Had two digs in her next showing against Navy (9/2) ... Also posted digs against Mississippi (9/30), at Missouri (11/2) and at Kentucky (11/4) ... Started the Missouri match as a defensive specialist.
HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB: Earned four volleyball letters for coach Franny Slay at Ashley Hall ... Started every match during her four-year career, compiling 3,884 assists as the starting setter ... Led the Panthers to a 39-9-2 record and a state runner-up finish at the South Carolina Independent School Association Class AAA level as a senior ... Dished out 919 assists and tallied a career-best 305 digs on the year ... A two-time PrepVolleyball.com All-American, she also earned the High School Sports Report (HSSR) Miss Volleyball honors for the state as a senior ... The Post & Courier named her the Lowcountry Player of the Year ... As a sophomore, she posted 899 assists and helped her team to a second-place showing in the state ... Tallied over 2,000 assists as a freshman and sophomore, guiding the Panthers to a pair of state titles ... A four-time HSSR all-state and SCISA all-state selection ... Three-time All-Lowcountry accolades from the Post & Courier ... Also earned two track letters and one soccer letter at Ashley Hall ... Qualified for the state track meet in four events, two relays (4x100m and 4x800m) and in both the high jump and 100m dash ... Earned the Ashley Hall Community Service Excellence Award in 2012 ... Played with the Charleston Juniors club led by Amir Khaledi.
PERSONAL: The daughter of John and Georgia, Helen Elizabeth Darby has two brothers, John Charles Jr., and Artie ... Her mother played volleyball at the College of Charleston ... Grandfather J.C. Long played football from 1923-25 for the Gamecocks ... First cousin of former Gamecock Christina Glover ... Lists Michael Phelps as her favorite athlete ... Wants to major in studio art.