Senior Volleyball Player Makenna Dillow Ranked #1 in the Nation for Digs


Brynn Lee

Makenna Dillow (12) after game vs Granbury

Senior Lady Hornet Makenna Dillow, is standing at #1 in digs on the national rankings with 845 digs this season and counting. A dig is the first contact made on the ball in a rally, specifically after being hit by the other team.

Dillow is the senior libero—a defensive specialist who plays all sets of the game—and is a third year varsity player.
Dillow has high hopes for this season as she is nearing 1,000 digs before the start of district play.

“My goals for this season are being the best player I can be for my teammates and my coaches as well as hitting 2,000 career digs,” She said. Dillow’s current career dig total is 1,940.

Dillow started playing volleyball in 7th grade and is now one of the best high school players in America according to

“Dillow is the kind of player that challenges us to be better coaches,” Assistant volleyball coach Kenley Buckholt said. “We are constantly looking for ways to make her better to make the people around her better. We can put the world on her shoulders and she will take it as is.”

Dillow is well known for her high energy on the court, constantly hyping up her teammates and dancing.

“Don’t try to dim her light. Let it shine as bright as she needs it to be,” Buckholt said.

Dillow came to Azle her sophomore year after transferring from Weatherford High School and after 3 years on varsity, she holds the school records for most digs in a single season (889) in 2021, most aces in a single season in 2022 (46+), most digs in career (1,940+), Most aces in career (72+), most digs in a single match last Friday against Wichita Falls Rider (69), and most aces in a single match in 2022 (5), according to Buckholt.

“My plan is to continue to grow and never settle,” Dillow said.

Dillow will attend college next year with hopes of continuing her volleyball career.

“I see Dillow having a very bright and successful future,” Teammate Karlee Locke (12) says. “She works hard and strives for nothing but the best for herself and her teammates.”