Parkersburg Big Red Kirby snags pick for all-MSAC

Parkersburg High School junior Shay-Lee Kirby, pictured here spiking the ball in a match earlier this year inside Memorial Fieldhouse, was selected first team all-Mountain State Athletic Conference. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

PARKERSBURG — Big Red junior Shay-Lee Kirby of Parkersburg was the only local player to earn first-team all-Mountain State Athletic Conference volleyball honors.

PHS, which lost senior spiker Amayah Lauer (second team all-MSAC) to a knee injury prior to sectionals, failed to advance to last week’s state tournament in Charleston.

Virginia Tech-bound Tessa Wyner of George Washington was named the MSAC Player of the Year and Woodrow Wilson’s Bre Rhodes was selected as the Coach of the Year.

Wyner helped the Patriots to a 58-2-3 overall record, but head coach Missy Smith’s squad was upset by Hedgesville in the Class AAA state quarterfinals. Wyner concluded her final year for GW with 530 kills, 82 aces, 268 digs, 107 solo blocks and a .390 hitting efficiency.

Kirby had 47 aces, 84 total blocks, 117 digs, 387 kills and a .252 hitting efficiency for red and white head coach Erin Thorpe.

Coach Smith’s program landed a trio of players on the first unit as West Virginia University recruit Keatan Broughton and Ashley McClung, who is off to Gannon University, also made the nod. The libero Broughton had 548 digs, 78 aces, 125 assists and 20 kills while McClung finished with 71 aces, 223 digs, 423 kills, 657 assists, 43.5 total blocks and a .440 hitting efficiency.

The only other 12th-grader who landed on the first unit was Fairmont State University recruit Brianna Washburn. In her final season for the Redskins, the middle hitter had 593 downed spikes (.602 hitting efficiency), 48 aces, 216 digs and 89 solo blocks (131.5 total).

Also earning first-team selections were Cabell Midland junior outside hitter Gracie Brumfield, St. Albans sophomore Kiersten Eggleton (446 kills, 464 digs, 63 aces, 490 assists), Spring Valley 10th-grader Alex Darby (400-plus kills, 300-plus digs) and Woodrow Wilson’s Bryce Knapp. The junior Knapp not only had 96 aces, 493 digs, 885 assists and 30 solo blocks, but she also registered 327 kills (.291 hitting efficiency).

Ripley High School senior Anna Kurnot was chosen as honorable mention for Viking head coach Dusti Fisher.