PHS gets two on 2nd AAA all-state team
GW's Wyner lands all-state captain
GW’s Wyner lands all-state captain
By ERIC JONES
Special to The News and Sentinel
MARTINSBURG — Musselman and George Washington were the top two volleyball teams in the state all season long.
At season’s end, the Applemen finished as the top team outright after winning their second straight Class AAA state title and sixth overall. The Patriots, who fell in the quarterfinals, now finish with the most players on the triple-A all-state first team, as chosen by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.
George Washington, a 58-win team this year, landed three players on the first team. Leading the way is captain and three-time first-team selection Tessa Wyner, who ended her career with an impressive season that included 530 kills, 82 aces, 268 digs and 140 total blocks (107 solo). She’s joined by teammates Keatan Broughton (548 digs, 78 aces, 125 assists) and Ashley McClung (423 kills, 71 aces, 657 assists).
Juniors Jaden Gray of state-champion Musselman and Bryce Knapp of Woodrow Wilson are also repeat first-team selections.
Gray led her team in kills (450) and was second in aces (86), while also adding 303 digs and 23 blocks. She also had a hitting percentage of .245 in helping the Applemen win back-to-back titles and appeared in their eighth straight championship match.
“Jaden has really improved her all-around game. She was third on our team in aces and passing rating. She made a much greater impact in all areas of play,” Musselman coach Shawn Martz said. “She was already one of the most dominate offensive players in our state, and she has developed into one of the most complete players in West Virginia.”
Knapp’s statistics include 327 kills, 493 digs, 96 aces and 855 assists and hit at a .291 clip. She also had 30 total blocks for the Flying Eagles.
State runner-up Spring Valley was represented by sophomore Alex Darby. The Timberwolves’ outside hitter recorded 453 kills, 336 digs and 32 aces, while having a serving efficiency of 89 percent.
Joining them on the first team are seniors Nikki Johnson of Hedgesville, Brianna Washburn of Hurricane, Hannah Southcott of Princeton and junior Karlei Shaver of Greenbrier East.
Johnson spent most of the season at libero before moving back to outside hitter during the postseason and leading the Eagles to an upset win over George Washington in the state quarterfinals. She finished the year with 405 digs, 35 aces and 79 kills.
Washburn had a strong season for semifinalist Hurricane, totaling 593 kills, 216 digs, 131.5 blocks (89 solo) and 48 aces. Southcott, the school record holder in kills and digs, had 409 kills, 535 digs, 42 aces and 62 blocks for the Tigers.
The Spartans’ Shaver compiled 475 kills, 362 digs and 65 aces.
The second-team honorees are all seniors and juniors. That senior group includes captain Maddy Mayle of John Marshall, Maddie Cochran of Greenbrier East, Haley Shelton of Musselman, Kiersten Landers of Hurricane and Amayah Lauer of Parkersburg.
The group of juniors includes Parkersburg’s Shay-Lee Kirby, Buckhannon-Upshur’s Madison Shepherd, Morgantown’s Madison McDonald, Cabell Midland’s Gracie Brumfield and Woodrow Wilson’s Sydney McClung.
2017 West Virginia All-State Volleyball
CLASS AAA, FIRST TEAM
Tessa Wyner, George Washington, SR (Captain)
Jaden Gray, Musselman, JR
Bryce Knapp. Woodrow Wilson, JR
Keatan Broughton, George Washington, SR
Ashley McClung, George Washington, SR
Nikki Johnson, Hedgesville, SR
Karlei Shaver, Greenbrier East, JR
Brianna Washburn, Hurricane, SR
Alex Darby, Spring Valley, SO
Hannah Southcott, Princeton, SR
Maddy Mayle, John Marshall, SR (Captain)
Maddie Cochran, Greenbrier East, SR
Shay-Lee Kirby, PHS, JR
Haley Shelton, Musselman, SR
Madison Shepherd, Buckhannon-Upshur, JR
Madison McDonald, Morgantown, JR
Gracie Brumfield, Cabell Midland, JR
Kiersten Landers, Hurricane, SR
Sydney McClung, Woodrow Wilson, SR
Amayah Lauer, PHS, SR
Special Honorable Mention
Abbey Anderson, Greenbrier East; Sydney Maxwell, Buckhannon-Upshur; Kiersten Eggleton, St. Albans; Ericka Link, Hedgesville; Sarah Wright, Musselman; Macie Motley, Huntington; Adrian Coalson, Woodrow Wilson; Madison Chadwell, Hurricane; Cameron Lloyd, Wheeling Park; Alex Ball, Spring Valley; Tommi Lunsford, Cabell Midland; Emily Carl, Hampshire
Rylee Harris, Parkersburg South; Lauren Garcia, John Marshall; Hannah Adkins, Parkersburg; Gabrielle Potter, South Charleston; Jenna Cooper, Brooke; Hannah Spruce, Capital; Anna Kurnot, Ripley; Paris Sokel, Washington; Ashleigh Wallin, Martinsburg; Cassie Fink, Parkersburg South; Jade Rossetti, Preston; Katelyn McVicker, St. Albans