Rebekah Rupert Rules: Rebel named LKC volleyball player of the year

Rebel named LKC volleyball player of the year

Photo provided Ritchie County’s Rebekah Rupert was named the 2020 Little Kanawha Conference volleyball player of the year by league coaches. Rupert finished the season with 475 kills, 102 blocks, 32 aces, 81 assists and 102 digs.

PARKERSBURG — Ritchie County’s Rebekah Rupert was recognized by league volleyball coaches as the Little Kanawha Conference’s Player of the Year.

“It’s a great honor, especially in the LKC. It’s so competitive,” said Rebel head coach Matt Carpenter. “She’s only a sophomore. She was on pace for 2,000 kills.

“We missed nine or 10 games this year due to COVID related. I’m very happy for her. She is much better from her freshman year. She played all the way around for us.”

Rupert finished her 10th-grade campaign with 475 kills, 102 total blocks, 32 aces, 81 assists and 102 digs.

“She has a good serve. It’s still developing,” added the coach. “Being versatile and agile for her size is a real gift. We’re really happy with her progression.

“She hasn’t even come close to reaching her ceiling yet. With her height and skill set it could be a scary combination for years to come.”

Wirt County senior Emma Wyer was the lone netter to three-peat on the first unit.

The Tiger, who was a key cog in helping the orange and black repeat as Class A state champions, amassed 304 kills, 59 blocks and 102 digs with a .385 hitting efficiency through 17 games entering the state tournament.

Three seniors repeated on the first team — Parkersburg Catholic teammates Aaliyah Brunny and Jenna Boice as well as Tyler Consolidated’s Regan Smith.

The Crusaderettes of head coach Amanda Weatherwax claimed the LKC championship by defeating Gilmer County.

Brunny had 321 downed spikes, 140 digs and 50 blocks. Boice finished with 612 assists, 71 digs, 50 aces and 56 kills.

Smith ended her final season in Kidwell with 51 aces, 290 kills, 43 blocks, 315 assists and 219 digs.

Williamstown junior Lakyn Joy earned a spot on the first team after serving for 33 aces to go along with 571 assists, 64 kills and 272 digs.

The Yellowjackets finished as the regional runner-up to PCHS, but were banned from the state tournament along with their rivals due to Mountain State COVID-19 regulations.

Ravenswood’s Hallie Bigley had 71 aces. The senior served at 81% and had 1,254 passes on target, which is third in school history, to nab a spot on the first unit.

Adeline Sims, Wirt County’s setter, had 557 assists, 27 aces, 11 kills and 39 digs. She was joined on the first team by Clay County senior Alisea McMillion (150 kills, 156 digs, 30 aces), Gilmer County junior Carrah Ferguson (150 kills, 156 digs, 30 aces), Ritchie County sophomore Abby Nichols (757 assists, 50 aces) and Parkersburg Catholic’s Madison Ross (183 kills, 63 block assists, 21 aces, 17 digs).

Williamstown placed both Jillian Modesitt and Kamryn Haynes on the second team.

The other 10 members of the second unit featured Roane County’s Jayden Rogers, Calhoun County’s Christee Chaddock, Tyler Consolidated’s Caleigh Phillips, Wahama’s Emma Gibbs and Chloe Oldaker, Ravenswood’s Hannah Rhodes, Gilmer County’s Taylor McHenry, Doddridge County’s Kaiden Amos and Abi Jo Nicholson as well as Parkersburg Catholic’s Beth Lowther.

Contact Jay Bennett at jbennett@newsandsentinel.com


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