The Virginia high school tournaments are all completed now concluding with 6 championships for this past 2016 season. All the tournament play was staged at Stuart C. Siegel Center at Virginia Commonwealth University. With many teams returning back to familiar territory and teams looking to keep the title or looking for revenge, the Virginia High School League Championships had very interesting turnouts.
Each division is divided up into different groups labeled 6A-1A. The six groups are classified by how many students are enrolled in each division, 6A having the most enrolled and 1A having the least enrolled.
Floyd Kellam played Ocean Lakes on Thursday, November 17, 2016 for the 6A division in the Virginia high school volleyball championship. Floyd Kellam won 3 games to 2 against Ocean Lakes.
Floyd Kellam is ranked #7 in the state of Virginia and nationally ranked 252 and completed their season with a 24-8 record.
Folyd Kellam’s middle blocker, Madison Trypuc, received the award for player of the match during the state finals with a .600 hitting percentage. The defense stacked up 92 digs during the match and the 6-2 setters totaled 57 assists to close out the match with a 15-12 point win in the 5th game.
Princess Anne blew away Briar Woods in the finals that occurred on November 19, 2016 for 5a division. Princess Anne swept Briar Woods 25-15, 25-23, and 25-11.
Princess Anne is ranked No. 1 in Virginia and nationally ranked 40. With a 31-2 season and a 7-0 region wins, Princess Anne was also ranked No 1 with service aces (355) and ranked No.2 in single kills (1,165) in 2016.
Briar Woods senior setter, Megan Courtney, received the senior 2nd team all-conference setter while their right side, Mackenzie Courtney, received 2nd team all-conference during the final match. Even with Logan Manusky’s (Conference 14’s Player of the Year) 6 kills and 20 digs and Maria Gonzalez’s 15 set assists were not enough to overcome Princess Anne.
Princess Anne’s power hitter, Jayna Francis, completed a match-high 18 kills and senior setter, Alyssa Presto, totaled 32 assists.
Loudoun County took the win against Jamestown high school on November 19, 2017 winning the finals for 4A division with a 3 games to 1 win. This is Loudoun County 5th straight state championship against Jamestown.
Loudon County had a 28-2 season and 10-0 regional season being ranked No. 6 in VA and 243 nationally. Jamestown had a 28-2 season as well and 8-0 regionally being ranked No. 4 in VA and 213 nationally.
Loudoun County’s Hailey Rubino receives Region 4A West Player of the Year totaling 15 kills, 2 aces, and 12 digs during the final match against Jamestown. Hannah Aycock received First Team All-Region outside hitter and Sela Carrington received Second Team All-Region middle hitter.
On Saturday November 19 Hidden Valley took the win over Blacksburg High winning the state champtionship for 3A division. This is the 5th time in this 2016 season where Hidden Valley defeats Blacksburg.
Hidden Valley had an overall season record of 31-2 and regionally 7-0 leaving them ranked No. 2 in VA and 84 nationally. Blacksburg had an overall season record of 18-9 and regionally 7-2 leaving them ranked No. 17 in VA and 692 nationally.
Even with the tough loss, Blacksburg High School walked away with the Sportsmanship Award.
Marion completely dominated Lee during the 2A state finals on November 19. Marion had a 9-1 overall season leaving them ranked No. 9 in VA and 354 nationally. Lee had a 22-8 overall season leaving them ranked No. 39 in VA and 1,614 nationally.
Marion senior Callee Cox reached a team-high of 11 kills in the finals while Margaret Wagner produced 5 digs, 4 kills and 2 aces.
Mackensie Bowles led Lee with 13 digs and 6 kills but that wasn’t enough for Lee to overcome the Marion 3 to 1 game defeat. But Lee did receive the Sportsmanship Award during the 2A finals.
Rappahannock County defeated Mathews in the 1A group girls finals on November 19. Rappahannock County had a 19-0 overall season ranked No. 14 in VA and 632 nationally. Mathews had a 21-3 record and 10-0 regionally leaving them ranked 62 in VA and 2,463 nationally.
Rappahannock County outside hitter, Julia Estes, dominated in the final match. Estes, the two-time Bull Run district player of the year, totaled 29 kills, 19 digs, and 2 aces. Rappahannock setter, Robey, tallied a game-high of 45 assists.
Mathews’ senior libero, Keely Critenden, totaled 17 digs during the final match while senior setter, Madison South, tallied 32 assists and 17 digs. Even though Mathews didn’t walk away with a championship, they did walk away with the sportsmanship award.
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