By Jay W. Bennett
The Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Independence’s Brooke Foley has been named to the Class AA all-state volleyball first team released today by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.
The 5-foot-7 junior was not only a fine setter, accumulating 704 assists, but was an all-around player with 132 kills, 143 digs, 62 assists and more than two dozen blocks.
“Brooke is an outstanding player who wants to play every position,” Independence coach Patty Bryant said. “She’s a team leader and an awesome person to be around. She has got it all in volleyball.”
Patriots’ outside hitter Anne Bass, a 5-7 junior and Foley’s favorite target, was named to the second team along with Nicholas County’s Lauren Young and Shayla Stear, PikeView’s Danielle Compton and James Monroe’s Jenna Hancock.
Four-year starter Lacee Porter ended her senior year by helping Oak Glen successfully defend its state title and was named captain of the AA first team.
Porter and Philip Barbour senior Brooke DePoy, the Big Ten Conference Player of the Year, were the only first-team repeat picks.
“It has been great to have someone like Lacee on my team,” stated veteran Oak Glen head coach Ethel Riser, who watched Porter put down 309 kills, to go along with 33 aces and 76 digs en route to a 40-6 record.
“She is one of the hardest workers I have ever had. She strives to be the best hitter she can be. For someone her height, she can put the ball down with as great a force as the best of them.”
DePoy posted 558 digs and 280 kills to go along with 69 solo blocks and 50 block assists. Both Porter and DePoy had teammates garner first team accolades thanks to juniors Morgan Poling of the Golden Bears and Nikki Shriver of the Colts.
A one-two punch on the court, Poling helped dominate at the net when Porter was in the back row. All Poling did this season was register 143 solo blocks, 43 block assists, 237 kills and added 161 digs. Shriver, who is just 20 kills away from 1,000 for her career, had 385 downed spikes this fall and added 360 digs, 89 solo blocks and 39 block assists.
Liberty’s (Harrison) Shaniah Holtz moved up to first team after being selected as the second team captain during her junior year. Holtz concluded her final season as a Mountaineer with 112 aces, 123 kills and 184 assists.
The other five members of the first team unit included a trio of seniors — Alicia Noble of Robert C. Byrd, Frankfort’s Alexis Rice and Ravenswood’s Katie Buckbee — as well as junior Hannah King of Herbert Hoover.
Noble, a second-team Class AAA all-state selection in 2011, registered 301 downed spikes, 142 digs, 65 aces, 57 assists and 26 blocks. Rice tallied 887 assists, 149 digs, 58 kills, 48 aces and 37 blocks. The Red Devil Buckbee finished three kills shy of 300, had 42 blocks, 65 aces and 999 passes on target.
King was a dominant force for the Huskies in several areas. Not only did she serve up 102 aces and put down 338 kills, but King also had 93 blocks and 83 digs.
Frankfort senior Mikala Miller was chosen as captain of the all-state second team.
State runner-up Ritchie County had a pair of second team selections thanks to Kenna DeLancey and Amanda Davis. Sissonville’s Bekah Baldwin and Wayne’s Kasey Endicott round out the second team.
— Register-Herald Sports Writer Dan Stillwell contributed to this story.
Class AA All-State Teams
The Class AA all-state volleyball team released by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association:
Lacee Porter, Oak Glen, sr. (Captain)
Brooke DePoy, Philip Barbour, sr.
Brooke Foley, Independence, jr.
Hannah King, Herbert Hoover, jr.
Shaniah Holtz, Liberty (Harrison), sr.
Morgan Poling, Oak Glen, jr.
Nikki Shriver, Philip Barbour, jr.
Alicia Noble, Robert C. Byrd, sr.
Alexis Rice, Frankfort, sr.
Katie Buckbee, Ravenswood, sr.
Mikala Miller, Frankfort, sr. (Captain)
Kenna DeLancey, Ritchie County, fr.
Anne Bass, Independence, jr.
Haleigh Compton, PikeView, so.
Lauren Young, Nicholas County, sr.
Shayla Stear, Nicholas County, sr.
Jenna Hancock, James Monroe, sr.
Bekah Baldwin, Sissonville, sr.
Kasey Endicott, Wayne, so.
Amanda Davis, Ritchie County, sr.
Special Honorable Mention
Cady Messenger, Bridgeport; Quinn Saunders, Robert C. Byrd; Olivia Haught, Ritchie County; Abby Tice, Oak Glen; Katelyn Hall, Chapmanville; Kirsty Kuhens, Lincoln; Avery Pivont, Summers County; Ashton King, Herbert Hoover; Stephanie Cormachia, Frankfort; Holly Mack, PikeView; Danielle Browning, Mingo Central; Kimberlyn Persina, Weir; Heather Hickman, Liberty (Harrison); Kerrie Lahoda, Tolsia; Abbey Cover, River View; Samantha Pauley, Liberty (Raleigh); Mikayla Abbott, Westside; Cheyenne Earle, Petersburg
Haley Palmer, Ravenswood; Damia Mogielski, Herbert Hoover; Muriah Nutter, Roane County; Vanessa Hissam, Oak Glen; Tristin Toman, Ritchie County; Brittany Porter, Frankfort; Abbie Smith, Liberty (Harrison); Gracen Samples, Clay County; Mariah Davis, Philip Barbour; Nicole Hamilton, Nicholas County; Savannah Perry, Wayne; Danielle Brown, Westside; Alex Baisden, Chapmanville; Molly Wickline, James Monroe; Denise Adkins, Robert C. Byrd; Jordan Younger, Mount View; Alexis May, PikeView; Haley Shrewsbury, Summers County.