Independence coach Patty Bryant knows why Brooke Foley is such a good setter, hitter and server.
“You can’t teach competitiveness,” she said. “Brooke has got it. She hustles after every play.”
Foley, a senior and three-year starter for the Patriots, is a repeat first-teamer on the Class AA All-State volleyball team, announced today by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.
She averaged 7.4 assists per game for Independence, which advanced to the state tournament quarterfinals earlier this month and went to states for three of Foley’s four seasons.
“There doesn’t seem to be a bad pass when Brooke is out there,” Bryant said. “She will make a play out of everything.
Foley also served up 94 aces to go along with 97 kills and 265 digs.
Bryant suggested Foley do a jump serve — difficult to receive but tricky to do well. Foley decided against it.
“Brooke is capable of doing it, but she’s such a perfectionist she wanted to make sure her serve goes in,” Bryant said.
Long, lanky and powerful Nikki Shriver from Philip Barbour captains the AA first team.
The Colts’ senior accumulated 512 kills, 238 blocks, 37 aces, 21 assists and more than 400 digs this season as she led the Colts to a 50-7-3 record and the semifinals for the state tournament.
Shriver, though, has meant much more than statistics to the Colts.
“Players like Nikki don’t come around too often,” coach head coach Heather Halfin said. “She is very quiet in what she does, and she just lets her play speak for itself. You never really saw her get real fired up about a kill or a really good dig or anything like that. She just went on about her business. She’s a very humble player.”
For her career, Shriver eclipsed 1,000 kills early in the season – the first player in Philip Barbour’ s program history to accomplish that feat.
Three-time defending Class AA state champion Oak Glen has three players on the first team, seniors Morgan Poling and Vanessa Hissam and junior Jessica Stivason.
Poling, a four-year starter and Fairmont State signee, spiked for 364 kills and had more than 344 combined blocks this season. She also served at a 98 percent accuracy average.
Hissam, a three-year letterman, finished with 358 kills and her serving accuracy for the season was 92 percent.
Stivason, another three-year letterman, finished with 242 kills and 275 blocks for the Golden Bears.
“They all work hard,” coach Ethel Riser said. “If they didn’t, they wouldn’t be where they’re at today because you can’t just come to practice and play and have a good old time. It’s there to work. The fun comes after you win a game. Then, you can celebrate.”
Mariah Davis joins Shriver in representing Philip Barbour on the first team. Davis accumulated 353 kills, 100 blocks, 13 assists and more than 110 digs this season.
Hannah King represents runner-up Herbert Hoover. King finished with 472 kills, 115 blocks and 187 digs.
Denise Adkins represents state tournament semifinalist Robert C. Byrd on the squad. The Alderson-Broaddus signee led the Flying Eagles, finishing the season with 485 kills, 47 blocks, 47 aces, 27 assists and 168 digs.
Katie Buckbee of Ravenswood totaled 394 kills, 41 blocks and 57 aces to earn a spot on the first team.
Frankfort’s Autumn Dishman rounds out the first team. The Falcons’ libero was one of the top defensive players in Class AA.
The second team is captained by PikeView junior Haleigh Compton and consists of seniors, Independence’s Anne Bass, Robert C. Byrd’s Quinn Saunders, Bridgeport’s Kyley Pierce, Westside’s Mikayla Abbott and Philip Barbour’s Hannah Stewart, along with junior Gracen Samples of Clay County and sophomores Kenna DeLancey of Ritchie County and Herbert Hoover’s Ashton King.
— Randall Jett from the Exponent-Telegram and Dan Stillwell of The Register-Herald contributed to this story
The Class AA all-state volleyball team released by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association:
Nikki Shriver, Philip Barbour, Sr. (Captain)
Morgan Poling, Oak Glen, Sr.
Hannah King, Herbert Hoover, Sr.
Brooke Foley, Independence, Sr.
Katie Buckbee, Ravenswood, Sr.
Vanessa Hissam, Oak Glen, Sr.
Denise Adkins, Robert C. Byrd, Sr.
Jessica Stivason, Oak Glen, Jr.
Mariah Davis, Philip Barbour, Sr.
Autumn Dishman, Frankfort, Sr.
Haleigh Compton, PikeView, Jr. (Captain)
Kenna DeLancey, Ritchie County, Soph.
Anne Bass, Independence, Sr.
Gracen Samples, Clay County, Jr.
Quinn Saunders, Robert C. Byrd, Sr.
Kyley Pierce, Bridgeport, Sr.
Mikayla Abbott, Westside, Sr.
Ashton King, Herbert Hoover, Soph.
Hannah Stewart, Philip Barbour, Sr.
Kayla Via, James Monroe, Jr.
SPECIAL HONORABLE MENTION
Danielle Brown, Westside; Kasey Endicott, Wayne; Carissa Williams, Oak Glen; Leah Kuhn, Ritchie County; Brandi Young, Berkeley Springs; Carlee Craddock, Clay County; Jenna Correll, Lincoln; Karly Cooper, Robert C. Byrd; Cheyenne Earl, Petersburg; Sydney Leatherman, Bridgeport; Tori Postlewait, East Fairmont; Christy Hamilton, Nicholas County; Hannah Cook, PikeView; Jesi Dayton, Frankfort; Allison Rager, Herbert Hoover; Kaden Whaley, Fairmont Senior
Laine Shiflet, James Monroe; Katelyn Hannah, Liberty (Raleigh); Logan Frame, Braxton County; Ashley Curry, Mingo Central; Skylar Kipps, Independence; Kaylee Ritter, Liberty (Harrison); Tia Querrey, Ravenswood; Cheyenne Davis, Sissonville; Bre Pertee, Wyoming East; Alex Baisden, Chapmanville; Alli Crabtree, Tolsia; Audrey Holley, Summers County; Daisy Eklund, Robert C. Byrd; Lacee Sites, Petersburg; Kristyn Johnson, Mingo Central; Haley Foster, Keyser