By Jay W. Bennett
The Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Small school finalists Williamstown and Tyler Consolidated each landed a pair of first-team members, but Wirt County’s Emily Ohrn was chosen as captain of the Class A all-state volleyball team released today by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.
Even though the 2011 state champion Tigers of head coach Janet Frazier failed to reach the Class A state tournament for the first time since 2003, the senior Ohrn did a little bit of everything for Wirt County this fall and was the top vote-getter.
After changing from outside hitter to middle hitter at the start of the season, Ohrn eventually had to change positions again when coach Frazier moved her to setter. In her final year for the orange and black, Ohrn tallied 68 aces and produced more than 700 assists and 200 kills. She also served at 95 percent and had better than 80 blocks.
Although there were no repeat first team Class A all-state selections this year, Tyler Consolidated’s Allison Wable was a first team honoree in Class AA last fall.
The state runner-up Silver Knights, who were swept by Williamstown in the single-A finals, not only placed the senior Wable on the first team unit, but also fellow classmate Torrye Cline.
Wable, who was honored as the co-Little Kanawha Conference Player of the Year along with Williamstown’s Brooke Cieslewski, produced 537 kills, 135 blocks, 87 digs and 37 aces. Cline, the senior setter for the Silver Knights, finished the campaign with 44 blocks, 64 aces, 305 digs and 1,003 assists.
Cieslewski, the Yellowjackets’ libero who was a key cog in helping Williamstown to its second volleyball crown in school history, finished with 694 digs, 48 aces and 21 kills. Williamstown’s Carley Ellison also garnered first team honors as the versatile senior collected 47 aces, 136 blocks, 187 digs and 236 downed spikes.
East Hardy senior Morgan Mongold helped the Cougars reach the state semifinals before they bowed out in four sets to Tyler Consolidated. In her final match for EHHS, Mongold had 21 kills and two dozen digs. For the season, she had 26 blocks, 59 aces, almost 350 digs and 618 kills.
Maddie Roedersheimer was one of the main reasons why Parkersburg Catholic made the state tournament for the first time since 1995. The senior Crusaderette was a 97 percent server who had 50 blocks, 176 digs and 426 kills.
Buffalo libero Courtney Persinger was a dominate passer for the Bison of head coach Brian Null, who said her 2.67 passing rating (on the 3.0 scale) was the best he’s ever had in 13 years of coaching. Persinger concluded her first team all-state senior year as a 96 percent server who had 68 aces and 684 digs.
The other two first-team members were juniors Mallory Chapman of Magnolia and Hannah Gallian of Charleston Catholic.
Chapman led the Blue Eagles to the state tournament for the first time in more than a decade and had 75 aces, 128 blocks, 350 kills and 364 digs. Gallian was one player Irish opponents didnát want to attack as she collected 750 digs to go along with 15 assists, 48 aces and 54 downed spikes.
Man’s Summer Sword was honored as the second team all-state captain.
The rest of the second team featured Paden Cityás Lynnsie Parsons, Gilmer County’s Julie Bishop, Charleston Catholic’s Simone Assaley, Wirt Countyás Taylor Watson, Williamstown’s Kenzie Smith, Maria Carter of Greater Beckley Christian, Trinity’s Brandi Flynn, Sherman’s Tori May and Allison Gilkerson of Meadow Bridge.
Class A All-State
The Class A all-state volleyball team released by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association:
Emily Ohrn, Wirt County, SR (CAPTAIN)
Allison Wable, Tyler Consolidated, SR
Morgan Mongold, East Hardy, SR
Maddie Roedersheimer, Parkersburg Catholic, SR
Brooke Cieslewski, Williamstown, SR
Torrye Cline, Tyler Consolidated, SR
Courtney Persinger, Buffalo, SR
Mallory Chapman, Magnolia, JR
Carley Ellison, Williamstown, SR
Hannah Gallian, Charleston Catholic, JR
Summer Sword, Man, SR (CAPTAIN)
Lynnsie Parsons, Paden City, SR
Julie Bishop, Gilmer County, JR
Simone Assaley, Charleston Catholic, SR
Taylor Watson, Wirt County, SR
Kenzie Smith, Williamstown, SR
Maria Carter, Greater Beckley Christian, SR
Brandi Flynn, Trinity, JR
Tori May, Sherman, SR
Allison Gilkerson, Meadow Bridge, SR
Special Honorable Mention
Sarah Liller, East Hardy; Alexis Fanaro, Pendleton County; Cassidy Bayes, Fayetteville; Lauren Cline, Magnolia; Sophia Messenger, Notre Dame; Neely Benline, Cameron; Mackenzie Smith, Sherman; Danielle Poling, Clay-Battelle; Shanda Howell, Tygarts Valley; Hannah Fisher, Parkersburg Catholic; Heather Lambert, Greater Beckley Christian; Brandy Bunch, Wirt County; Jessica Brown, Fayetteville; Ali Burdette, Buffalo; Nicollette Sellitti, Madonna; Megan Carpenter, Tyler Consolidated
Ashley Wickline, Meadow Bridge; Mika McCoy, Man; Jessie Kerns, Williamstown; Raven Turner, Pendleton County; Cathy Wippel, Huntington St. Joe; Brooklyn Manns, Calhoun County; Logan Cosper, Paden City; Kayla Hill, Greater Beckley Christian; Molly Angotti, Notre Dame; Shayna Vetter, Moorefield; Cassidy Rao, Pocahontas County; Amber Carder, South Harrison; Lauren Skaggs, Valley (Fayette); Ashton Griffith, East Hardy; Sarah Ferguson, Doddridge County; Marissa Manns, Tug Valley.