PB’s Hill, Denison earn first-team honors
Elkins High School’s Price, Lady Colts’ Domingues listed as honorable mention
CLARKSBURG — Philip Barbour’s Alyssa Hill and Emily Denison have been named to the first team of the Class AA all-state volleyball team as chosen by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association
Hill, the Big 10 Conference Player of the Year, had 534 kills and 152 blocks while coming up with more than 475 digs.
Denison, a freshman middle hitter, was a force in the middle with 475 kills and more than 200 blocks for the Lady Colts, who advanced to the state semifinals in their 18th straight appearance in the state tournament.
Elkins High School senior Sam Price, meanwhile, was listed as honorable mention.
West Virginia University commit Skye Stokes, who led Oak Glen to a perfect 38-0 record and state title, was named captain of the first team.
Teammate Hannah Rogers was also named to the first unit.
Stokes ended the season with 392 kills, 45 blocks and 158 aces.
In addition, she assisted on 77 of her teammates’ kills and had 235 digs. Rogers, a senior lefty outside hitter, was right behind Stokes with 314 kills. She also had 139 aces and 191 digs.
Runner-up Shady Spring, which finished 48-6-2, also had two girls on the first team, as senior setter Breadlea Hayhurst and freshman outside hitter Meg Williams were accorded first-team status.
Hayhurst had 769 assists to pace the Tigers. She also came up with 189 kills and 24 blocks when on the front line, while also leading the team with 395 digs. Williams led the team with 437 kills and had 31 blocks, while serving up 112 aces.
State semifinalist Bridgeport had junior Shea Hefner chosen to the first team, with the team rounded out by Frankfort’s Macie Miller, Point Pleasant’s Tristan Wilson and Winfield’s Esten Clay.
Hefner, at just 5-5, was Bridgeport’s go-to hitter.
Despite missing 15 matches due to injuries to both ankles, Hefner put down 424 kills, while also coming up with 300 digs and 85 aces.
Miller, a senior middle hitter/defensive specialist, led the Falcons with 325 kills, 62 blocks, 260 digs and 48 aces.
Clay, who recently signed with UNC-Charlotte, had 435 digs, 79 aces and 240 points scored.
Bridgeport senior middle hitter/defensive specialist Payton Merica was chosen to captain the second team. Merica put down 448 kills and had 66 blocks at the net, while also coming up with 180 digs.
Skye Stokes, Oak Glen, Sr. (CAPTAIN), Alyssa Hill, Philip Barbour, Soph., Shea Hefner, Bridgeport, Jr., Hannah Rogers, Oak Glen, Sr., Bradlea Hayhurst, Shady Spring, Sr., Esten Clay, Winfield, Sr., Meg Williams, Shady Spring, Fr., Macie Miller, Frankfort, Sr.,Tristan Wilson, Point Pleasant, Jr., Emily Denison, Philip Barbour, Fr.
Payton Merica, Bridgeport, Sr. (CAPTAIN), Emily Reed, Winfield, Sr., Kelsie Dangerfield, Shady Spring, Soph., Destiny Blankenship, Independence, Jr., Rachel LeRose, Nicholas County, Sr., McKayla Goodwin, Oak Glen, Sr.,Taylor Lough, Robert C. Byrd, Sr., Summer Stover, East Fairmont, Jr., Sophia Mikula, Weir, Sr., Faith McAfee, Herbert Hoover, Jr.,
Special Honorable Mention
Chloe Puffinburger, Frankfort; Emma Kennedy, Philip Barbour; Abby Fazzini, Robert C. Byrd; Hayley Hovious, Winfield; Maggie Gadomski, Nicholas County; Sierra Strickland, Roane County; Violet Sickles, Bridgeport; Brooklyn Cheek, Man; Kaleigh Davis, Chapmanville; Kerigan Moore, Nitro; Jaedyn Hissam, Oak Glen; Laken McKinney, PikeView; Jocelyn Abraham, Braxton County; Presley McGee, Herbert Hoover; Olivia Dotson, Point Pleasant; Chloe Thompson, Shady Spring; Alisea McMillion, Clay CountyHonorable MentionAlly Morris, Berkeley Springs; Julia Griffith, Bridgeport; Chloe Johnson, Fairmont Senior; Emilea Holcomb, Clay County; Morgan Marty, Liberty (Raleigh); Shayla Whiteman, Petersburg; Makenna Douthitt, Frankfort; Kyra Davis, Independence; MaKaily Thomson-Moran, Keyser; Riley Domingues, Philip Barbour; Samantha Price, Elkins; Allison Rockwell, Lincoln; Zoe Evans, Mingo Central; Jordan Heckert, Robert C. Byrd; Bailey Malnick, North Marion; Taylor Brown, Westside; MaKayla Keenan, Berkeley Springs; Katie Underwood, Scott