Wetzel County Lands Three on All-State Team
During a season cut short by the coronavirus, possibly the top two teams in Class A were setting on the sideline as the state volleyball tournament got underway in Charleston. Magnolia and Paden City were denied the opportunity to participate as the schools went into the red on the WVDE map. However, the players from these two teams were not denied when the All-State team was chosen as Magnolia’s Mady Winters and Paden City’s Hope Weber and Mallory Yeater became 1st team all-state selections for the second time.
Magnolia’s Mady Winters, who missed her junior year due to injury, came back this season to help lead the Blue Eagles after making first team in 2018.
The Wheeling University signee finished her career 10 kills shy of 2,000. Along with 309 downed spikes this fall, Winters had 66 assists, 125 digs, 38 aces and 71 solo blocks.
Four other seniors also repeated on the first team – Buffalo’s Janessa Harris, Parkersburg Catholic’s Jenna Boice as well as Paden City teammates Hope Weber and Mallory Yeater.
Harris helped the Bison finish as the regional runner-up to Wirt County, but they weren’t allowed to compete at state. She had a .273 hitting efficiency with 189 kills, a 39.9 kill %, 152 digs, 11 blocks and 33 aces while serving at 88.4%.
Paden City, the 2019 state runner-up, fell into the same boat as Magnolia. Neither team was allowed to compete in sectionals as Paden City finished 19-1 with its lone setback coming against the Blue Eagles.
Weber boasted a 55 kill %, had a .476 hitting efficiency, 303 kills, 83 digs, 213 assists, 12.5 blocks and 35 aces as a 97% server. Yeater, a 98.3% server who had 46 aces, finished with 151 digs, 366 assists, 192 kills and a 48.9 kill %. She hit .369.
Tyler Consolidated senior Regan Smith was pegged as the captain of the second team. The Silver Knight established a school record with 43 service points in a match. She had 51 aces, 290 kills, 43 blocks, 315 assists and 219 digs.
2020 West Virginia All-State Volleyball,CLASS A, FIRST TEAM
Emma Wyer, Wirt County SR (CAPTAIN), Aaliyah Brunny, Parkersburg Catholic SR, Mady Winters, Magnolia SR, Janessa Harris, Buffalo SR ,Hope Weber, Paden City SR, Rebekah Rupert, Ritchie County SO, Mallory Yeater, Paden City SR, Jenna Boice, Parkersburg Catholic SR, Adeline Sims, Wirt County SR, Sierra Miller, East Hardy SR
Regan Smith, Tyler Consolidated SR (CAPTAIN), Olivia Ramsey, Man JR, Hannah Casey, Charleston Catholic SR, Lakyn Joy, Williamstown JR, Carrah Ferguson, Gilmer County JR, Gavin Pivont, Summers County SR, Abigail Lanham, Notre Dame SR, Lenieca Grimm, Magnolia SR, Taylor Isaac, Summers County SR, Emma Gibbs, Wahama SR
Special Honorable Mention
Caleigh Phillips, Tyler Consolidated; Kenzie O’Dell, Greenbrier West; Hallie Bigley, Ravenswood; Jillian Modesitt, Williamstown; Joni Smith, Buffalo; Gracie O’Neil, Moorefield; Brooke Nutter, Greenbrier West; Erin Riggle, East Hardy; Abby Nichols, Ritchie County; Sydney Phipps, James Monroe; Hannah Koontz, Pendleton County; Courtney Green, Greater Beckley Christian; Kenzie Rinchich, Sherman; Kaiden Amos, Doddridge County; Victoria Hood, Magnolia; Elizabeth Renzelli, Notre Dame; Chloe Mitchem, River View; Maddy Richards, Wirt County; Kaileigh Hodges, Montcalm; Hannah Lafferre, Petersburg; Chloe Clark, Charleston Catholic
Hannah Rhodes, Ravenswood; Natalie Agee, Greenbrier West; Remi Hinkle, Moorefield; Liv Meador, Summers County; Chloe Hale, Buffalo; Anna Yost, Clay-Battelle; Abi Jo Nicholson, Doddridge County; Shelby Shuman, South Harrison; Taylor McHenry, Gilmer County; Caraline Nelson, Sherman; Jenna Fisher, Greater Beckley Christian; Rhyan Hunter, Huntington St. Joe; Karissa Hunnicutt, James Monroe; McKenzie Thomas, Paden City; Madison Ross, Parkersburg Catholic; Aaliyah Goldizen, Petersburg; Sierra Garlic, River View; Alyssa Kocher, Magnolia; Madalena Daugherty, Madonna; Jenna Gladwell, Meadow Bridge; Mackenzie Smith, St. Marys; Nicole Reasbeck, Wheeling Central