Midland's Weaver heads Class AAA all-state volleyball team
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Cabell Midland may not have finished as the state volleyball champion, but star Cassie Weaver has landed as captain of the Class AAA all-state volleyball team, released today by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.
The Knights were knocked out in the first round of the state tournament, but Weaver's performance certainly didn't go unnoticed.
Her yearlong performance turned heads, as well.
Weaver, who has signed to play at Marshall University, is the top vote getter after putting up some of the biggest numbers in the state in every major category.
The Mountain State Athletic Conference player of the year, Weaver recorded 583 kills, 531 digs, 69 aces and 101 blocks in leading Cabell Midland to a 35-14-2 record. She finished with 1,500 digs and 1,852 kills for her career.
"Cassie is always trying to better herself, whether it be with her hitting or her defense. Cassie is never satisfied with just mediocre play and is often harder on herself than most coaches would be on her," said Cabell Midland coach Cynthia Machmer.
That determination got Weaver on the first team for a second straight year. George Washington's Hannah Shreve earned a third straight first-team pick, and Musselman's Corisha Smith was also a repeat first-team selection.
Shreve, a West Virginia University signee, led the Patriots to a state title with a 15-kill performance against the Applemen in the title game. For the year, she finished with 438 kills, 73 aces and 162 blocks.
Musselman's Smith, an outside hitter, had 495 kills, 210 digs and 60 aces.
George Washington and Musselman each had an additional player on the first team for the first time. For the Patriots, setter Sydney Downey, who moved up from second team, recorded 1,336 assists,172 digs and 111 aces. Taylor Lord, just a sophomore, had a team-high 554 kills and 331 digs for state runner-up Musselman, which was in the state championship match for the third straight year.
Of the remaining first-team selections, two were from Spring Valley, the 2011 champion and state semifinalist this year. Those players were senior captains Brittany Ritter and Kendra Pemberton. Ritter had 314 kills, 346 digs and 32 aces, while Pemberton had 1,028 assists, 102 kills, 342 digs and 57 aces.
Parkersburg's Imani Ward and Woodrow Wilson's Anne Patterson, second-team selections last season, and Greenbrier East's Abby Brown rounded out the Class AAA first team.
Ward helped the Big Reds reach the state semifinals, producing 479 kills, 242 digs and 60 blocks. Patterson was a four-year starter for the Flying Eagles.
Brown, who helped Greenbrier East reach the state tournament, had 550 kills, 78 aces and 343 digs.
Parkersburg's Paige Warner was chosen as the Class AAA second-team captain. The rest of the second-team selections included Huntington's Alexis Williams, Winfield's Carla Gunnewig, Princeton's Haley Connor, George Washington's Lexi Mourier, Cabell Midland's Taylor Reidel, Musselman's Kaitlin Ferretti, Buckhannon-Upshur's Leah Blend, Greenbrier East's Kaitie Shaver and Parkersburg South's Lexi Spencer.