Four juniors on AAA all-state volleyball first team

By Jay Bennett
PARKERSBURG - Musselman's Taylor Lord, who led the Applemen to a state championship with a finals-match-high 15 kills, was honored as the captain of the Class AAA all-state volleyball team, released today by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.Lord, one of a four juniors on the first team, joined Greenbrier East's Abby Brown as the only repeat selections from a year ago."Anytime you've got someone with her all-around skills, she makes such a difference in so many ways," said Musselman coach Shawn Martz, whose squad swept Greenbrier East in the state finals.Lord, who fought some shoulder issues during the season, compiled 567 kills, 293 digs, 28 aces, 25 blocks and had a 2.35 (of 3.0) passer rating.Brown was a key contributor in helping the Spartans to their first state title. She produced 724 downed spikes, 484 assists, was one dig shy of 500 and added 145 aces, 42 blocks and made just 45 serve-receive errors in nearly 700 chances.Parkersburg's Alexandra Dils and Spring Valley's Kassidy Lemons joined Lord and Brown as the other two juniors on the first unit.
Dils, whose season ended against Musselman in the state semifinals, notched 566 kills, 95 solo blocks, 68 block assists, 25 digs and 17 aces. Lemons, whose team fell in the other semifinal to Greenbrier East, put down 435 kills, had 478 digs and served for 57 aces.Seniors comprised the other six spots on the all-state first team.Musselman (Autumn Bartles), Greenbrier East (Katie Shaver) and Spring Valley (Megan Morrison) each landed a second player. Bartles produced 140 kills, 100 aces, 440 assists, 183 digs and 23 blocks. Shaver dished out 916 assists, had 431 kills, 40 aces, 35 blocks and picked up 316 digs. Morrison, a 96-percent server who had 72 aces, also had 296 kills and 263 digs.The other three first-team members were Parkersburg South's Kayleigh Rexroad (211 kills, 78 solo blocks, 31 block assists, 44 aces, 119 digs), George Washington's Jessica Sayre and Leah Blend of Buckhannon-Upshur.Blend, who joined Shaver as the only players to move up from last year's second team, tallied 435 kills, 121 blocks and 93 aces. Sayre, GW's libero, served at 93.1 percent, had 52 aces, 416 digs and handled nearly 600 opposing serves.State quarterfinalist Capital had the second-team captain in senior Tahje Houston. Also earning second-unit honors were Greenbrier East's Ellen Henthorn, Martinsburg's Sophie Foster, Hedgesville's Hannah Weaver, St. Albans' Maura James, Musselman's Kaitlin Ferretti, Parkersburg's Lyxi Reeder, Parkersburg South's Kasey Williams, Mackenzie Leigh of Buckhannon-Upshur and Morgantown's Rachel Gantzer.
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