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Timesland Volleyball player of the Year: Jordan Watson, Auburn High School.
The Roanoke Times | File 2012
Auburn's Jordan Watson (left) and Madison Shumaker reach to block a spike during the Division 1 State championship game.
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Timesland Player of the Year
Watson, an outside/middle hitter, led Auburn to its first VHSL Group A Division 1 state title as the Eagles won every postseason match 3-0. A two-time Region C player of the year, she had 369 kills, 59½ blocks and 261 digs this season. During a four year career, Watson set a VHSL record with 1,380 kills and added 353 career blocks. The 6-foot-1 Watson paced a 27-3 team that did not lose to a Group A opponent and won 21 straight postseason matches. She signed to play for Radford University.
CAROLINE BOONE | HIDDEN VALLEY | Outside hitter | Senior
Region IV player of the year led the Titans to Group AA runner-up finish with five-game loss to Loudoun County in the final. ... Finished with 1,007 career kills including 329 this year. ... Had 31 blocks, 69 aces, 92 percent serving, and 62 digs. ... Signed with Francis Marion
CAROLINE BRAILSFORD | PATRICK HENRY | Setter | Senior
Northwest Region player of the year ... Finished 2012 with 723 assists 160 kills, 45 blocks, 191 digs, and 84 aces. ... Delivered 40 assists as PH won its first regional title in the current postseason format in a five-game epic at previously undefeated Albemarle.
JENNY CLARK | HIDDEN VALLEY | Outside hitter | Senior
A versatile player and a main reason the Titans swept to River Ridge District and Region IV championships and were Group AA runners-up. ... Swatted 183 kills with 2.1 passing, 79 aces, 95 percent serving, and 236 digs. ... First team all district and all region.
MAIRIN GUILFOYLE | ROANOKE CATHOLIC | Outside hitter/Middle hitter | Senior
Led Catholic to back-to-back VIS Division III titles. ... Hammered 15 kills as the Celtics blitzed Hampton Christian in the final. ... Finished with 337 kills this season en route to 1,011 for her career. ... Her 85 aces came with a 90.1 service percentage. ... Added 33 blocks.
ALYSSA McKINLEY | CAVE SPRING | Outside hitter | Senior
Set school single-season records with 108 aces and 304 service points. ... Had 90.4 service percentage, 243 Kills and 31 blocks. ... Had 12 kills and eight aces as the Knights stopped previously undefeated Patrick County in Region IV semis to qualify for state again.
SARAH MILLER | PATRICK HENRY | Outside hitter | Senior
Shared Western Valley District player of the year honors with teammate Caroline Brailsford. ... First-team All-Northwest Region. ... Her combination of accuracy and power led to 401 kills, 188 digs, and 30 aces. ... Crunched 26 kills in regional final vs. Albemarle.
BROOKE FUHREY | LORD BOTETOURT | Senior
ALEX HAWKS | GILES | Junior
HANNAH HELBERT | PATRICK COUNTY | Senior
ERIN HOLSINGER | CAVE SPRING | Senior
ALEAH KEATON | NORTHSIDE | Freshman
MADISON MORRIS | HIDDEN VALLEY | Junior
AVA PEREZ | ROANOKE CATHOLIC | Senior
COACH OF THE YEAR
CARLA POFF | Hidden Valley
Poff orchestrated the Titans' Group AA runner-up campaign as Hidden Valley swept four matches against rival Cave Spring and finished 29-5. Besides the Titans' loss in five games to Loudoun County in the state final, they lost three matches to West Virginia teams and a best-of-three match to Group AAA champion Floyd Kellam. Poff has coached Hidden Valley to the Group AA tournament each of the last five years with two second-place finishes.
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