Pair of Lady Buc spikers receive all-state laurels

Shepherd on second team, Maxwell listed as special HM

TENNERTON — Buckhannon-Upshur’s Madison Shepherd and Sydney Maxwell have earned laurels on the Class AAA all-state volleyball teams announced over the weekend by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.

Shepherd, a junior, was named to the second team after tallying 203 kills on the season in helping lead the Lady Bucs to a 21-17-2 record.

Maxwell, a senior, was listed on the special honorable-mention list after topping the team with 217 kills.

George Washington, a 58-win team this year, landed three players on the first team.

Leading the way is captain and three-time first-team selection Tessa Wyner, who ended her career with an impressive season that included 530 kills, 82 aces, 268 digs and 140 total blocks (107 solo). She’s joined by teammates Keatan Broughton (548 digs, 78 aces, 125 assists) and Ashley McClung (423 kills, 71 aces, 657 assists).

Juniors Jaden Gray of state champion Musselman and Bryce Knapp of Woodrow Wilson are also repeat first-team selections.

Gray led her team in kills (450) and was second in aces (86), while also adding 303 digs and 23 blocks. She also had a hitting percentage of .245 in helping the Applemen win back-to-back titles and appeared in their eighth straight championship match.

“Jaden has really improved her all-around game. She was third on our team in aces and passing rating. She made a much greater impact in all areas of play,” Musselman coach Shawn Martz said. “She was already one of the most dominant offensive players in our state, and she has developed into one of the most complete players in West Virginia.”

Knapp’s statistics include 327 kills, 493 digs, 96 aces and 855 assists and hit at a .291 clip. She also had 30 total blocks for the Flying Eagles.

State runner-up Spring Valley was represented by sophomore Alex Darby. The Timberwolves’ outside hitter recorded 453 kills, 336 digs and 32 aces, while having a serving efficiency of 89 percent.

Joining them on the first team are seniors Nikki Johnson of Hedgesville, Brianna Washburn of Hurricane, Hannah Southcott of Princeton and junior Karlei Shaver of Greenbrier East.

Johnson spent most of the season at libero before moving back to outside hitter during the postseason and leading the Eagles to an upset win over George Washington in the state quarterfinals. She finished the year with 405 digs, 35 aces and 79 kills.

2017 WVSWA Class AAA All-State volleyball teams:

First team

Tessa Wyner, George Washington, Sr. (Captain)

Jaden Gray, Musselman, Jr.

Bryce Knapp. Woodrow Wilson, Jr.

Keatan Broughton, George Washington, Sr.

Ashley McClung, George Washington, Sr.

Nikki Johnson, Hedgesville, Sr.

Karlei Shaver, Greenbrier East, Jr.

Brianna Washburn, Hurricane, Sr.

Alex Darby, Spring Valley, Soph.

Hannah Southcott, Princeton, Sr.

Second team

Maddy Mayle, John Marshall, Sr. (Captain)

Maddie Cochran, Greenbrier East, Sr.

Shay-Lee Kirby, Parkersburg, Jr.

Haley Shelton, Musselman, Sr.

Madison Shepherd, Buckhannon-Upshur, Jr.

Madison McDonald, Morgantown, Jr.

Gracie Brumfield, Cabell Midland, Jr.

Kiersten Landers, Hurricane, Sr.

Sydney McClung, Woodrow Wilson, Sr.

Amayah Lauer, Parkersburg, Sr.

Special Honorable Mention

Abbey Anderson, Greenbrier East; Sydney Maxwell, Buckhannon-Upshur; Kiersten Eggleton, St. Albans; Ericka Link, Hedgesville; Sarah Wright, Musselman; Macie Motley, Huntington; Adrian Coalson, Woodrow Wilson; Madison Chadwell, Hurricane; Cameron Lloyd, Wheeling Park; Alex Ball, Spring Valley; Tommi Lunsford, Cabell Midland; Emily Carl, Hampshire

Honorable Mention

Rylee Harris, Parkersburg South; Lauren Garcia, John Marshall; Hannah Adkins, Parkersburg; Gabrielle Potter, South Charleston; Jenna Cooper, Brooke; Hannah Spruce, Capital; Anna Kurnot, Ripley; Paris Sokel, Washington; Ashleigh Wallin, Martinsburg; Cassie Fink, Parkersburg South; Jade Rossetti, Preston; Katelyn McVicker, St. Albans

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