Tawa’s Dots: Significant state titles, ION others, summary creative expression

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That is “Dots,” VolleyballMag.com’s weekly have a look at 10 issues in highschool volleyball, previous or current, that curiosity me and hopefully will curiosity you. Search for Dots each Tuesday till the final highschool state championship in November:

• Effectively, that was quick.

In Tennessee, Oklahoma and Mississippi, the 2023 fall season is formally over.

The state championships in these states contains romps, nail biters, first-time winners, multi-year champions and stupendous particular person performances.

I simply love this time of 12 months! Which groups/which gamers shine brightest when the highlight is on them?

• Let’s begin in Tennessee, the place 5 champions had been topped.

Cleveland, powered by 27 kills from 6-3 junior OH Lauren Hurst, received its second straight AAA title in a sweep over NolensvilleKinslee McGowan added 37 assists and 5 kills to the trigger for the Raiders, who swept by means of the state event with out dropping a set for the second straight 12 months.

Sign Mountain captured the AA crown, downing defending champion Creek Wooden within the winner’s bracket closing and younger Valor School Prep within the total closing. The four-set win, sparked by MVP Emily Redman’s 19 kills, 19 digs, 4 aces and three blocks, was the second in program historical past for the Eagles. Carlee Lowry recorded a triple-double (12 kills, 15 assists, 12 digs) for the victors. Anarela Mejias-Ayala had 18 kills, 9 digs and three aces within the loss for Valor.

Sale Creek took 1A, downing Loretto to seize the primary state title for the college in any sport. The Panthers, who completed 50-2, bought a season-high 26 kills from Ava Higgins and 51 assists from Karma Higgins within the four-set win.

Briarcrest Christian received state once more this 12 months, 10 months after dropping head coach Carrie Yerty to colon most cancers

Briarcrest Christian received Div. II-AA in straight units. The Saints defeated St. Agnes for the eleventh title in program historical past and fifth since 2018. Breya Dawson, a freshman, was named championship sport MVP after recording 11 kills and two blocks. The 2 groups break up matches within the common season and did so once more at state. St. Agnes swept Briarcrest on Wednesday within the winners bracket closing, however misplaced sooner or later later within the final match of the modified double-elimination occasion.

Windfall Christian Academy received its first state title, defeating St. George’s in 4 units in Div. II-A. Sophomore Sadie Kroeger led the best way with 30 kills, six digs and two aces, whereas senior McKenna Shotwell added 21 kills and 10 digs and Lillie Meinhart distributed 52 assists.

• The story of the event was, as soon as once more, Briarcrest Christian. Recall that final 12 months, the Saints received the state title with their head coach, Carrie Yerty, unable to attend for well being causes. The previous collegiate head coach at Memphis and Wyoming, who had led Briarcrest to 4 titles in her 5 years, handed away three months later, on Jan. 24 of this 12 months, after a protracted bout with colon most cancers.

Briarcrest was positive to “Play for Carrie” and honored her on daily basis

“When Carrie took the helm, she took it to a different degree,” mentioned Affiliate Head Coach April Jauregui final October. “She created a dynasty. Carrie has been an unbelievable chief and mentor for the teaching workers and gamers. She units a excessive normal of feat, and this system has thrived underneath her path.”

Jauregui assumed the top coach’s place for this season, however she was positive to remind everybody that the Saints had been enjoying for Yerty, her shut good friend and mentor. The crew donned “Play for Carrie” T-shirts to heat up earlier than matches all season lengthy.

Right here’s what Jauregui, herself a former collegiate head coach, needed to say in regards to the match:

“Going into this season I knew we had the expertise within the gymnasium to compete for an additional State Championship, however we lacked expertise, which may solely come from being in large video games and conditions. We additionally wanted to work to proceed the profitable tradition of Briarcrest Volleyball.

“It’s onerous to observe Carrie Yerty. I did it earlier than on the College of Memphis. Albeit, underneath a lot completely different circumstances this time round. I took over teaching this system earlier than the beginning of final season (2022), when Carrie was too sick to come back anymore. That was rocky, however on the finish we discovered a strategy to play by means of the grief, come collectively, and combat for her. We graduated virtually our total beginning line-up, one which included 4 faculty degree gamers.

“So this was a re-load 12 months. This season, we wore shirts that mentioned ‘Play for Carrie,’ however it was actually extra about honoring her legacy and what she has constructed right here at Briarcrest. It was not a simple highway; in truth, a couple of month in the past, we had a string of losses and poor performances. I wasn’t positive how it will all pan out. However, credit score to my teaching workers, we bought these ladies to purchase in and compete.

“They had been so locked in on the finish of the season. They had been in a position to deal with setbacks higher. That they had constructed that resiliency. The combat was there. That’s the most rewarding as a coach as a result of that’s what Carrie was all about. She was a fighter and, finally, that’s what it means to play for her. To present all the pieces you’ve bought till the final whistle. For Carrie, that meant preventing most cancers. For these ladies on this crew, it meant studying what it takes to beat an impediment. For us as coaches, we all know it’s about making ready them for the hardships of life. We will’t management what occurs to us; we are able to solely management how we reply. We are going to let God handle the remaining.

“This win means quite a bit to me and our teaching workers. I miss Carrie greater than I can put into phrases. Once I took over at Memphis on the younger age of 28, I stupidly tried to do issues my manner. This go round, I knew higher. I adopted an incredible coach. She was considered one of my greatest pals, my mentor, my boss, and most significantly my sister in Christ. We’re ceaselessly sure by that. I’m nonetheless me, and I’ve my very own model of teaching, however I deal with attempting to do issues as I imagine she would do them. I’m intentional about preserving the traditions of Briarcrest volleyball alive and honoring her the very best I can. As soon as a Saint, all the time a Saint.”

• Final week in Oklahoma, Christian Heritage Academy and Neighborhood Christian received the 3A and 4A state titles.

This week, the 5A and 6A titles had been decided, with Bishop McGuinness profitable in 5A and Jenks taking 6A.

Bishop McGuinness loved a state championship dogpile twenty years within the making

High-seeded McGuinness (31-4) defeated Booker T. Washington in 4 units behind setter Claire Kierl and libero Taylor Vann.

Jenks swept defending champion Edmond Memorial in 6A, avenging final 12 months’s championship match defeat. The Trojans, with 10 seniors on the roster, received their sixth title in program historical past. Kynli Kirendoll had the match level kill for Jenks and libero Caroline Wooden led a decided defensive effort.

• The title for McGuiness was its first in 20 years, because the Irish had been within the misfortune of being in the identical classification as Bishop Kelley (19 state title all-time) and Cascia Corridor (8) most years. The final time McGuinness received state, head coach Kelli Miller was an outdoor hitter and assistant Megan Janda was a libero for the Irish..

“We’re blessed to have the ability to coach McGuinness as we simply fought for the second, 20 years later,” Miller mentioned. “It is extremely full circle for us to have the ability to coach these ladies that we love, the game we love, for the college we love.”

Miller mentioned that having 9 seniors helped the crew be ready for a combat in each match.

“We had what we known as the ‘5 Set Mentality,’ which meant that we went into every sport anticipating that the opponent wished it as a lot as we did and we had been ready to combat till the tip, and go 5 with them,” Miller defined. “Our seniors helped create an surroundings that allowed our two freshman starters to really feel welcome and accepted in order that they, too, might carry out at their greatest. The talent has all the time been there, however the psychological toughness was unparalleled this weekend.”

• In Mississippi this previous week, a complete of 10 titles had been conferred. If that looks like quite a bit, properly, it’s as a result of it’s.

Let’s flip first to the MAIS, which used to often called the “Mississippi Affiliation of Unbiased Colleges” however is now the MidSouth Affiliation of Unbiased Colleges.

Three Mississippi colleges took dwelling the titles.

Powerhouse Jackson Academy received its fifth straight title, outlasting Madison-Ridgeland Academy in 5 units within the closest Div. I closing within the 12-year historical past of the occasion.

Jackson Academy trailed 11-10 within the closing set earlier than a 4-0 run gave the Raiders respiration room within the 15-12 win.

Senior libero Kaylee Lowther had 34 digs to prepared the ground for the Raiders (35-13). Senior OH Ava Antonaros added 18 kills, 17 digs and three aces and freshman OH Carson Caraway contributed 19 kills, together with the clincher, plus 19 digs and three blocks.

MRA completed the season 41-7, a college document for wins, and had a 30-match profitable streak in the course of the season. MRA graduates just one senior and returns 6-5 sophomore center Alyssa Dampier, daughter of former NBA participant Erick Dampier.

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Lamar (19-13) received its second consecutive title in Div. II, downing Simpson Academy in 4 units. The Raiders bought 12 kills apiece from Emma Hale and Caroline Fruge within the win. Hale added 9 digs and 4 aces, whereas Fruge additionally had 16 digs. Freshman setter Rylee Schimelpfening contributed 35 assists.

Coach Courtney Schimelpfening mentioned that her undersized crew won’t have intimidated however they fought their tails off.

“I wouldn’t say we had been underdogs; we’re simply smaller canine,” she advised a neighborhood reporter. I really like that!

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Regents of Oxford received its third straight title in Div. III by dominating Winston Academy. The Lions completed the season with a 17-16 document.

Senior Bailey Ray had 12 kills and eight aces to prepared the ground for Regents. Lauren Niemeyer added 12 kills and 10 digs and freshman setter Maddie Niemeyer hoisted 30 assists within the 3-0 win.

• The Mississippi Excessive Faculty Athletic Affiliation not solely decided champions in its SEVEN classifications (for two.9 million people; Illinois has 12.5 million individuals and 4 classifications), it additionally introduced, for the primary time, seven Miss Volleyball Awards, as follows:

1A – Jolee Younger, Sr. OH, Hickory Flat
2A – Macie Phifer, Sr. OH, Ingomar
3A – Kerstin Moody, Sr. OH, Belmont
4A – Emma McKee, Sr. libero, Caledonia
5A – Concord Jackson, Sr. OH, Lafayette
6A – Sofia Gonzalez, Soph. OH, Lake Cormorant
7A – Emily Davis, Sr. OH, Brandon

Three of the seven, Phifer, Jackson and Gonzalez, performed on groups that received state titles.

• Lewisburg downed favored Brandon in a reverse sweep to win the state’s first 7A volleyball title. The Patriots dropped the primary two units earlier than profitable the final three, together with by a 15-13 rating within the fifth set. Seniors Ella Grace Holloway and Jayda Bradley teamed for 42 kills and 36 digs and junior setter Claire Smith had 50 assists and 11 digs within the win. Brandon, which was attempting to repeat as state champions, bought 19 kills from senior Emma Levingston within the loss.

Lake Cormorant, final 12 months’s 5A champion, swept by Hancock for the 6A title. Gonzalez led the best way with 22 kills, 10 digs and two blocks.

Jackson was named MVP for Lafayette County, which received the 5A title in a sweep over East Central.

Newton County shrugged off a Northeast Lauderdale crew that had handed the Cougars two of their 4 losses on the season in a semifinal sweep then did the identical to Purvis within the 4A championship match.

Setter Ava Davis and MB Myah Favre sparked Our Woman Academy to a different state title in a sweep over Alcorn Central in 3A. The Crescents have now received 16 state titles in program historical past.

Phifer starred and slammed dwelling the ultimate kill as Ingomar repeated as champions in 2A.

Pine Grove swept Noxapater to seize its first state title in 1A. Freshman setter Myles Switcher was named match MVP. Pine Grove additionally bought sturdy play from seniors Selah Jumper and Lexi Beard.

• Final week, we launched our ION record, which is our state-by-state Participant of the Yr Watch record. Listed here are some gamers, nominated by people whose opinion we belief, who additionally got consideration. This week, we are going to do the primary 25 states plus D.C. We’ll end the “also-considered” record subsequent week:

ALABAMA
Chelsea Daffin, 5-10, Sr., OH, McGill-Toolen
Clarissa Dupree, 6-0 Sr. OH, St. Paul’s Episcopal
Heather Holtz
, 6-0 Sr. S, Enterprise
Olivia Kelly
, 5-9 Sr. S, Thompson
Emma Moore
, 6-3 Sr.  MB, McGill-Toolen
Audrey Vielguth, 5-7, Sr. libero, Vestavia Hills
ALASKA
Dakota Evans, 5-8 Sr. OH, Service
Cora Kallen, 5-4 Sr. libero, Chugiak
Paige Miller
, 5-11 Sr. OH, Service
Emelia Muhlbauer, 5-8 Sr. S/RS, Dimond
ARIZONA
Blaykli Bobik, 6-0 Sr. OH, Queen Creek (Arizona)
Avery Boothe, 6-4 Jr. RS, Gilbert (Arizona)
Anne Braukmiller, Sr. OH, Millennium
Hayden Conner
, 6-2 Jr.  MB, Desert Vista (Phoenix, Arizona)
Jordyn Decker, 5-11 Jr.  S, Mountain View (Mesa, Arizona)
Marianne Garcia, 5-5 Soph.  libero, Millennium
Makayla Haner, 5-9  Jr. OH, Hamilton (Chandler, Arizona)
Brooklyn Jenkins, 6-1 Soph.  OH, Valley Vista (Shock, Arizona)
Jordyn Joppru, 6-3 Soph.  MB, Pinnacle (Phoenix, Arizona)
Talea Mitchell, 6-1 Sr. MB, Millennium
Addisyn Pohl, 6-4 Sr. MB, Shadow Ridge (Shock, Arizona)
Raegan Richardson, Jr. OH, Hamilton
Makena Rumple, 6-2 Jr. MB, Mesa (Arizona)
ARKANSAS
Gracie Brown, 6-1 Jr. MB, Bryant
Isabella Lagemann, Jr. S/RS, Benton
Dewaynejaynea Manning. 5-7 Jr. OH, Northside
Journey Peppers, 6-4  Jr. MB, White Corridor
Abby Renshaw, 5-10 Sr. OH, Baptist Prep
CALIFORNIA
Erin Curtis, 6-0 Sr. OH, Saint Francis (Mountain View)
Olivia Foye, 5-7 Jr. libero, Huntington Seaside
Cymarrah Gordon, 6-0 Sr. RS, Mater Dei
Sade Ilawole
, 5-2 Sr. S, Sierra Canyon
Quinn Loper
, 6-3 Jr. OH, San Clemente
Mila Milajovic, 5-10 Sr. OH, Campbell Corridor
Kennedy Osunsanmi
, 6-3 Sr. OH, West Ranch
Chloe Pravednikov
, 6-2 Sr. OH, Lengthy Seaside Wilson
Danica Rach
, 6-2 Sr. OH, Sierra Canyon
Haven Rolle
, 5-10 Sr. MB, Alemany
Katie Salonga
, 5-6 Sr. S, Foothill (Pleasanton)
Dani Sparks
, 5-7, Sr. S, Huntington Seaside
Kayla Taylor, 5-9 Sr. OH, Sunny Hills
Kendall Taylor
, 5-7 Sr. S, South Pasadena
Julia Tolstova
, 5-11 Sr. OH, Redlands
Whitney Wallace
, 5-8 Sr. libero, Saint Francis (Mountain View)
Maddie Method
, 6-2 Sr. MB, Sierra Canyon
Abby Zubchevich
, 6-1 Jr. OH, La Canada
COLORADO
Sienna Thatcher, 6-0 Jr. OH, Loveland
Keira Thompson, 5-4 Sr. libero, Lakewood
CONNECTICUT
Emma Danaher, Sr. OH, Cheshire
Adrianna Reay, 5-8 Sr. OH, Bristol Japanese
McKenna Reynolds
, 5-9 Soph. S, Glastonbury
Lily Stevens, 6-0 Sr.  OH, St. Luke’s

DELAWARE
Ava Borcky, 5-9 Sr. OH, Saint Mark’s
Elise Carter
, Sr. MB, Smyrna
Lauren Mehelas, Jr. MB, Saint Mark’s
Kate Hines, Jr., DMA
Meghan Mumford, 5-5 Sr. libero., Tower Hill
Eliza Schneider, 5-11 Sr. OH, Smyrna
Miranda Ting, Sr. MB, Constitution Faculty of Wilmington
Maddi Method, Soph. S, Saint Mark’s Excessive Faculty
FLORIDA
DD Banton, 5-7 Jr. libero, St. Augustine
Nayelis Cabello
, 6-0 Sr. S, East Ridge (Clermont, Florida)
Natalie Depaula, 5-10 Sr. S/RS, Boca Raton (Florida)
Nadia Ewton, 6-0 Sr. OH, Fletcher
Mia Gold
, 6-0  Soph. OH, Pine Crest (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
Milena Lopez, 5-10 Jr. S, Seacrest Nation Day
Katie Powers, 5-6 Jr. libero, Cardinal Mooney
Connor Rahn
, 6-1 Sr. OH, Middleburg

GEORGIA
Nikol Antova, 6-0 Sr. OH, North Cobb
Brooke Crummel, 6-2 Sr. MB/OH/RS, West Forsyth
Kaylin Hite, 5-9 Sr. S, Hillgrove
Abby Jones, 6-1 Sr. OH, Johns Creek
Abigail Li, 6-1 Jr. S, Alpharetta
Ruby McDermott, 5-9  Soph. libero, Blessed Trinity (Roswell, Georgia)
Addison McLarty, 6-0 Sr. OH, Allatoona
Ryan Sadler
, 5-11 Soph. OH/RS, Marietta (Georgia)
Kendall White, 6-0 Jr. MB/OH, Norcross
HAWAII
Ruby Cochrane, 6-0  Soph. OH, Punahou (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Maela Honma, 5-9 Sr. OH, KS-Hawaii
Alexis Rodriguez
, 5-10 Sr. OH, Mililani
IDAHO
Addie Evans, 5-10 Sr. OH, Pocatello
Tenesyn Frye, 6-1 Jr. OH, Mountain View
Kylie Munday, 5-11 Sr. S/RS, Submit Falls
ILLINOIS
Ava Grevengoed, 5-11 Sr. OH, Joliet West
Kinsey Smith
, 5-7 Jr. S, Oak Park River Forest
Gabby Stasys, 6-2 Jr. MB, Benet Academy
Hallie Steponaitis, 6-1 Sr. OH, Woodstock

INDIANA
Mya Ball, 5-10 Sr. S, Angola (Indiana)
Belle Brown, 5-9 Jr.  S, Avon (Indiana), Circle Metropolis
Reese Dunkle, 6-3 Jr. MB, Middle Grove (Greenwood, Indiana)
Lauren Evans, 6-0 Sr. OH, Carmel (Indiana)
Cali Foster, 5-9 Soph. OH, Benton Central
Maya Harris
, 5-10 Soph. OH, Angola (Indiana), Workforce Pineapple
Macy Hinshaw, 5-9 Sr. S, Hamilton Southeastern
Lilly Howell
, 6-2 Jr. MB, Burris (Muncie, Indiana)
Bella Humphrey, 5-10 Sr. OH, McCutcheon
Mia Loyd, 5-8 Sr. S, Terre Haute South Vigo
Addison Makun, 6-5  Jr. MB, Silver Creek (Sellersburg, Indiana)
Sophia Poehlein, 6-1 Sr. OH, Zionsville
Tiffany Snook
, 6-2 Sr. MB, Hamilton Southeastern
Addy Tindall, 6-3 Jr. OH, Homestead (Fort Wayne, Indiana)
Alelah Tolliver, 5-10 Sr. OH, North Central (Indianapolis, Indiana)
Ella Warrick, 5-10 Soph. OH, Linton
Ellen Zapp, 6-0 Jr. OH, Middle Grove
IOWA
Jazmine Bell, 6-1 Sr. MB, Johnston
Michaela Goad, 6-1 Sr. OH, Marion
Channing Johnson, 5-10  Soph. S, Denver (Iowa)
Delaney Miller, 5-9 Jr. OH, Ankeny Centennial
Dakota Mitchell, 5-3 Jr. libero, Mid-Prairie
Katie Fast, 5-8 Jr. S/RS, Ankeny Christian
Sophie Sander, 5-8 Soph. S, Anamosa
KANSAS
Tatum Grimes, -2 Sr. MB, St. Thomas Aquinas
Julia Headley
, 6-2 Sr. MB, St. James Academy
Jada Ingram, 5-11 Sr. MB, Washburn Rural
Saida Jacobs, 6-1 Jr. MB, Mill Valley (Shawnee, Kansas)
Grace Martin, 5-11 Soph. OH, St. Thomas Aquinas
Leah Robinson, 6-0 Soph. OH., St. James Academy
Morgan Sears, 5-10 Soph. MB/OH, Blue Valley Northwest
Alayna Vaeth, 5-7 Soph., S, St. Thomas Aquinas
Hailie Vaughn, 5-11 Soph. OH, Blue Valley Southwest
Willow Weninger, 6-1 Soph. OH, Blue Valley Southwest
KENTUCKY
Bailey Blair
, 5-11 Jr. MB, Assumption
Madisyn Inexperienced, 5-6 Jr. libero, Mercy Academy
Kylie Kinner
, 5-11 Fr. OH, Paintsville
Chloe Smith
, 6-1 Sr. OH, Assumption
LOUISIANA
Emily Caracci, 5-9 Jr. MB, Mt. Carmel Academy
Ava Labat, 5-6 Soph. S, Slidell Excessive
Lauren Pipitone, 5-4 Jr. libero, Dominican
Emma Richey, 5-4 Sr. S, Mt. Carmel Academy
Annika Roberson
, 6-2 Jr. OH, Ben Franklin
MAINE
Lara Gin, Sr. OH, Deering
Olivia Smith, 5-10 Sr. S/RS, Scarborough
MARYLAND
Isard Bernades, 5-8 Soph. OH, Glenelg
Caydence Doolan
, 5-10 Soph. OH, North Hagerstown
Natalia PeBenito
, 5-6 Sr.  libero, Our Woman of Good Counsel
Payton Swinton, 5-10 Sr. RS/S, Arundel
MASSACHUSETTS
Sarah Hilliard, Jr. OH, Oliver Ames
Maiwen Kamdjee
, 6-0 Sr. RS, Wellesley
Taylor Lacerda, Sr. OH, Franklin
Chloe Lee, 5-8 Sr. OH, Newton North
Hannah Storm, 
5-6 Sr. OH, Case
MICHIGAN
Allie Davison, 5-10 Soph. S, Marian
Clara Gyomory
, 5-10 Sr. RS, North Department
Liv Hosford, 6-0 Soph. OH, Rockford
Carissa Musta
, 6-4 Sr. MB, Cadillac
Carley Piercefield, 5-4 Sr. libero, Lakewood
Avery Weslow
, 5-11 Sr. OH, Forest Hills Central
MINNESOTA
Reese Axness, 5-10 Sr. S, Champlin Park
Romi Chlebecek, 5-10 Soph. OH, Lakeville South
Elena Hoecke, 6-3 Soph. OH, Centennial
Teagan Jaynes, 6-1 Jr S., Northfield
Avery Jesewitz, 6-4 Sr. OH, Wayzata
Ella Joesting, 5-7 Sr. S, Prior Lake
Katie Kelzenberg, 6-2 Soph. MB, Wayzata
Audrey Kocon, 6-2 Sr. S/OH, Mounds View
Hannah Koester, 5-11 Jr. OH, Northfield
Jadyn Lester, 5-9 Sr. S/OH, Rochester Mayo
Josie Tingelhoff, 5-7 Jr. libero, Lakeville South
Paige Wagner, 6-3 Sr. MB, Lakeville South
MISSISSIPPI
Sofia Gonzales, 5-7 Soph. OH, Lake Cormorant
Fallon Humphries, 6-0 Jr. OH, Madison-Ridgeland Academy
Concord Jackson, 5-8 Sr. OH, Lafayette County
Lindsey Smith, 5-9 Sr. OH, Madison Central
Sophie Sosa, 6-2 Jr. MB, Jackson Academy
MISSOURI
Ava Anderson
, 6-3 Sr. MB, Lee’s Summit West
Reagan Baade, 5-8 Sr. OH, Ozark
Katie Byergo, 6-5 Soph. MB, Parkway West (Ballwin, Missouri)
Hannah Leftridge, 5-10 Jr. OH, St. Pius X (Festus)
Brytn Lyon, 6-2 Jr. S/RS, St. Dominic (O’Fallon, Missouri)
Bennett Raterman, 6-2 Soph. MB, St. Pius X (Festus, Missouri)
Abigail Schoene, 5-11 Soph. S/RS, Timberland (Wentzville, Missouri)
Addy Wiese, 5-5  Soph. libero, Lafayette (Wildwood, Missouri)
Ashley Theiss, 5-11 Soph.  OH, DeSoto (Missouri)

To see the precise ION record, in its two elements, look right here for Half 1 — and right here for Half 2.

• This week, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Maine and Utah’s smaller courses will conduct their state championships.

In Arkansas, Fayetteville is vying for an additional 6A title with virtually a brand new crew.

In Idaho, defending champion Skyview must be favored in 4A regardless of being the third seed. The Hawks have dropped only one set to in-state competitors this season.

In Kansas, Blue Valley North is the highest seed in 6A and Andover Central (38-1) has prime honors in 5A regardless of the presence of powerhouse privates St. James Academy and Saint Thomas Aquinas.

The Class A bracket in Maine is right down to 4 in what must be a dogfight between Gorham, Deering, Scarborough and Biddeford.

Undefeated Paraowan, led by junior Paige Felder, might be trying to repeat in Utah’s 2A.

• To complete, this week I requested varsity head coaches on my bulk e mail record – coaches could be a part of the record at this hyperlink —  https://volleyballmag.com/high-school-coach-sign-up/ — to share these gamers or coaches doing distinctive or uncommon issues outdoors of volleyball.

I obtained too many good ones to jot down about all of them this week, so right here’s one to whet your urge for food for subsequent week:

Mandarin (FL) senior OH Madison Swaim focuses on summary artwork and has received 14 North Florida Scholastic Artwork Awards over the previous two years, 5 gold, 4 silver and 5 honorable point out. Swaim creates distinctive and charming items with a imaginative and prescient that’s really their very own.

Madison Swaim assaults the canvas like she assaults the ball

Swaim has used her artwork and creativity to assist her volleyball ardour by promoting her authentic work, prints, and t-shirt designs at native venues and on-line to fund her European volleyball journeys over the previous few years with “Convey it USA.” She has earned a scholarship from Savannah School of Artwork and Design and can play intramural volleyball when she enrolls for the autumn quarter in 2024.

Till subsequent time …



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