Kildow, Brown Captain Fourth Annual All-Valley Volleyball Team
Nobody wanted to be on the receiving end of one of Gentry Brown’s serves this year. She made opponents pay all year as she helped guide the Tigers to the Division IV regional semifinals for the first time in school history.
Brown finished the year with 350 kills, 57 blocks, 153 digs and 45 aces.
“Gentry is a dynamic player and can impact the game in multiple positions,” Shadyside coach Eric Mercer said. “She has great court vision and has the ability to pound the ball or put it in a spot.”
Torre Kildow piloted the Jets to another season to remember. She set the school record for career kills as a sophomore with 675 and was named to the OHSVCA Division III All-Ohio third team for her performance.
Kildow helped Union Local to a 22-2 record, a Buckeye 8 Championship and OVAC and Division III District runner-up honors by turning in 356 kills, 234 assists, 182 digs, 47 aces, a 90.8 serving percentage, a 53.5 kill percentage, and a 44.7 attack percentage. She claimed District 12 Division III first team accolades and was named to the All-OVAC and All-Buckeye 8 teams.
“Torre is a fun and energetic player,” UL coach Kaye Sechrest said. “She is outgoing and always ready to laugh but when the game starts, she puts that game face on and takes no prisoners.”
Passion, grit and a ton of skill is what Charlie Allison brings to the court every game. The senior outside hitter made her final campaign at Linsly a memorable one. Allison turned in 405 kills, 107 digs.
She also helped guide the Cadets to the OVAC Championship where the Cadets came up just short but Allison led the charge with 21 kills.
The opposition always had to know where Corinne Freeman was on the court at all times. If they didn’t she would make them pay. Freeman was an OVAC All-Star and was named first team All-Buckeye 8. The senior middle hitter accounted for 224 kills and 64 blocks.
“Corinne was a huge part of our success at Edison,” Edison coach Todd Smith said. “When she was on, there was no stopping her when it came to a kill or a block.”
Defensively, Kalista Friday was at the top of her game and perhaps the Ohio Valley this year. She received 341 of 360 serves (95 percent) and recorded 472 digs in the process.
“Kalista really improved her ability to read attackers and be where the ball was going,” Monroe Central coach Troy Baker said.
Offensively, Friday gave the Seminoles a boost with 162 points, 33 aces, a serve percentage of 96 and 32 kills.
The complete team player– Lenieca Grimm always made sure her teammates were in the best position to win. She dished out 532 assists this year for the Blue Eagles and amassed 3,097 helpers throughout her career.
“She never set until she was a freshman,” Magnolia coach Pam Chapman said. “At first when I approached Lenieca about setting she said, ‘well I have never set before but I will try,’ and boy am I glad she did. Setters are diamonds in the rough and I found one four years ago.”
No matter what sport, if Tory Hendershot is on the court her team is going to win more often than not. Hendershot is the ultimate leader and she helped the Tigers make school history as they reached the Division IV Regional Semifinals for the first time.
In the process, Hendershot accumulated 180 kills, 80 aces, 93 digs and 25 blocks and found a spot on the Ohio OVAC All-Star team.
“Tory is a leader on and off the court,” Mercer said. “She is super quick to the ball, never gives up on a play and inspires her teammates to do the same.”
Getting the ball over the net sounds simple, right? Well, not when Taylor Jones is on the other side. As a senior, the Creek middle hitter accounted for 100 blocks to leave her mark on the school’s volleyball program. She did plenty to help the Redskins in all other aspects of the game, as well. Jones tallied 181 points, 175 kills, 34 digs and 33 aces, while turning in a serving percentage of 97, a dig percentage of 94, an assist percentage of 71 and a kill percentage of 49.
Records, wins and leadership. Casey Kildow provided all three in her four years with Union Local. She set new marks for career aces with 254 and assists with 1,249. She led the Jets to a Buckeye 8 title and collected an all-state honorable mention, District 12 Division III Player of the Year honors, was named All-OVAC and All-Buckeye 8.
She finished the year with 444 assists, 170 kills, 221 digs, 68 aces and a 96.2 serving percentage.
“Casey is a team player, tough, focused and volleyball smart,” Sechrest said. “Casey started since her freshman year, and she proved herself from day one.”
Volleyball players dream of having the high school career Alayna Kranis has delivered. She played a key role in the perfect 38-0 state championship season last year and was first team all-state as a senior. Kranis tallied 345 kills, 244 digs, 129 points and 50 aces.
“Alayna is a six-rotation, all-around player who dominates as an outside hitter,” Oak Glen coach Morgan Poling said. “She is a four-year letterman and has been on the OVAC All-Academic team, OVAC All-Star team, and OVAC first team.”
An all-state honorable mention was certainly earned by Wheeling Central’s Nicole Reasbeck this season. The sophomore outside hitter accounted for 160 kills, 164 digs and 50 aces to help lead the Maroon Knights into postseason play.
“Nicole is a very intelligent, fundamentally sound volleyball player,” Central coach Delaney Denniston said. “She brings a lot to our team and was and more than likely will be in the future, our ‘go-to’ player. “
The Patriots were clicking on all cylinders in the middle of the season as the reached the OVAC Championship. Anya Ritz was a key piece to the program’s success this season and she was lauded for her performance by being named to the OVAC All-Star team.
She finished her senior year with 660 assists, which came out to eight assists per set.
She also collected 151 digs, 33 aces, 25 kills and 22 blocks.
An incredible high school career wrapped up this year for Rachel Simon, who delivered her strongest showing of all four years in a Wheeling Park uniform.
Simon helped lead the Patriots to the regional tournament and earned a spot on the OVAC All-Star team in the process.
In the end, the senior middle hitter recorded 307 kills, a jaw-dropping 97 blocks, 276 digs, 357 serve receptions and 23 aces to go along with a hitting percentage of .356.
Tyler Consolidated has a rich history for its volleyball program. The record books are chalked full of talented athletes who left their mark. Regan Smith added her name to that legendary status this year as she accumulated 43 points in a single match to set the new school mark.
Also, while playing for coach Richard Summers’ 6-2 offense, Smith blasted 290 kills, dished out 315 assists, collected 219 digs and gathered 43 blocks to earn the title of captain of the W.Va. Class A second team.
When a player is named captain by her teammates, it says all you need to know about that player. Such was the case for Rylee Stephens and she showed why.
Stephens paced Barnesville with 245 kills, 46 blocks, 173 points and 44 aces, along with 64 digs to earn All-OVAC.
“Rylee has great court awareness and court presence,” Barnesville coach Kimberly Jarrett said. “She will be playing in college for Millsaps College in Mississippi and we wish her the best at the next level.”
Shattering records and winning titles seemed to be Hope Weber’s favorite thing to do on the volleyball court. In her career, Weber blistered 1,687 kills to set the new mark for most in school history. She also helped the Wildcats capture four consecutive OVAC titles.
The senior outside hitter/setter tallied 303 kills, 150 aces, 213 assists, 83 digs and 15 blocks.
“She is a big hitter who makes big plays,” Paden City coach Jennifer Yeater said.
Lydia Wees was a force at the net and a secret weapon behind the service line for the Red Devils.
In her junior campaign, Wees racked up 185 kills and 32 blocks, while turning in a serving percentage of 87 to earn her District 12 Honorable Mention and Buckeye 8 honors.
“As a junior middle hitter, her enthusiasm on and off the court carries the team,” St. Clairsville coach Christa Truchan said.
These last four years seemed to flash before our eyes but Mady Winters made the most of them — even after missing her junior year with an injury. After claiming the rights to the first team all-state team in 2018, Winters came back with a vengeance this year to finish strong with another first team all-state appearance.
Winters’ senior campaign consisted of 309 kills, 159 points, 125 digs and 71 blocks. In her illustrious career she finished with 1,154 kills.
“Mady is one of the best middle/hitter blockers in the state,” Chapman said. “She is a truly gifted, hard-working athlete that you want to have in your program.”
First team all-state, OVAC All-Star and a four-time OVAC Champion — that’s what Mallory Yeater will remember about her senior year at Paden City. The senior setter and outside hitter delivered 366 assists and 6.3 per set this year to go along with 192 kills, 240 aces and 151 digs. She added a 98.3 serving percentage.
In her career, Yeater tallied over 2,000 assists.
“She is an all-around versatile player who can turn any bad pass or play into a point,” Coach Yeater said. “Both (Mallory Yeater and Weber) have been the key to the success of the Paden City program. They bring energy, effort and dedication on and off the court.”