Three earn all-state mention

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By Craig Worrell, Sports Editor

 Three Twin County volleyball players earned spots on their respective Virginia High School Coaches Association all-state volleyball teams, which were released late last week.

Galax’s Allison White was named to the all-Group A second team, while Carroll County’s Maleah Neely and Honesty Rogers were honorable mention picks on the all-Group AA team. White, a sophomore middle hitter for the Maroon Tide, was one of only two 10th-graders named on either the first, second or honorable mention teams, joining Savanna Burton of Narrows. White helped lead Galax to an 18-5 record and to within a point of the Maroon Tide’s first-ever state tournament appearance, falling in five games to Radford in the Region C semifinals. White put away 349 kills during the season, finishing the year with a school-record 38 kills in the Radford loss. White served at a .970 rate and fired 49 aces among her 110 serving points and also dug 182 balls during the season. Her 38 kills in the regionals would place her second in the VHSL record books for the second-highest single-match kill total ever reported. Neely and Rogers, a pair of juniors, helped spearhead a Carroll County team that put together a 21-2 record, falling to Hidden Valley in the Region IV quarterfinals. A setter and outside hitter, Neely led Carroll County with 411 assists and 225 digs and also put away 177 kills, second-most on the team. Her 47 aces and 306 serving points were both team highs and she also had 37 blocks while maintaining a .955 serving percentage. As a libero, Rogers was second only to Neely with her 206 digs. She also had 23 aces among her 189 serving points. Region C was represented on the all-Group A first team by Chilhowie’s Krystal Patton and Bath County’s Hillary Jessee and Carey Trimble. Auburn’s Joelle Gross was a second-team selection. State champion Gate City provided the player of the year (Lindsey Burke) and coach of the year (Amy Reed). On the Group AA first team were Region IV’s Jocelyn Kellinger and Morgan Shannon of Cave Spring. Hidden Valley’s Sam Ringer was placed on the second team and Martinsville’s Grayce Darden was an honorable mention pick. Loudon County hitter Juliane Hanna and coach Jared Brown earned the top honors after their state championship season.   Virginia High School Coaches Association all-Group AA volleyball team   First team Bailey Lowenhaupt (sr., outside hitter, Lafayette), Morgan Kline (jr., outside hitter, Grafton), Sarah Campbell (sr., setter, Grafton), Juliane Hanna (sr., outside hitter, Loudon County), Sarah Harper (sr., outside hitter, Western Albemarle), Robin Marsala (sr., setter, Loudon County), Jocelyn Kellinger (sr., libero, Cave Spring), Morgan Shannon (soph., outside hitter, Cave Spring).   Player of the year Juliane Hanna, Loudon County Coach of the year Jared Brown, Loudon County   Second team Krista Hughes (sr., outside hitter, Jamestown), Adriene Ramos (jr., setter/outside hitter, Chancellor), Elisa Scudder (sr., middle hitter, Broad Run), Macey Tyree (jr., outside hitter, Lord Botetourt), Michelle Heath (soph., outside hitter, Rustburg), Taylor Riley (sr., setter, E.C. Glass), Sam Ringer (sr., outside hitter, Hidden Valley), Brooke Redmon, sr., middle blocker, Kettle Run). Honorable mention Kayla Crawford (soph., outside hitter, Powhatan), Kayla Walker (sr., outside hitter, Fluvanna), Vanessa Villalobos (sr., libero, Fauquier), Maleah Neely (jr., setter/opposite hitter, Carroll County), Becca Houff (sr., outside hitter, Fort Defiance), Alexa Benson (sr., setter, Spotswood), Rachel Binda (sr., outside hitter, Waynesboro), Grayce Darden (jr., middle hitter, Martinsville), Honesty Rogers (jr., libero, Carroll County).   Virginia High School Coaches Association all-Group A volleyball team   First team Lindsey Burke (sr., opposite, Gate City), Hillary Jessee (sr., middle hitter, Bath County), Casey Parrish (jr., outside hitter, Mathews), Jenna Smoot (sr., middle hitter, Strasburg), Krystal Patton (sr., Middle hitter, Chilhowie), Carey Trimble (sr., middle hitter, Bath County), Kelsey Griffitts (sr., middle hitter, John Battle), Ashton Dougherty (jr., outside hitter, Gate City).   Player of the year Lindsey Burke, Gate City Coach of the year Amy Reed, Gate City   Second team Tori Puryear (sr., middle blocker, Madison County), Joelle Gross (sr., libero, Auburn), Andra Brumfield (sr., outside hitter, Altavista), Heather Stout (sr., outside hitter, Stonewall Jackson), Charity Lawson (sr., outside hitter, Rye Cove), Leah Miller (sr., middle hitter, Rye Cove), Savanna Burton (soph., middle/outside hitter, Narrows), Allison White (soph., middle hitter, Galax). Honorable mention Tasha Trent (senior, middle blocker, Powell Valley), Rashelle Miller (jr., middle hitter/blocker, J.I. Burton), Ashleigh Robinson (sr., outside hitter, Northumberland), Iesha Boone (sr., setter, Franklin), Tiffany Rapp (jr., middle hitter, Windsor), Caitlin Francis (sr., middle hitter, Essex), Courtney Evans (sr., setter, Northampton), Brittany Crawford (jr., libero, Nelson County), Kristen Moody (sr., outside hitter, Riverheads).