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The Galax volleyball team wrapped up a dominant run through the Mountain Empire District by dominating the all-district voting as nine Maroon Tide players and their coach were named on the three teams, including four on the all-MED first team.
Galax finished the season with a 22-4 record, the most wins ever for the Maroon Tide, and advanced to the state tournament for the first time in school history after a runner-up finish in the Region C Division 1 tournament.
Galax didn’t drop a game in 17 of those wins, including a midseason stretch of seven straight matches without losing a game.
Allison White, Kem Simmons, Bailey Shumate and Kelsey Reedy were all first-team selections for Galax, and Maroon Tide coach Rose Houk was voted the district’s coach of the year.
White was the second-leading vote getter on the first team behind player of the year Savanna Burton of Narrows. A junior middle hitter, White led the Maroon Tide in kills (239 entering the Region C semifinals), blocks (65) and aces (52), was tied for second on the team with 126 digs and was third on the team with 134 serving points. She was also a 91.6-percent server.
A senior outside hitter, Simmons was second on the team with 153 kills and also had 11 blocks on the season.
Bailey Shumate did a little bit of everything as a setter/outside hitter. The Maroon Tide junior was third on the team with 140 kills, put up a team-high 252 assists, served for 104 points including 21 aces and totaled 95 digs on the year.
Senior libero Kelsey Reedy earned first-team recognition after coming up with 196 digs, far and away tops on the team. She was a 93.2-percent server with 32 aces on the year.
Houk was named the district’s top coach a week before the Maroon Tide earned its first state tournament berth in Houk’s 30-year career. The season ended with Houk having coached Galax to 339 wins in her career.
Grace Sarver of Bland County and Nancy Thacker of Fort Chiswell completed the seven-member first team.
Second-team picks included Grace Wilson and Kristen Osborne of Galax and Grayson County’s Erin Barrett and Catherine Vaughan.
Wilson, a junior setter, was second on the team with 197 assists after the region quarterfinals. She had 105 serving points and was a 93.3-percent server with 20 aces.
Osborne led the Maroon Tide with 152 serving points and was second on the club with 50 aces. The senior outside hitter was good on 93.2 percent of her serves on the year.
Honorable mention choices included Kaitlin Porter (senior defensive specialist), Harley Brewer (junior middle hitter) and Morgan Neff (freshman outside hitter) for Galax, as well as Grayson County’s Becca Johnson (senior middle hitter), Brandi Goad (junior setter) and Madison McCormick (sophomore setter). No statistics were available for Grayson County’s players.
2010 all-Mountain Empire District
Savanna Burton, (jr., Narrows), Allison White (jr., Galax), Grace Sarver (jr., Bland County), Kemberlea Simmons (sr., Galax), Bailey Shumate (jr., Galax), Nancy Thacker (sr., Galax), Kelsey Reedy (sr., Galax).
Player of the year
Savanna Burton, Narrows
Coach of the year
Rose Houk, Galax
Abigail Davis (sr., Narrows), Erin Barrett (soph., Grayson County), Grace Wilson (jr., Galax), Kelly Thomas (sr., Fort Chiswell), Kristen Osborne (sr., Galax), Catherine Vaughan (sr., Grayson County), Jade Campbell (sr., Fort Chiswell).
Adrianna Frazier (sr., Narrows), Adrionna Johnston (jr., Narrows), Laurel Kellison (jr., Narrows), Kaitlin Porter (sr., Galax), Harley Brewer (jr., Galax), Morgan Neff (fr., Galax), Ashleya Crite (jr., Fort Chiswell), Keya Dunford (jr., Fort Chiswell), Mara Jones (jr., Fort Chiswell), Rebecca Johnson (sr., Grayson County), Brandi Goad (jr., Grayson County), Madison McCormick (soph., Grayson County), Jessie Blessing (jr., Bland County), Holly Williams (jr., Bland County), Julia Davis (soph., Bland County).