PARKERSBURG - Williamstown junior Ashton Chancellor was selected by league coaches as the Little Kanawha Conference volleyball player of the year.
Chancellor played a big role in helping the Yellowjackets of head coach Rachelle Cole win the conference title against Tyler Consolidated. The middle hitter helped her team to a Class A regional semifinal berth and finished with 407 kills, 116 blocks and 41 aces.
Gilmer County senior Julie Bishop, one of three repeat first team all-LKC honorees, came in a close second in the voting. The Titan, who had 742 accurate sets, posted 402 kills, 112 digs, 111 blocks and served for 65 aces.
Photo by Jeff Baughan
Williamstown’s Ashton Chancellor, right, was selected by league coaches as the Little Kanawha Conference volleyball player of the year.
LKC semifinalist Wirt County landed Brandy Bunch on the first team. Bunch, who joined Ravenswood senior Katie Buckbee as the other two repeat selections, concluded her final year for the Tigers with 489 kills and 78 solo blocks. Buckbee, a 90 percent server who had 57 aces, accounted for 669 points for the Red Devils, had more than 1,000 passes on target and finished with 400-plus kills and nearly 50 blocks.
Tyler Consolidated, which finished as the Class A state runner-up to Wirt County, was the only squad to have a pair of first team selections thanks to seniors Megan Carpenter and Sydney Reed. Carpenter finished two downed spikes shy of 400 and contributed 185 blocks, 127 digs and had 71 aces. Reed was more than solid on the court as well, finishing with 303 kills, 117 digs, 100 blocks and 47 aces.
The youngest member of the all-LKC first team was Ritchie County sophomore Kenna DeLancey. During the regular season, DeLancey had 406 kills, 250 digs, 57 aces and 43 blocks.
2013 all-Little Kanawha
Conference Volleyball Team
Ashton Chancellor, Williamstown, JR (POY)
Julie Bishop, Gilmer County, SR
Megan Carpenter, Tyler Consolidated, SR
Katie Buckbee, Ravenswood, SR
Brandy Bunch, Wirt County, SR
Kenna DeLancey, Ritchie County, Soph.
Sydney Reed, Tyler Consolidated, SR
Sarah Ferguson, Doddridge County, SR
Gracen Samples, Clay County, JR
Megan Barton, Calhoun County, SR
Melissa Cieslewski, Williamstown, Soph.
Miriam Smith, Wirt County, SR
Logan Frame, Braxton County, JR
Ariel Fish, Tyler Consolidated, Soph.
Emrie Gray, Williamstown, JR
Carlee Craddock, Clay County, SR
Stephanie Hall, Calhoun County, SR
Leah Kuhn, Ritchie County, Soph.
Jenessa Mullenix, St. Marys, Soph.
Michaela Luzader, Gilmer County, JR
SPECIAL HONORABLE MENTION
Braxton County - Emily Harper; Calhoun County - Kenzie Hicks; Clay County - Emily Wynn, Isabelle Haverty; Doddridge County - Alissa Davis, Lacy Perkins, Courtney Wilt; Gilmer County - Mackenzee Huff, Jordanne Pritt; Ravenswood - Michaela Hughes, Tia Querrey; Ritchie County - Vanessa Tallman, Jessie Bryson; Roane County - Hillary Blosser, Cassidy Taylor; South Harrison - Lora McDonald; Tyler Consolidated - Bridget Matthews; Williamstown - Brooke Stewart, Erica Amos; Wirt County - Leah Haines
Braxton County - Natasha Hoffman, Sierra Stump, McKenzie Yanero; Calhoun County - Bailie Cain; Roane County - Katie Mace; St. Marys - Mykaela Handschumacher, Mykalyn Ellyson, Sammi Clayton; South Harrison - Katie Devericks, Monroe Ford, Whitney James
Doddridge County senior Sarah Ferguson, Clay County junior Gracen Samples and Calhoun County 12th-grader Megan Barton rounded out the first team. Barton had a setting accuracy of better than 98 percent for the Red Devils on 1,635 attempts. Samples led the Panthers to just their second state tournament berth in school history. The Panther had 381 kills, 149 digs, 112 aces and 80 blocks.
Williamstown was the only LKC net program to secure two second team nods and that came thanks to the selections of Melissa Cieslewski and Emrie Gray.
Also earning second team recognition were Wirt County's Miriam Smith, Braxton County's Logan Frame, Ariel Fish of Tyler Consolidated, Clay County's Carlee Craddock, Stephanie Hall of Calhoun County, Ritchie County's Leah Kuhn, Jenessa Mullenix of St. Marys and Gilmer County's Michaela Luzader.