FOREST CITY — In a year of new conferences, the Mountain Foothills 7 (MF7) volleyball conference proved to be one of the toughest in the state.
R-S Central picked up 17 wins on the year and advanced to the playoffs. CHASE and Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy (TJCA) picked up six wins, while East Rutherford posted four wins.
This year’s all-county volleyball team features 12 players including six first-team members and six second-team members, which were selected by The Daily Courier Sports Editor and sports correspondents.
The Daily Courier’s Player of the Year for the 2021 season is R-S Central senior MaKenzi Searcy. Searcy was an all-conference selection, finishing the year with 376 kills, 15 aces and 28 blocks.
The Daily Courier’s Coach of the Year is R-S Central’s Ryan Sherburne. Sherburne guided the Lady ‘Toppers to 17 wins on the year and a trip to the state playoffs.
Here’s a look at the other players who were named to the all-county teams.
R-S Central 17-9, 7-5 MF7 LOST IN THE FIRST ROUND OF THE 2A STATE PLAYOFFS
(FIRST-TEAM): Junior Dot Norris had a big year, finishing with 236 kills and a team-high 54 aces. She was an all-conference selection.
(FIRST-TEAM): Junior Aziyah Rudisill finished her campaign with 92 kills, 34 aces and a team-high 53 blocks.
(FIRST-TEAM): Junior Lani Warren had a strong season from her libero position with 18 aces, 183 digs and 13 assists.
(SECOND-TEAM): Freshman Madison Ross was a solid contributor throughout the year, posting 33 aces and 652 assists.
TJCA 6-11, 4-8 Southern Piedmont 1A/2A Conference(SECOND-TEAM): While no stats were available for the Lady Gryphons, Senior Rayney Maxwell was consistent all season for TJCA.
CHASE 6-18, 0-12 MF7
(FIRST-TEAM): Senior Mykah Holland led the Lady Trojans with 99 kills and 39 aces.
(SECOND-TEAM): Junior Abbi Roof was a force all year, compiling 89 kills, 26 aces and 14 blocks. She was an all-conference selection.
(SECOND-TEAM): Senior Isabel Elmore capped off her volleyball career with a strong year, finishing with 76 kills, 28 aces and nine blocks.
East Rutherford 4-12, 2-11 MF7(FIRST-TEAM): Senior Ashleigh Jones was a consistent player for the Lady Cavaliers, posting 46 kills and 14 blocks. She was an all-conference selection.
(SECOND-TEAM): Junior Sequoyah Lowrance had a good season, finishing with a team-high 27 blocks to go along with 24 kills.
(SECOND-TEAM): Samantha Flack compiled 35 kills, 12 aces and six blocks during her junior campaign.