Girls HS Dream Team of the Week: Drapp, Bardin, Sigler, Chinchar, Marchal, Taylor, Arquette, Lee
November 15, 2023
November 22, 2022
This is â€œDots,â€ VolleyballMag.comâ€™s weekly look at 10 things in high school volleyball, past or present. It’s been a great fall. Look for club Dots in the spring and we’ll also have a club Dream Team on Wednesday:
â€¢ Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you today theÂ Cathedral Catholic Dons, the consensus 2022 national high school champions. On Saturday, the San Diego team swept previously-undefeatedÂ Saint FrancisÂ of Mountain View to win the California Open Division state title. The sweep, sparked by Oregon-bound RSÂ Noemie GloverÂ and junior MBÂ Jenna Hanes, a Michigan commit, completed a 42-0 season in which the Dons lost just one set.
Lest you think Cathedral Catholic played a cupcake schedule, please think again about a team that was 11-0 against Californiaâ€™s top 25 and won the Kamehameha Tournament in Hawaii, the Las Vegas Durango Fall Classic and the made-for-ESPN GEICO Volleyball Invitational.
Cathedral Catholic swept the Lancers despite having its top player, senior OHÂ Julia Blyashov, a Stanford signee, sidelined by an ankle injury. The Dons overwhelmed a Saint Francis team, which played well, with their deeper than deep roster and power at every position.
â€œWhat a fantastic way to top off our season,â€ Cathedral Catholic coachÂ Juliana ConnÂ said. â€œThere was a lot on the line today beyond stateâ€¦our streak, sending 10 seniors to college. It was beautiful to see them fighting and knowing that it meant more than just a volleyball match.â€
BransonÂ andÂ Archie WilliamsÂ were among five other teams to win state in California this past weekend. Each has a sister who played a major role in her teamâ€™s victory. Branson sophomore OHÂ Sadie SnipesÂ had 16 kills, nine digs and two blocks in Friday nightâ€™s five-set win overÂ Palos VerdesÂ in Div. I. Senior OHÂ Elsa SnipesÂ helped Archie Williams the next day in Div. III. She had 25 kills, 12 digs, two blocks, five assists and an ace in the Falconsâ€™ four-set victory overÂ The Buckley School.
â€¢Â MarianÂ andÂ Wayzata, two other schools that were in the national championship discussion to start the year, also won state titles in the past couple of weeks.
Marian won its third straight Michigan Division I title in four sets on Saturday, avenging a loss toÂ NorthvilleÂ that was its only loss of the season.Â Izzy BusignaniÂ had 27 killsÂ and 20 digs to lead the Mustangs (49-1).Â Ava Sarafa, perhaps the best senior setter in the nation, added 45 assists and 10 digs.Â Abby Reck, Northvilleâ€™s star, finished with 21 kills, 19 digs and three aces.
Wayzata (30-4) also won its third straight title, defeatingÂ Lakeville NorthÂ in three last weekend for the Minnesota Class 4A title. Senior RSÂ Kaitlyn Vogt, sophomore middlesÂ Katie KelzenbergÂ andÂ Reilly Kurth, junior OHÂ Avery JesewitzÂ and junior DSÂ Bianca NistorÂ complemented the Trojansâ€™ â€œbig threeâ€ of setterÂ Stella Swenson, liberoÂ Sophia JohnsonÂ and OHÂ Olivia Swenson.
â€œIt certainly felt vindicating,â€ said coachÂ Scott Jackson. â€œI felt like we were the most talented team all fall, but we kept dealing with nagging injuries and illnesses in important moments. However, being battle-tested proved helpful â€“ really helpful. Many of our players played our best when it mattered most.â€
â€¢ Sacred HeartÂ won the Michigan Division 4 title for the first time ever and accomplished the feat in the most improbable way. The Irish were blown out byÂ AthensÂ over the first two sets. They then won the next two sets at deuce, coming from behind in each, to set up a fifth set, where they trailed, 11-9, before scoring the final six points to complete the stunning comeback.Â Lillie Laneyâ€™sÂ block put Sacred Heart up for good, 12-11. She finished with 19 kills and seven blocks.
North BranchÂ andÂ Pewamo-WestphaliaÂ won the other two Michigan titles.
North Branch, coached by Michigan Hall of Fame coachÂ Jim Fish, won in Division 2 for the fourth time. Two of Fishâ€™s daughters are head coaches in the collegiate ranks,Â Sam ErgerÂ at SMU andÂ Jordan FishÂ at Dallas Baptist.
Pewamo-WestphaliaÂ was a first-time winner in Division 3 in its first finals appearance in almost 30 years.
â€¢Â Dripping SpringsÂ rode the arms ofÂ Mackenzie PlanteÂ andÂ Henley AndersonÂ to the Texas 6A title, The Tigers sweptÂ Katy TompkinsÂ to win their second championship overall and first in 6A. Plante, a senior, was named MVP after recording 14 kills in the 3-0 win. Anderson, a freshman, had 10 kills and eight digs. Dripping Springs previously won 5A in 2015.
Tompkins made the final after upendedÂ KellerÂ in five in a semifinal.Â Cindy TchoungwaÂ had eight first-set kills for Tompkins in the loss.
MVP setterÂ Morgan HowardÂ had 51 assists and 17 digs andÂ Suli DavisÂ andÂ Ella BuseyÂ combined for 41 kills and 30 digs asÂ Colleyville HeritageÂ won the 5A title in four sets overÂ Frisco Reedy. The title was the first in program history for the Panthers.
Sidney SoriaÂ had 37 assists, six digs and five kills to leadÂ Canyon RandallÂ pastÂ Aubrey, 3-0, for the 4A title. The Raiders won their second title overall and first in 13 years.
In 2A,Â WindthorstÂ added to its legacy as the winningest program in UIL history with state title No. 14. The Trojans defeatedÂ LindseyÂ in five sets, 15-12 in the fifth. JuniorÂ Rylee WolfÂ had 24 kills and 17 digs to lead the way.Â Megg LindleyÂ contributed 25 assists and 17 digs to the winning cause.
â€¢Â North HagerstownÂ won the Maryland 3A title for the first time in eight years, defeatingÂ NorthernÂ 366 days after a loss to 2021 championÂ ReservoirÂ resulted in a vow to make things right.Â Aubrey ChamberlinÂ had 40 assists and 21 digs for the Hubs in the four-set win. Area POYÂ Gabby Grantham-MedleyÂ contributed 19 kills and 11 digs.Â Maya JohnsonÂ had 25 kills to lead Northern.
UrbanaÂ deniedÂ Arundelâ€™sÂ bid for a third straight 4A title, strafing the Wildcats, 15-11, in the final set to capture its first state title. The Hawks won despite a soul-crushing Game 4 loss, 25-9, which followed a Game 3 loss, 25-12. Senior liberoÂ Julia GustafsonÂ served an ace in the fifth to clinch victory..
â€¢Â West Fargo SheyenneÂ won its first North Dakota Class A title, but it took two days for the Mustangs to dethroneÂ Bismarck Century, the two-time defending champions.
The final, slated for 8 p.m. Saturday, did not get started until after 10 because of other matches running long. Two hours later, the teams were still playing, having traded the first four sets. The fifth was all Sheyenne and finished, at 12:04 a.m., whenÂ Reagan Bogenreifâ€™sÂ kill completed the 15-8 win. Bogenreif had 16 kills and 29 digs in the match, in support of teammateÂ Kailee Waasdorp, who finished with 27 kills and 28 digs.Â Logan NissleyÂ led Century, which had won eight titles in the previous 12 years, with 20 kills, 23 digs and four blocks. She recorded career kill No. 1,000 during the match.
Northern CassÂ won a five-set marathon overÂ Linton/HMB. The Jaguars won the final two sets to capture their second state title, first since 2013. MBÂ Josie JensenÂ led Northern Cass with 20 kills and 10 blocks. Senior middleÂ ShayLee BoschÂ had 26 kills in a losing effort.
â€¢Â Sioux Falls Christian, which entered the South Dakota Class A tournament as the No. 4 seed, won it all for the sixth straight year. The Chargers defeatedÂ Elkton-Lake BentonÂ in four sets behind 31 kills from senior middleÂ Elli Lems.
HarrisburgÂ repeated in Class AA title behind a freshman,Â Gabrielle Zachariasen, who had a game-high 21 kills in the four-set victory overÂ Sioux Falls Jefferson.
WarnerÂ and head coachÂ Kari JungÂ won the Class B title for the eighth time.Â Kyleigh SchoppÂ had 22 kills as the Monarchs defeatedÂ Chester AreaÂ in four sets to repeat as champions.
â€¢ LakesideÂ won its second Washington state title all-time and first since 2016 with a dominating win over defending championÂ MeadÂ in 3A. The Lions lost three times at the Durango Fall Classic in September but were undefeated against in-state competition.
â€œI thought we played our best volleyball of the season in the state championship match,â€ said head coachÂ Jeff Kim.Â â€œEmily DeanÂ (setter) ran a well-balanced attack. We served really well and kept Mead out of system.Â Sophie Broesamle,Â Becca DePencier PineroÂ andÂ Yazzy MuhammadÂ terminated a lot of balls on the left/right.Â Victoria GaoÂ (libero) was all over the court on defense.Â We jumped out to quick leads in each set and never looked back.â€
Graham-KapowsinÂ won the 4A title for the first time, downingÂ Lake StevensÂ in straight sets behind powerful hittersÂ Hailey BrockwayÂ andÂ Manaia Toa. G-K had a pair of third-place finishes previously during Brockwayâ€™s tenure at the school.
Lake Stevens had previously knocked off top-seededÂ PuyallupÂ to make the finals.
â€¢Â Quinn AndersonÂ had 17 kills and 10 digs to propelÂ WestboroughÂ to the Massachusetts Division II title in a sweep overÂ King Phillip. The win capped a 21-0 season for the Rangers, who won for the first time since 2017.
Newton NorthÂ won the Division I title overÂ Lincoln-SudburyÂ in four sets. Did you know that only five schools have won Division I over the past 30 years? Newton Northâ€™s title was its fourth all-time but first since 2018.Â Abigail WrightÂ had 20 kills andÂ Devin BurkeÂ andÂ Chloe LeeÂ teamed for 31 more for the victors.
Frontier RegionalÂ won its ninth Division III title but first since 2015. Head coachÂ Sean MacDonaldÂ has presided over all nine of those since taking over the program in 2003.
â€¢Â Thereâ€™s a ton more to report on but this is the tenth Dot, so weâ€™ll â€œspeed writeâ€ in this catch-all spot to wrap up our coverage of the 2022 season.
In Florida,Â Veniceâ€™sÂ 7A title two weekends ago was its sixth.Â Brian Wheatleyâ€™sÂ team started the year 6-3 and finished by winning 16 of its final 17. Included in those late wins was a victory over defending championÂ PlantÂ in the Regional final. Venice trailed two sets to one and faced four match points against in the fourth, 24-20, before rallying to win in five. Venice has won at least one title over the past four decades. With four sophomores in the starting lineup, the team could win again in the near futureâ€¦
In Arizona,Â Corona del SolÂ won the 6A title in five over two-time defending championÂ Hamilton. The Aztecs won the fifth and deciding set, 15-6. In their three matches that went the distance this year, CdM won all three by the same 15-6 score!
Corona del Sol trailed two sets to won after three and was tied, 12-12, in the fourth set. Hamilton would score just 11 more points the rest of the match.
The Aztecs got great defense at the net fromÂ Ella Lomigora, Maggie BeauerÂ andÂ Natalie Mantini;Â and in the back row, where freshman liberoÂ Erin Clark, a natural setter, totaled 35 digs in the championship match, tying Beauer, the right side who played all the way around.
Connecticut superpowerÂ DarienÂ won its first state title in eight years, sweepingÂ TrumbullÂ in Class LL. The Blue Wave now have 18 titles in 20 appearances under venerable coachÂ Laurie LaRusso, who has been with the program for 40 years. Junior setterÂ Aubrey Moore, who had 31 assists, was named finals MVP.
RHAMâ€™sÂ win in Class M was its ninth Connecticut state title since winning its first in 2007. MVPÂ Ally HadleyÂ led the way for the Raptors, who played in Class M this year after winning Class L a year ago.
In Pennsylvania,Â North AlleghenyÂ won its sixth straight 4A title, rallying from a set down to defeatÂ Garnet ValleyÂ in four.Â Mia Tuman, an Ohio State setter recruit, led the Tigers to the title. The title was the second for second-year coachÂ Russ Hoburg, who coached the JV the prior 10 years before taking over forÂ Heidi Miller.
Pope John Paul IIÂ won its first Pennsylvania 3A state title, in five overÂ North Catholic, the 2021 2A champions.Â The score of Game 5 was 19-17. PJPII twice had to fight off match point against to stay alive.Â Hutton CordreyÂ finished with 17 kills and 14 digs to lead the way.
In Virginia,Â James WoodÂ sweptÂ GraftonÂ for the Class 4 state title, the first state championship for James Wood in any girlsâ€™ team sport. Grafton fell in the final for the sixth consecutive season. James Wood was led by two freshmen,Â Kennedy SpaidÂ andÂ Brenna Corbin.
YorkÂ stunned previously-unbeatenÂ Hidden ValleyÂ for the Class 3 title. York rallied from two sets down to win behindÂ Ashley Hunt. Hidden Valley starÂ Caleigh PonnÂ had 39 kills and 38 digs, both career highs, in the loss.
Alexandria CityÂ andÂ MidlothianÂ took home titles in 6A and 5A respectively. Both championship matches went five sets, with the final set decided by 15-13 scores. Alexandria City knocked off defending championÂ ColganÂ despite returning only two starters from the year prior.
In New York,Â ShenendehowaÂ is the Class AA champion for the first time after sweepingÂ LancasterÂ on Sunday behind MVP setterÂ Emma Paliwodzinski, who had 37 assists, 14 digs and four kills.
CalhounÂ won Class A, 3-0, taking down two-time defending championÂ Burnt Hills-Ballston LakeÂ in the final.Â Julia Lawrence, Ella MaldonadoÂ andÂ Victoria ZovichÂ led the way.
That completes our in-season coverage of high school volleyball for 2022. We will have a couple of post-season lists in December before returning in January with coverage of the club season.
Until next time â€¦