Cardinal Gibbons’ Haleigh Nelson, a U.S. Volleyball Coaches Association first-team all-America selection, helped lead the Crusaders to the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3A championship and leads the All-Metro girls volleyball team.
The Wisconsin recruit was named as the most valuable player in the NCHSAA finals.
Sasha Karelov led Leesville Road in pursuit of a NCHSAA 4A volleyball championship and the Pride fell barely short, losing in the championship match.
But Leesville’s run was part of a remarkable volleyball season in the Triangle.
Cardinal Gibbons won the 3A championship, South Granville played for the 2A title and Raleigh Charter played for the 1A crown.
All-Metro Volleyball, 2012
Ashley Battle, Middle Creek, 6-1, Sr.: Virginia Tech recruit had 303 kills, 66 blocks, 219 digs
Megan Blunden, Chapel Hill, 6-3, Sr.: Delaware recruit pounded 330 kills for 24-6 club
Sasha Karelov, Leesville, 5-9, Sr.: Duke recruit led Pride to 27-1 record with 315 kills, 330 digs
Darian Mack, Wakefield, 6-3, Jr.: 185 kills, 90 blocks and 66 aces
Haleigh Nelson, Cardinal Gibbons, 6-3, Sr : Wisconsin recruit had 336 kills, NCHSAA 3A MVP
Maddie Plumlee, Saint Mary’s, 6-0, Jr.: Committed to Notre Dame after recording 374 kills, 345 digs
Kristen Powell, Garner, 6-0, Sr.: UNC-Wilmington recruit recorded 401 kills
Mary Catherine Preddy, South Granville, 6-1, Sr.: N.C. State commit led Vikings to 2A state finals
Perry Ramsey, Chapel Hill, 6-1, Sr.: Maryland recruit had 401 kills
Rachel Weisz, Cary, 5-9:, Sr.: Did not have a passing error during the regular season