Volleyball

The News & Observer All-Metro volleyball team, final top 15 rankings

mblake@newsobserver.comNovember 9, 2013 

  • Final N&O top 15

    1. Cardinal Gibbons (1) 28-0

    2. Wakefield (2) 25-2

    3. Riverside (3) 26-2

    4. Apex (4) 17-4

    5. Broughton (5) 21-4-1

    6. Holly Springs (6) 15-6

    7. Fuquay-Varina (7) 16-6

    8. Millbrook (8) 18-9

    9. Garner (9) 23-3

    10. North Raleigh Christian (11) 24-6

    11. Cary Academy (12) 21-10

    12. Carrboro (13) 19-7

    13. Cedar Ridge (NR) 23-8

    14. Durham Trinity School (NR) 24-2

    15. Ravenscroft (NR) 25-5

Cardinal Gibbons and Wakefield end the year as the top two teams in The News & Observer area and lead the The N&O’s All-Metro team.

Gibbons landed senior Cheyenne Wood, the MVP of the 3A championship. Wakefield’s Darian Mack, a Kentucky recruit who was the MVP of the 4A championship, is joined on the all-star team by teammates Maya Muldrow, a Cincinnati recruit, and Gabrielle Benda, a Marquette recruit.

Mack and Saint Mary’s Maddie Plumlee, a Notre Dame recruit, are repeat selections from 2012.

Gibbons went unbeaten en route to their record-setting fifth straight N.C. High School Athletic Association 3A state championship. Wakefield survived five-set wins against No. 3 Riverside and No. 4 Apex en route to its first NCHSAA 4A championship.

No. 5 Broughton enjoyed a 21-win season, one of the best in Caps history. Southwest Wake Athletic Conference teams Holly Springs and Fuquay-Varina, who come in at No. 6 and 7, tied for second in their league.

Eighth-ranked Millbrook picked up a second-round win at No. 9 Garner, which had set a school record for wins in a season.

All-Metro volleyball

Name, school Class Accomplishments
Alex Barnett, Fuquay-VarinaSr.SWAC player of the year had more than 750 assists in school-record 16-win season
Ally Beckman, ApexJr.Georgia Tech recruit led Apex (17-4) record with 408 assists, 206 kills, 157 digs and 53 blocks.
Gabrielle Benda, WakefieldSr.Marquette setter recruit had 979 assists, 153 digs and 80 aces.
Mone’ Jones, RiversideJr.Led Pirates to 26-2 record with 214 kills and 80 blocks.
Darian Mack, WakefieldSr.MVP of 4A championship; Kentucky recruit; Had 318 kills, 229 digs and 63 aces.
Maya Muldrow, WakefieldSr.Cincinnati recruit had 318 kills, 131 blocks and 79 digs
Maddie Plumlee, Saint Mary’sSr.Notre Dame recruit had 514 kills, 346 digs and 57 aces; named NCISAA all-state.
Joanna Powers, Raleigh CharterSr. Led the Phoenix to the 1A title game with 452 kills, 323 digs and 78 aces.
Perry Ramsey, Chapel HillSr.N.C. State recruit led Tigers to 3A East final with 451 kills, 52 aces, 64 blocks and 312 digs.
Moriah Smith, Cary AcademySr.The Citadel recruit had 520 digs, 370 kills and 144 assists and was NCISAA all-state.
Cheyenne Wood, Cardinal Gibbons Sr.MVP of 3A championship; had 345 assists, 147 kills and 127 digs.

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