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.
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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.
|Alex Barnett, Fuquay-Varina||Sr.||SWAC player of the year had more than 750 assists in school-record 16-win season|
|Ally Beckman, Apex||Jr.||Georgia Tech recruit led Apex (17-4) record with 408 assists, 206 kills, 157 digs and 53 blocks.|
|Gabrielle Benda, Wakefield||Sr.||Marquette setter recruit had 979 assists, 153 digs and 80 aces.|
|Mone’ Jones, Riverside||Jr.||Led Pirates to 26-2 record with 214 kills and 80 blocks.|
|Darian Mack, Wakefield||Sr.||MVP of 4A championship; Kentucky recruit; Had 318 kills, 229 digs and 63 aces.|
|Maya Muldrow, Wakefield||Sr.||Cincinnati recruit had 318 kills, 131 blocks and 79 digs|
|Maddie Plumlee, Saint Mary’s||Sr.||Notre Dame recruit had 514 kills, 346 digs and 57 aces; named NCISAA all-state.|
|Joanna Powers, Raleigh Charter||Sr.||Led the Phoenix to the 1A title game with 452 kills, 323 digs and 78 aces.|
|Perry Ramsey, Chapel Hill||Sr.||N.C. State recruit led Tigers to 3A East final with 451 kills, 52 aces, 64 blocks and 312 digs.|
|Moriah Smith, Cary Academy||Sr.||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.|