Fuquay-Varina senior setter Alex Barnett was named Southwest Wake Athletic Conference Player of the Year and Athens Drive coach Jen Reeder was named coach of the year, as voted by league coaches.
Both Barnett and Reeder were part of program turnarounds. Fuquay-Varina set a school record for wins in a season (16) and made the postseason for the third straight season.
The Bengals also made it to the second round for the first time in their 13 seasons as a 4A school.
Barnett had more than 700 assists and was a key defensive player.
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Reeder, in her second year with the Jaguars, took a team that had won six games over the previous two seasons and went 12-10, finishing fourth in the league.
Conference champ Apex placed junior Ally Beckman (408 assists, 206 kills, 157 digs, 53 blocks, 46 aces) and senior Bri Belicic (254 kills, 351 digs) on the first team and junior libero Coral Kazaroff (390 digs, 26 aces) on the second team.
Holly Springs also placed three players on the SWAC teams, with Kaelyn Dyson (230 kills, 164 blocks) and Jaclyn Brewington (267 assists, 196 kills, 209 digs, 51 aces) on first team and Mackenzie Reaves (445 assists, 175 kills, 231 digs, 55 aces, 48 blocks) on second team.
Fuquay placed the most players on the team with four. Barnett was joined by classmates Abby Findley and Saraya Klink, as well as sophomore Maddie Sonnendecker.
Athens Drive placed Rachel Kinsey, Kayla Madia and Kendall Yount on the second team. Green Hope, Middle Creek and Panther Creek – which each finished 5-9 in the league – had just one representative each.
Final season standings:
1. Apex, 17-4 (11-1)
T2. Holly Springs, 15-6 (10-4)
T2. Fuquay-Varina 16-6 (10-4)
4. Athens Drive, 12-10 (8-6)
5. Panther Creek, 7-10 (5-9)
6. Green Hope, 8-13 (5-9)
7. Middle Creek, 10-15 (5-9)
8. Cary, 1-18 (0-14)