Gate City junior Lindsey Harper (Ned Jilton II photo)
Winning a team championship often brings with it individual recognition.
Gate City’s state champion volleyball team is a case in point.
Three Lady Blue Devils were selected to the Region 2A West first team and a total of five made the VHSCA Conference 40 squads released Monday.
Juniors Lindsey Harper and Kyra Jessee and sophomore Hayley Wolfe made the all-region unit. The trio was joined on the Conference 40 first team by teammate Haley Reed, a sophomore. Gate City’s Kerri Hite was a second-team all-conference pick.
Harper was named the Conference 40 player of the year. Amy Reed was coach of the year after guiding the Lady Blue Devils to their fifth VHSL championship since 2004.
Other Southwest Virginia players making the Region 2A West squad were John Battle’s Sarah Robbins (first team) and Wise Central’s Eden Sturgill, Richlands’ Mac Cordill, and Marion’s Bakker Cullop and Jordan Williams (second team).
Region 2A West Volleyball Teams
First Team Lindsey Harper, Jr., Gate City Kyra Jessee, Jr., Gate City Hannah Shields, Sr., Dan River Camryn McGrady, Jr., Grayson Sarah Robbins, Sr., John Battle Alex Hawks, Sr., Giles Alex Wolfe, Jr., James River Brooke Aaron, So., Chatham Libero Hayley Wolfe, So., Gate City Second Team Karyl Smith, Sr., Dan River Holly Wilkes, Sr., Glenvar Mac Cordill, Sr., Richlands Bakker Cullop, Jr., Marion Kristen Bousman, So., Chatham Autumn Halsey, Jr., Grayson Eden Sturgill, Jr., Wise Jordan Williams, Sr., Marion Libero Lindsay Shotwell, Sr., James River
VHSCA Conference 40 Teams
Player of the Year Lindsey Harper, Jr., Gate City Coach of the Year Amy Reed, Gate City First Team Lindsey Harper, Jr., Gate City Kyra Jessee, Jr., Gate City Sarah Robbins, Sr., John S Battle Eden Sturgill, Jr., Wise Central Sydney McKinney, So., Union Haley Wolfe, So., Gate City Lyndsay Edmondson, Jr., Virginia High Haley Reed, So., Gate City Keeley Daniels, Jr., Virginia High Second Team Kerri Hite, Gate City Emily Dickenson, Wise Central Kylee Smith, John Battle Caitlin Doss, John Battle Allie Morgan, Union Samantha Ely, Lee Reagan Davis, Wise Central Summer Begley, Union Honorable Mention:Kasey Casteel, John Battle; Gillian Jessee, Lee; Chelsea Lanningham, Lee; Caitlin McConnell, Gate City; Monica Parrot, Lebanon