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Here’s a look at the 2018 Clarion Ledger All-State Volleyball Team, as selected by the Clarion Ledger sports staff with input from coaches from around the state.
REBECCA WALK, Junior, Our Lady Academy: Led the state with 639 kills (5.8 per set), with 168 serving aces and 188 total blocks to help Our Lady Academy to a Class I Championship. Currently committed to South Alabama.
CALLIE MINSHEW, Senior, Brandon: Brandon’s captain led the Bulldogs with 632 kills and tallied 78 serving aces, 388 digs and 46 blocks to help Brandon to a Class III title. Signed with Mississippi State University.
PARKER BRACKEN, Sophomore, Jackson Academy: Followed up her excellent freshman year with 618 kills, 123 serving aces, 41 blocks and 340 digs to lead Jackson Academy to the MAIS Overall title. Currently committed to LSU.
NOA PARKS, Senior, Lewisburg: Led Lewisburg to a runner-up finish in Class II with 517 kills, 83 serving aces, 37 blocks and 277 digs.
HALLIE PHELAN, Senior, Madison Central: Helped Madison Central to the semifinal round of the Class III playoffs with 421 kills, 248 digs, 31 total blocks and 55 serving aces in 102 sets.
KATE BASS, Senior, Brandon: Recorded 328 kills with 72 serving aces and 131 total blocks to help Brandon to the Class III title.
MADISON STEVENS, Senior, Lake Cormorant: One of the best servers in the state dished out 163 serving aces and finished the season with 400 digs in 116 sets for the Class II runner-up Gators.
KENNEDY SCHRITENTHAL, Senior, DeSoto Central: Led the Class III runner-up Jaguars with 378 kills, 289 assists, 220 digs and 81 serving aces.
JULIA DYESS, Junior, Hartfield Academy: Had a breakout season for Hartfield, leading the Hawks to the MAIS semifinals with 420 kills and 101 serving aces and recording 212 digs and 15 blocks.
PAYTON MCKERCHIE, Junior, Vancleave: Led Vancleave with 272 kills and recorded 98 serving aces, 194 digs and 79 blocks to help the Bulldogs to the Class II state title.
MALEAH AUSTIN, Senior, Hancock: Led the Hawks to the Class III semfinals with 390 kills, 116 serving aces, 116 digs and 26 blocks.
LAKIN LAURENDINE, 8th grade, Clinton: Had a breakout season for Clinton, leading the Arrows to the second round of the playoffs with 529 kills, 85 serving aces, 276 digs and 35 total blocks.
SYDNEY SALTER, Junior, Vancleave: One of the state’s best defenders helped the Bulldogs to the Class II title by receiving 322 serves with 535 total digs and 81 serving aces.
LASHUNDRIA CHATMAN, Senior, Brandon: Played a crucial role for the Class III champion Bulldogs, providing 144 kills, 85 blocks and 29 digs.
NATALIE DERUSSO, Sophomore, Jackson Academy: One of the grittiest players in the state helped the Raiders to the MAIS title by providing 44 kills, 51 serving aces, 161 digs and an amazing 1,060 assists in 116 sets.
ERIN SUTTON, Senior, Lewisburg: Played an important role for the Class II runner-up Patriots by receiving 455 serves and providing 369 digs, 12 kills and 40 serving aces.
GRACIE TACKER, Sophomore, DeSoto Central: Had a breakout season for the Class III runner-up, providing 652 assists, 153 digs, 28 kills and 79 serving aces.
MEGAN HARRIS, Sophomore, DeSoto Central: Played an integral role in helping the Jaguars to a berth in the Class III championship, receiving 560 serves and recording 407 digs and 53 serving aces.
ISABELLA BEASLEY, Junior, Lake Cormorant: Led the Gators to a berth in the Class II Championship with 327 kills, 142 digs, 48 serving aces and 53 blocks in 116 sets.
ANGIE GONZALEZ, Junior, Lake Cormorant: One of the best defenders in the state received 508 serves and recorded 479 digs and 20 serving aces in 116 sets.
PAIGE DAVIS, Junior, Vancleave: Played an important role for the Class II Champion Bulldogs, providing 955 assists, 276 digs and 93 serving aces.
CHEYENNE STRICKLAND, Junior, Vancleave: Provided 263 kills, 69 serving aces, 283 digs, 23 blocks and 19 assists for the Class II Champion Bulldogs.
HEIDI KLEIN, Junior, Hartfield Academy: One of the best setters in the state helped Hartfield to the MAIS semifinals with 70 aces, 808 assists, 95 digs and 33 kills.
LOGAN PARKER, Senior, Clinton: The Arrows’ captain helped her team to the second round of the Class III playoffs by receiving 483 serves with 513 total digs, 111 serving aces and 22 assists.
Coach of the Year
Haley Chatham, Vancleave
Put a state-best four players on the Clarion Ledger’s All-State Volleyball teams, and after her girls swept Lake Cormorant in the Class II State Championship, she took over at Pearl River Community College as the first JUCO volleyball coach in Mississippi.