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Midland's Weaver captains W.Va. all-state volleyball team

Nov. 25, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Cabell Midland might not have finished as the Class AAA state champion, but star senior Cassie Weaver has landed as captain of the Class AAA all-state volleyball team, released Sunday by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.

State semifinalist Spring Valley placed Brittany Ritter and Kendra Pemberton on the first team.

All-state second team selections included Alexis Williams, a Huntington High senior; Cabell Midland senior Taylor Riedel; and Winfield sophomore Carla Gunnewig.

Special honorable mention went to Sarah Kelly from Spring Valley and Aarron Ward of Logan.

Players on the honorable mention list included Jenny Brumfield from Cabell Midland, Kassidy Lemons of Spring Valley, Sarah Ferguson of Winfield, Kaci Riffle from Point Pleasant and Ronni Vance of Logan.

Cabell Midland went out in the first round of the state tournament, but Weaver's performance certainly didn't go unnoticed. Her year-long performance turned heads, as well.

Weaver, who has signed to play at Marshall University, was the top vote getter after putting up some of the biggest numbers in the state in every major category.

The Mountain State Athletic Conference Player of the Year, Weaver recorded 583 kills, 531 digs, 69 aces and 101 blocks for the Knights (35-14-2). She finished with 1,500 digs and 1,852 kills for her career.

"Cassie is always trying to better herself whether it be with her hitting or her defense. Cassie is never satisfied with just mediocre play and is often harder on herself than most coaches would be on her," Cabell Midland coach Cindy Machmer said.

That determination got Weaver on the first team for a second straight year.George Washington's Hannah Shreve earned a third straight first-team pick. Musselman's Corisha Smith also repeated on the first team.

Shreve, a West Virginia University signee, led George Washington to a state title with a 15-kill performance against Musselman in the title game. For the year, she finished with 438 kills, 73 aces and 162 blocks.

George Washington and Musselman each had an additional player on the first team. For the Patriots, setter Sydney Downey, who moved up from second team, recorded 1,336 assists,172 digs and 111 aces. Taylor Lord, just a sophomore, had a team-high 554 kills and 331 digs for state runner-up Musselman, which lost to George Washington in the finals.

Spring Valley, the 2011 champion, put its captains on the all-state first team. Ritter had 314 kills, 346 digs and 32 aces while Pemberton had 1,028 assists, 102 kills, 342 digs and 57 aces.

Parkersburg's Imani Ward and Woodrow Wilson's Anne Patterson, second-team selections last season, and Greenbrier East's Abby Brown rounded out the first team.