Fayette runs the state in volleyball. Again in 2019, local schools dominated the competition with all six county teams making the state playoffs, five winning at least one match, four making the Final Four, two reaching the finals, and one team winning the state championship.
For the second year in a row, the state championship in AAAAA was an all-Fayette affair as McIntosh beat Whitewater. It was the Chiefs’ third-straight state championship and fifth in team history.
“It’s pretty awesome,” said McIntosh coach Wendy Mabon. “It’s where we wanted to be from the beginning of the season, so it’s nice to be here and see it come to fruition.”
The most important player on the state’s best team, senior setter Jessie Doyal of McIntosh is the Player of the Year for the second-straight season. Doyal, who is signed to play next year at Davidson, posted 669 assists, 113 digs, and 39 aces over the course of the campaign.
“Beyond being an incredible setter, Jessie is a true leader. She puts her teammates first and is truly encouraging to each player,” said Mabon. “As a starter on varsity for four years, she’s been such a vital part of our success.”
For leading her team to history, Wendy Mabon is Coach of the Year. Mabon’s McIntosh squad was simply remarkable in completing the three-peat. They finished with a 36-1 overall record and a top 25 national ranking. Along the way, they were so dominant they rolled through an amazing 25 matches in a row without losing a single set.
The All-County Volleyball Team is an amazing group of talent.
Fayette County High is represented by Naomi Franco, Micaela Carswell, Nneena Cantrell, India Gay, and Katelyn Edwards. Franco, a senior right side hitter signed to play at Syracuse, posted 333 kills. 55 aces, 64 blocks, and 33 digs. Carswell, a sophomore setter, tallied 29 kills and 70 aces. Cantrell, a sophomore libero, notched 5 kills, 13 aces, 107 digs, and 3 assists. Edwards, a junior middle blocker, posted 61 kills, 16 aces, and 64 blocks. Gay, a junior outside hitter, racked up 118 kills and 42 aces.
Honorees from McIntosh are MJ Cackett, Jayden Collins, Ngozi Iloh, Claire Lewis, Erykah Lovett, and Alexa Markley. Cackett, a junior defensive specialist, posted 23 aces and 151 digs. Collins, a sophomore right side hitter, tallied 85 kills, 10 digs, and 5 assists. Iloh, a junior middle, notched 301 kills, 37 aces, 14 blocks, 98 digs, and 22 assists. Lewis, a junior libero, racked up 337 digs, 71 aces, and 69 assists. Lovett, a junior outside hitter, posted 318 kills, 24 aces, 215 digs, and 19 assists. Markley, a sophomore middle blocker, put up 217 kills and 42 digs.
Representing Sandy Creek are Autumn Flowers, Aniya Harvey, Trinity Jackson, Haley Janeski, Kendall Mack, and Lindsey Tapp. Flowers, a senior middle and outside hitter signed to play at Butler, posted 272 kills, 54 aces, 44 blocks, and 63 digs. Harvey, a senior outside hitter signed to play at FAU, tallied 351 kills, 85 aces, 168 digs, and 56 assists. Jackson, a sophomore outside hitter, notched 28 kills, 12 aces, and 44 digs. Janeski, a sophomore setter, put up 40 kills, 82 aces, 135 digs, and 903 assists. Mack, a senior outside hitter, posted 186 kills, 45 aces, 62 blocks, and 44 digs. Tapp, a sophomore libero, racked up 118 kills, 57 aces, 131 digs, and 14 assists.
Starr’s Mill’s honorees are Piper Dedrick, Tessa Laney, Kayla Sloan, Nicole Smith, Georgia Waller, and Luna Wan. Dedrick, a senior middle hitter, tallied 108 kills, 67 blocks, and 37 aces. Laney, a senior setter, put up 1,094 assists, 311 digs, 53 blocks, 105 aces, and 84 kills. Sloan, a senior right side hitter, posted 225 kills, 204 digs, and 79 aces. Smith, a sophomore middle hitter, notched 379 kills and 66 blocks. Waller, a senior libero, tallied 398 digs, 79 assists, and 45 aces. Wan, a junior outside hitter, racked up 423 kills and 120 digs.
Honorees from Whitewater are Annette Baker, Ashli-Amari Cox, Jonna Knight, Destinee Langston, Elizabeth Skibiel, and Adriana Szuch. Baker, a junior outside hitter, posted 304 kills, 23 aces, 10 blocks, and 258 digs. Cox, a sophomore middle, tallied 173 kills and 15 aces.Knight, a senior libero and defensive specialist, notched 13 kills, 54 aces, and 315 digs. Langston, a senior outside hitter, racked up 225 kills and 15 aces. Skibiel, a junior libero and defensive specialist, posted 2 kills, 45 aces, and 306 digs. Szuch, a sophomore setter, put up 550 assists 161 digs, 11 kills, and 54 aces.
Our Lady of Mercy is represented by junior libero Abigail Barrantes, freshman setter Nadia Garcia-Veurink, and junior middle Lauren Lee.