Webb sweeps all-area volleyball honors

Dec. 23, 2012 @ 02:21 AM

J.F. Webb coach Ellis Crews is coy about the “system” he runs in Oxford.

The Warriors weren’t an overly tall or athletic team in 2012. But they found ways to win as Crews’ teams often do. Whatever the system entails, it usually works and it did again this past season.

Led by sophomore hitter Hayley Marshburn, Webb edged Southern Vance for the fourth spot in the ultra-competitive 3-A Carolina Conference and a postseason berth. 

Crews is All-Area Coach of the Year and Marshburn is Player of the Year. 

The 2012 volleyball season was highlighted by the battle between Webb and Southern for the fourth playoff spot. 

The Raiders rallied from two sets down in the regular season finale on Webb’s senior night in Oxford. Southern scored a 3-2 win, creating a tie in the league standings and forcing a one-match playoff. Webb won that playoff 3-1 to clinch the postseason berth before falling at Burlington Williams in the first round. 

Marshburn followed up an impressive all-conference freshman campaign by leading Webb’s attack in 2012 with 199 kills, 104 more than teammate Catherine Pittard, who was second on the team in kills. 

Marshburn is joined on the all-area first team by Webb’s Stephanie Moyer and Caroline Joyner. Moyer, the only senior on the first team, was the Warriors’ defensive leader with 394 digs while Joyner logged 566 assists at setter. 

Southern is represented on the first team by the dynamic duo of Kiyanna Kearney and Megan Hight, both juniors. Kearney had 145 kills on the season and Hight finished with 127 to go along with 41 aces and 40 blocks. 

Emily Hilliard of Northern Vance rounds out the first team after a big junior season that included 152 kills and 86 digs.

All-Area First Team 

Hayley Marshburn (J.F. Webb)

Stephanie Moyer (J.F. Webb)

Caroline Joyner (J.F. Webb)

Kiyanna Kearney (Southern Vance)

Megan Hight (Southern Vance)

Emily Hilliard (Northern Vance)

All-Area Second Team

Sarah Thomasson (J.F. Webb)

Catherine Pittard (J.F. Webb)

Kara Reese (Northern Vance)

Bryanna Simmons (Southern Vance)

Deja Hicks (Southern Vance)

Jessi Hayes (Crossroads Christian)

Honorable mention: Bethany Hoyle (J.F. Webb), Victoria Hughes (J.F. Webb), Bryles Cutts (Kerr-Vance), Teja Kennerly (Warren County)

Contact the writer at kholtzman@hendersondispatch.com.