Huskies, Knights take their best shots
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Monday, Dec. 09, 2013

Huskies, Knights take their best shots

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    Hough High senior Julia Brown, the Lake Norman News’ 2013 volleyball Player of the Year.
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    Hough High volleyball coach Sandi Skidmore, the Lake Norman News’ 2013 volleyball Coach of the Year.
  • More information All Lake Norman News Volleyball Team Julia Brown, Hough, Senior: N.C. State signee had 389 kills. Jennifer Hart, Hough, Senior: Led potent offense with 760 aces; also big for defense with 265 digs. Jazmine Lindor, Hough, Senior: 6-foot-1 middle blocker was big with 247 kills, 67 blocks to help dominant Huskies offense and defense. Hailey Kain, Hough, Senior: Did a bit of everything: 195 kills, 65 aces, 178 digs. Anyla Kryeziu, Hopewell, Senior: Titans standout had a major effect in her first season with team with 322 kills, 57 blocks and 92 aces on 22-7 team. Ada Thompson, Hopewell, Senior: Steady setter directed powerful Titans offense with 546 assists, 67 aces. Julia Newell, Lake Norman Charter, Senior: Big South 2A conference Player of the Year, co-captain led team in kills on way to the 2A state semifinals. Jessi Harris, Lake Norman Charter, Senior: All-Big South 2A pick, co-captain, had a big effect as middle blocker for the Knights, also averaged 14 digs. Korrine Belfield, Lake Norman Charter, Senior: All-Big South 2A pick, co-captain, another big part of Knights’ arsenal. Sarah Fink, Community School of Davidson, Senior: Davidson commit, Southern Piedmont 1A conference Player of the Year had 259 kills, 56 blocks.. Megan Perkins, Community School of Davidson, Junior: All-Southern Piedmont 1A pick, one of top defensive players in the area with 327 digs. Kylee Gomilla, Community School of Davidson, Sophomore: All-conference Spartan stepped up with 577 assists.

Hough High’s volleyball team came into the 2013 season with a single focus: getting to the 4A state championship match.

Huskies coach Sandi Skidmore and her players did that before losing a tight match to Raleigh Wakefield, 3-1, to earn 4A state runner-up honors.

Hough (32-2) had a banner year in the process, winning the MECKA 4A conference title with a perfect 14-0 record, as well as the 4A Western Regional title by beating Mount Tabor.

Lake Norman Charter (22-3) also had a season to remember, getting to the 2A Western Regional final before losing to Hendersonville for the third year in a row. The Knights, under first-year coach Bethany Trouville, also won the Big South 2A conference title with a perfect 14-0 league mark.

Community School of Davidson (20-4) also made a postseason run, making the 1A state quarterfinals before falling to Rosman.

The Spartans were a perfect 12-0 in South Piedmont 1A conference play to win the league title.

All Lake Norman News volleyball Coach of the Year: Sandi Skidmore, Hough. Skidmore started the Huskies’ volleyball program from scratch four years ago when the school opened.

This year, she took the team to the 4A state championship, falling short in a 3-1 loss to Raleigh Wakefield. The Huskies went on an impressive run in the playoffs, beating Providence, McDowell, Ardrey Kell, Charlotte Catholic and Mount Tabor.

Hough already has won 107 matches in four seasons (only 19 losses in that time), including a 67-5 record in the past two years.

While the Huskies will lose eight key seniors, with talents like Dakoda Hawkins, Megan Perry and more returning, Skidmore will help make the team a factor again in 2014.

All Lake Norman News volleyball Player of the Year: Julia Brown, Hough. Brown has accomplished a lot in her Hough High career, as she has been an all-conference player for the Huskies’ basketball, lacrosse and volleyball teams.

The MECKA 4A conference volleyball Player of the Year had a monster senior season, with 389 kills and 187 digs, leading Hough to a 32-2 record and the 4A state finals.

Brown now takes her volleyball talents to N.C. State, where she will try to add to her already impressive resume on and off the court.

Jay Edwards is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Jay? Email him at jedwardsjr23@gmail.com .

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