Scoles a big hitter for Vikings
Monday, Dec. 09, 2013

Scoles a big hitter for Vikings

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    South Iredell’s Julia Scoles, the Mooresville News’ 2013 volleyball player of the year.
    South Iredell volleyball coach Ashlyn Morris, the Mooresville News’ 2013 volleyball coach of the year.
  • All Mooresville News Volleyball Team Julia Scoles, South Iredell, So.: North Piedmont 3A-4A player of the year had a monster season across the board with 472 kills, 75 blocks, 352 digs.

    Taylor Berg, South Iredell, So.: One of the top defensive players around with 477 digs, leading the Vikings in hustle, according to Morris.

    Madison Peters, South Iredell, So.: All-North Piedmont 3A-4A pick is another promising young talent with 190 kills, 40 blocks.

    Maggie Emery, South Iredell, Jr.: 6-foot-1 Vikings junior was a big force in the middle with 96 blocks this season.

    Caroline Colleran, Lake Norman, Sr.: All-North Piedmont 3A-4A performer an offensive force for the Wildcats.

    Taylor Offnick, Lake Norman, Sr.: With Colleran formed a strong 1-2 all-North Piedmont 3A-4A punch, leading team in kills, digs.

    Olivia Loeffler, North Lincoln, Sr.: Appalachian State signee, all-North Piedmont 3A-4A pick, one of top defensive players in the area with 254 digs.

    Maggie Snider, Statesville Christian, Sr.: All-state performer was the Lions’ top offensive weapon.

    Sehrena Hull, Mooresville, Fr.: Promising first-year, versatile athlete (also on basketball team) earned all-North Piedmont 3A-4A honors.

Ashlyn Morris, South Iredell High’s first-year volleyball coach, came into this season with one of the younger teams in the area, fielding a roster that included one senior, five juniors, six sophomores and a freshman.

But despite their youth, the Vikings had great expectations and lived up to them, going 23-3 overall and making it to the third round of the 3A playoffs before losing to eventual state runner-up China Grove Carson.

South Iredell was the co-North Piedmont 3A-4A conference champions with rival North Iredell but swept the Raiders in the conference tournament championship game.

Bandys, Lake Norman, North Lincoln and Statesville Christian also made the playoffs, but each lost in the opening round.

All Mooresville News volleyball coach of the year: Ashlyn Morris, South Iredell – Morris knows all about playing volleyball at a high level from her days at Mooresville High, where she was a key player on the Blue Devils’ 2004 state championship team, and at UNC Wilmington.

In her first year as South Iredell’s head volleyball coach, she also showed she could coach at a high level, guiding the Vikings to a 23-3 record, a share of the North Piedmont 3A-4A conference title and a conference tournament championship, while getting to the third round of the playoffs.

Morris should be in even better shape next year, as the Vikings lose only one senior. Meanwhile, they return conference player of the year Julia Scoles, as well as all-conference talents like Taylor Berg and Madison Peters to lead a team that has big-time potential in 2014.

All Mooresville News volleyball player of the year: Julia Scoles, South Iredell – Scoles is constantly setting new goals for herself.

After earning all-conference in basketball, volleyball and track – where she won a 2A state championship in the long jump last spring – as a freshman, Scoles’ standards were very high coming into this season.

Scoles, 16, who is 6 feet tall, lived up her own billing, notching 472 kills, 75 blocks and 352 digs to help her Vikings team to a 23-3 record.

She is a major Division I recruit in basketball already and has interest from High Point, Iowa, Kentucky, North Carolina and Virginia Tech in volleyball, according to Morris.

Scoles has two more years in high school to add to her resume and try to help her team contend for conference, regional and state championships.

Jay Edwards is a freelance writer for Lake Norman News. Have a story idea for Jay? Email him at

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