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Franz, Brown Observer volleyball Players of the Year

By Langston Wertz Jr.
lwertz@charlotteobserver.com

Charlotte Country Day finally won the elusive NCISAA 3A state championship with a 3-1 win over Covenant Day in the finals, to claim their first title since 1992.

Bucs’ (34-6) coach Brian Rosen takes home the Observer coach of the year honors (and Mecklenburg coach of the year).

Meanwhile, Charlotte Country Day’s Katharine Franz and Hough’s Julia Brown share the Observer player of the year (and co-Mecklenburg player of the year) honors.

Franz, a Davidson commit, was a big part of the Bucs’ run with 455 kills, 48 blocks, 291 digs and 48 aces.

Brown, an N.C. State commit, led her Huskies team to a 32-2 mark and a 4A state runner-up finish (to Raleigh Wakefield).

South Iredell sophomore Julia Scoles, who had an eye-popping 472 kills, 352 digs and 75 blocks to lead the Vikings to a 23-3 record, is the Observer regional player of the year.

Carson coach Kelan Rogers, who led her team to a 34-0 record before falling to five-time 3A state champion Cardinal Gibbons, is the Observer regional coach of the year.

Westminster Catawba (24-5) also won the NCISAA 2A state championship.

All Observer Volleyball

Observer Players of the Year: Julia Brown, Hough, and Katharine Franz, Charlotte Country Day

Observer Coach of the Year: Brian Rosen, Charlotte Country Day

Mecklenburg Players of the Year: Julia Brown, Hough, and Katharine Franz, Charlotte Country Day

Mecklenburg Coach of the Year: Brian Rosen, Charlotte Country Day

Regional Player of the Year: Julia Scoles, South Iredell

Regional Coach of the Year: Kalen Rogers, Carson

FIRST TEAM

Julia Brown, Hough, Sr. – N.C. State commit had another big season with 389 kills, 187 digs, as the 32-2 Huskies came up just short in the state championship match.

Katharine Franz, Charlotte Country Day, Jr. – All-state performer, Davidson commit took her game to the next level with 455 kills, 48 block, 291 digs in helping her team win it all.

Taylor Portland, Charlotte Country Day, Jr. – Bucs’ all-state outside hitter was all over the court for her team with 473 kills, 338 digs.

Julia Scoles, South Iredell, So. – Vikings’ standout already putting up big-time numbers across the board with 472 kills, 75 blocks, 352 digs on 23-win team.

Michaela White, Carson, Sr. – South Piedmont conference player of the year, four-time all-conference pick, can play anywhere on the court, headed to play for the Charlotte 49ers

Hannah Elmore, Carson, Sr. – Brevard signee formed another big part of a dynamic offense with White and Co., also all-SPC pick.

Breanna Hall, St. Stephens, Sr. – Northwest 3A-4A conference player of the year had 323 kills, 73 blocks.

Christen Bragg, Rock Hill, Sr. – All-state setter, Region III 4A player of the year powered potent Bearcats offense with 894 assists on 35-win squad.

Kaitlyn Massey, Charlotte Catholic, Sr. – Another all-around talent with 258 kills and 253 digs to lead a Cougar team that went 25-3, with all three losses coming to 4A state runner-up Hough.

Kellie Williams, Charlotte Latin, Sr. – Three-time all-state pick had another standout season with 344 kills, 343 digs.

Makenzie Kuchmaner, Marvin Ridge, Jr. – One of the top defensive players in the area, according to multiple coaches, with 437 digs.

Katie Tylman, Myers Park, Jr. – High Point commit who was Southwestern 4A player of the year had a big year including 70 blocks.

SECOND TEAM

Rachel Janson, Charlotte Country Day, Jr.

Christina Goforth, Covenant Day, Jr.

Megan Embry, Covenant Day, Jr.

Sutton Alexander, Rock Hill, Sr.

Mereze Visagie, Marvin Ridge, Sr.

Alex Holland, Weddington, Sr.

Sarah Fink, Community School of Davidson, Sr.

Regan Redmond, North Iredell, Jr.

Jazmine Lindor, Hough, Sr.

Anyla Kryeziu, Hopewell, Sr.

Lauren Davis, Northwestern, Sr.

Emily Oliver, Westminster Catawba, Sr.

Kayla Bolt, Kings Mountain, Jr. and Julie Newell, Lake Norman Charter, Sr.

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