All-South Charlotte News volleyball: Charlotte Country Day writes its own championship story
Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013

All-South Charlotte News volleyball: Charlotte Country Day writes its own championship story

    Charlotte Country Day’s Katharine Franz is the All-South Charlotte News volleyball player of the year.
    Charlotte Country Day’s Brian Rosen is the All-South Charlotte News volleyball coach of the year.
  • All-South Charlotte News Volleyball Katharine Franz, Charlotte Country Day, Jr.: All-state pick was a dominant force for Bucs with 455 kills, 48 blocks, 291 digs. Taylor Portland, Charlotte Country Day, Jr.: All-state outside hitter had 473 kills and 338 digs. Rachel Janson, Charlotte Country Day, Jr.: All-state setter had Observer-area best 1,116 assists, including 52 in the state championship match. Christina Goforth, Covenant Day, Jr.: All-state performer was all over the court with 389 kills, 55 aces, 33 blocks and 218 digs on the season. Megan Embry, Covenant Day, Jr.: All-state setter directed a potent Lion offense with 921 assists and 286 digs. Kellie Williams, Charlotte Latin, Sr.: Tennessee Tech signee and all-state pick was all over the court for Hawks with 344 kills, 43 blocks and 343 digs this season. Kaitlyn Massey, Charlotte Catholic, Sr.: Cougar is equally as talented on the outside (258 kills) and on defense (253 digs). Emma Mitchell, Charlotte Catholic, So.: Talented sophomore made the most of her chances with 175 kills and 45 blocks. Katie Tylman, Myers Park, Jr.: Southwestern 4A player of the year and High Point signee had 70 blocks. Serena Jackson, Ardrey Kell, Sr.: Anderson University signee had 194 kills to help lead balanced Knights team to 19-win season. Becky Porter, Providence High, Jr.: Junior setter directed Panther offense that won 17 games, including 11-3 in competitive SoMeck 8 conference. Kyrie Pennington, Charlotte Christian, Sr.: All-state Knight played multiple roles for her team, which made it to the state quarterfinals.

Brian Rosen and his Charlotte Country Day team were so close to winning a state volleyball championship last year, jumping out to a two-game lead over rival Charlotte Latin, before watching the nine-time state champions roar back to a 3-2 victory.

But Country Day (34-6) used that defeat to motivate themselves to write its own championship story this season, as the Buccaneers beat Covenant Day 3-1 in the state final to claim their first title since 1992.

The Bucs got huge performances from their junior leaders: Taylor Portland (17 kills), Katharine Franz (16 kills), Hannah Kintzinger and Rachel Janson (52 assists), all stepping up their games when it mattered most.

Covenant Day (32-4) also had a banner year, beating both Country Day and Latin and winning the Metrolina Athletic Conference regular season and tournament titles for the second year in a row with just one senior on the roster.

Charlotte Catholic (25-3) was the top team in a loaded SoMeck 8, going 17-0 in the conference to win the league’s regular season and tournament crowns. The Cougars’ only three losses came to 4A state runner-up Hough, the third time coming in the 4A state quarterfinals.

Ardrey Kell (19-10), the 2012 4A state champion, also a had a strong year, getting to the third round of the playoffs before falling to Hough.

Myers Park (18-6) won the Southwestern 4A conference championship, going a perfect 12-0 and losing only one game (to Porter Ridge in tournament final) against league opponents.

Charlotte Christian, Charlotte Latin and Providence Day also made the NCISAA 3A state quarterfinals.

Volleyball coach of the year: Brian Rosen, Charlotte Country Day Brian Rosen has had a lot of success in his five years as the Charlotte Country Day head volleyball coach.

But his Country Day team finally got the ultimate prize it was chasing, winning the NCISAA 3A state title for the first time in 21 years.

The Bucs’ also won the CISAA conference championship for the first time in recent memory, beating Charlotte Latin for the first time in 15-plus years, according to Rosen.

The Bucs lose only two seniors, returning all three all-state players in Franz, Janson and Portland. They also get Asya Patterson, who missed time with an ACL injury, back at full strength.

Volleyball player of the year: Katharine Franz, Charlotte Country Day Katherine Franz has played a big role for the Charlotte Country Day volleyball team for all of her three varsity seasons.

But this year, the 5-foot-11 junior middle blocker stepped up to an even higher level, earning all-state honors while notching 455 kills, 49 aces, 48 blocks and 218 digs for her team.

Franz helped lead her Bucs team to its first NCISAA 3A state title in more than two decades. She also committed to play volleyball at Davidson following her senior season.

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

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