South Charlotte

Talent abounds on south Charlotte courts

South Charlotte was home to two volleyball state champions this year.

Providence High, the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A state champion, went 31-2 on their way to the program's fifth state championship.

Charlotte Latin and coach Suzie Pignetti won an unprecedented eighth straight N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association state championship, going 40-2.

Ardrey Kell was tough all year in the Southwestern 4A, going 26-3 overall and also knocking off Providence in the SW4A tournament title game.

Charlotte Catholic, a perennial 3A power, had another standout season, going 23-6 and falling in the third round of the playoffs.

Charlotte Country Day (23-11) made it to the NCISAA 3A state semifinals and Charlotte Christian won 24 games, making it to the state quarterfinals.

Co-players of the Year: Eve Davis, Charlotte Latin and Casey Rieger, Providence - Davis and Rieger were expected to be two of the best players in the state after earning conference player of the year and all-state honors in their sophomore seasons.

This year, the juniors led their teams to state titles.

Davis had big-time numbers again, registering an Observer area best 599 kills to earn NCISAA all-state honors and a state title for the third time in as many seasons.

Rieger (team-best 316 kills) was named SW4A Player of the Year for the second consecutive year after leading the Panthers to a 4A state title win over Wilmington Hoggard.

Coach of the Year: Karen Bradbury, Providence - Bradbury had been close to winning a state title at Providence before with state runner-up finishes in 2006 and 2010. This year, Bradbury finally got her first state championship ring as a head coach, leading Providence to a 31-2 record. The school's first four state titles came under Bradbury's mentor, Zoe Bell, now the head coach at Ardrey Kell.