High School Sports

All-Observer: Dominant Charlotte Country Day volleyball team goes all the way 2 years straight

The Charlotte Country Day volleyball team had a historic run this season, setting a school record with 44 wins and only one loss on its way to its second straight, NCISAA 3A state championship over Covenant Day.

Coach Brian Rosen, the Charlotte Observer volleyball coach of the year, and the Bucs were dominant all season, winning 112 sets while losing only five all season, never trailing in any match.

Charlotte Country Day, which won 51 straight matches between the 2013 and 2014 seasons before losing ts only match over the year to Hillcrest (SC), also garnered national recognition as it is currently ranked No. 16 in the country, according to maxpreps.com’s XCellant 25 rankings.

Country Day senior middle hitter Katharine Franz was a big reason why the Bucs were able to be so dominant this season.

The 6-foot senior is the Observer player of the year for the second year in a row (shared with Hough’s Julia Brown last year) while also earning the NCISAA state player of the year each of the last two seasons.

Franz, a Davidson College signee, had another big season with 412 kills, 65 aces, 47 blocks and 295 digs.

Providence (26-3) also had a season to remember, making it to the 4A state finals under first-year coach Stephanie Harpenau, then falling to Greenville J.H. Rose High 3-1.

Covenant Day also made it to the NCISAA 3A state championship match for the second year in a row, but it lost 3-1 to Country Day.

First Team All Observer Volleyball

Katharine Franz, Charlotte Country Day, Sr.: Davidson signee, all-state pick had another banner year with 412 kills, 65 aces, 47 blocks, 295 digs.

Julia Scoles, South Iredell, Jr.: Three-time conference player of the year and team MVP led the N.C. class 3A with 536 kills, also had 67 aces, 59 blocks, and 333 digs.

Makenzie Kuchmaner, Marvin Ridge, Sr.: Mavericks’ libero was one of the top defensive players in the state again on 3A state semifinalist; will walk on at N.C. State.

Becky Porter, Providence, Sr.: SoMeck8 conference player of the year led Panthers to 4A state final with 833 assists, 62 blocks, 52 aces; will walk on at N.C. State.

Rachel Janson, Charlotte Country Day, Sr.: All-state setter was amongst the top 20 in the nation with 1,277 assists, also had 290 digs.

Katie Tylman, Myers Park, Sr.: High Point signee led Mustangs to 4A state semifinals and had 49 blocks, 120 kills despite missing part of the season with injury.

Sarah Billiard, Covenant Day, So.: All-state pick led the Lions to a second straight, NCISAA state runner-up finish with a team-best 328 kills.

Kendall Bender, Providence, Jr.: A big factor on the outside and in the middle for Panthers with 300 kills, 84 blocks, and 74 aces.

Hannah Kintzinger, Charlotte Country Day, Sr.: Another all-state Buc who led her team with 426 kills, also had 361 digs, 52 aces.

Emma Mitchell, Charlotte Catholic, Jr.: Outside hitter was a big factor all over the court with 283 kills, 38 blocks, 246 digs.

Ciera Cockrell, Providence Day, Sr.: All-state pick, Davidson signee had another big season with 341 kills, 245 digs, 20 blocks.

Christina Goforth, Covenant Day, Sr.: Berry College commit, two-time all-state pick another big hitter for Lions with 263 kills, 469 digs.

Second Team

Katrina Hartley, Marvin Ridge, Sr.

Asya Patterson, Charlotte Country Day, Sr.

Jessica Kemp, Nation Ford, Jr.

Elizabeth Kaeser, Ardrey Kell, Sr.

Erica Williams, Hough, Jr.

Chanin Scott, Myers Park, Sr.

Rachel Mackey, Charlotte Latin, Jr.

Summerlyn Carruthers, Westminster Catawba, Sr.

Regan Redmond, North Iredell, Sr.

Brie Saur, Weddington, Sr.

Lexi Mitchell, Providence Day, Jr.

Tina Brumm, Community School of Davidson, Sr.

Charlotte Observer Volleyball Player of the Year: Katharine Franz, Charlotte Country Day.

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