This week we honor the entire Luray High School volleyball team because without the experience, communication and bond between these nine players, they would not have made it to the state championship.
The spotlight has at times been on senior and Bull Run District “Player of the Year” Brynlee Burrill, and with good reason. Her athleticism and high-flying spikes are exciting to watch. However, the same could be said of sophomore Jaidyn McClung, who has a bright two-sport future in front of her.
Sophomore Lindsay Bly showed great improvement throughout the season and made an impact at the net with key blocks, a few kills of her own and even some strong serving. Staunch defense played a key role in the Bulldogs success this season as senior Makenzie Richards often formed a wall at the net against opposing hits, while senior Baylee Burrill recorded numerous digs on opposing serves.
Juniors Avery Alger (second team All-District) and Trinity Belton (first team All-District) will be key returning players to next year’s squad, along with Bly (second team All-District) and McClung (first team All-District). And even Gracie Embry, the lone freshman on the team, recorded a kill in the state championship on Saturday.
Next season, the Bulldogs have a strong core coming back, while the senior-laden Giles County team that claimed the state title on Saturday is dropping down to Class 1A competition.
For schedules, rosters, results and standings — visit the Bull Run District website.
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