~ Athlete of the Week selected by the publisher
LURAY — Last week, Luray High School senior Jaidyn McClung capped off a stellar season by being named to the first team of the VHSL Class 2 All-State volleyball squad.
Prior to the Nov. 30 release of All-State selections by the Virginia High School League, McClung was named the Bull Run District Player of the Year for a second consecutive season, and then the Region B Player of the Year. The senior standout surpassed 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs for her high school career late in the season and lead the Bulldogs to a Region B runner-up finish and a trip to the VHSL Class 2 state tournament.
Despite dropping six of their first 13 matches, Luray won nine of its last 11 heading into the Region B championship at East Rockingham. The Eagles had to fight for every point as they took the region title in a tough 3-1 match and ended their season as state runner-up to Glenvar. The Bulldogs finished the season at 16-10 after falling to Poquoson in three sets in a Class 2 state quarterfinal.
Other regional standouts among the All-State volleyball selections were East Rockingham sophomore Alliyah McNair (first team) and senior Madelyn Williams (second team), along with Central junior Bailey Sheetz (second team).
Glenvar (26-0) claimed a second-straight state title and touted both the Class 2 Player of the Year, senior outside hitter Claire Griffith, and the Class 2 Coach of the Year, Mark Rohrback. Glenvar only lost one set all season (78-1).
In addition to being captain of back-to-back state champion squads, Griffith ended her four-year career with 904 kills and 730 digs.
Eight players, plus a Libero and a defensive specialist, are selected as first-team All-State and second-team all-state. Only those players selected to the first-team All-Region teams are eligible for selection to the All-State team.
Each All-State selection committee is comprised of eight coaches (two from each region).