Warhill Volleyball Places Four on All-State Roster; Greg Koon Named Coach of the Year

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Nicole Mulligan plays the ball over the net. (Photo courtesy Andy Jackson/Savand Action Photography)
Nicole Mulligan plays the ball over the net. (Photo courtesy Andy Jackson/Savand Action Photography)

Warhill’s volleyball team was given top honors by the Virginia High School League on Thursday after defeating Cave Spring on Nov. 21 for its second consecutive state championship.

After earning Group 3A Coach of the Year honors for leading Warhill’s volleyball team to its first state championship in 2014, Koon was once again named Group 3A Coach of the Year for taking home another state title.

Always focused on his players, Koon was quick to heap praise on his four players — Nicole Mulligan, Chloe Wilmoth, Cori Clifton and Jewel Walters — who earned first-team All-State honors.

“The girls that made first team were deserving of making first team,” he said. “Comparing them to the other classifications, I think they would have made first team in any classification, frankly. I think they were that good this season.”

Mulligan, the lone Warhill senior to earn first-team All-State honors, led the Lions with 424 kills and 90 kills. She also recorded 203 digs and 26 blocks for the Lions.

Koon also lobbied for Mulligan to be named Group 3A Player of the Year, but the honors went to Cave Spring’s Piper Roe, whom Warhill beat in the Group 3A semifinals.

“I truly believe Nicole Mulligan should have been player of the year,” Koon said. “You have a player that leads our team from a 2-3 start to a dominating state championship performance. She loses out to a team we beat in the semifinals and the player only plays three out of six rotations. I think the process was flawed.”

Wilmoth, a freshman, was the youngest Warhill player to earn All-State honors this year after recorded 299 kills, 141 digs and a team-high 514 assists.

Clifton had a standout junior season for the Lions with 491 assists, 314 kills, 198 digs and a team-high 48 blocks.

The final Warhill player to earn first-team All-State honors was Walters, the starting libero for the Lions. Walters had a team-high 510 digs and 713 successful serve receptions – 478 more than the next player for Warhill.

Below are the Group 3A All-State selections:

Coach of the Year
Greg Koon, Warhill

Player of the Year
Piper Roe, senior, Cave Spring

First Team
Piper Roe, senior, Cave Spring
Toni-Anne Whitlow, senior, Poquoson
Aleah Keaton, senior, Northside
Nicole Mulligan, senior, Warhill
Drew Freeland, junior, Hidden Valley
Chloe Wilmoth, freshman, Warhill
Greysen Newberry, senior, Lord Botetourt
Cori Clifton, junior, Warhill
Jewel Walters, junior, Warhill

Second Team
Kelsey Grove, senior, Western Albemarle
Megan Saetre, senior, Poquoson
Georgia Farthing, senior, Hidden Valley
Soraya Hayes, junior, Riverside
Morgan Milligan, senior, Turner Ashby
Nicole Bulgrin, junior, Brentsville
Kirsti Pouncy, junior, Brookville
Taylor Sale, senior, Spotsylvania
Alayna Foutz, senior, Cave Spring