Local Volleyball Players Selected for State All-Star Game

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Nicole Mulligan of Warhill was selected to compete in the VHSCA All-Star Game. (file photo)
Nicole Mulligan of Warhill was selected to compete in the VHSCA All-Star Game. (File Photo)

Four Historic Triangle volleyball players have earned roster spots in the 2016 Virginia High School Coaches Association All-Star Game slated for July 14 at Liberty University.

In order for a player to be selected to the All-Star game, a high school coach must submit a form that includes an evaluation of the player’s skill set — passing, hitting, overhand serving, setting and jumping ability — ranging from poor to excellent. Coaches may submit a maximum of two players for consideration.

The evaluations are then evaluated by a committee made up of state championship coaches, which selects the final rosters for the East and West teams.

Two Jamestown players – first-team All-State libero Gen Allison and setter Madison Spence – will join Jamestown Coach Tom Stephenson, who is coaching the East team for the fourth time, in the All-Star game.

Grafton’s second-team All-State middle blocker Rachel Blitt was selected to join the East team, and Warhill’s first-team All-State outside hitter Nicole Mulligan rounds out the Historic Triangle selections, also on the East team.

In total, half of the East roster is made up of Bay Rivers District players – the final two Bay Rivers selections were Poquoson’s Toni-Anne Whitlow and New Kent’s Sydney Griffith.

“The three All-Star coaches were all involved in the selection process and they were all quick to agree about the girls in the Bay Rivers District,” Stephenson said. “It’s always exciting to coach your own kids in an All-Star game, but I also think it speaks very highly of how strong a district the Bay Rivers District is.”

For more information about the VHSCA All-Star game, click here.