HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL: Foard’s Thao, Lombardi win top 2A state awards

Published Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021

Fred T. Foard High senior Michelle Thao, MVP for the second straight year on a state 2A championship team, has been named the state’s top player in 2A by the North Carolina Volleyball Coaches Association (NCVBCA)./NCHSAA PHOTO

LOMBARDI/FRED T. FOARD PHOTO

By CHRIS HOBBS

HobbsDailyReport.com

The top two awards in 2A volleyball, as chosen by the North Carolina Volleyball Coaches Association (NCVBCA), are headed to Fred T. Foard High.

The coaching association has announced its 2A player of the year in the state is Foard senior Michelle Thao, MVP for the second straight season as the Tigers repeated as state 2A champions.

Foard coach Meredith Lombardi won the organization’s coach of the year honors in 2A after guiding the Tigers (19-0) to a state title, their eighth in school history.

Thao had a team-best 198 kills and 173 digs and added 33 aces as Foard won all but one set it played this season and another Northwestern Foothills 2A championship.

Thao is joined on the all-state 2A team by Foard teammate Megan Dorsey, and East Lincoln’s Jordan Gomlich and Kaylee Spees also earned all-state. The Mustangs won the South Fork 2A title this season.

Hickory had two all-state picks in 3A, Stephanie White and Kellen Morin.

NCVBCA AWARD WINNERS

STATE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR

4A: Emily Chrysogelos, Cardinal Gibbons

3A: Emerson Hoyle, Asheville Roberson

2A: Michelle Thao, Fred T. Foard

1A: Rileigh Kiser, Cherryville

STATE COACHES OF THE YEAR

4A: Maggie Malone, Providence

3A: Michelle Wagaman, Asheville Roberson

2A: Meredith Lombardi, Fred T. Foard

1A: Jim Seidel, Mountain Island Charter

ALL-STATE 2A

Anna Dunbar, South Point

Emily Revels, South Point

Mackenzi Searcy, R-S Central

Jordan Gromlich, E. Lincoln

Kaylee Spees, E. Lincoln

Michelle Thao, Fred T. Foard

Megan Dorsey, Fred T. Foard

Hallie Brown, Goldsboro

Haley Phillips, Goldsboro

Merritt Woodson, Currituck County

Carson Overbeck, Carrboro

Evie Newall, Carrboro

ALL-STATE 3A

Oreva Evivie, Charlotte Catholic

Mackenzie DePinto, Chapel Hill

Stephanie White, Hickory

Aaliyah Byers, Kings Mountain

Anna Shohfi, E. Chapel Hill

Emerson Hoyle, Asheville Roberson

Ellen Zwikker, Chapel Hill

Kaylin Dowling, W. Rowan

Kellen Morin, Hickory

Lyvia Trimp, Weddington

Mackenzie Lynch, Asheville Roberson

Melissa Benkowitz, E. Chapel Hill

MORE AWARDS: https://ncvbca.org/Awards

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