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Tawa’s HS Volleyball Dots: Country Day by a country mile; Valor Christian, Wayzata lead undefeateds

Tawa’s HS Volleyball Dots: Country Day by a country mile; Valor Christian, Wayzata lead undefeateds

This is “Dots,” VolleyballMag.com’s weekly look at 10 things in high school volleyball, past or present, that interest me and hopefully will interest you. Look for Dots every Tuesday until the last high school state championship this month:

• There was an avalanche of state championship events last weekend, with 18 states and the District of Columbia holding some or all of their final matches. There are new champions this week in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.

Since the Dots column contemplates only 10 items, rather than attempt to recap EVERYTHING, here are the results I found most interesting from the week that was.

• Last week, we reported on the long consecutive title streaks of Omaha Skutt Catholic (nine), Pace Academy of Georgia (seven) and Lone Peak of Utah (six).

Add Metairie Park Country Day of Louisiana to the list. The Cajuns won their eighth straight Div. V title and 14th in the past 15 seasons in three over Westminster Christian. Four players, led by junior Jane Gambel with 14, had nine or more kills for Country Day. The Cajuns got 10 kills from senior Gigi Dazet, but she is one of just a few graduating players on a roster filled with 11 juniors. That means to expect a ninth title in 2024. And, with Country Day a program with big-time talent in the smallest division, do not expect the streak to end anytime soon unless Louisiana forces the Cajuns into a higher division based on success

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Also in Louisiana, the two most decorated seniors in the state – both coached by their moms — closed out incredible careers with state titles.

In Div. I, OH Camryn Chatelier had 21 kills, including the clincher, to help Dominican get by Mount Carmel in four sets (33-31 in the fourth). Zoie Mitchell and Tamia Williams combined for 33 more, thanks to deft setting from Gabby Morello. Dominican has now won four consecutive state championships. Mount Carmel senior libero Nola Sevin had 40 digs in the loss. Before Dominican’s current streak, Mount Carmel had won the previous six titles.

In Div. III., OH Sophia Bonnaffee had 24 kills and 10 digs to propel Archbishop Hannan past E.D. White in straight sets. Senior setter Sarah Kirsch, like Bonnaffee a four-year starter, contributed 34 assists. Hannan has won state three of the past four…

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