CLARKSBURG, W.Va. - Long, lanky and powerful, Philip Barbour's Nikki Shriver captains the Class AA All-State volleyball first team announced by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association today.
The Colts' senior accumulated 512 kills, 238 blocks, 37 aces, 21 assists and more than 400 digs this season as she led the Colts to a 50-7-3 record and the semifinals for the state tournament. Shriver, though, has meant much more than statistics to the Colts.
"Players like Nikki don't come around too often," Philip Barbour Coach Heather Halfin said. "She just had straight-out raw talent as a freshman and just kept getting better as the years went on. Maybe I'm saying this because I've known her since she was a wee, wee little kid, and I've watched her grow up, but it just amazes me what she was able to accomplish throughout the year. I'm very proud of all that she has done.
"She's just very quiet in what she does, and she just lets her play speak for itself. You never really saw her get real fired up about a kill or a really good dig or anything like that. She just went on about her business. She's a very humble player."
For her career, Shriver eclipsed 1,000 kills early in the season - the first player in Philip Barbour' s program history to accomplish that feat.
Shriver is joined on the squad by eight seniors and one junior.
Three-time defending Class AA state champion Oak Glen heads that group with seniors Morgan Poling and Vanessa Hissam and junior Jessica Stivason.
Replacing four graduating seniors each of the past two seasons was no problem for the Golden Bears.
"We just work really, really hard," Oak Glen Coach Ethel Riser said. "Our JV team works with the varsity every day so they're getting the same skills and teaching that the varsity team is getting. They just come right along and move up into the slot that are being vacated."
Poling, a four-year starter and Fairmont State signee, spiked for 364 kills and had more than 344 combined blocks this season. She also served at 98 percent accuracy.