Nov 4, 2012
Senior outside hitter Hailey Cook led Hendersonville to a three-set sweep over Raleigh Charter on Saturday night for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 1-A volleyball championship at Reynolds Coliseum on the N.C. State campus.
Cook, whose size at 6-foot-2 was hard for Raleigh Charter to handle, was named the championship match Most Valuable Player as the Bearcats rolled to the title, 25-20, 25-22 and 25-20.
Cook slammed home 14 kills for the Bearcats, while Victoria Shandevel and Blaire Hawkins had eight digs apiece for the winners. Clara Leonard led Raleigh Charter with nine kills and 13 digs.
Hendersonville won its 10th state volleyball championship in 12 appearances in the final, both of which are the top marks for any NCHSAA school. The Bearcats won their last title on the end of a three-year championship reign in 2007.
Hendersonville ended the year with a 21-6 mark, winning its last 13 in a row, while Raleigh Charter, in the championship match for the first time, ended 22-6.
The Bearcats are coached by Brooke Stanley, in her first year at Hendersonville and the daughter of NCHSAA Hall of Fame member Jan Stanley.
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