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Stokes was state’s best

(Brad Davis/The Register-Herald) Oak Glen's Skye Stokes plays against Shady Spring in the Class AA State Championship game November 11 at the Charleston Civic Center.

NEW CUMBERLAND, W.Va. — The checklist continues to grow for Oak Glen volleyball standout Skye Stokes.

After leading the Golden Bears to an OVAC 4A title, a W.Va. Class AA championship and a perfect 38-0 season, she was named first team all-state for her dominating campaign.

Now, she has been awarded the ultimate individual award — the West Virginia Volleyball Player of the Year as chosen by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.

On her way to many accolades, Stokes turned in 392 kills, 45 blocks, 158 aces, 77 assists and 235 digs.

“Skye is an all-around great volleyball player offensively and defensively,” Oak Glen coach Morgan Poling said. “However, her defense and game IQ are her strongest skill sets. She sees the court extremely well for being a high school level athlete.

“During rallies, Skye is everywhere on the court. She moves so well defensively and makes big plays when they need to be made.”

Stokes was introduced to a new environment at the start of 2019 after moving from East Liverpool to Oak Glen but she made the adjustment period look easy.

“This was an amazing season,” Stokes said. “It was such a different atmosphere. Our coaching was amazing and the girls were great.

“I played with three of the girls when I was younger in McKayla Goodlin, Hannah Rogers and Jaedyn Hissam, so that made it easier, too.”

Not only was it Stokes’ first season with the Golden Bears but it was Poling’s first time as head coach. She credits Stokes for making her job easier and more enjoyable.

“So fun,” Poling said of what it’s like having Stokes on the team. “Skye is an extremely talented volleyball player, that’s no secret, but she’s one of the most down to earth people I’ve ever met.”

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