The St. James Academy volleyball program continues to make its mark, in the state of Kansas as well as the nation.
Under Nancy Dorsey’s leadership, St. James has won six consecutive Kansas state championships, the most recent being a Class 5A title after a three-set victory last fall against rival St. Thomas Aquinas.
The Thunder finished the season with a 46-0 record and dropped only one set, concluding with a 96-1 record in overall sets. They also earned a national No. 1 ranking from PrepVolleyball.com. It was the fourth time the team had finished in the top fiveand the second time in the top spot. The Thunder was also No. 1 nationally in 2010.
Following St. James state title, the accolades and headlines continued.
USA Today selected Dorsey as the American Family Insurance All-USA Volleyball Coach of the Year. Sophomore middle blocker Audriana Fitzmorris was tabbed a second-team All-American. Dorsey was named Kansas Class 5A coach of the year. Senior Arianna Person was voted 5A player of the year, a Volleyball Magazine first-team All-American and just last week was recognized as The Star’s Scholar-Athlete overall female winner.
The St. James senior class, which featured two Division I signees in Person and Brianna Lewis, finished their four-year careers with a 176-6 record.