Cardinal Gibbons and Wakefield ended the year as state champions and the top two volleyball teams in The News & Observer area.
Gibbons went unbeaten en route to its record-setting fifth straight N.C. High School Athletic Association 3A state championship. Wakefield survived five-set wins against No. 3 Riverside and No. 4 Apex en route to its first-ever NCHSAA 4A championship.
No. 5 Broughton enjoyed a 21-win season in one of the best seasons in Caps history.
Southwest Wake Athletic Conference teams Holly Springs and Fuquay-Varina, who come in at No. 6 and 7, tied for second in their league.
Eighth-ranked Millbrook picked up a second-round win at No. 9 Garner, who had set a school record for wins in a season.
North Raleigh Christian Academy, a N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 3A semifinalist, is ranked one spot ahead of conference foe No. 11 Cary Academy.
No. 12 Carrboro is the highest ranked team from Orange County, one spot ahead of No. 13 Cedar Ridge.
The NCISAA 2A runner-up Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill, No 14, reeled off an impressive year that included a win against NRCA.
Ravenscroft rounds out the rankings as the fourth NCISAA school.
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