MEET THE 2012 TEAM: First, second teams, honorable mentions and all-district teams
Dec. 16, 2012 at 6:16 a.m.
SR., OH, VICTORIA WEST
Offensive Player of the Year
SR., OH, VICTORIA EAST
STATS: 413 kills, 259 digs, 63 blocks, 33 aces, 36 assists.
"Morgan was very special to our team because she offered great experience," said Victoria East coach Jamye Pauley. "She can play any position that is on the volleyball court. We used her as a middle (blocker), a setter, and on the defense, and she led in most of the statistical categories. She can move from position to position without faltering."
Defensive Player of the Year
JR., LIBERO, SCHULENBURG
STATS: 904 digs, 130 assists, 35 aces.
"She realized that (2011 Player of the Year Leah Mikesky) is not here and I have to take a bigger role," said Schulenburg coach Donald Zapalac. "She was our biggest passer all year and broke our school record in digs. . Every ball that she could get to she said 'I'm going to get it.' That was a big adjustment for her and she handled it really well."
Setter of the Year
JR. SETTER, ST. JOSEPH
STATS: 985 assists, 296 digs, 75 kills, 57 blocks, 41 aces.
"A coach looks for a setter they can trust to lead, take control of our offense and dictate the outcome of a game," said St. Joseph coach Allyson Griffin. "She is the most trustworthy athlete I have ever coached and her determination to succeed led us to the state finals for the first time in school history."
Newcomer of the Year
FR. OUTSIDE HITTER, SCHULENBURG
STATS: 326 Digs, 208 kills, 153 assists, 99 aces.
Schulenburg coach Donald Zapalac said Guentert, along with sophomore Kelsie Feitsam, helped the Lady Horns overcome the graduation of 2011 Player of the Year Leah Mikesky and make the Class 2A final. "She gets uptight every now and then, but I thought she battled through it," Zapalac said. "As the season wore on her confidence grew and her game started excelling."
Coaches of the Year
Allyson Griffin and Alvin Mumphord
The co-coaches helped the Lady Flyers not only reach the TAPPS Class 4A state championship, but also helped the team overcome a major bus accident at the end of the season that could have been far worse than it was. They helped the team regroup and win its district tournament, then earn a berth in the state tournament.
RUNNER UP: Donald Zapalac, Schulenburg
SR., MIDDLE BLOCKER, ST. JOSEPH• STATS: 258 kills, 224 blocks, 141 digs, 34 aces.
"Analise played superior defense at the net for us this year, leading the area and our district in blocking," said coach Allyson Griffin. " She sought to improve herself each day, making her a force to reckoned with.
SR., MIDDLE BLOCKER, WEST• STATS: 251 kills, 161 blocks, 59 digs, 12 aces.
"I don't ever have to question Rachel's work ethic or her desire," said West coach Sandy Longoria told an Advocate reporter earlier this season. "That's one thing I really love about her is I know she's going to bring everything all the time. It makes my job a whole lot easier."
JR., OUTSIDE HITTER, EDNA• STATS: 540 kills, 363 digs, 49 blocks, 40 aces.
"Madison Kucera evolved into a great volleyball player," said Edna coach Rachel Collins. "She is a very powerful hitter but she is smart and can place the ball and that is a combination you need to be great. She is a hard worker and is always practicing hard to fine tune her skills and improve."
SO., LIBERO, VICTORIA EAST• STATS: 260 digs, 28 aces.
"Alicia was very smart player," said coach Jamye Pauley. "She could read the hitters well and get a grasp on where she would be hitting to. She adjusted to each hitter quickly which made her frustrating for the other team. She is a very determined player who always wanted to be better every single play of the game."
JR., SETTER/OUTSIDE HITTER, EDNA• STATS: 577 assists, 390 kills, 175 blocks, 157 digs, 58 aces.
"Natasha is so athletic and makes things look easy on the court," said coach Rachel Collins. "She has extreme court sense and is a very dedicated player. Natasha not only ran the show as a setter but she also dominated the middle at the net. Her constant blocking of her opponents earned her defensive MVP of the district. I am excited to have her back on the court next year"
JR., OUTSIDE HITTER, ST. JOSEPH• STATS: 385 kills, 429 digs, 45 blocks, 36 aces, 22 assists.
"Lauren is the consummate all around athlete," said coach Allyson Griffin. "When we were looking for immediate results, she was our go-to girl. We were always at ease when the ball was in her control."
SR., MIDDLE BLOCKER, GOLIAD• STATS: 273 kills, 251 digs, 57 blocks, 21 aces.
"With this being her senior year she took control," said Goliad coach Jess Morris. "She thought she needed to step up. Overall, she was just a great player all the way around. I didn't have to take her off the court. When I got on her she changed what needed to be changed."
JR., OPPOSITE HITTER, YORKTOWN• STATS: 340 kills, 50 aces, 47 blocks.
"Sam Niemeier is a hard worker, and you can always depend on her to be the first one in the gym working," said Yorktown coach Deirdre Alexander. "She wants to be the best athlete she can be, and serves as a good example for our younger players and her teammates."
SOPH., SETTER, SCHULENBURG• STATS: 1,177 assists, 460 digs, 333 kills, 79 aces, 45 blocks.
"Shannon has always been about leadership," said coach Donald Zapalac. "She's been tremendous, throughout the years. Even in junior high it was about leadership. Her versatility allows our team to be versatile. It's how she can move the ball and her deceptiveness. However, great leadership is the thing I think about with her."
Sr., Outside Hitter, Yoakum
Sr., Outside Hitter, Yorktown
Sr., Outside Hitter Shiner
Sr., Outside Hitter Hallettsville
Jr., Outside Hitter, Weimar
Jr., Libero, Victoria West
Sr., Middle Blocker, Ganado
Sr., Outside Hitter, Refugio
Jr., Defensive Specialist, Edna
Sr., Outside Hitter, St. Joseph
Sr., Outside Hitter, El Campo
• Austwell-Tivoli: Loryn Hernandez
• Bay City: Rachel Schumacher
Bloomington: Katie Williams, Ariana Ortiz, Brittany Wallace• Calhoun: Tallen Hermes, Brooke Behrens, Jordan Edison, Melina Ortiz
• Cuero: Abby Sheppard
• East Bernard: Ashley Dusek, Terralyn Williams, Kelsey Goodwin, Kori Slanina
• Edna: Haleigh Evans, Caroline Arellano
• El Campo: Nikki Grant
• Flatonia: Meredith Pavlica, Abigail Schacherl
• Ganado: Ashley Bridges, Abby Stanley, Taylor Mirelez
• Goliad: Ashtin Zamzow, Sydney Morris, Mallorie Bruns
• Gonzales: Carly Bozka, Allison Raley
• Hallettsville: Madison Schindler, Sha' Tiara Runnels, Morgan Mitchon
• Hallettsville Sacred Heart: Adrienne Klimitchek, Jenna Brown
• Industrial: MaKayla Lenamon, McKenna Zacek
• Karnes City: Aileen Lundquist
• Kenedy: Saran Sutton, Taryn Schmidt, Becca Brown, Lillie Vickery
• Louise: Hannah Blumrick
• Nixon-Smiley: Devin Tristan
• Palacios: Geneva Perez
• Refugio: Lexy Hawthorne
• Rice Consolidated: Mallory Thomas, Mikayla Gabler, Mikenna Gabler, Bailey Schneider
• Runge: Emily Molina
• Schulenburg: India Connor, Tanner Guentert
• Shiner: Kristin Schacherl, Julianna Rankin, Lauren Oden
• Shiner St. Paul: Morgan Long, Alexa Schafer, Kourtney Knesek, Madison Kurtz
• St. Joseph: Peyton Cuellar, Lindsey Still, Christine Janak
• Tidehaven: Skylar Mitchell
• Van Vleck: Kamille Kucera
• Victoria East: Destani Villarreal, Jada Whitby
• Victoria West: Blair Butschek, Deanne Gallup
• Weimar: Shelby Vacek, Hunter Ervin, Meredith Berger, Kristie Guerrero
• Wharton: Che'Kel Farr
• Woodsboro: Toni Martinez, Taylor Perez
• Yoakum: Callie Witte, Latrice Brown,
• Yorktown: Emily Gwosdz, Victoria Pena, Caitlin Seifert, Emily Guerrero, Mandi Henderson
MVP: Kelsea Kalich, Victoria West
Co-Outstanding Hitter: Morgan Lienemann, Victoria East; Hannah Flores, Calallen
Co-Outstanding Setter: Jordan Roberts, Calallen; Tallan Hermes, Calhoun
Defensive Player of the Year: Brooke Behrens, Calhoun
Blocker of the Year: Rachel Hamon, Victoria West
Newcomer of the Year: Hollan Hans, Calallen
Co-Coach of the Year: Sandy Longoria, Victoria West; Virginia Parsons, Calhoun
Blair Butschek, Victoria West; Michelle Rendon, Victoria West; Saige Thomas, Calallen; Camille Moller, Calallen; Jordan Edison, Calhoun; Melina Ortiz, Calhoun; Haley Teel, Gregory-Portland; Makenzie Srygley, Tuloso-Midway; Brooke Flores, Tuloso-Midway; Destani Villarreal, Victoria East; Jada Whitby, Victoria East
Deane Gallup, Victoria West; Ellen Hermes, Victoria West; Brooke Kirkpatrick, Victoria West; Sara Kniep, Calallen; Megan Tschatula, Calhoun; Ciana Tankelewicz, Calhoun; Karina Buerk, Gregory-Portland; Brennan Holder, Beeville; Madalyn Beach, Tuloso-Midway; Madison Hawkins, Victoria East; Anne Wozniak, Victoria East
Shelby Spradley, Victoria West
Kate Klimist, Victoria West
Tori Trejo, Calhoun
Jade Alford, Calhoun
Makennah Moore, Calhoun
Victoria Elizalde, Beeville
Ciara Garcia, Beeville
Emma Downing, Beeville
Carly Moran, Victoria East
Alicia Hernandez, Victoria East
Kelly Pennington, Victoria East
MVP: Corynn Acuff, Rosenberg Terry
Offensive Player of the Year: Abby McIntyre, Richmond Foster
Defensive Player of the Year: Catherine Rocha, Rosenberg Terry
Setter of the Year: Tamia Dockery, Richmond Foster
Newcomer of the Year: Lindsay Etzler, Richmond Foster
Senior of the Year: Megan Haas, Richmond Foster
Coach of the Year: Tara Domel, Richmond Foster
Kelsey Whileymann, Richmond Foster; Brennan Flannery, George Ranch; Ashley Ortega, Rosenberg Terryl; Tya Rios, Rosenberg Terry; Rachel Schumacher, Bay Cityl; Claudia Speers, Angleton; Courtney Russell, Lamar Consolidated; Lexi Fatheree, Richmond Foster; Jordyn Ward, Angleton; Gabby Hernandez, George Ranch
Felicia Hopes, Bay City; Jasmine Harris, Brazosport; Mickenzi Krpec, Richmond Foster; Ellie Gonzales, George Ranch; Lauren Preston, Rosenberg Terry; Katie Taylor, Angleton; Ajah Barnes, George Ranch; Annie Morrelli, Richmond Foster; Danielle Donnelly, Rosenberg Terry; Monica Hudgins, Angleton
MVP: Parrie Hartley, Columbus
Offensive MVP: Caroline Owen, Sealy
Defensive MVP: Keeton Holcomb, Bellville
Newcomer of the Year: Cheyenne Huskey, Columbus
Coach of the Year: Rhonda Bloodworth, Columbus
Jessica Horak, Bellville, Ashleigh Traylor, Bellville, Abigail Baugh, Columbus, Holly Pflughaupt, Columbus, Becca Korenek, El Campo, Nikki Grant, El Campo, Jana Mensik, Needville, Kay Schroeder, Sealy, Mariah Holub, Sealy
Alondra Rosales, Bellville, Sarah Grace Wallin, Columbus, Kayla Davenport, Abbigail Weido, Columbus, Amy Pflughaupt, El Campo, Morgan Bennett, Needville, Brianna Brandyburg, Brookshire Royal, Madison Brantly, Sealy; Che'Kel Farr, Wharton
MVP: Breanna Homer, La Grange
Offensive MVP: Lexus Davis, La Grange
Defensive MVP: Rebecca Proske, La Grange; Alaina Dock, Giddings
Setter of the Year: Trina Deyo, Smithville; Callie Witte, Yoakum
Newcomer of the Year: Riley Fisbeck, La Grange
Coach of the Year: Ann Rigden, La Grange
Lesley Seidenberger, Yoakum; Latrice Brown, Yoakum; Abby Sheppard, Cuero; Victoria Schimank, Giddingsl; Blair Gillard, La Grange; Hannah Gerecke, La Grange; Tayrn Leiferman, Smithville; Julia Kubicek, Smithville
Tiffani Shellenbarger, Cuero; Brooke Fritsche, Giddings; Kiley Braune, Gonzales; Carly Bozka, Gonzales; Allison Raley, Gonzales; Kendall Kovar, La Grange; Valerie Harmon, Smithville; Danielle Pohl, Yoakum; Jacarri Hights, Yoakum
MVP: Ashley Dusek, East Bernard
Setter of the Year: Mikayla Gabler, Rice Consolidated
Hitter of the Year: Terralyn Williams, East Bernard
Defensive Player of the Year: Jessica Fernandez, Brazos
Newcomer of the Year: Mikenna Gabler, Rice Consolidated
Libero of the Year: Amanda Boettcher, East Bernard
Barbie Wright, Boling; Talicia Lang, Brazos
Kaylee Garner, Danbury; Bailey Schneider, Rice Consolidated; Kamille Kucera, Van Vleck; Kelsey Goodwin, East Bernard; Kori Slanina, East Bernard
Mallory Thomas, Rice Consolidated
MaKayla Sulak, Boling; Breanna Hanzelka, Brazos; Jacie Kovasovic, Brazos; Lillie Box, Danbury; Sloan Carr, East Bernard; Melea Polk, Van Vleck; Mary Huvar, Rice Consolidated; Katelyn Tesch, Rice Consolidated
All district 28-2A
MVP: Shannon Mikesky, Schulenburg
Setter of the Year: Amanda Wauters, Poth
Offensive Player of the Year: India Connor, Schulenburg
Defensive Player of the Year: Micah Weaver, Poth
Defensive Specialist of the Year: Kristin Moring, Schulenburg
Newcomer of the Year: Shelby Yanta, Poth
Tanner Guentert, Schulenburg; Sarah Walker, Schulenburg; Bay Guentert, Schulenburg; Cassidy Targac, Hallettsville; Madison Schindler, Hallettsville; Sarah Holguin, Stockdale; Devon Tristan, Nixon-Smiley; Aileen Lundquist, Karnes City; Devon Dylla, Poth; Alyssa Kruse, Poth
Jade Bujnoch, Schulenburg; Carley Glass, Luling; Khadeshia Hopkins, Karnes City; Ashley Fowler, Stockdale; Jordan Schneider, Poth; Hailey Boatright, Nixon-Smiley; Heather Henneke, Hallettsville; Sha' Tiara Runnels, Hallettsville; Alyssa Kallies, Poth; Jonie Reyes, Karnes City
MVP: Madison Kucera, Edna
Offensive MVP: Avery Zamzow, Goliad; Brianna Cribb, Aransas Pass
Defensive MVP: Natasha Evans, Edna
Setter of the Year: Ashtin Zamzow, Goliad; MaKayla Lenamon, Industrial
Defensive Specialist of the Year: Lindsey Seidel, Aransas Pass; Drew Ganem, Edna
Newcomer of the Year: Haleigh Evans, Edna
Michelle Rosas, Refugio; Trini Barrera, Aransas Pass; McKenna Zacek, Industrial; Geneva Perez, Palacios; Skylar Mitchell, Tidehaven; Caroline Arellano, Edna; Sydney Morris, Goliad; Mallorie Bruns, Goliad; Katie Williams, Bloomington
Emily Smith, Aransas Pass; Darcie Moreno, Industrial; Jennifer Fort, Palacios; Lexy Hawthorne, Refugio; Haley Orsak, Edna; Shana Elliot, Goliad; Kerissa Wiley, Tidehaven; Bethany Long, Edna; Kayla Friend, Goliad
MVP: McKenna Munsch, Weimar
Offensive Player of the Year: LaNeshia Hunt, Shiner
Defensive Player of the Year: Shelby Vacek, Weimar
Setter of the Year: Kristin Schacherl, Shiner
Newcomer of the Year: Hunter Ervin, Weimar
Meredith Berger, Weimar; Kristie Guerrero, Weimar; Julianna Rankin, Shiner; Lauren Oden, Shiner; Lauren Hlavaty, Ganado; Ashley Bridges, Ganado; Meredith Pavlica, Flatonia; Abigail Schacherl, Flatonia; Hannah Bllumrick, Louise
Kendall Marak, Weimar; Emily Koenig, Weimar; Amanise Coleman, Shiner; Tabitha Blaschke, Shiner; Abby Stanley, Ganado; Chandler Fike, Flatonia; Nia Rivas, Prairie Lea; Shelli Hardaway, Prairie Lea
MVP: Sam Niemeier and Ashlynn Sievers, Yorktown
Newcomer of the Year: Emily Gwosdz, Yorktown
Hitter of the Year: Ryan Grayson, Pettus
Setter of the Year: Victoria Pena, Yorktown
Defensive Player of the Year: Lillie Vickery, Kenedy
Caitlin Seifert, Yorktown; Madi Garza, Pettus; Toni Martinez, Woodsboro; Saran Sutton, Kenedy; Taryn Schmidt, Kenedy; Taylor Perez, Woodsboro; Emily Molina, Runge; Becca Brown, Kenedy; Emily Guerrero, Yorktown; Mandi Henderson, Yorktown
Jaime Wilson, Woodsboro; Tori Arrisola, Pettus; Hannah Nieman, Woodsboro; Loryn Hernandez, Austwell Tivoli; Aimee Garza, Runge; Randi Arrisola, Pettusl; Karly Nichols, Kenedy; Jacki Zapata, Kenedy; Lauren Hernandez, Kenedy; Cassie McCool, Woodsboro