High School Volleyball

Tigers, Spartans dominate 19-6A volleyball honors

By Dennis Silva II, Sports Editor
Posted 12/17/20

Recognized for their outstanding seasons, Seven Lakes and Katy High dominated the 2020 all-district 19-6A volleyball selections released earlier this week.

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Tigers, Spartans dominate 19-6A volleyball honors

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Recognized for their outstanding seasons, Seven Lakes and Katy High dominated the 2020 all-district 19-6A volleyball selections released earlier this week.

The Spartans won their second district championship in four years, winning 19-6A with an 11-1 record. Katy came in second at 10-2, Tompkins 8-4 and Cinco Ranch 7-5. Those four schools represented the district in the playoffs.

Taylor and Mayde Creek each went 3-9 in district play. Morton Ranch finished 0-12.

The Tigers had the most superlative honors with three. Coach Karen Paxton was named Coach of the Year. Junior setter Maddie Waak was named Outstanding Setter and averaged 6.7 assists per set during district play. Senior libero Hannah Hoover was named Defensive Player of the Year and averaged 4.1 digs per set.

Seven Lakes senior outside hitter Ally Batenhorst was the district’s Most Valuable Player. Batenhorst averaged 6.3 kills and 3.9 digs per set to go with 20 aces in district play. Spartans junior outside hitter Emma Schroder was named Newcomer of the Year, averaging 1.5 kills per set to go with 20 blocks.

Tompkins sophomore outside hitter Cindy Tchouangwa was named Outstanding Hitter. She averaged 3.2 kills per set.

The greatness of volleyball played in Katy showed through in the postseason. Seven Lakes won the Class 6A state volleyball title, Katy ISD’s first volleyball championship, as Batenhorst was named the championship game’s Most Valuable Player. Katy made the regional final for the first time since 1993. Cinco Ranch, the fourth-place seed of the district, beat 2019 state semifinalist Ridge Point and 2019 regional finalist Cy-Fair before falling to Seven Lakes in the regional quarterfinals. Seven Lakes’ only loss all season came to Tompkins, a 3-1 setback in each team’s district season finale in mid-November.

The following are the all-district honorees for the 2020 season.

First Team: Briana Barragan, senior defensive specialist, Mayde Creek; Ally Batenhorst, senior outside hitter, Seven Lakes; Casey Batenhorst, junior setter, Seven Lakes; Kailey Bickel, senior libero, Seven Lakes; Mecca Freeman, junior outside hitter, Mayde Creek; Jordan Gamble, junior middle blocker, Katy; Gabby Gregorski, senior libero, Tompkins; Kayla Griebl, senior outside hitter, Cinco Ranch; Paris Herrman, junior outside hitter, Tompkins; Hannah Hoover, senior libero, Katy; Perris Key, senior outside hitter, Katy; Chandler Lee, junior outside hitter, Taylor; Mayo Olibale, senior middle blocker, Seven Lakes; Eliana Posada, senior right-side hitter, Tompkins; Emma Schroder, junior right-side hitter, Seven Lakes; Cindy Tchouangwa, sophomore outside hitter, Tompkins; Maddie Waak, junior setter, Katy.

Second Team: Hayley Byrd, senior defensive specialist, Cinco Ranch; Izzy Denton, junior defensive specialist, Katy; Eva Fitzgerald, senior setter, Cinco Ranch; Gracie Gibbens, junior middle blocker, Taylor; Madison Gundry, junior defensive specialist, Tompkins; Reaghan Jones, senior middle blocker, Katy; Mallory Lamport, junior outside hitter, Morton Ranch; Emma Manuel, senior defensive specialist, Seven Lakes; Courtney O’Brien, sophomore outside hitter, Cinco Ranch; Abby Sherman, senior outside hitter, Katy; Peyton Sykes, senior outside hitter, Seven Lakes; Katarina Teahen, senior middle blocker, Seven Lakes; Sania Thomas, junior middle blocker, Mayde Creek.

Honorable Mention: Sienna Adigun, sophomore middle blocker, Morton Ranch; Natissia Baptiste, junior middle blocker, Tompkins; Mia Blum, junior outside hitter, Seven Lakes; Maddy Chaapel, sophomore outside hitter, Katy; Ella Folse, sophomore right-side hitter, Tompkins; Camryn Griffin, senior middle blocker, Cinco Ranch; Jaclyn Guerrero, senior outside hitter, Taylor; Mya Hill, junior setter, Mayde Creek; Brooke Hirsch, senior defensive specialist, Cinco Ranch; Riley Hull, senior defensive specialist, Katy; Destiny Jurado, senior defensive specialist, Morton Ranch; Grace Lanier, sophomore defensive specialist, Seven Lakes; Daniela Taborda, junior defensive specialist, Mayde Creek; Kennedy Willoughby, senior defensive specialist, Mayde Creek.

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