Grapeland Sandiette Hannah Chipman Named MVP Hitter
By Will Johnson
EAST TEXAS – With the conclusion of the 2018 UIL State Volleyball Tournament, the District 21-2A and 21-A All-District Teams were announced. All-District selections are not released until all teams in a district have concluded their season.
In volleyball, Class A teams and Class 2A teams are lumped together during district play. When the playoffs start, the Class A teams have their own state tournament while the Class 2A teams have their own tournament as well.
In District 21-AA, there were eight teams combined. They were: Cayuga; Grapeland; Kerens; Latexo; Cross Roads; Neches; Oakwood; and Trinidad.
When the playoffs began Cayuga, Grapeland, Kerens, Latexo and Cross Roads stayed at the Class 2A level while Neches, Oakwood and Trinidad played in the Class A tournament.
Even though the Neches Lady Tigers technically won District 21-AA, Neches was sent to Class A and the Cayuga Lady Wildcats were crowned as district champions at the 2A level.
Neches took full advantage of the Class A competition as they rolled to a state championship. Cayuga, meanwhile, advanced to the Regional Quarterfinals.
As a result, the postseason accolades were not released until late last month.
The All-District 21-2A Superlatives were awarded to the following players:
MVP: Peyton Sanders – Cayuga Lady Wildcats
MVP Setter: Sami Winkel – Cayuga Lady Wildcats
MVP Server: Hannah Latham – Cross Roads Lady Bobcats
MVP Blocker: Madi Poland – Cayuga Lady Wildcats
MVP Hitter: Hannah Chipman – Grapeland Sandiettes
MVP Defensive Player: Briley Shaw – Cayuga Lady Wildcats
New Comer of the Year: Alexius McAdams – Kerens Lady Bobcats
Coach of the Year: Anthony DeCello – Grapeland Sandiettes
First Team All-District 21-2A honors went to:
Cayuga – Megan Kelly and Hannah Bryant
Cross Roads – Bailee Stanfield and Danaleigh Stiles
Grapeland – Tatiyanna Bowie and Kenya Woods
Kerens – Mya Lincoln; Olivia Franson; and Kaylee Reed
Latexo – Jamie Welch and Diana Maza
Second Team All-District 21-2A honors went to:
Cayuga – Julia Griffey and Alexis Gray
Cross Roads – Natalie Fulton
Grapeland – Cheney Boyd
Kerens – Reece Wright; Triniti Hataway; and Gracie Harrell
Latexo – Bailey Ingle and Harli Brent
Honorable Mention All-District 21-2A honors went to:
Cayuga – Jamie Ward
Cross Roads – Harley Bennett and Jansyn Hughes
Kerens – Emilee Burleson, Kenadee Lynch and Madison Parks
Latexo – Destiny Filer
Academic All-District 21-2A
Cayuga – Julia Griffey; Megan Kelley; Briley Shaw; Hannah Bryant; Jamie Ward; Sami Winkel; Peyton Sanders; and Madi Poland
Cross Roads – Harley Bennett; Natalie Fulton; Jansyn Hughes; Hannah Latham; Gracyn Cunningham; Bailee Stanfield; and Danaleigh Stiles.
Kerens – Mya Lincoln; Myliah Lincoln; Triniti Hataway; Gracie Harrell; Olivia Franson; Kaylee Reed; Madison Parks; Emilee Burleson and Kenadee Lynch
The All-District 21-A Superlatives were awarded to the following players:
MVP: Kacie Kimbrough – Neches Lady Tigers
MVP Setter: Emily Hill – Neches Lady Tigers
MVP Server: Makenzie Hudson – Neches Lady Tigers
MVP Blocker: Jaylinn Womack – Trinidad Lady Trojans
MVP Hitter: Lexi Rogers – Neches Lady Tigers
MVP Defensive Player: Nayeli Quistian – Neches Lady Tigers
Newcomer of the Year: Kourtney Mannix – Neches Lady Tigers
Coach of the Year: Morgan Roberson – Neches Lady Tigers
First Team All-District 21-A honors went to:
Neches: Raegan Hill and Reagan Gray
Oakwood: Neci Keefer and Rachell Rodgers
Trinidad: Tori Moody; Cassie Patch; Hayley Ned; and Eryn Airheart
Second Team All-District 21-A honors went to:
Oakwood: Shaylin Keefer and Kaeley Bean
Trinidad: Jazmyn Burden-Engle and Ashlee Stevenson
Honorable Mention All-District 21-A honors went to:
Neches – Mallory Main and Morgan Scruggs
Oakwood – Bobbye Freeman; Essence Watkins and Avery Hardin
Trinidad – Lana Stovall and Samantha Sims
Academic All-District 21-2A
Oakwood – Janet Velasqeuz; Melanie Barnett; Bobbye Freeman; Railey Harden; Kaeley Bean; Kelsey Burch; Essence Watkins and Lillie Flores
Trinidad – Cassie Patch; Jazmyn Burden-Engle; Tori Moody; Hayley Ned; Jaylinn Womack; Eryn Airheart; Rebecca Ellison; Ashlee Stevenson; Samantha Sims; Kellie Airheart; and Trayli Smith
Will Johnson may be contacted via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.