High school volleyball teams in Texas have started the process of preparing for the 2020 season in hopes that the coronavirus pandemic doesn’t force the cancellation of fall sports.
In that same vein of season prepartion, the Greater Houston Volleyball Coaches Association has announced its annual pre-season all-region team list.
West Fort Bend County teams were well represented with Fulshear, Foster, George Ranch and Travis earning selections.
Fulshear, the reigning Class 4A state champions, led the way with three selections on the Class 5A team. The group included junior outside hitter Alexis Dacosta, senior outside hitter Ellie Echter and junior libero Ava Underwood.
DaCosta finished her first season with the Chargers with 586 kills and 419 digs. She was named the GHVCA and Houston Chronicle Volleyball player of the year.
Echter added 575 kills and 377 digs while earning Fort Bend Herald’s all-area player of the year and the Texas Sports Writers Association 4A Player of the Year.
Underwood had 632 digs, 96 assists and 60 aces in her first year at Fulshear, earning her all-area newcomer of the year and selection to the TSWA all-state team.
Fulshear returns to Class 5A after two seasons in 4A, joining fellow Lamar Consolidated ISD programs Foster, Lamar Consolidated and Terry in District 24-5A. The district also had a selection from Kempner in senior outside hitter Tatiana Evans.
Foster had two selections on the 5A team with seniors middle blocker Alexi Obialo and outside hitter Annie Creery.
Both players were first-team all-district selections last season. Obialo had 223 kills, 75 blocks and 39 digs in 2019. Creery had 473 digs and 242 kills last year.
On the 6A team, George Ranch earned two selections with juniors right-side hitter/setter Allie Sczech and right-side hitter/middle blocker Logan Lednicky.
Lednicky averaged 2.4 kills per set to earn District 23-6A co-offensive player of the year honors. Lednicky had 291 kills, 223 digs and 125 blocks in 119 sets last year.
Sczech had 366 kills and 138 blocks in 2019, earning her first-team selection.
George Ranch is moving over to District 20-6A for the next two seasons, joining seven Fort Bend ISD teams including Travis.
The Lady Tigers had one selection with senior outside hitter Karina Garoni.
Garoni had 352 digs and 233 kills last season to earn first-team all-district honors.
Fort Bend ISD was also represented by Dulles’ Kylie Mueller, Austin’s Bailey Tillman and Ridge Point’s Tiana Davis on the 6A team.
The GHVCA preseason player of the year for Class 6A is Cy-Fair’s Rebekah Portalatin, Friendswood’s Ashlyn Svoboda for 5A and Bria Woodard for the private school ranks.