I think the message is becoming loud and clear.
And it’s very simple: Texas has the best high school volleyball talent – in the nation.
The depth of talent, the student-athletes who commit to all levels of colleges – you name it, Texas has the best of it all. And that doesn’t even touch on the commitment to academics by Texas high school volleyball players.
Sorry, California. Sorry, Florida.
Sorry, other 47 states.
Since June – when K-MAC Sports was bought out by VYPE Media – Butch Hart and myself have had the privilege to work with the Vype content crew. Together we’ve expanded our volleyball coverage, culminating with the Houston-area Vype awards last week; our All-State Awards yesterday; and now, my personal choices, two teams of “Dazzling Dozen.”
Most Texas high school volleyball teams have between 9-15 players on a varsity roster, depending on the coach’s preference. Volleyball has six players on the court at any one time; my personal preference would be to have 12 players on my team.
Thus, my Dazzling Dozen: the best players that I’ve seen this busy and great high school season.
Quick explanation: I’m an old-school, East Coast Italian. I’m a blue-collar, bring-the-lunch-pail-to-work guy who loves defense, fundamentals and the little nuances of sports. I’m the goofball who likes 1-0 and 3-2 baseball games; the kind who likes hockey, volleyball and 14-13 schlobber-knocker football games.
So the following 24 players are – to me – those whom I saw this season that leave everything out on the court. Not that others didn’t but these are the ones who made a big impression on me. These are the student-athletes whom I’d pick for my rosters.
And you’ll be hearing (and reading) more about each of them in the coming weeks.
The only requirement here on this – at least one libero and one setter on each team. Those are the positions I follow intently; they’re the smart, bring-the-lunch-pail-to-work types.
And yes, since these are my personal choices, you’re welcome to give me your thoughts directly – hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Merry Christmas, everyone!
Skylar Allen, Hitter, Callisburg (Sr.)
Cecily Bramschreiber, Lovejoy (Soph.)
Averi Carlson, Lovejoy (Fresh.)
Paige Flickinger, Byron Nelson (Jr.)
Ciera Hecht, Prosper (Sr.)
Avery Kalsu, Dripping Springs (Jr.)
Lauren Malone, Round Rock (Jr,)
Sarah Martinez, Flower Mound (Jr.)
Libby Overmyer, Kingwood Park (Jr.)
Grayson Schirpik, Rouse (Jr.)
Brooke Slusser, Denton Guyer (Soph.)
Alyssa Wallace, Decatur (Sr.)
Carissa Barnes, Weatherford (Sr)
Campbell Bowden, El Paso Coronado (Sr.)
Clara Brower, The Woodlands (Soph.)
Sarah Brown, Canyon Randall (Sr)
Gabby De Los Santos, SA O’Connor (Sr.)
Payton Jones, Beckville (Sr.)
Kenzie Jordan, Water Valley (Sr.)
Maddie Kriz, Westwood (Sr.)
Makensy Manbeck, Friendswood (Jr.)
Georgia Murphy, The Woodlands (Sr.)
Audrey Nalls, Waxahachie (Sr.)
Lexi Rogers, Neches (Soph.)