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The Highlanders have made the Regional Tournament each of the last nine seasons and in that run have made the Regional Finals twice, the State Semis once and been State Champs twice.
This season, once again, The Woodlands is primed for another long run deep into November.
The Highlanders return two of their top three attackers in senior outside hitter Reagan Whatley (3.0 kills per set) and junior middle Marjorie Johnson (1.8 kills per set).
The top three defensive specialists graduated, but there is plenty of capable talent in that area in senior Cassidy MacLean (2.9 digs per set) and junior Molly Tuozzo (2.7 digs per set).
The Highlanders will be looking for someone to step in at setter in place of longtime stalwart Clara Brower, now at Georgia.
That could be 6-foot-1 junior hitter/setter Claire Dewine, who returns to the Highlanders after spending last season at The Woodlands Christian Academy, where she was a first-team all-state selection.
Other players to watch include senior middle blocker Lilly McWhorter.
The Cougars were a surprise last season, climbing out of fourth place in a rough and rugged District 19-6A to make an inspiring run to the Regional Quarterfinals, where they fell to eventual state champion and district foe Seven Lakes.
Cinco Ranch graduated eight seniors from that club, mostly impacting the defensive side.
Junior 5-foot-10 outside hitter Courtney O'Brien is back to lead the way after averaging 3.6 kills per set to go with 2.7 digs per set and 31 aces.
Senior setter Catalina Martinez will assume a greater role defensively and as a ball handler. She averaged 3.7 assists and 1.5 digs per set.
O'Brien's younger sister, Kassidy, is a freshman and expected to play a significant role as one of the prominent up-and-coming talents in the Greater Houston area.
Watch out for junior middle/ right side hitter Camryn Moon around the net. Moon had 20 blocks in only 49 sets last season.
Another player to watch in 2021 will be senior outside hitter and University of Arkansas Monticello-commit Emily Presley.
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