Sep 07, 2021
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For the first time, water polo will be played in the fall and under the umbrella of the UIL.
Both are new for a sport that has played for years under TISCA and a program that has brought home titles in the past and looking for its first UIL banners is Baytown Sterling.
The Rangers will field a boys and girls team this upcoming season.
“I’m excited,” Stephanie Miranda said. “I really hope that we can win. I’m hoping that more girls get into the game.”
Miranda enters her senior season as the team captain of the girls squad. Entering this year, Miranda
wants to be the leader the Rangers need.
“I want to learn more about [being a leader] and grow more as a person and as a leader,” she said. “Be more competitive and try our best.”
The goal for the season is, of course, winning games and advancing in the UIL playoffs come October.
“I really like being competitive,” Miranda said about what she likes about water polo. “I also like getting in the water and getting real physical with people. When you score you get the emotion.”
So, be sure to go check out the UIL’s newest sport this fall – in the pool.
There is so much fun to be had at a VYPE Media Day!
From team and individual pictures, social media shout-outs, and video interviews it is all there for the student-athlete to feel like a superstar! VYPE traveled out to Fort Bend for the Fort Bend Christian Academy 2022 Fall Media Day.
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Kyla Paulino recently won the VYPE Houston Public School Preseason Setter of the Year Fall Poll! VYPE caught up with Paulino for the 411 on the star from Fort Bend Austin.
VYPE: How long have you been playing volleyball and how did you get your start?
Paulino: I started playing volleyball when I was 12. Watching my cousin play made we want to give volleyball a try as well.
VYPE: Who's your favorite athlete and why?
Paulino: My favorite athlete is former university of texas volleyball player, Cat McCoy. She was a Ds / Libero which was the position I originally started out as. Watching her on the court made me realize she was my favorite because of how she was always cheering for her teammates and consistently had a positive attitude and mindset.
VYPE: What's your pre-game meal? Routine?
Paulino: Before a game my favorite meal would be a chicken pesto panini and a paradise point smoothie from tropical smoothie cafe.
VYPE: Off the court, what is your favorite thing to do?
Paulino: Off the court I enjoy hanging out with my friends and family. I also love to spend time outdoors especially at the beach.
VYPE: What's your favorite subject in school?
Paulino: My favorite subject in school is math. It is the subject I succeed and excel the most in during the school year.
VYPE: What is the one memory from the game you'll never forget playing volleyball?
Paulino: One memory that I will never forget is playing our rival school, travis high school. The game went to five sets and all of the sets we were fighting and working very hard to compete and win. The student section had lots of energy and was cheering loudly for us. This game was the most intense game of the season and beating them made us come together as a team while having fun.
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