Memorial Volleyball: H-Town High School Sports Team of the Week presented by Allegiance Bank
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Clear Creek won a playoff game last season for the first time since 2017, and the Wildcats are hoping for more since they return a lot of their stars.
Coach Scott Simonds' top three attackers are all back in senior 6-foot middle Reaghan Thompson (2.3 kills per set), senior 6-foot-1 right-side hitter Bella Woodard (2.1 kills per set) and senior 5-foot11 outside hitter Brooke Morgan (1.9 kills per set).
Junior defensive specialist Mia Sauers and senior setter Emma Boland led the team in aces with 34 and 30, respectively.
Senior defensive specialist Briana Zamora led the team in digs with 5.9 per set, and she will have plenty of playmaking help in Sauers (3.0 digs per set), junior setter Alli Shemwell (2.8 digs per set), Boland (2.1 digs per set) and senior defensive specialist Hannah Berg (2.1 digs per set).
Shemwell and Boland also led the team in assists with 4.9 and 3.8 per set, respectively.
Also, watch out for senior outside hitter Christen Maloney in 2021.
Olivia Abbott recently won the VYPE Houston Public School Preseason Libero of the Year Fall Poll! VYPE caught up with Abbott for the 411 on the star from Stratford.
VYPE: How long have you been playing volleyball and how did you get your start?
Abbott: I have been playing volleyball for what about 6 years. I got into it because I had been in gymnastics for almost my entire life and I decided I wanted to try something different, plus I loved the thought of being with a team instead of on my own when I was competing.
VYPE: Who's your favorite athlete and why?
Abbott: My favorite athlete is Simone Biles because her drive to always want to be the better no matter how good the world thinks she is really inspires me.
VYPE: What's your pre-game meal? Routine?
Abbott: My pregame meal is always some form of lean protein with complex carbs so I have energy and an upbeat mood on the court. I don't have much of a set routine, but my favorite thing to do is dance with my teammates and loosen up in a fun way before a match.
VYPE: Off the court, what is your favorite thing to do?
Abbott: Off the court, my favorite thing to do is spend time with my family and friends, and travel.
VYPE: What's your favorite subject in school?
Abbott:My favorite subject in school is history.
VYPE: What is the one memory from the game you'll never forget playing volleyball?
Abbott: The one memory I will never forget is when my club team had qualified for nationals after a long season full of COVID and obstacles. I always smile thinking about the very last point and that feeling of pride overflowing the court.
Barbers Hill only graduated five seniors from an 18-5 team that rolled to an undefeated district championship before coming up short against Texas City in the bi-district round of the playoffs.
Senior setter Kelsi Wingo leads the way for an Eagles team that has won three consecutive district titles and made the playoffs 19 straight seasons.
Senior outside hitter/defensive specialist Nadia Karabanoff also figures heavily into Barbers Hills' plans.
Also, watch for middle blockers Avery Wilks and Meagan Mayfield (East Texas Baptist University commit).
Expectations are high for an encore following a successful debut at the helm in 2020 from previous Goose Creek Memorial coach Casey Mulryan-Veen.
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