Welcome to the 2020 volleyball season. What a weird offseason it was for everyone. No club tournaments to travel to, limited training available but what that means is everyone should be fresh for the 2020 campaign.
VYPE previewed 30 public school teams in this year's VYPE Houston Volleyball Preview. Here is one of the Sleepers - the George Ranch Longhorns.
George Ranch Longhorns
George Ranch seeks its ninth-straight playoff appearance as the Longhorns head into the 2020 season. With six starters back, one could anticipate they will improve on their 29-19 record and bi-district exit from a year ago. Cheyanne Forshee enters her 11th year at the helm of the program (292-123) and notched her 450th-career coaching victory last year.
Key players to watch include Alexandra Tennon (Quinnipiac University-commit) and Allie Sczech (Baylor- commit). Sczech – an AVCA All-American Phenom – was a first- teamer a year ago after leading the squad in kills (366). Tennon was solid across the board with 651 assists, 407 digs, 203 blocks and 200 kills. Tennon was the District 23-6A Setter of the Year. Other key returners include Logan Lednicky (223 digs, 291 kills, 125 blocks) and Avery Shimaitis (394 kills, 110 digs, 103 blocks), Caitlin Kurtz, Elyssa Giries, MacKenzie Rock, Briana Steubing and Rileye Steubing.
VYPE highlights five sports figures from Lamar Consolidated ISD in this edition of LCISD Headliners presented by Texas Citizens Bank.
Alexandra Tennon, George Ranch
George Ranch returns some serious talent off a team that went to the playoffs in 2019. The straw that stirs the drink is Alexandra Tennon, who was named the Setter MVP for District 23-6A. The senior is committed to Quinnipiac University.
Cody Jackson, Foster
Foster football is loaded. Alum CeeDee Lamb was drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft earlier this year by the Dallas Cowboys. Some saw Cody Jackson is another version of Lamb. He has committed to OU, where Lamb starred in college and he has the same explosiveness and size as well. Jackson could even be better and that's saying something.
Cassidy Drapela, Lamar Consolidated
Lamar Consolidated's Cassidy Drapela had a big sophomore season, helping lead the Mustangs to the second round of the postseason for the first time in 15 years. Drapela is an explosive outside hitter, who has verbally committed to HBU.
Skylar Voskuhl Fulshear
Skylar Voskuhl will be a key part of Fulshear's success in 2020. The 6-foot junior will play a larger role as she will be featured more in the offense. The honorable mention, all-district selection is the daughter of Jake Voskuhl, who starred at Strake Jesuit, UConn and then 10 years in the NBA.
Sam Miller, George Ranch
With another year under his belt, George Ranch QB1 Sam Miller has visions of getting the Longhorns a district title to cap off his senior season. The Ranch fell in the second round to Humble in 2019, but could be a sleeper in 2020 with several returners back in the huddle.
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