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With the volleyball season at a close and state champions crowned, it was a season full of great wins, big plays, and strong moments on the court for Dallas-Fort Worth area volleyball teams. One of the greatest accomplishments this season was seen by Hockaday's volleyball program who posted their first Southwest Prepatory Conference State Championship Title since 2008!
With plenty of amazing talent to pick from, it's time to release the 2021 VYPE DFW All-VYPE Private School Volleyball Team. Become a VYPE Insider today to see the full team including team and coach of the year.
Team of the year: Hockaday Daisies
-With a perfect 6-0 regular-season record, the Hockaday Daisies posted one of their best seasons yet. While going 17-1 in sets against SPC opponents, Hockaday capped off their season with their first SPC State Championship Title in 13 years. Although the team has two strong seniors leaving the team, there are plenty of great athletes on the team ready to step up, fill gaps, and take the next season by storm!
Coach of the year: Andy Gass, Hockaday Daisies
- Gass has nearly 23 years of coaching experience under his belt. Gass has been with Hockaday since 2016 where he has helped lead the Daisies to multiple accomplishments including the 2017, 2018, and 2021 SPC North Zone Champions. Gass highlights his coaching career with an SPC State Title this season with the Hockaday Daisies. Prior to Hockaday, Gass was the varsity assistant coach at Parish Episcopal school where he helped lead the team to the final four of the state tournament in 2007, 2008 (State Championship season), 2009, and 2010.
Hitter of the year: Avery Jackson, HockadayMiddle of the year: Jadyn Fife, Argyle Liberty ChristianSetter of the year: Audrey Gass, HockadayUtility of the year: Harper Cooper, Parish Episcopal SchoolNewcomer of the year: Jadyn Livings, Prestonwood Christian Academy
Hitter: Madison Morrow, Argyle Liberty ChristianMiddle: Olivia Wayne, HockadayLibero: Chaeli Haupert, Fort Worth Christian Setter: Reagan Fifer, Argyle Liberty ChristianUtility: Savanna Stevens, Arlington Grace Prep
Hitter: Megan Weldon, Arlington OakridgeMiddle: Maya Kelly, Arlington Grace PrepLibero: McKenna Godsey, Frisco Legacy Christian AcademySetter: London Upchurch, Red Oak Ovilla ChristianUtility: Lauren Ingram, Hockaday
Hitter: Sophie Henry, Red Oak Ovilla ChristianMiddle: Kaley Janusek, Argyle Liberty ChristianLibero: Payton Arbaugh, HockadaySetter: Landri Felker, Fort Worth ChristianUtility: Reagan Hall, Fort Worth Country Day
Hitter (6): Denasia Maxey, Dallas Christian; Caroline Klein, Fort Worth Country Day; Bennett Trubey, Hockaday; Lauryn Mack, Fort Worth All Saint's Episcopal School; Sydney Eyestone, Hockaday; Tatum Sims, Greenhill
Middle: Zoe Gillen-Malveaux, Greenhill
Libero (6): Brooke Phillips, Lake Country Christian; Brandi Rohus, Lake Country Christian; Kristina House, Argyle Liberty Christian; Shannon Dixon, Fort Worth All Saint's Episcopal School; Karli Henke, Carrollton Prince of Peace; Mia Gunn, McKinney Christian; Jessica Ramirez, StoneGate Christian Academy
Setter (2): Becca Turner, Arlington Grace Prep; Dani Ratliff, Lake Country Christian
Utility: Halle Williams, Argyle Liberty Christian
After a successful season topped off with a school record and a state title, Hockaday Daisies volleyball senior setter, Audrey Gass, is the VYPE DFW recruit of the week. Gass was also named to the AVCA All American Watch List as well as the AVCA Best and Brightest First-Team. Gass set a match record of 59 assists this season twice; once against Bishop Lynch and again against Parish Episcopal. She also recorded a school record of 1,019 assists on the season while tallying 61 aces and 249 digs. VYPE DFW caught up with the senior star to discuss her success on the court as well as what the future has in store:
Photo provided by Hockaday coach Allison Camp
There's no arguing against the fact that the last few seasons of high school sports have been different than all those that came before. With so many distractions, it would have been easy (and understandable) for any student-athlete to get a little off track. However, Gass was able to take every challenge head-on and stay focused- especially throughout the offseason. "I focused on getting better every chance I had and every time I went into the gym for lessons," Gass told VYPE. She also participates in club volleyball.
To have the kind of focus that helps you lead your team to success, you have to have the right mindset. There's no doubt that Gass had a great mindset from the start of the season all the way through to the SPC State Championships. Gass explained her mindest to VYPE as always working to stay focused on getting better. "It's not about being good at the beginning of the season, it's about growing the chemistry of the team and just continuing to get better." After working all season on continuing to get better, her mindset going into the state finals was about putting the "we" before the "me" and focusing on technique without getting ahead of herself. She wanted to work on whatever she could do "to help the team through the match."
With the ability to remain focused, Gass was able to put her personal and team goals on a high-priority list. Gass opened up as to what exactly those goals were this season: "Technique wise, [my goals were] to jump set as much as possible and finish my hands, but other than that, it was to focus from the service line and consistently give my hitters a hittable ball," Gass said. "I feel like I accomplished my personal goals, but really, winning SPC is what mattered and the team reached our team goals."
Winning a championship is certainly an exciting thing. Out of all of the athletes in the state, only a small percentage get to walk away at the end of a season- at the end of a career- with the ability to call themselves a state champion. "It feels AMAZING," Gass said. "Like I did my job and I know how much work I put in and it feels nice knowing I helped do something so great with the program," she added.
The secret to all of the success this season? "Getting past mistakes quickly and just focusing on my technique rather than past mistakes," is what Gass says helped power her personal success. "I chose to focus on bringing the team together and moving forward rather than just my personal touches." As far as the team goes, Gass believes moving through challenges helped the team succeed. "The team is so good about moving past mistakes quickly and going hard no matter what without worrying about the mistakes. We choose to focus on ourselves and being positive as well as bringing the energy rather than ever focusing on a single mistake or point."
Through all of the success, it's easy to make great memories. When asked what her favorite memory with Hockaday volleyball had been, Gass replied "Winning SPC and the teamwork that went into it - not losing a single set in the Championship tournament weekend." Those memories are certainly something that Gass will carry with her through college and beyond.
As a senior, Gass will soon be graduating and moving on to the next level. Gass is committed to Transylvania University in Lexington Kentucky where she plans to take a pre-law track to study environmental law. "Likely, I will major in Environmental Sciences/Studies or Biology which will eventually lead me to law school."
Choosing Transylvania wasn't a difficult choice for Gass. "They have what I wanted both academically and volleyball whise. When I visited campus, I felt like it was the perfect fit for me. Everything felt so personal and like home to me as soon as I got there."
Who is your favorite professional sports team?"I don't really watch professional sports, I just watch as much volleyball as possible. My favorite college volleyball team to watch is Wisconsin."
Who do you look up to as an athlete?"Courtney Thompson. She is such a clean setter who is focused on technique and made the Olympic team even though she is shorter like I am."
If you could go to dinner with one person (dead or alive) who would it be? What would you want to talk about?"The admissions process at Hockaday is so tough and rigid and I am so grateful that I ended up here. I would love to find and talk to the person who interviewed me and decided I was a good fit for Hockaday and to know what they saw in me."
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