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San Antonio Brandeis senior Jalyn Gibson was named MVP of the Katy-Cy-Fair tournament last weekend.
Among substantial, outstanding volleyball talent, between two undefeated teams, San Antonio Brandeis senior Jalyn Gibson shined the brightest Saturday afternoon in Katy.
The TCU commit had 30 kills, four aces and three blocks in leading the Broncos to a 3-2 win over Cy-Ranch in the gold bracket championship game of the Katy/Cy-Fair tournament at Katy Taylor High School.
Brandeis, which trailed 2-0 in the title game, is 9-0 and handed Cy-Ranch (8-1) its first loss.
"It took a lot to fight back, and I knew we weren't going to give up," said Gibson, named the tournament's all-around MVP. "We really wanted this, and we fought for it."
The Broncos lost the first two sets, 25-19 and 25-21, and were on the brink of being swept before coach Madeline Williams made changes.
Williams switched from a 5-1 to a 6-2 offense and altered the lineup, including playing some girls who had yet to play a varsity game. Her team responded with three straight wins, 25-23, 25-21 and a demonstrative 15-5 fifth set win.
"We came in here with the goal to win it," Williams said. "We have high, high expectations. A lot of these seniors have played with me for years now. We had matches where we were behind, and for us to win and not give up, it's pulled us together closer."San
San Antonio Brandeis won the Katy-Cy-Fair volleyball tournament, going 8-0 and winning 18 of 22 sets.Dennis Silva II | VYPE Media
Gibson was phenomenal all game long. She had nine kills and two aces in the first set but had little support early.
That is, until Wilson's changes opened things for everyone else. Senior setter Carlee Pharris, freshman outside hitter Lola Isaeff and senior outside/right side hitter Leila Smalls were crucial in the final three sets, all contributing big plays at various points.
"That was not our team those first two sets," said Pharris, who had 15 kills and 36 assists. "It was a good wakeup call."
Gibson continued the hot start to her senior season. She is averaging 5.4 kills per set with a .287 hit percentage.
"It's my confidence," Gibson said. "I just never let that shut down. When I was a freshman, I wasn't so confident. Now, being a senior, I know I have to be more confident. Reading the blocks, connecting with my setters. Everything was working."
Gibson kept the Broncos afloat early on until her teammates could get into a groove. That helped keep Cy-Ranch from blowing out Brandeis, which looked likely early on.
"She's super coachable," Williams said of Gibson. "She's been a starter since her freshman year, a six-rotation player since her freshman year. Running her in the middle or outside, we see what works and we go with it. It's the adjustments.
"If I tell her a spot to hit, she'll hit it. She's just so talented. We use her from the back row, too."
Brandeis runs a fast offense, creating splits for Gibson and moving blockers due to the terrific chemistry between Pharris and Gibson. The two are best friends and both will be playing for the Horned Frogs next fall.
"Jalyn is so talented, skill-wise," Pharris said. "She's so confident in hitting. No matter what situation we're in, I know she'll get the kill. She's just super dependent."
.@Brandeis wins the gold bracket championship of the @kcfvballtourney, topping Cy-Ranch in five and taking the fift… https://t.co/nuY69Zjt6c — Dennis Silva II (@Dennis Silva II)
Gibson and the Broncos have put Region IV on notice that they are a force to be reckoned with. The Broncos went 8-0 at the tournament, which consisted of a 48-team field. They won 18 sets and only lost four.
"We're definitely a close team, and that's been big for us," Gibson said. "Just hoping we can stay that way. I'm hoping to not have one bad game, and just fighting and sacrificing for everyone."
The season has ended, and many teams are already preparing for next Fall, but we want to take a moment to recognize the tremendous work done by the San Antonio area teams this year!
With Reagan advancing to the State Semi Finals, and a tremendous performance by San Antonio's 6A District 28 and District 29 having all four teams in the Regional round- we can all agree the local talent was on fire! Likewise, the very talented New Braunfels Canyon made a deep run to the Regional Finals and we are already excited for next year!
With this season in the books, it's time to name the All- VYPE team and hand out the postseason accolades.
Player of the Year: Nyah Anderson, Reagan Coach of the Year: Heather Sanders, New Braunfels CanyonHitter of the Year: Jalyn Gibson, BrandeisSetter of the Year: Carlee Pharris, BrandeisMiddle Blocker of the Year: Elise McGhee, Clark Defensive Specialist/Libero of the Year: Bryshanna Brown, O'ConnorUtility Player of the Year: Erin Jones, New Braunfels CanyonNewcomer of the Year: Grace Carroll, Alamo Heights
By Bradley Collier
1st TeamJulia Aleman, ReaganKyla Malone, New Braunfels CanyonMackenzie Vernon, HarlanShavonne Respondek, MadisonNaomi Ortiz, Smithson Valley
2nd Team Morgan Baese, New BraunfelsJamiryana Hall, TaftMcKenzie Woitena, New Braunfels Canyon Megan Runyan, Devine Hannah Wittingstall, Alamo Heights
Sadie McAda, Pleasanton
Honorable MentionMackenzie Mahr, O'Connor Kylie Wickley, Alamo HeightsAllie Scheidle, Kerrville TivyMia Francis, StevensFaith Coldewey, FloresvilleAllie Scheidle, Kerrville TivyMegan Wahrmund, FredericksburgMaselina Tuufuli, SteeleElizabeth Williams, Navarro Lauren Roberts, Boerne Natalie Schulter, Boerne Champion
1st Team Trinity Herrera, Clark Terez Chavez, O'Connor Julie Arguijo, Harlan
2nd TeamRylee Davis, MadisonMadisyn Jones, BoerneShaylan Wright, Smithson Valley
Maribel Martinez, ReaganAbigail Halstead, BrandeisEmily Reinhard, La Vernia Kearstin Davis, ReaganCayla Reyes, Harlandale Ella Brunson, New Braunfels Kristen Bernal, MacArthur Kendra Grimm, Johnson
1st TeamMaddie Correa, ReaganAddison Evans, New Braunfels CanyonAmy Dewalt, Brandeis
2nd TeamJaci Mesa, Smithson Valley Leilani Moore, HarlanAlyssa Manitzas, Reagan
1st TeamCourtney Pope, New Braunfels Canyon Canada Buchanan, Clemens Remi Vanderpool, Reagan
Kyla Solis, Medina ValleyMadison Pike, Devine
Ahzhalon Coleman, Brennan Madelynn Wallace, La Vernia
Lexi Gingras, Johnson Summer Silva, WarrenAngelli Sanchez, McCollumChichi Ozigbo, Reagan Cypress Guenther, New BraunfelsNia Mack, Wagner
1st TeamLexi Davila, O'ConnorKiana Fallaha, HarlanEmma Halstead, BrandeisKristin Swize, La Vernia
Bekah Williams, Smithson ValleyEmma Helmke, Churchill Mia Robles, O'ConnorSpencer McCool, Medina Valley
Congratulations to all our area players and teams on such a wild and successful 2020 season!
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