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Fulshear is top program in Class 5A
The volleyball tournament season has wrapped up and district play begins.
Greater Houston is led by super-power Grand Oaks in Class 6A, and Fulshear and Barbers Hill in Class 5A. After that, it’s up for grabs. New Cypress Ranch coach Collea McKinney has continued the Mustangs’ success and Cinco Ranch looks formidable in the tough District 19-6A. Foster looks like another contender in Class 5A.
The district slate will paint a clearer picture of the state of H-Town volleyball, so here we go.
The surprise of the season is Humble at 21-2 with two tourney wins.
THE VYPE RANKINGS
Class 6A Top 20
1. Grand Oaks Grizzlies
2. Cypress Ranch Mustangs
3. Langham Creek Lobos
4. Cinco Ranch Cougars
5. Katy Tompkins Falcons
6. Stratford Spartans
7. Deer Park Deer
8. The Woodlands Highlanders
9. Pearland Dawson Eagles
10. Bridgeland Bears
11. Cy-Fair Bobcats
12. Pearland Oilers
13. Tomball Memorial Wildcats
14. Clear Springs Chargers
15. Tomball Cougars
16. Humble Wildcats
17. Jordan Warriors
18. Willis Wildkats
19. Ridge Point Panthers
20. Jersey Village Falcons
VYPE’s Class 5A Top 10
1. Fulshear Chargers
2. Barbers Hill Eagles
3. Foster Falcons
4. Magnolia Bulldogs
5. Friendswood Mustangs
6. Ball Tors
7. Montgomery Bears
8. Manvel Mavericks
9. Baytown Sterling Rangers
10. Magnolia West Mustangs
Anzley Rinard of Clear Springs Volleyball
The south Houston area is loaded with talented athletes who give it their all in their respective fields of play.
Welcome to the VYPE Playmakers powered by UTMB Health, where we’re highlighting five standouts from the previous week who stole the headlines.
Here are the UTMB Athletes of the Week, as the Houston volleyball season begins to heat up.
Some of the stars of 2023-24 Clear Creek Volleyball
Jamey Wright (VYPE)
Similar to their district rivals -- Clear Springs -- the Wildcats have also had their fair share of success to kick off the 2023 season.
Having led her team to a 7-3 start, the impact that junior Olivia Jones has on the court is becoming painfully evident for the opposition. Jones currently leads the Clear Creek team in kills, with 90, while recording nearly 100 digs from the outside-hitter position.
After finishing second in the district a year ago, Jones will certainly be key figure in the Wildcats’ effort to reclaim the district crown.
Bradley C. Collier (VYPE)
LSA was narrowly defeated by district rival FBCA in last year’s TAPPS-5A State Semifinals, which has made the Pioneers volleyball program more determined than ever to provide a swift rebuttal.
To start off the new school year, Lutheran South has proceeded to dominate opponents (6-1 start) to make it clear that they mean business.
As expected, the linchpin for the Pioneers has been junior setter Kirra Musgrove (Texas A&M-commit), who is coming off an extraordinary 2022 campaign which saw her become a first-team all-state selection. She currently leads the team in kills (40) and will serve as the LSA powerhouse moving forward.
The Chargers have begun the Fall season like they were shot out of a cannon. Through the various tournament matchups they’ve faced, Clear Springs has emerged relatively unscathed with a record of 8-2.
This is, in no small part, due to the efforts of senior OH Anzley Rinard. While her teammate, Ashley Richardson (Sr. S) has been tremendous, it is Rinard who has ignited the charge for Clear Springs. In just 10 matches, Rinard has already accumulated nearly 100 kills to start the season.
After earning first-team all-district honors in 2022, it would seem that the best is yet to come for this senior Charger.
The Knights volleyball program experienced its fair share of ups and downs in 2022, but still managed to finish the season in fourth place among a crowded district.
Now that the team has had time to progress, coach Alison Williams will look to her veterans to help lead Clear Falls to an even greater level. That’s where senior MB Averie Tracy comes in.
While there is some younger star power on the squad, it will be Tracy’s duty to set the example. With her tall frame and adept timing at the net, it won’t be an unreachable goal in the slightest.
The Falcons have begun the new season with some close defeats in tournaments, to kick off the year with a record of 3-5.
However, the primary reason these matchups have been as close as they have can be attributed to the performance of Lamar-commit Annie Cathey.
As it stands, the senior middle-blocker leads the team in kills and receptions, and will likely continue to do so as Clear Lake contends for a playoff spot once district competition begins in September.