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The 2022 high school volleyball season is in the thick of district play, and there are many talented players leading the way for their respective teams.
Welcome to the VYPE Playmakers, powered by UTMPB Health, where we highlight five players who have excelled on the court.
Sydney Gibson, Friendswood sophomoreVYPE Media
>> Sydney Gibson, Friendswood
At 5-9, the sophomore is undersized as an outside hitter but you wouldn’t be able to tell by how she’s dominated this season. Gibson leads the Mustangs with 2.4 kills per set to go with 2.5 digs per set and 36 aces. Her future is incredibly bright.
Olivia Jones, Clear Creek sophomoreVYPE Media
>> Olivia Jones, Clear Creek
Jones is having an outstanding season as a sophomore, leading the Wildcats in kills with 4.3 per set. She also has an impressive 36.4 kill percentage and averages 2.8 digs per set, which ranks third on the team.
Taylor Crain, Lutheran South Academy juniorVYPE Media
>> Taylor Crain, Lutheran South Academy
The Pioneers’ talented junior is a defensive savant this season, averaging a team-best 4.5 digs per set, and 11.8 digs per game. Crain is also a big factor in the LSA attack with 93 assists and 39 aces.
Allie Schwartz, Pearland juniorVYPE Media
>> Allie Schwartz, Pearland
The Oilers’ junior middle is second on the team in blocks with 93 and third in kills with 152. Schwartz is efficient as an attacker with a 42.8 kill percentage and a .307 hitting percentage, both numbers ranking second on the team.
Carissa Young, Clear Springs seniorVYPE Media
>> Carissa Young, Clear Springs
Young has been influential for the Chargers as a senior leader and with her play on the court. She leads Clear Springs with 330 kills and ranks second with 65 total blocks. Young holds a 44.9 kill percentage and .302 hit percentage.
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The 2022 high school volleyball season is in full flex and there are a plethora of players off to tremendous starts to their respective seasons.
Welcome to the VYPE Playmakers, powered by UTMPB Health, where we highlight five players who have set an early high standard to their play on the court.
Sydney Gibson, Friendswood sophomore.VYPE Media
The sophomore outside hitter has helped the Mustangs to a fast and furious 13-4 start this season. Gibson leads the team with 3.1 kills per set and has added 102 digs, 13 aces and 13 total blocks in 43 sets played.
Kimanni Rugley, Pearland sophomore.VYPE Media
>> Kimanni Rugley, Pearland
Rugley has made quite the first impression in her first varsity season. The sophomore middle/outside hitter has helped the Oilers to an early 9-3 standing, averaging 2.4 kills per set (on 43 percent hitting) to go with 30 total blocks and seven aces in 29 sets played.
Morgan Durgens, Clear Springs junior.VYPE Media
>> Morgan Durgens, Clear Springs
As of August 22, the Chargers were 10-2 and on a seven-game winning streak. A big reason for that has been the exceptional play of junior setter Morgan Durgens. Durgens had 189 assists (5.9 per set) and 70 digs (2.2 per set) through 32 sets to go with 11 kills and 10 aces.
Samantha Loyd, Dickinson sophomore.Courtesy Photo
>> Samantha Loyd, Dickinson
The sophomore hitter, who plays outside or right side, has been huge for the Gators, wh had eight wins through their first 15 games. Loyd is averaging a team-best 3.1 kills per set to go with 32 digs, 21 aces and 10 total blocks through 37 sets played.
Kenna Sambrano, Lutheran South Academy sophomore.VYPE Media
>> Kenna Sambrano, Lutheran South Academy
Sophomore middle hitter Kenna Sambrano has been impressive this season, averaging 1.9 kills per set to go with 44 total blocks, 30 aces and 57 digs in 102 sets played. The 5-foot-11 Sambrano has a kill percentage of 36.7 percent.