Some athletes you have to see in person to appreciate how good they are.
I made the case earlier this year for North Shore QB Dematrius Davis being the best high school football player in the history of Houston. I'm pretty much dead on as Davis is tracking for his third-straight State Title while breaking ankles and throwing dimes on opposing defenders.
Well, here's another hot take.
Seven Lakes' Ally Batenhorst is the all-time best volleyball player in the history of Houston.
"Yep, for sure," coach Amy Cataline said. "She can pass, she can serve, she can hit. She leads and plays with such heart. Absolutely."
Don't just take her coach's word for it.
HOUSTON - Kate Zora remembers the last time her team faced Seven Lakes.
It was August 17, 2018 and Seven Lakes was fresh off its inaugural trip to the UIL State Tournament the year prior. Ally Batenhorst was a sophomore and sister Casey was just a freshman. For Zora's team, Devan Taylor and Annie Antar were just sophomores and Kierstyn McFall was a freshman.
Seven Lakes won the highly contested match 3-2 (26-24, 22-25, 27-25, 20-25, 15-13).
"It was a barn-burner," Zora said as she reflected. "It got to the fifth game and I remember that pretty vividly and how they won it. It was one of those things where they were exhausted and both sides had gone back and forth the entire night. It was just one of those crazy matches.
"The ability for us to play again is super exciting."