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Welcome to our new feature - the Klein ISD Athletes of the Month - highlighting some of the best student-athletes in one of the most proud districts in the state of Texas. One girl and one boy will be selected each month representing the independent school district.
The inaugural recipients for the month of August are ...
Maggie Ellender, Klein Oak Stetter
When Davette McCall got the head coaching job at Klein Oak, she watched the tape. Senior setter Maggie Ellender stuck out on film.
“I could see that she had the athleticism and volleyball IQ to run a 5-1 offense,” McCall said. “She has stepped up and done a great job for us this year. She’s so consistent and is a big reason we have had preseason success.”
The Panthers are 21-8 entering district play. Klein Oak won 18 games in total last season.
For the 2022 season, Ellender in 38 sets played has 296 assists to lead the team, according to MaxPreps.
Tucker Parks, Klein Collins Quarterback
Tucker Parks came in as a sophomore a year ago and earned the starting job at Klein Collins. He never looked back, leading his team to an undefeated district season and being named the District Offensive Newcomer of the Year. Now, the junior has game-experience and confidence coming into the 2022 season. In the opener against Magnolia, Parks went off for 315 yards and five touchdowns in the first half of a 62-26 win.
“We came into the game not knowing what to expect.” Parks said. “The overall goal is to win but we treat every opponent like a nameless and faceless one. It felt like a rollercoaster that never came down."
In the second game of the season, Parks passed for 187 yards and two scores, while rushing for another 152 yards and two touchdowns. He went 9 of 15 passing.
HOUSTON - Welcome to The Big 3!
A new VYPE piece that honors some of the best performances from the previous night's volleyball action. We will carry this over to football, basketball and many other sports throughout the 2022-2023 season.
But we start with volleyball! It was an exciting night as the season officially got underway on Tuesday night with amazing action across the Houston area.
Here are three of the biggest individual performances and some honorable mentions.
Coaches to Nominate players for The Big 3, please email your player of the match with stats to firstname.lastname@example.org or DM us on Twitter @vypehouston. Nominations are taken through 10 am the following day after a game. (For tournaments, please submit those by Monday at 10 am.)
Episcopal had a great start to their season under new head coach Cydrice McMillian. The Knights went on the road and defeated Regional Finalist College Station (3-2) and perennial power Fulshear (3-2). That is a pair of solid wins. In those, Farah Farooq was dominant, racking up 21 kills, 5 blocks and 2 aces in the pair of wins.
Fort Bend Austin opened up the 2022 season with a four-set win over Bellaire (19-25, 25-23, 25-16, 25-23) and a big key to that was the play of senior setter Darby Moore. By night's end, Moore had 24 assists, 10 digs and 4 aces for the Bulldogs.
A nice start to the year for Klein Oak on Tuesday with a five-set win over FB Clements (23-25, 25-12, 24-26, 25-23, 15-11) and a three-set victory over Cy Falls (25-11, 25-9, 25-9). In both of those matches, Maggie Ellender played lights out at setter. Ellender in the first match recorded 39 assists, while notching an additional 27 in the second match of the night.
Cierra Pesak, Friendswood (Libero) - 16 Digs vs Dickinson. Kenedi Medford, Conroe - 19 assists, 17 digs vs Lake Creek Asia Davis, Aldine Davis - 10 digs, 9 aces, 7 kills, 3 assists vs Goose Creek Memorial
Also, check out the highlights from the KPRC2 Volleyball Game of the Week between Tompkins and Ridge Point. The Falcons defeated the Panthers in five sets, winning the last one 15-13 to secure the 3-2 victory.
Tompkins entered the season as VYPE's No. 9 team in Houston, while Ridge Point was No. 3 in the preseason Class 6A rankings.
🚨 VYPE @KPRC2 Volleyball Game Highlights🚨Check out the highlights from Tuesday's EPIC five-set thriller between @OTHSVolleyball and @RP_Volleyball!! #txhsvb@KatyISDAthletic @FBISDAthletics @BMerrell5 @sydney___jordan @CTchouangwa @FortBendISD @EDellesky @CondreyJosie pic.twitter.com/9KyXqnsmzG— VYPE Houston (@vypehouston) August 10, 2022