The goal is very simple: Recognize the best public high school volleyball players in the state of Texas.
As I've said many times before, Texas has the best collection of volleyball players in the United States (if not the world).
Consider there are approximately 1,200 public high school volleyball teams. If you figure an average of nine players per team (and that's a conservative number), that's about 11,000 players to consider for our 2nd Annual VYPE All-State Awards.
But here they are – we believe these are the best in a state full of incredible volleyball talent.
Boy, I thought I was so smart.
Last year, I revealed my "2018 Dazzling Dozen" state volleyball awards, simply (and ignorantly) keeping it down to the Top 24 players that I saw with my own eyes.
I will tell anyone who will listen: Texas has the greatest volleyball players in the country. Period. And keep in mind I have access to the knowledge of hundreds of coaches around the state; to Josh Koch of VYPE Houston; and, to the greatest Texas High School volleyball mind around, Butch Hart of the Texas Girls Coaches Association.
So my "ignorance" from last year is the fact I only named 24 of the best players that I saw. There's just too many great players to keep any list down to a Top 24. To make amends (to myself, mostly), I expanded the 2019 Dazzling Dozen to five Superlative Awards; first, second and third teams; and, a dozen honorable mentions.
Remember: there's no politics in my choices. These are players I saw in person (thanks to the great folks at VYPE Media, I got to watch over 150 teams compete); there's no "spreading the love," in trying to get as many teams and players mentioned as possible.
Just the best of the best.
Thus, my Dazzling Dozen: the best players whom I saw this season that leave everything out on the court. Not that others didn't but these are the ones who made a big impression on me. These are the student-athletes whom I'd pick if I were heading up a volleyball team (or two).
And yes, since these are my personal choices, you're welcome to give me your thoughts directly – hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org
Chuck Licata's 2019 Volleyball Dazzling Dozen
Player, School (Year) Coach
Co-Players of the Year:
Payton Chamberlain, Byron Nelson (Jr) Brianne Groth
Paige Flickinger, Byron Nelson (Sr) Brianne Groth
Hitter of the Year:
Kaylee Cox, Flower Mound (Jr) Jamie Siegel
Setter of the Year:
Averi Carlson, Lovejoy (Jr) Ryan Mitchell
Utility Player of the Year:
Avery Kalsu, Dripping Springs (Sr) Michael Kane
Libero of the Year:
Sarah Martinez, Flower Mound (Jr) Jamie Siegel
Cecily Bramschreiber, Lovejoy (Jr) Ryan Mitchell
Charitie Luper, Byron Nelson (Jr) Brianne Groth
Dylan Maberry, The Woodlands (Sr) Teri Wade
Iman Ndiaye, Plano West (Sr) Justin Waters
Grayson Schirpik, Rouse (Sr) Jacob Thompson
Annabelle Smith, Southlake Carroll (Sr) Teresa Dunn
Clara Brower, The Woodlands (Jr) Teri Wade
Reagan Rutherford, Ridge Point (Sr) Lauryn Bailey
Jill Pressly, Plano West (Sr) Justin Waters
Brooke Slusser, Guyer (Jr) Heather Van Noy
Gia Santini, Byron Nelson (Sr) Brianne Groth
Callie Kemohah, Lovejoy (Jr) Ryan Mitchell
Ally Batenhorst, Seven Lakes (Jr) Amy Cataline
Ellie Echter, Fulshear (Jr) Syndey Gotcher
Brianna Ford, Randall (Sr) Haleigh Burns
Samantha Jacobs, Prosper (Sr) Erin Kauffman
Claire Jeter, Ridge Point (Sr) Lauryn Bailey
Makensy Manbeck, Friendswood (Sr) Sarah Paulk
Shelby O'Neal, Clemens (Sr) Robyn Wunderlich
Lexi Moody, Crawford (Sr) Jeff Coker
Tori Weatherley, Friendswood (Sr) Sarah Paulk
Reilly Heinrich, Rouse (Sr) Jacob Thompson
Nia McCardell, Ridge Point (Sr) Lauryn Bailey
Annie Antar, Klein (Jr) Kate Zora
Angelique Cyr, Flower Mound (Jr) Jamie Siegel
Alexis Dacosta, Fulshear (Soph) Sydney Gotcher
Kylann Griffith, Vanderbilt Industrial (Sr) Kelsey Vasquez
Jaelyn Grimm, Cedar Park (Sr) Lori McLaughlin
Alicia Hearn, Sachse (Sr) Rikki Jones
Alexia Jones, Dawson (Jr) Lauren Leth
Libby Overmyer, Kingwood Park (Sr) Kelly Mizer
Lexi Rogers, Neches (Jr) Morgan Roberson
Anne Williams, Crawford (Sr) Jeff Coker
Kenzie Beckham, Westwood (Jr) Tara Grant
Emma Becker, Liberty Hill (Soph) Gretchen Peterson
Maddie Correa, SA (Sr) Reagan Rachel Torvik
Delaney Dilfer, Vandegrift (Sr) Melissa Southall
Kara Erfurth, Rouse (Sr) Jacob Thompson
Emery Herman, Georgetown (Sr) Jenny Richardson
Chloe Jordan, Pearland (Sr) Christian Dunn
Alessandra Meoni, Friendswood (Jr) Sarah Paulk
Audrey Quesnel, Westwood (Sr) Tara Grant
Kamryn Scroggins, Dawson (Soph) Lauren Leth
Annie Stadthaus, Vandegrift (Sr) Melissa Southall
Kyndal Stowers, Guyer (Fr) Heather Van Noy
Ryann Torres, Hays (Sr) Ashley Davis
Ragan Ward, Waxahachie (Sr) Sandy Faussett
Jamison Wheeler, Lake Travis (Jr) Brandace Boren