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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
>> Sydney Gibson, Friendswood
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.
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Pearland is in a major reloading mode after graduating 12 seniors from last season. After going 34-13 in 2021 and finishing second in a tough district, the Oilers will have to find some new pieces to lead them now and into the near future.
Senior Madie Whitehead (2.2 kills per set, 2.1 digs per set, 24 aces), and sophomores Kimanni Rugley (1.0 kill per set, 68 total blocks) and Maddie Dement (3 digs per set) will lead the way in 2022.
Pearland will have to find a setter. Names to keep an eye on are senior Rachelle Reed and junior Allie Schwartz, both of whom could be pivotal as hitters.