It is awards season here at VYPE!
We welcome you to the Countdown to the 2020 VYPE Awards presented by Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. Over this week we will be unveiling the finalists for the player of the year awards. Team and Coach of the Year Awards will be announced during the show!
The winners will be honored in a one-hour virtual show on Sunday at 6 p.m. on VYPE Houston's website and Twitter account and on the VYPE Texas Facebook page! It will be an event to get dressed up for and to tune in to as it will be an evening full of special moments!
Let us get it started! Here are the finalists for Private School Volleyball Player of the Year!
PLAYER OF THE YEAR FINALIST: Brooke Frazier, Concordia Lutheran
Brooke Frazier helped guide Concordia Lutheran to the TAPPS 6A State Semifinals this past season. Frazier was named first-team, all-state. Frazier is a junior and verbally committed to Texas A&M volleyball.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR FINALIST: Sahara Maruska, St. Agnes Academy
Sahara Maruska helped guide St. Agnes Academy to the TAPPS 6A State Championship this past season. Maruska was named first-team, all-state and was named to the TAPPS 6A State All-Tournament team. Maruska is signed to Rice University.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR FINALIST: Bria Woodard, Episcopal
Bria Woodard helped lead Episcopal to the SPC Championship this past fall. It was the second title in three years for Episcopal. Woodard was named All-SPC and is verbally committed to Texas A&M.
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HOUSTON - A third Ogwumike is heading to the WNBA.
On Friday night, Erica Ogwumike, the youngest sister of the four, was drafted by the New York Liberty with the 26th pick of the 2020 WNBA Draft and then traded to the Minnesota Lynx for Stephanie Talbot. Ogwumike joins her sisters Chiney and Nneka in the league, who both play for the Los Angeles Sparks.
Ogwumike starred at Cy Woods High School for four years, leading the Wildcats to the 2015 Class 6A State Championship. Ogwumike was the MVP of that title game. In her high school career, Ogwumike played in 143 games and scored 2,227 points and had 1,141 rebounds.
Once Ogwumike left Cy Woods, she went to Pepperdine for a year where she played for one year before transferring back home to Rice University.
LEAGUE BOUND | Erica Ogwumike is headed to New York after being drafted by the @NYLiberty!
Go be the ⭐️ we know you are.@Ogwumi13 x #WNBADraft pic.twitter.com/E924dzNyBa
— Rice Women's Basketball (@RiceWBB) April 18, 2020
After redshirting, Ogwumike became the first-ever Rice player to earn Conference USA Newcomer of the Year in the 2017-2018 season. She finished that year ranked fourth in the conference in scoring, averaging 17.9 points per game. Rice reached the WNIT that year.
Last year, Ogwumike helped make history at Rice.
The junior helped lead Rice back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2005 and for the third time in program history. Ogwumike averaged 16.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game to become the first-ever player to ever win C-USA Player of the Year and was also named C-USA Female Athlete of the Year as well.
This season, which was cut short, due to COVID-19, Ogwumike averaged 19 points per game and was poised to lead her team back to the NCAA Tournament before the season ended early. She was named the Conference USA Player of Year for a second-straight season.