2013 Volleyball Preview: Players to Watch
The 2012 volleyball season saw two East Texas teams — White Oak and Cayuga — reach state semifinals.
If any of the region’s teams are to do that again this year, chances are the players to lead a squad there are on the following list.
Below is a breakdown of who could be some of East Texas’ top volleyball players in the 2013 season, led by a strong contingent of middle blockers, including Lindale’s Zhanelle Geathers and Carthage’s Iesha Bryant.
2013 East Texas Volleyball
Players to Watch
Danielle Anderson, Sr., OH, Cayuga
- 2012: 437 kills, 44 blocks, 66 aces, and 123 digs during the regular season for the Ladycats, who finished the year 33-10 with a Class A state semifinal appearance.
Rebekah Bowden, Sr., MB, Tyler Lee
- 2012: 12-5A all-district second-team selection for the Lady Raiders, who reached the first round of the Class 5A Region II playoffs.
Halee Brewer, Jr., MB, Longview
- 2012: 321 kills, 76 blocks, 16 aces, and 98 digs for the Lady Lobos.
Iesha Bryant, Sr., MB, Carthage
- 2012: ETSN.fm Super Team Third Team selection had 390 kills and 166 blocks for the District 20-3A champion Lady Dogs.
Zhanelle Geathers, Sr., MB, Lindale
- 2012: ETSN.fm Super Team First Team selection and District 16-4A Hitter of the Year; led Lindale to a 16-4A championship and the second round of the Class 4A Region II playoffs.
Skylynn Holmes, Jr., MB, Pine Tree
- 2012: ETSN.fm Super Team Third Team selection had 388 kills, 135 blocks, 68 aces, and 143 digs for the District 14-4A co-champion Lady Pirates, who finished 29-8 and reached the second round of the Class 4A Division II playoffs.
Madison Pecot, Sr., OH, White Oak
- 2012: 117 kills, 9 blocks, and 40 digs for the 40-6 Ladynecks, who reached their fourth consecutive Class 2A state tournament.
Ivy Rieke, Sr., OH, Beckville
- 2012: 284 kills, 107 blocks, 14 assists, 60 aces, and 302 digs for a Ladycat team that finished 23-12 and reached the Class A Region III semifinals.
Rachel Riestenberg, Sr., Setter, Spring Hill
- 2012: ETSN.fm Super Team Third Team selection had 1,133 assists, 61 kills, 11 blocks, 31 aces, and 96 digs for the District 16-3A champion Lady Panthers, who reached the Class 3A Region II semifinals.
Jalissa Trotter, Jr., OH, Texas High
- 2012: ETSN.fm Super Team Second Team selection helped the Lady Tigers win a share of the District 14-4A championship with Pine Tree.
Also Keep An Eye On …
- Cari Aguilera, Sr., Athens
- Kaitlyn Anderson, Sr., Whitehouse
- Ashton Ates, Jr., Whitehouse
- Cole Briley, Sr., Emory Rains — 2012: 215 kills, 145 blocks
- Peyton Dibari, Sr., Eustace — 2012: 81 kills, 17 blocks, 38 aces, 63 digs
- Mackenzie Fish, Jr., Bullard
- Jacey Fleet, Sr., Spring Hill
- Rachel Green, Sr., White Oak — 2012: 273 kills, 50 blocks
- Chanell Hayes, Jr., Texas High
- Ann Hollas, Soph., Spring Hill — 2012: 220 kills, 82 blocks, 18 digs
- Kerri Johnson, Jr., Pine Tree
- Taylor Layton, Sr., Nacogdoches
- Taylor Lindsay, Sr., Beckville
- Savannah McAmis, Jr., Hallsville
- Katie McElroy, Sr., Hallsville
- Shye Meador-McCray, Sr., Emory Rains — 2012: 153 kills, 111 blocks
- Suhmer Mitchell, Jr., Big Sandy
- Heather Raney, Jr., Overton
- Shay Ross, Sr., Chapel Hill
- Donishia Rouege, Sr., John Tyler
- Kennedy Sampson, Sr., Pine Tree
- Madison Sampson, Sr., New Diana
- Keirsten Seahorn, Sr., Harmony
- Sabrah Shipman, Sr., Big Sandy
- Maddie Smith, Sr., Tyler All Saints
- Kayla Starling, Sr., Tatum
- Haley Stuart, Sr., Sabine — 2012: 272 kills, 72 blocks, 28 aces, 79 digs
- Cayman Sutton, Soph., White Oak — 2012: 69 aces, 234 digs
- Kenzie Tate, Sr., Carthage
- Taylor Tramel, Jr., White Oak — 2012: 277 kills, 17 blocks, 152 digs