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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

Cayuga’s Danielle Anderson. (Courtesy photo)
  • 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

Tyler Lee’s Rebekah Bowden (14) blocks a kill attempt during the Lady Raiders’ first-round playoff loss Oct. 30, 2012. (Christopher Vinn,
  • 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

Longview’s Halee Brewer makes a dig during a District 12-5A match at Tyler Lee on Oct. 9, 2012. (Christopher Vinn,
  • 2012: 321 kills, 76 blocks, 16 aces, and 98 digs for the Lady Lobos.


Iesha Bryant, Sr., MB, Carthage

Carthage’s Iesha Bryant. (Christopher Vinn,
  • 2012: Super Team Third Team selection had 390 kills and 166 blocks for the District 20-3A champion Lady Dogs.


Zhanelle Geathers, Sr., MB, Lindale

Lindale’s Zhanelle Geathers. (Christopher Vinn,
  • 2012: 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

Pine Tree’s Skylynn Holmes. (Christopher Vinn,
  • 2012: 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

White Oak’s Madison Pecot returns a ball during Aug. 6 practice. (Christopher Vinn,
  • 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

Beckville’s Ivy Rieke (9) swings for a kill during the Ladycats’ playoff win against Miller Grove on Oct. 31 in Hawkins. (Richard Shoemaker,
  • 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

Spring Hill’s Rachel Riestenberg sets the ball during an Aug. 8 practice at Panther Gymnasium. (Christopher Vinn,
  • 2012: 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

Texas High’s Jalissa Trotter. (Courtesy Texarkana Gazette)
  • 2012: 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


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