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2014 Volleyball Preview: Teams + Players To Watch

The volleyball season officially gets under way Monday, and several East Texas teams are shooting for big goals over the next few months.

In particular, the Spring Hill Lady Panthers will be aiming for their second consecutive trip to the state tournament after reaching their first state semifinal. With a trio of standouts returning — Ann Hollas, Jenna Hampton and Mikai Brown — the Lady Panthers appear to be in prime position to do just that.

2014 ETSN.fm East Texas Volleyball Preview

TEAMS TO WATCH

Lindale’s volleyball team poses after win in four games at Whitehouse on Oct. 29, 2013, to clinch an undefeated District 16-4A championship. (Gabe Brooks, ETSN.fm)

Lindale

  • 2013 finish: 26-3 (4A area finalist)
Hallsville assistant coach Kourtney Adams (left) and head coach Kayla Jackson (center) watch from the bench during an Aug. 20, 2013, match at White Oak. (Christopher R. Vinn, ETSN.fm)

Hallsville

  • 2013 finish: 30-10 (4A area finalist)
Spring Hill’s Ann Hollas passes the ball while teammate Audrey Collier (8) looks on during the Lady Panthers’ win at Gilmer on Oct. 1, 2013. (Christopher R. Vinn, ETSN.fm)

Spring Hill

  • 2013 finish: 38-3 (3A state semifinalist)

 

Van

  • 2013 finish: 34-7 (3A area finalist)
The Gilmer bench erupts after a point during their match with Spring Hill in Gilmer on Oct. 1, 2013. (Christopher R. Vinn, ETSN.fm)

Gilmer

  • 2013 finish: 25-12 (3A area finalist)

 

Carthae’s Marish Ingram spikes a kill during a playoff win vs. Palestine in Whitehouse on Nov. 4, 2013. (Bud Worley, ETSN.fm)

Carthage

  • 2013 finish: 33-9 (3A area finalist)

 

Queen City

  • 2013 finish: 27-8 (2A regional semifinalist)

 

Alba-Golden

  • 2013 finish: 17-23 (2A regional quarterfinalist)

 

Quitman

  • 2013 finish: 27-14 (2A regional semifinalist)

 

Palestine Westwood

  • 2013 finish: 37-9 (2A regional semifinalist)
New Diana coach Andrew Harbison instructs his team during a match at Tyler Lee on Sept. 10, 2013. (Christopher R. Vinn, ETSN.fm)

New Diana

  • 2013 finish: 30-11 (2A regional quarterfinalist)

 

White Oak coach Nicole Thorn addresses her team during an Aug. 20, 2013, home tri-match against Hallsville and Spring Hill. (Christopher R. Vinn, ETSN.fm)

White Oak

  • 2013 finish: 34-9 (2A regional semifinalist)

 

Troup

  • 2013 finish: 27-14 (2A regional quarterfinalist)

 

Beckville

  • 2013 finish: 30-5 (1A regional semifinalist)

 

Big Sandy

  • 2013 finish: N/A (1A regional semifinalist)

 

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Pine Tree’s Sky Holmes. (Christopher R. Vinn, ETSN.fm)

Kaitlyn Adams, MB/S, Jr., Longview

  • 2013 stats: 244 kills, 295 assists; District 12-5A second-team

 

Ashton Ates, MB, Sr., Whitehouse

  • 2013 stats: 246 kills, 55 blocks, 75 digs; District 16-4A Blocker of the Year

 

Bailee Birdsong, OH, Jr., New Diana

  • 2013 stats: 339 kills, 75 digs, 64 aces, 12 blocks

 

Carson Blair, OH, Jr., Beckville

  • 2013 stats: 243 kills, 342 digs, 77 aces; District 20-A Newcomer of the Year

 

Jordan Boles, OH, Jr., Henderson

  • 2013 stats: 288 kills, 28 blocks, 276 digs, 40 aces, .940 hitting percentage, .920 serve percentage; District 16-3A first-team
Hallsville’s Haley Boyett plays the ball during an Aug. 20, 2013, match at White Oak. (Christopher R. Vinn, ETSN.fm)

Haley Boyett, S., Sr., Hallsville

  • 2013 stats: 1,209 assists, 211 digs, 63 aces, 46 kills, District 14-4A Top Setter

 

Mikai Brown, OH, Sr., Spring Hill

  • 2013 stats: 268 kills, 279 digs, 152 points, 28 blocks, 68 aces

 

Hallee Carter, MB, Sr., Van

  • 2013 stats: 316 kills, 39 blocks, 345 digs, 87 aces; District 15-3A Hitter of the Year

 

Amanda Dimon, L, Sr., Whitehouse

  • 2013 stats: 508 digs, 25 kills, 43 aces; District 16-4A Co-Libero of the Year

 

Mackenzie Fish, OH, Sr., Bullard

  • 2013 stats: 283 kills, 19 blocks, 390 digs, 58 aces, .323 kill percentage; District 16-3A first-team

 

Ronnie Fountain, S, Sr., Whitehouse

  • 2013 stats: 759 assists, 264 digs, 93 kills, 18 blocks, 30 aces; District 16-4A first-team

 

Breanne Gunn, MB, Sr., Hughes Springs

  • 2013 stats: 424 kills, 42 blocks, 218 digs, 23 assists, 60 aces, .191 hitting percentage, .356 kill percentage; District 16-2A first-team
Spring Hill middle blocker Jenna Hampton. (Courtesy, Jeanette Cobb)

Jenna Hampton, MB, Jr., Spring Hill

  • 2013 stats: 231 kills, 103 blocks, 13 digs, 5 aces; District 16-3A Newcomer of the Year

 

Spring Hill outside hitter Ann Hollas. (Courtesy, Jeanette Cobb)

Ann Hollas, MB, Jr., Spring Hill

  • 2013 stats: 531 kills, 150 blocks, 201 digs, 45 aces; District 16-3A MVP

 

Sky Holmes, MB, Sr., Pine Tree

  • 2013 stats: 384 kills, 119 blocks, 231 digs, 79 aces, 368 serve-receptions; District 14-4A Top Hitter
Carthage’s Marisah Ingram. (Christopher R. Vinn, ETSN.fm)

Marisah Ingram, MB, Sr., Carthage

  • 2013 stats: 317 kills, 57 blocks, District 20-3A Offensive Player of the Year

 

Jayden Mount, S, Jr., Sabine

  • 2013 stats: 476 assists, 222 digs, 66 aces, .950 serve percentage; District 18-2A first-team

 

Rhyan Rand, OH, Jr., Lindale

  • 2013 stats: 238 kills, 42 blocks, 145 digs, .955 serve percentage, .353 kill percentage, .206 hitting percentage; District 16-4A Newcomer of the Year

 

Maci Ritter, MB, Sr., Gilmer

  • 2013 stats: 378 kills, 243 blocks, 53 aces, .248 hitting percentage, .340 kill percentage; District 16-3A first-team
Troup’s Josee Ross. (Christopher R. Vinn, ETSN.fm)

Josee Ross, OH, Sr., Troup

  • 2013 stats: 421 kills, 413 digs, 97 blocks, 51 aces, .914 serve percentage

 

McKinna Seahorn, OH, Sr., Harmony

  • 2013 stats: 547 kills, 161 digs, 21 blocks, 46 aces

 

Cayman Sutton, S, Jr., White Oak

  • 2013 stats: 661 assists, 44 kills, 216 digs, 96 aces, .921 serve percentage; District 17-2A first-team
Van’s Bri Thompson celebrates during a match with Lindale on Sept. 17, 2013, in Van. (Christopher R. Vinn, ETSN.fm)

Bri Thompson, MB, Sr., Van

  • 2013 stats: 437 kills, 93 blocks, 355 digs, 30 aces, .362 hitting percentage; District 15-3A MVP

 

Jalissa Trotter, OH/S, Sr., Texas High

  • 2013 stats: 234 assists, 284 kills, 38 blocks, 205 digs, 58 aces; District 14-4A MVP

 

Taylor Winchester, L, Sr., Tyler Lee

  • 2013 stats: N/A; District 12-5A first-team

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