Year in and year out, Ellis County is blessed with a plethora of volleyball talent and this season was no different.

The 2019 season saw Ovilla Christian win its second consecutive TAPPS 2A state championship, while Red Oak, Midlothian and Midlothian Heritage reached their respective regional tournaments and several other teams made postseason runs.

When the dust settled and we all had a little time to breathe and reflect, the team at KBEC Sports compiled the 2019 KBEC Sports All-Ellis County volleyball teams — featuring superlative honors for Player, Coach, Newcomer and Team of the Year, as well as first- and second-team honors and more than 40 honorable mentions.

The two teams are broken down into one middle blocker, setter, libero, utility player and two outside hitters.

Superlative honors will first be announced live on-air during the KBEC Sports weekly sports-talk show, “The Press Box,” on Monday, Dec. 9. The show airs from 6-7 p.m. Those names will then be added to this article post-show.

All honorees were selected based on postseason accolades, team success, input from coaches across Ellis County and firsthand observations by the KBEC Sports team. In total, 56 student-athletes were honored.

Each student-athlete will be presented with a commemorative All-Ellis County certificate. Framed awards for the All-Ellis County volleyball team honorees are sponsored by KBEC 1390AM/99.1FM, The Waxahachie Sun and Ellis DownHome.

Without further ado, congratulations to the 2019 KBEC Sports All-Ellis County volleyball honorees!

SUPERLATIVES (to be announced Dec. 9)


Newcomer of the Year – TBA

Coach of the Year – TBA

Team of the Year – TBA


Outside hitter – Hailey Hunt, Red Oak, senior

Outside hitter – Lacy Mott, Waxahachie, senior

Middle blocker – Hannah Larson, Midlothian Heritage, senior

Setter – Ragan Ward, Waxahachie, senior

Libero – Baylee Whitehead, Waxahachie, senior

Utility – Kelsey Carpenter, Midlothian Heritage, senior


Outside hitter – Kenzie Bolton, Maypearl, senior

See KBEC, Page 12

Outside hitter – Katelyn Malone, Red Oak, senior

Middle blocker – Zanobia Willis, Red Oak, senior

Setter – Molly Echard, Ovilla Christian

Libero – Kaylee Rutenbar, Midlothian Heritage

Utility – Aryn Walton, Midlothian, junior


Parys Bishop, Avalon, sophomore

Cadence Hopgood, Avalon, sophomore

Kylee Poarch, Avalon, sophomore

Ella Scott, Avalon, sophomore

Lindsay Rankin, Ennis, senior

Marlee Hopkins, Ennis, junior

Danielle Schmidt, Ennis, senior

Callie Ralston, Ferris, sophomore

Bailey Lane, Ferris, junior

Courtney Riddle, Italy, senior

Alex Jones, Italy, senior

Shaniya Johnson, Italy, senior

Lauren Allen, Life Waxahachie, senior

Skyla Jones, Life Waxahachie, junior

Sydnie Wooten, Life Waxahachie, senior

Carsen Young, Maypearl, junior

Nanea Storm, Maypearl, junior

Katibeth Stanford, Maypearl, senior

Meagan Price, Maypearl, junior

Macy Terry, Maypearl, senior

Kenna Buchanan, Midlothian, freshman

Jenna McMichael, Midlothian, freshman

Karsyn Curry, Midlothian, junior

Madison Hall, Midlothian, junior

Elizabeth Schmidt, Midlothian Heritage, junior

Juliana Pologruto, Midlothian Heritage, senior

Elizabeth Harralson, Midlothian Heritage, senior

Lydia Brooks, Milford, junior

Abigail Evans, Milford, junior

Tessa Henry, Ovilla Christian, junior

Audi Nunes, Ovilla Christian, junior

Talor Sauceda, Ovilla Christian, junior

Ava Rose, Ovilla Christian, junior

Macey Maxwell, Palmer, junior

Prezli Buchanan, Palmer, sophomore

Allie Bruton, Palmer, senior

Ellie Davis, Red Oak, sophomore

Abbie Pevehouse, Red Oak, senior

Carley Rushing, Red Oak, junior

Megan O’Neal, Red Oak, junior

Madi Babers, Waxahachie, senior

Kate Morgan, Waxahachie, junior

Jh’Kyah Head, Waxahachie, sophomore

Emma Smithey, Waxahachie, junior


Disclosure: The team at KBEC Sports — led by Travis Smith — worked in conjunction with county coaches to select the first-ever class of All-Ellis County athletes in 2018-19 while at a separate in-county media outlet. The KBEC Sports All-Ellis County teams are not associated with any other all-county programs. For more information, contact Travis Smith at

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