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)
MVP – TBA
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.