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2017 All-VYPE volleyball teams

Seven Lakes freshman Ally Batenhorst is VYPE’s player of the year. Vype

Originally appeared on Vype.com.

The 2017 #txhsvb season was one to remember for Houston-area squads.

Check out the All-VYPE teams featuring H-Town’s top volleyball talent.

PUBLIC SCHOOL

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

ALLY BATENHORST, SEVEN LAKES

COACHES OF THE YEAR

AMY CATALINE, SEVEN LAKES

TERRI WADE, THE WOODLANDS

FIRST-TEAM

Whitney Foreman, Langham Creek, Hitter
Briana Garcia, Clear Falls, Hitter
Jordyn Sinnette, Dawson, Hitter
Carly Graham, Oak Ridge, Setter
Sophie Walls, The Woodlands, Setter
CC Clausen, College Park, Libero

SECOND-TEAM

McKenna Fridye, Friendswood, Hitter
Kynnedi Johnson, Dawson, Hitter
AJ Koele, The Woodlands, Hitter
Kelsey Childers, Clear Creek, Setter
Morgan Janda, Seven Lakes, Setter
Marisabel Torres, Dawson, Libero

HONORABLE-MENTIONS

Delaney Anderson, Langham Creek
Dani Batenhorst, Seven Lakes
Courtney Bocock, Kingwood
Morgan Bush, Cinco Ranch
Sanaa’ Dotson, Memorial
Skylar Fields, Ridge Point
Katelyn Finch, Tompkins
Adel Gage, Klein Oak
Autumn Gentry, Katy
Eileen Gex, Stratford
Kendall Haywood, Goose Creek-Memorial
Courtney Heiser, The Woodlands
Sarah Kirk, Dawson
Catherine Krieger, Foster
Kylie Lockhart, Friendswood
Faith Marabella, Friendswood
Nena Mbonu, Klein
Amada Meuth, Katy
Madeleine Morrison, Klein Oak
Natalia Munoz, Tomball
Georgia Murphy, The Woodlands
Kailyn O’Neal, Tompkins
Hannah Overmyer, Kingwood Park
Meredith Phillips, Memorial
Jordan Sinnette, Dawson
Carleigh Strenger, Klein Oak
Audrey Tuttle, George Ranch
Emily Van Slate, Cypress Ridge

PRIVATE SCHOOL

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

ISABEL ZELAYA, CONCORDIA LUTHERAN

COACHES OF THE YEAR

AMANDA WATTS, EPISCOPAL

KORI PARKER, TWCA

FIRST-TEAM

Mylana Byrd, Episcopal
Abby Frazier, John Cooper
Kennadie Jake-Turner, St. John’s
Kathleen Johnson, Episcopal
Kara O’Neal, John Cooper School
Brooke Frazier, Concordia Lutheran

SECOND-TEAM

Ryann Booth, The Woodlands Christian
Macie Draudt, The Woodlands Christian
Brennan Howell, Episcopal
Abby Lin, FB Christian
Trinity Watts, Episcopal
Savannah Whitfield, Concordia Lutheran

HONORABLE-MENTIONS

Anna Claire Adam, John Cooper
Quinn Biggio, St. Agnes
Kyndall Ellis, Houston Christian
Samantha Leverenz, Houston Christian
Ellie Leitko, Concordia Lutheran
Maria Miggins, Duchesne
Onuchi Ndee, Kinkaid
Sania Petties, Episcopal
Karli Stewart, St. Pius
Megan Van de Graaf, Concordia Lutheran
Taelor Whatley, Frassati Catholic

This article appeared in the December Issue of VYPE Magazine. Pick up your copy at any one of our locations today!

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A WEEKLY REVIEW OF CRENNEL'S COACHING

Now my job: Texans feast on Lions

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Thanksgiving is full of tradition. There's the typical family gathering, large meal, and of course, football. Sometimes, new traditions are added and old ones are retired. I think the Texans did both in their impressive 41-25 win over the Lions in Detroit. Old traditions were carried on (Lions losing on Thanksgiving), some were put to rest (Texans not being able to get turnovers), and new ones were started (multiple passing touchdowns by Deshaun Watson in six straight games).

The fact that this defense got three turnovers in the game was unbelievable! They got all three in the first quarter within the span of eight plays. JJ Watt's pick-six was insane. He went for a batted ball, ended up catching it, and ran it in. They forced Jonathan Williams to fumble on the Lions' very next play from scrimmage and recovered it. On the Lions' next possession, the Texans recovered yet another fumble after the challenge was reversed. Great call by the coaching staff to challenge and win. The defense looked good. Tyrell Adams stood out because he was in on those two fumbles, made 17 total tackles with 14 of them being solo tackles. They also brought pressure that seemed to make Matthew Stafford very inaccurate and resulted in four sacks. I give defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver credit for knowing he needs to blitz to get pressure, but the run defense has to improve.

The offense kept the tempo up in this game as well. The spread and hurry-up were used to keep the Lions already staggered defense off balance. Knowing the Lions were without a couple defensive backs, I thought it would be the perfect marriage of their defense and the Texans' offense. A buddy asked before the game about the line (Texans -3.5) and the over/under (52.5). I told him bet the Texans and the over because neither team can play defense and both have good quarterbacks. Offensive coordinator Tim Kelly put together another good game plan and Watson executed it flawlessly. One route combo I saw later on in the game I particularly enjoyed. Two receivers were tight to the left side. Cooks ran a hook/curl and settled in the middle of the zone while Fuller ran a vertical route. Duke Johnson ran a swing route to that same side. It left Cooks wide open as the attention went to Johnson in the flat, Fuller deep, and the action to the other play side. Route combos are important because it gives the quarterback different reads as he goes through his progressions and lets him pick apart the defense based on what he sees. Combine that with Watson's play and the way Kelly has changed his play calling now that he's liberated from he who shall not be named, we're seeing a beautiful thing.

As good as things were, there's still room for improvement. The defense gives up way too many easy yards, both run and pass. They can't get pressure bringing only four and will often give up big plays if the blitz is picked up. Plus the run defense is still an issue as evidenced by the Lions' first possession of the second half. The Lions ran the ball 10 plays straight for a total of 58 yards on that drive. Utterly ridiculous! Watson was good (17/25 318 yards and four touchdowns), but he missed two more touchdowns with passes slightly off, and continues to hold onto the ball too long at times. The difference between these two issues I've presented here is the fact that Watson has so played well, his "issues" are minor and very correctable, while the defense is terrible and there's no easy fix in sight. But let Romeo Crennel and Anthony Weaver tell it, they're getting the most out of these guys and they're playing disciplined.

The thought that this team may actually creep into the playoff picture may take shape better after next week if they can beat the Colts. I doubt it, but it is getting interesting. Let's see what else happens around them because they need help getting there.

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