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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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Houston can win series on Sunday

Timely hitting helps Astros edge out D-backs to even series

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The Astros had two losses over the last 24 hours; one a game against the Diamondbacks in the series opener on Friday night, the other the news that their recovering ace, Justin Verlander, announced Saturday afternoon that he is opting to undergo Tommy John surgery. The decision and surgery will likely sideline Verlander through 2021 when his current contract with Houston ends.

With that, the Astros headwinds continued to increase, meaning a win to even the series with Arizona on Saturday would be a much-needed pick-me-up. Here's how they did:

Final Score: Astros 3, Diamondbacks 2.

Record: 26-26, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Enoli Paredes (3-2, 2.84 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Luke Weaver (1-8, 6.51 ERA).

D-backs score two on Javier who is pulled early

Kole Calhoun, who drove in four runs, including a home run in Friday's game, would start the scoring on Saturday with a solo home run off of Cristian Javier in the top of the second, giving Arizona an early 1-0 lead. Javier allowed another run in the top of the third, giving up a leadoff single that would move to third on a groundout then score on a sac fly, doubling the lead to 2-0.

Javier finished the third and tossed a 1-2-3 fourth, but whether it be due to a pre-determined pitch count or other situation, he would not go any further, ending his night there on just 77 pitches. His final line: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, 77 P.

Astros grab a lead in the sixth

The Astros were able to cut the lead in half in the bottom of the third, getting a leadoff single by Josh Reddick, who would move to third after a walk and fielder's choice before scoring on an RBI-groundout by Jose Altuve, making it 2-1. Enoli Paredes was first out of Houston's bullpen, taking over for Javier in the top of the fifth and retiring six straight batters for two perfect frames.

Houston would get to Luke Weaver in the bottom of the sixth, getting a leadoff single by George Springer, who would score from first on an RBI-double by Altuve to tie the game. Altuve would come around as the go-ahead run later in the inning on an RBI-single by Kyle Tucker, knocking Weaver out of the game as the Astros took their first lead of the game, 3-2.

Houston evens the series and moves back up to .500

Josh James was the next reliever for Houston in the top of the seventh, and despite getting into a jam by issuing a one-out walk and hitting the next batter, he was able to get out of it. It was thanks to a great play by Michael Brantley, who started a double play by catching a lineout and throwing a runner out at second to end the inning.

Brooks Raley had the eighth and erased a one-out walk by retiring the next two batters to maintain the one-run lead. After a scoreless bottom of the eighth, the Astros turned to closer Ryan Pressly to get another save and finish the one-run game. Pressly would do so, as Houston would move back up to .500 and even the series 1-1 heading into the rubber game on Sunday.

Up Next: The finale of this series between Houston and Arizona, and Houston's last regular-season home game of 2020, will get underway at 1:10 PM Central on Sunday. Madison Bumgarner (0-4, 8.53) ERA will be on the mound for the D-backs, while Jose Urquidy (1-1, 2.70 ERA) will start for the Astros.

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