2019 All-VYPE Public School Volleyball Team; Echter named MVP

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What a volleyball season!

Fulshear climbed the mountain and won it all in Class 4A for its first state championship in program history. The Chargers were led by State Tournament MVP Alexis Dacosta.

Other quality finishes included Friendswood and Ridge Point reaching the state tournament. Friendswood was led by UIL State All-Tournament team selection Ashlyn Svoboda, while Ridge Point was guided by Kentucky-signee Reagan Rutherford.

There were a ton of amazing performances this year. Check out the 2019 All-VYPE Public School Volleyball team.

MVP: Ellie Echter, Fulshear
Hitter of the Year: Ally Batenhorst, Seven Lakes
Setter of the Year: Clara Brower, The Woodlands
Blocker of the Year: MB/RS Morgan Smith, Manvel
Libero of the Year: Koko Wooley, La Porte
Defensive Specialist of the Year: Nia Mccardell, Ridge Point
Utility Player of the Year: Rebekah Portalatin, Cy-Fair
Newcomer of the Year: Falon Buford, Splendora
Coach of the Year: Sydney Gotcher, Fulshear


You can find the individual awards here

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KINGWOOD - The true impact of a coach can't always measured by the number of win and losses, the number of district championships or even runs at a state title.

This story goes beyond any of that.

In reality, the impact a coach is seen whenever they become the one that is in need of the support that they have been providing to others their entire career.

Kingwood girls soccer coach Pres Holcomb, who is set to begin chemotherapy to battle Stage 4 colon cancer, which he was diagnosed with on December 20, is seeing his impact as the Kingwood and soccer community has rallied around him and his family with messages, wristbands, t-shirts, donations and more.

"It's overwhelming in a good way," Holcomb said. "It's kind of crazy when you see your own name across stuff like that. Once we went public with it, the support has been amazing. People you haven't talked to in years are reaching out to you."

Since they've gone public with it the "Hope for Holcomb" campaign has taken off.

The soccer team - which was told about Holcomb's battle in a group setting - created blue wristbands with the phrase on them. It started with the girls wearing them during matches and expanded to them being sold at different places in the community.

They started by ordering just 300.

Then an order of 500 more was needed and that still wasn't enough. The wristbands have sold more than 1,000.

"You don't even think you know that many people," Holcomb said.

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