2018 VYPE/K-MAC Volleyball Awards

Texas' Elite teams; All-State teams & more

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Six UIL classifications.

Approximately 1,100 schools with a volleyball program.

If each school has, say, 10 players on its varsity roster (most teams have 9-15 players), that's 11,100 volleyball-playing student-athletes.

Good luck trying to identify about 250 of the best players in that pool of 11,000-plus.

Okay, enough of the dramatics. But you get the idea of what we were working with as we proudly announce the First Annual K-MAC Sports/VYPE Media All-State awards.

Butch Hart, whom I consider the Godfather when it comes to coverage of Texas High School girls' athletics (he's only been doing it since 1983), was nice enough to work with me on this list.

We're very thankful we received some knowledgeable input too. We'd like to thank the Texas Girls Coaches Association (TGCA); Felix Chavez of the El Paso Times; and a handful of coaches who wish to remain anonymous, all of whom provided input (stats, information, opinions) that helped us form the awards you see here.

We had one rule when we set out to make these awards: no restrictions or politics; no regards to number of schools (or their locations) included, no regards to graduation date – nothing. We just set out to name The Best of the Best.


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Flying Through Familiar Territory

Tompkins feeling déjà vu en route to strong start to 2019

The Falcons are steep in quality depth. Via Vype

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This new year 2019 feels a lot like 2017 for Tompkins.

That year, the Falcons were Class 6A state finalists, and seemed to be bound for Georgetown every season thereafter for a while due to the talented freshmen on the roster. But while last year was far from shabby, a regional finalist finish felt like a letdown.

"What we took from last year is we weren't that much of a team, and we needed to be more connected," junior forward Barbara Olivieri said. "This year, every girl is giving their all and we're all working together. When you have that type of bond, it doesn't matter who's out there, you can still look really good."

Indeed, the Falcons are feeling a bit of déjà vu after topping 2018 state semifinalist McAllen, 4-0, in the Falcon Bracket championship of the 64-team I-10 Shootout at Legacy Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Tompkins (6-0) routed the Bulldogs even with starters Lauryn Wild, Jullietta Haro, Avery Burchett and Sofie Wolf out of action.

The Falcons are steep in quality depth. While Olivieri and junior forward Skylar Parker, who admirably played well moving to the defensive midfield, starred, as per their ways, others like senior Carrie Gerdes and sophomores Kayla Eshbaugh and Jennifer Pham filled in nicely.

Oh, and sophomore forward Felicia Hernandez. It was Hernandez, after all, who tallied a hat trick with three goals against McAllen, emerging as yet another prominent playmaking threat for coach Jarrett Shipman alongside Parker and Olivieri.


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