Freshman Phenom

Volleyballer POY—VYPE’s legend of the fall

Seven Lakes freshman Ally Batenhorst was named the Player of the Year by VYPE. Vype

Originally appeared on Vype.com.

Take a moment. Think back to when you were 15 years old. Not sure about you all, but I can’t say I had too much on my resume at that point.

Enter Ally Batenhorst.

Seven Lakes’ superstar freshman is coming off her first year on the Spartans’ volleyball team—which went all the way to the 6A UIL State title game—and accomplished more this year than most high school athletes do in a career.

Don’t believe it? Let’s take a look.

Batenhorst led Seven Lakes in kills (537) and aces (43) and was second on the team in blocks (53) and digs (288). She was named first-team, all-district (19-6A), Academic All-District, 19-6A’s Most Valuable Attacker, The Greater Houston Volleyball Coaches Association Co-Hitter of the Year and was the only freshman in the entire state to be named to the UIL State All-Tournament team.

Not too bad for a 15-year-old.

“She’s super fun to coach,” Seven Lakes head coach Amy Cataline said. “For as talented as she is, at such a young age, she’s still willing to learn. She’s a team player and a humble leader. I’ve even seen growth in the short time that I’ve had to coach her. She carried the team through some tough moments and got big kills for us in the clutch.”

“Ally makes my job easier,” setter Morgan Janda added. “When I think about it, after she gets those crazy kills, I’m like, she’s only a freshman. That’s insane.”

Batenhorst’s sister, Dani, is a senior on the Seven Lakes team. When she talks about her younger sister, you can feel the family pride radiating.

“She’s going to be amazing. I already know,” Dani said. “Being this good as a freshman, she’s just going to get better every year and be one of the top recruits in the country.”

Having Dani on the team was a big boost for the younger Batenhorst. Not only did it help Ally adjust to the level of play quicker, but as both sisters played the same position, the sister competition helped push each other.

“I was really excited to get started playing with my sister and everybody,” Ally said. “Dani really helped with the transition. It was really fun to be able to play with her. She was always so encouraging and helpful.”

Despite all the honors, the accolades and awards, Ally Batenhorst still has the desire to improve. Complacency has no room in her game.

“I want to get stronger,” Batenhorst said. “I’m obviously tall, so that helps me with everything, but if I can get a stronger arm swing, it’ll improve my game even more.”

If that happens, Katy ISD, Region III and the rest of Texas better watch out.

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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