Aledo’s Madison Goings has grabbed a lot of attention in her three years of playing volleyball for the Ladycats.
And now the junior has been named to one of the most prestigious lists in America.
Goings was recently chosen by the American Volleyball Coaches Association for its Phenom List.
The list includes 1,001 players from across America. It serves as the starting point for the Phenom College Preparatory Program.
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Goings has been dominant since she first joined the Ladycats as a freshman. In 2013 she was named the District 8-5A Hitter MVP and garnered Texas Sports Writers Association Third-Team All-State honors.
Last season, Goings was named the District 8-5A Offensive MVP. She posted 603 kills.
In addition, she was selected as a Prep Volleyball All-American on the heels of being named TWSA First-Team All-State and Texas Girls Coaches Association First-Team All-State.
"Super honor," said Aledo coach Kathy Goings, also Madison’s mother.
"Looking at the list for 2017 (graduates), it is a real honor to be on there and representing the North Texas area."
Behind the play of Madison, the Ladycats were 80-17 the past two seasons, including 27-1 in district. They were a perfect 14-0 last season in the league.
This past season the Ladycats reached the state semifinals. They were regional semifinalists in 2013.
District play began this past week for the area public schools, and every team in the area entered with a winning record (predistrict records are in parentheses).
The Weatherford Lady Kangaroos (17-6) had already surpassed last season win total, when they were 16-27.
Aledo (23-8) appears ready to make a run at the 19th district championship in coach Kathy Goings’ 20 seasons at the helm. When they were completely healthy, the Ladycats were ranked as high as No. 3 in the state, and they entered district play at No. 13 in Class 5A, according to the Texas Girls Coaches Association.
Peaster (27-1) is the No. 1 Class 3A team in the state in a league that includes perennial powers Brock (20-7, No. 18 in state) and Glen Rose. The Lady Bulldogs’ only loss was to 5A Denton.
Millsap (15-7) and Poolville (18-7) posted strong predistrict showings under new head coaches Denise Lee and Kendal Bracy.