Some of the top outgoing high school volleyball talent in Texas gathered at Arlington High School on Thursday night for the 2014 Texas Girls Coaches Association All-Star Game, but it was a local player who took MVP honors.
Euless Trinity’s Piyusha Boteju was selected the game’s outstanding player for guiding her Red squad to a three-game sweep of the Blue team.
“I was very surprised [to win the award],” Boteju said. “I never thought as a setter that I would get an honor like this. I’m really happy that my parents were here and my coaches were here to see me do it.”
Boteju led the way with 14 assists. Several of her passes ended at the hands of Arlington Martin graduate Alexis Wright, who was second on the team with seven kills.
“It was awesome,” Wright said. “It was great playing with the best girls in Texas. I had a lot of fun and it was icing on the cake that it was in my hometown.”
The Red squad was coached by Arthur Stanfield, who left Southlake Carroll earlier this year after guiding the Dragons to the state tournament in 2013.
Despite racking up more than 900 wins in his 36-year career, it was the first time Stanfield coached in a high school all-star game, and likely the final high school game he’ll ever coach.
“I’ll do club forever,” he said. “But as for high school, I have no plans. It was a good way to go out.”
Elizabeth Pennington of Trophy Club Byron Nelson made her mark both offensively and defensively, racking up five kills, three blocks, a pair of aces and a dig.
Christen Sikora, who played for Stanfield at Carroll, had five aces to go with seven digs.
Burleson’s Alana Hughes added three digs for the Red squad.
Allen’s Camryn Freiberg paced the team in both kills and blocks, with eight and five, respectively.