After a limited number of matches on Monday, the Texas high school volleyball regular season begins in earnest Tuesday night.
For the first month, area teams will look to craft their game with tournaments and key nondistrict matchups before district play and the postseason, and ultimately the state tournament in Garland in November.
Some teams look completely different than a season ago. Kathy Goings hung up the coaching clipboard after more than 20 years at Aledo and nearly 650 wins to watch daughter Maddie Goings (Star-Telegram Player of the Year) play at Oregon State.
A favorite to win player of the year this season, Texas commit Asjia O’Neal, decided not to play her senior year at Southlake Carroll.
Come Nov. 15-18, which area teams will be at the state final fours at Curtis Culwell Center in Garland? How many of the Star-Telegram teams can make it to the regional tournament? And can anyone stop Class 6A Hebron, which is looking for a third straight UIL state title?
Area district champs in 2016: Keller, Weatherford, Fort Worth Paschal, Southlake Carroll, Hebron, Aledo, Saginaw Boswell, Fort Worth Arlington Heights, Colleyville Heritage, Cleburne, Granbury, Waxahachie, Kennedale, Springtown, Glen Rose and Peaster.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Katie Clark*, Sr., Arlington: The 6-foot-3 TCU commit is the reigning 4-6A MVP with 553 kills.
Kylie Courtney*, Sr., Boswell: District 6-5A Setter of the Year had 21 games with 30 or more assists.
Emilie Ickes*, Sr., Arlington Martin: McNeese State commit finished with 432 kills.
Katie Nance*, Sr., Paschal: 4-6A Hitter of the Year had team highs 513 kills and 133 blocks.
Marissa Hernandez*, Sr., Arlington Heights: 7-5A Hitter of Year had 418 digs, 544 kills, 108 aces.
Paige Flickinger*, Soph., Trophy Club Nelson: Star-Telegram Newcomer of the Year had 384 kills and 479 digs.
London Austin-Roark, Sr., Weatherford: Voted 3-6A Hitter of the Year. A&M commit had 384 kills.
Analise Lucio, Sr., Justin Northwest: Finished 2016 with 1,233 assists, 336 digs and 158 kills.
Lauren Evans, Sr., Colleyville Heritage: 8-5A Utility of the Year, Arkansas commit had 417 kills, career-high 337 assists.
Taylor Stoops, Sr., Waxahachie: 10-5A Setter MVP posted 1,143 assists. Has 2,242 in her career.
Capri Davis, Sr., Mansfield Lake Ridge: Nebraska commit had 319 kills, 133 blocks. 10-5A Co-Defensive Player of the Year.
Allegra Rivas, Sr., Aledo: First team all-district libero had 592 digs.
Cassidy Zellmer, Sr., Keller Fossil Ridge: Had 423 digs, 162 kills and team-high 916 assists, 75 aces.
Sanaa Barnes, Sr., Trophy Club Nelson: Villanova commit had team-high 425 kills with 66 blocks.
Janell Fitzgerald, Sr., Legacy: First-team all-district pick is committed to Texas State.
Sophie Rodgers, Sr., Hurst L.D. Bell: Setter is a three-time all-district selection, two-time first team.
Fabiola Rivera, Sr., Haslet Eaton: Named 6-5A Newcomer of the Year.
Lindsay Harris, Sr., Mansfield: Houston Baptist commit in beach volleyball.
Lauren Cox, Sr., Keller Central: Team-high 350 kills with 112 digs.
Hannah Boyd, Sr., Boswell: 6-3 middle blocker is a Northeastern University commit.
Lauren Jenkins, Sr., White Settlement Brewer: First-team all-district, TSWA all state, school-record 565 kills with 363 digs.
Taryn Cates, Sr., Arlington: Had 278 kills and 222 digs.
Sarah Haeussler, Sr., Aledo: North Texas commit had 180 kills and 78 blocks.
Oakley O’Dell, Sr., Northwest: Had 263 kills, 317 digs and 40 aces.
Kaitlyn Rogers, Sr., Weatherford: Texas A&M commit was 3-6A Setter of the Year.
Alex Gholson, Sr., Keller: First team all-district pick had 227 kills.
Riley Parker, Sr., Paschal: Finished with 398 kills, 398 digs, 42 aces for district champs.
Elle Duis, Sr., Nelson: Colorado School of Mines commit. Had 37 games with 10 or more digs.
Sadie Hough, Sr., Cleburne: 9-5A Offensive MVP. West Florida commit.
Audrey Nalls, Jr., Waxahachie: TCU commit and 10-5A MVP had school-record 683 kills with 138 blocks.
Symone Wesley, Jr., Grapevine: Houston commit and 8-5A Offensive MVP had 502 kills, 486 digs.
Liz Carroll, Jr., Martin: 4-6A Setter of the Year had 516 assists, 292 digs. Committed to Northeastern University.
Molly Phillips, Jr., Mansfield: Texas commit was first-team all-district.
Harper Hallgren, Jr., Carroll: Committed to USC beach volleyball, following older sister Haley.
McKenzie Nichols, Jr., Carroll: Committed to TCU. Had 476 assists, 207 digs.
Haley Harvey, Jr., Mansfield Summit: Second-team all-district. Over 500 digs for the Jaguars.
Hannah Zuege, Jr., Euless Trinity: Leads team returnees in kills. Second-team all-district.
Madison Williams, Soph., Lake Ridge: 10-5A Newcomer of the Year had team-high 440 digs. Committed to Texas.
Lilly Rychlik, Soph., Kennedale: Had 287 assists and 192 digs.
Jayden Nembhard, Soph., Keller: 3-6A Newcomer of the Year had 233 kills.
Natalie Glenn, Fr., Carroll: Expected to start for the Dragons. Newcomer favorite.
Others: Kat Bulawka, Keller; Kate Lang, Keller; Sydney Sherlock, Timber Creek; Kenna Muff, Timber Creek; Sofia Viscuso, Martin; Carleigh Cooke, Martin; Allyssa Hamlin, Lamar; Semira Blair, Paschal; Maggie Hurst, Paschal; Annabelle Smith, Carroll; Tessa Glick, LD Bell; Meredith Fusselman, Byron Nelson; Emily Ah Leong, Boswell; Lauren Biggs, Boswell; Brigan Barber, Boswell; Lindsey Ferkel, Eaton; Kaylee Payne, Eaton; D’Zyer Criss, South Hills; Bailey Robinson, Western Hills; Savannah Kjolhede, Grapevine; Anna Johnson, Grapevine; Nicole Buhr, Grapevine; Emmalee Drake, Grapevine; Kerstynn Grobe, Grapevine; Grace Koper, Colleyville Heritage; Paige Dalri, Colleyville Heritage; Jillian Dits, Colleyville Heritage; Kaley Feris, Birdville; Libby Hutyra, Birdville; Jenna Jones, Richland; Sarah Reid, Burleson; Jailah Ivory, Burleson; Maddie Skaggs, Burleson Centennial; Payton Bell, Granbury; McKenzie Scott, Granbury; Lexi Praytor, Lake Ridge; Lauren Sydney Little, Midlothian; Kelby Buchanan, Midlothian; Sam Rodgers, Midlothian; Tori Needels, Midlothian Heritage; Katie Chambers, Midlothian Heritage; Julia Valdez, Midlothian Heritage; Libby Hinton, Glen Rose.
Nondistrict Games to Watch
Aledo vs. Waco Midway, Aug. 7
South Grand Prairie vs. Grapevine, Aug. 8
Weatherford vs. Arlington, Aug. 8
Lake Ridge vs. Granbury, Aug. 8
Northwest vs. Mansfield, Aug. 8
Paschal vs. Birdville, Aug. 15
Argyle vs. Boswell, Aug. 22
Grapevine vs. Aledo, Sept. 1
Midlothian Heritage vs. Kennedale, Sept. 1
Keller vs. Grapevine, Sept. 5
Southlake Carroll vs. Plano West, Sept. 5
Boswell vs. Coppell, Sept. 5
Keller Central: OUT Terri Kelso IN Robyn Wallace
Weatherford: OUT Natalie Gonzales IN Nicholas Gay
Haltom: OUT Jennifer Finnell IN Natalie Gonzales
Aledo: OUT Kathy Goings IN Claire Gay
Boswell: OUT Kevin Anderson IN Rafael Lopez
Cleburne: OUT Timmi Blackshear IN Shelly Jones
Midlothian: OUT Mary Malone IN Teresa Dunn
Kennedale: OUT Jennifer Patterson IN Mary Malone
Midlothian Heritage: OUT Sarah Hallum IN Timmi Blackshear
August 7: First day of matches
October 30-31: Bi-District
November 2-4: Area
November 6-7: Regional Quarterfinals
November 10-11: Regional Tournament
November 15-18: State Tournament (Garland)