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Star-Telegram 2018 high school volleyball all-area team

Byron Nelson sophomore Charitie Luper (left) celebrating with her teammates.
Byron Nelson sophomore Charitie Luper (left) celebrating with her teammates. Courtesy

Introducing the Star-Telegram 2018 high school volleyball all-area team with a look at first, second and third teams.

The all-area superlatives were announced on Monday.

First team

OH/MB Carissa Barnes, Sr., Weatherford: The District 3-6A MVP registered career highs 432 kills, 686 digs, 94 aces and 50 blocks. Recorded 22 double-doubles and 15 or more kills in 22 games. Signed with Texas A&M Corpus Christi.

OH/MB Madison Williams, Jr., Lake Ridge: The District 7-6A Co-Hitter of the Year and Texas commit recorded career highs of 463 kills, 467 digs, 53 blocks and 47 aces, and finished with 16 double-doubles.

OH/MB Charitie Luper, Soph., Byron Nelson: The District 5-6A Offensive MVP registered career highs 464 kills and 456 digs. Averaged 4.5 kills per set, recorded 10 or more kills in 28 games and 16 double-doubles.

OH/MB Natalie Glenn, Soph., Carroll: The first-team all-district hitter recorded a career-high 501 kills along with 365 digs and 46 blocks. Recorded 15 or more kills in 15 games and added 15 double doubles.

DS/L Emmie Riethman, Sr., Keller: The District 5-6A Defensive MVP recorded career and team highs of 685 digs and 34 aces. Averaged 5.9 digs per set and recorded 15 or more digs in 24 games.

S Grace Koper, Sr., Colleyville Heritage: The District 7-5A Setter of the Year and UAB signee registered 1,236 assists with 10.5 per set. Recorded 17 double-doubles and finished with over 3,000 assists in her career.

Second team

OH/MB Londyn Gray, Sr., Weatherford: The District 3-6A Offensive POY and Georgia signee had career highs of 429 kills and 129 blocks. Added 43 aces and 139 digs. Finished with multiple blocks in 35 games.

OH/MB Emily Ah Leong, Jr., Boswell: A District 7-5A first-team selection and North Texas commit, Ah Leong recorded team-highs 509 kills and 82 aces, and was second with 647 digs while adding 35 blocks.

OH/MB Savannah Kjolhede, Jr., Grapevine: Indiana commit and 7-5A Offensive MVP registered career highs of 360 kills and 172 blocks. 105 solo blocks & .439 hitting percentage. Had at least three blocks in 28 games.

OH/MB Jayden Nembhard, Jr., Keller: The first-team all-district hitter recorded career highs of 520 kills, 4.5 per set and 48 blocks. Also added 193 digs and had 10 or more kills in 24 games.

DS/L Katie Le, Soph., Mansfield: The District 7-6A Libero of the Year recorded a team-high 820 digs and averaged 5.9 digs per set. She recorded 20 or more digs in 15 games.

S Emily Gannon, Sr., Birdville: Registered career highs of 1,289 assists, 9.4 per set, 346 digs, 166 kills and 41 blocks. Added a team-high 64 aces and finished with 30 or more assists in 15 games and 15 double-doubles.

Third team

OH/MB Nya Blair, Sr., Martin: San Diego State signee and the District 4-6A MVP registered 160 digs, 70 blocks and a team-high 400 kills. Recorded 10 or more kills in 21 games for district champion Warriors.

OH/MB Hannah Jones, Sr., Aledo: The SFA signee and 4-5A Co-Offensive MVP registered career highs of 386 kills, 491 digs and 32 aces, and recorded 10 double-doubles.

OH/MB: Bailey Tompkins, Sr., Northwest: Tarleton State signee and 8-5A Offensive MVP recorded a team-high 354 kills and added 171 digs, 40 blocks and 24 aces. Recorded 10 or more kills in 21 games.

OH/MB Kendal King, Jr., Paschal: The District 4-6A Hitter of the Year recorded 130 digs, 47 blocks, 32 aces and a team-high 556 kills.

DS/L Tatemn Brown, Sr., Birdville: The first-team all-district libero recorded a career-high and team-high 782 digs and averaged 5.7 per set. She added 32 aces and recorded 20 or more digs in 15 games.

S Kate Lang, Jr., Keller: The District 5-6A Co-Setter of the Year registered career highs of 1,127 assists, 109 kills and 53 blocks, and added 318 digs. Recorded 30 or more assists in 19 games along with 13 double-doubles. Committed to Hawaii.

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