High School Sports

Texas Advantage Volleyball’s top team defeats Texas Image in loaded DFW national final

Star Telegram 2018 volleyball all area team

Meet the area's offensive and defensive players of the year, the top setter and the best overall MVP from the 2018 high school volleyball season.
Up Next
Meet the area's offensive and defensive players of the year, the top setter and the best overall MVP from the 2018 high school volleyball season.

In the final tournament of the 2018-19 club volleyball season, it was the top team from Texas Advantage taking down Texas Image’s top team 2-0 in the Open Division of the USA Volleyball Girls 18s Junior National Championships on Sunday at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas.

Both teams are loaded with some of the best volleyball players from Dallas-Fort Worth.

TAV 18 Black won the 48-team Open Division over rival Texas Image 18 Asics Black 25-22, 26-24. TAV erased a six-point deficit in the second set. Frisco Liberty 2020 outside hitter and Minnesota commit Jenna Wenaas was named MVP.

Wenaas and TAV defeated Coast 18-1 (Southern California) 25-18, 25-13 in the quarterfinals and then knocked off Arizona Storm 18 Thunder 25-22, 22-25, 15-12 in the semis. They finished the tournament with a 9-1 record.

Texas Image entered the final with an unblemished mark in its previous eight matches. They beat Minnesota Select 20-25, 25-21, 15-10 in the quarterfinals and SG Elite 18 Roshambo (Southern California) 22-25, 25-20, 15-5 in the semis.

TAV ROSTER

Madi Whitmire, Prosper

Haley Hoang, Plano West

Emma Clothier, Hebron

McKenzie Nichols, Carroll

Symone Wesley, Grapevine

Morgan Christon, Allen

CiCi Hecht, Prosper

Makenna Kelty, McKinney Boyd

Satasha Kostelecky, Decatur

Aleia Wilborn, McKinney

Mykayla Myers, Coppell

IMAGE ROSTER

Elizabeth Carroll, Martin

Jillian Dits, Colleyville Heritage

Audrey Nalls, Waxahachie

Allie Wells, Waxahachie

Molly Phillips, Mansfield

Azhani Tealer, South Grand Prairie

Rachel Tullos, Guyer

Sarah Morehead, Aledo

Londyn Gray, Weatherford

Sophia Miller, Lake Highlands

Emily Merrick, Flower Mound

18 USA Division

In the 18 USA Division final, another DFW team, TAV 18 Blue defeated VC United 181 Elite (Great Lakes) 27-25, 24-26, 15-7.

TAV 18 Blue went 9-0 in the 18 USA Division, but went three sets in five of nine matches. They beat The Diff 18 Black (Rocky Mountain) 25-20, 25-23 in the quarterfinals and then rallied to beat CTV 18 Elite (North Texas) 16-25, 25-16, 19-17 in the semis.

TAV BLUE ROSTER

Bella Burns, LD Bell

Tea Gayden, Flower Mound

Kelby Buchanan, Midlothian

Georgiana Dunn, Carroll

Alex Griffiths, Keller

Libby Hinton, Glen Rose

Gabriele White, Flower Mound

Abby Butler, Flower Mound

Gracie Sutherland, Lovejoy

Shea Slusser, Guyer

Tessa Francoise, LD Bell

Christina Cowsert, Lewisville

Related stories from Fort Worth Star Telegram

Born and raised in Hawaii, Brian Gosset graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in journalism before coming to Texas in 2014. He’s covered high school sports — yes, pretty much every high school sport — for the Star-Telegram ever since.

  Comments