Star Telegram 2018 volleyball all area team
High school football in the state of Texas isn’t the only sport about to kickoff its season.
Volleyball across the state officially begins on Aug. 6.
Who is the best team in the greater Fort Worth area? Here’s are our preseason rankings.
Last season (42-2), District 5-6A champ, Regional Quarterfinal
Last season (40-10), Regional Final
The Dragons return top hitters in Minnesota commit Natalie Glenn (501 kills) and Stanford commit Annabelle Smith (544 kills, 157 blocks), the reigning all-area middle blocker of the year.
3. Lake Ridge
Last season (36-12), Area
Eagles have three Division I commits in Madison Williams (Texas, 463 kills), TCU beach commit Logyn Hinds, who has career marks of 2,321 assists, 813 digs and 151 aces, and Georgia commit Lyric Stewart (361 kills).
Last season (34-11), Bi-District
Indians return five of six starters, including Hawaii commit Kate Lang (2,432 career assists) and Kansas State commit Jayden Nembhard (960 kills over the past two seasons).
Last season (41-8), Regional Final
Hawks are coming off their best season in program history and were a set away from the state tournament. All-area newcomer of the year Maya Duckworth set a school-record with 616 kills.
Last season (31-11), District 5-5A champ, Area
Elks return all six starters, including top hitter Emily Rich, who was named all-area most improved last season (566 kills, 318 digs). Junior setter Mia Smalls has 2,024 career assists through two seasons.
7. Grace Prep
Last season (43-6-1), TAPPS District 3-4A champ, State champ
Lions captured their third state title in seven years. Five starters return, including UCLA beach commit Bonnie Davis (325 kills) and Lubbock Christian commit Sage Post (333 kills).
Last season (24-21), Regional Quarterfinal
Pioneers have gone three rounds deep in the playoffs each of the past four seasons. Top all-around player returns in UNT commit Emily Ah Leong (509 kills, 647 digs, 82 aces). Nine players return overall.
Last season (35-14), Area
Tigers return five starters, but last year’s all-area POY Molly Phillips is now at Texas. All-district setter, UTA commit Mollie Blank (985 assists) is back along with Morgan Demuth (203 kills), Taylor Fanning (77 blocks) and Katie Le (820 digs).
Last season (34-11), District 7-5A champ, Regional Quarterfinal
Mustangs return three starters, including all-district blocker in Indiana commit Savannah Kjolhede (270 blocks in three seasons). Returning setters Marissa Mckelvey and Emmalee Drake combined for over 800 assists.