Waltrip’s Tabora, Madison’s Dorden share 23-5A MVP
The Waltrip volleyball team won its first district championship in seven years, sweeping its way to an undefeated 23-5A crown.
The Rams earned two of the league’s postseason awards as a result, with Desire’ Waller taking Coach of the Year and senior outside hitter Gabriela Tabora sharing the 23-5A MVP with Madison junior middle blocker Yasmine Dorden.
Waltrip added three players on the 23-5A all-district first team, all sophomores. Middle blocker Courtney Everts, libero Lillian Espinosa and outside hitter Sophia De Los Santos were key contributors as the Rams completed a 14-0 run through league play.
After a rare playoff miss in 2016, the Rams ascended to third last year to set up their district title. Most of their wins were sweeps, with their most competitive match a five-set thriller Oct. 16 against eventual runner-up Austin. Tabora led the Rams with 10 kills in victory.
Austin had two first-team honorees in outside hitter Danesha Dunn and setter Kayla Melendez.
Sterling and Madison filled out the playoff field from 23-5A, with the Marlins also landing outside hitter Geralyn Fountain on the first team.
First-team selections included Milby middle blocker Aaliyah Skyles, Northside setter Brianna Horn and Wisdom outside hitter Pasculine Chuma and libero Elida Reyes.
District 23-5A Volleyball
MVP: Gabriela Tabora, Sr., OH, Waltrip; Yasmine Dorden, Jr., MB, Madison
Coach of the Year: Desire’ Waller, Waltrip
Aaliyah Skyles, MB, Milby
Courtney Everts, MB, Waltrip
Pasculine Chuma, OH, Wisdom
Brianna Horn, S, Northside
Danesha Dunn, OH, Austin
Lillian Espinosa, L, Waltrip
Sophia De Los Santos, OH, Waltrip
Elida Reyes, L, Wisdom
Geralyn Fountain, OH, Madison
Kayla Melendez, S, Austin
Kennedy King, OH, Madison
Ahleena Bagron, OH, Northside
Aliyiaha Guillory, OH, Sharpstown
Theresa Aviles, S, Wisdom
Casandra Martinez, OH, Milby
Jakayla Rahman, S, Madison
Madison Cantu, DS, Northside
Liana Garcia, DS, Austin
Gladys Marcucci, MB, Wisdom
Anarely Tudon, L, Milby
Austin: Sara Ponce, Asusena Guiterrez, Mariela Garcia
Madison: Jasmine Rahman, Tasmine Maxwell, Janiya Rahman
Milby: Julissa Contreras, Brenda Ortiz
Northside: Keyonna Rudd
Sterling: Johntrise Nelson, Jayden Wiggins, Tryniti Ernest, Adarria Mills
Waltrip: Malia Morones, Cristy Vizcaino, Aasha Revier
Wisdom: Hailey Williams, Amari Saddler, Roxanna Bueno