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Waltrip’s Tabora, Madison’s Dorden share 23-5A MVP

December 17, 2018

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

First team

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

Second team

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

Honorable mention

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

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