Lindale dominates 16-4A all district team
Instead, she’ll remember how a team that finished third in district the season before dominated its new district – even after moving up in classification – and constructed a 26-11 record with a relatively young lineup.
Most of all, she’ll know that her girls were standouts in the classroom as well and after the all district teams were released recently they have the votes to prove it.
There were 11 Lady Eagles to earn Academic All District honors, as seniors Hannah Brown, Savanna Cantrell and Sarah McGregor joined juniors Nicole Borger, Sydney Tiiman, Madi Malone, Kaitlin Rice, Makenna Allen, Zhanelle Geathers, Sarah Crotser and Symonne Brookins on the elite squad.
As far as superlatives were concerned, Savannah Cantrell was named co-Most Valuable Player and Zhanelle Geathers was hitter of the year, while Sydney Tiiman, Makenna Allen and Hannah Brown were all named to first team All District.
Sophomore Travicia Acy was named to the second team as was Nicole Borger.
Kaitlin Rice earned honorable mention status.
“I was very happy for our girls,’’ Koonce said. “They deserved the recognition.’’
The coach was obviously pleased with the district and season records, but chalked up the bi-district loss to Mansfield Lake Ridge as one of the few times her girls weren’t quite up to par.
“They just didn’t come out playing well,’’ she said. “Maybe the ones coming back will learn from this experience.’’
However, she was especially proud of her player’s academic prowess.
“That’s one thing I don’t have to worry about,’’ she said, referring to team members’ study habits. “They take care of their business in class.’’
16-4A ALL DISTRICT VOLLEYBALL TEAM
CO-MVPs: Savannah Cantrell, Sr., Lindale;
Fulani Petties, Sr., Whitehouse
HITTER OF THE YEAR: Zhanelle Geathers, Jr., Lindale
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Bonnie Cotton, Jr.,
BLOCKER OF THE YEAR: Breanna Choice, Sr., John Tyler
SETTER OF THE YEAR: Quaneshia Johnson, Sr., John Tyler
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Ashton Ates, Soph.,
Sydney Tiiman, Jr., Lindale; Makenna Allen, Jr., Lindale;
Hannah Brown, Sr., Lindale; Shelbi Laney, Sr., Jacksonville; Ashton Brown, Sr., Nacogdoches; Taylor Layton,
Jr., Nacogdoches; Angela Knight, Sr., Whitehouse; Erica
Franklin, Sr., John Tyler; Denishia Rouege, Soph., John
Tyler; Rebecca Bentz, Sr., Corsicana.
Alanna Jeffcoat, Sr., Jacksonville; Kaitlyn Anderson, Jr.,
Whitehouse; Ronnie Fountain, Soph., Whitehouse; Lindsey Hannah, Jr., Whitehouse; Charity Paige, Sr., Nacogdoches; Morgan Farrell, Sr., Nacogdoches; Kanshanti Flowers, Jr., John Tyler; Travicia Acy, Soph., Lindale; Nicole
Borger, Jr., Lindale; Maddie Andrews, Sr., Corsicana.
Jocelynn Brown, Sr., John Tyler; Autumn Crymes, Jr.
Whitehouse; Kaitlin Rice, Jr., Lindale; Sydney Watson,
Jr., Nacogdoches; Peyton Shofner, Sr., Nacogdoches; Victoria Hetrick, Jr., Nacogdoches; Brittianni Phillips, Jr.,
Nacogdoches; Mackenzie Crow, Sr., Jacksonville; Kevie
Mathis, Sr., Jacksonville; Kelley Crosby, Jr., Jacksonville;
Gentry Hammons, Jr., Jacksonville; Jessica Hasugulig,
Sr., Corsicana; Tamera White, Sr., Corsicana