2012-12-20 / Sports

Lady Eagles volleyball gathers more honors

Cantrell signs with TJC; teammates earn academic all-state


Lindale High School volleyball player Savannah Cantrell, center, signs a letter of intent to play volleyball at Tyler Junior College. On hand at the signing were her father Darren and mother Vicki. In back is TJC volleyball coach Ronda Shirley, brother Cole Cantrell and LHS head coach Meghan Koonce. Lindale High School volleyball player Savannah Cantrell, center, signs a letter of intent to play volleyball at Tyler Junior College. On hand at the signing were her father Darren and mother Vicki. In back is TJC volleyball coach Ronda Shirley, brother Cole Cantrell and LHS head coach Meghan Koonce. Lindale High School volleyball players Savannah Cantrell, Hannah Brown and Sarah McGregor were recently earned statewide recognition for their play as well as their academic prowess.

Cantrell, who signed to play college volleyball on Friday, Dec. 14, with Tyler Junior College, was named to the Texas Girls Coaches Association All- State team.

Teammates Hannah Brown and Sarah Mc- Gregor were also named to the Academic All-State team.

“She’s been a blessing for our program,’’ head coach Meghan Koonce said prior to Cantrell’s signing in the LHS library. “This is an awesome opportunity for her.’’

On hand for the signing were dozens of family members, friends and teammates.

“It’s great that you will be able to watch her play,’’ Koonce said. “Savannah is a wonderful person and we’ll miss her. But it’s obvious she’s got a great support group.’’

The Lady Eagles finished up 26-11 on the season but were defeated at the bi-district level.

After winning district, Lindale players dominated the post season district awards from the coaches. Cantrell was co-most valuable player, Zhanelle Geathers was hitter of the year and Sydney Tiiman, Makenna Allen and Hannah Brown were all named to the first team.

Sophomore Travicia Acy was selected to the second team as was Nicole Borger. Kaitlin Rice was selected to the honorable mention team.

“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.’’

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