Washington, Eubank top the 2013 all-district volleyball selections for Italy

Image: Lady Gladiator junior Madison Washington(10) earns 1st Team All-District honors.

Lady Gladiator junior Madison Washington(10) earns 1st Team All-District honors. (Barry Byers)

Italy — The all-district accolades out of 1A Region II District 13 have been released for girls volleyball. Italy’s Lady Gladiators boast two first-team selections with team captain Madison Washington and setter Bailey Eubank, both juniors, and two second-team selections in junior Kortnei Johnson and sophomore Halee Turner.

Honorable mention selections from Italy were junior Jaclynn Lewis, junior Tara Wallis, senior Paige Westbrook and senior Monserrat Figueroa. Lewis, along with senior Taylor Turner, earned All-Academic All-Distirct honors, as well.

Overall, the Lady Gladiators finished with a 14-11 winning record and went 8-6 in district play to finish in 4th place for the second consecutive season. Not the finish our ladies were hoping for but it was still an exciting team that will keep plenty of game tested talent on next year’s roster.

First-year head coach, Morgan Mathews, made this comments regarding this year’s team, “I am so proud of every Lady Gladiator Volleyball player. I love each and every one of you girls with all my heart. My varsity team finished strong and played together as a TEAM. Even though we finished in 4th place, you are still #1 to me!! Seniors, I will miss you. You are wonderful young women who will be nothing but successful in life. Thank you for being great role models and outstanding young women. To all the rest of the girls, we can be district champs next season. We have the ammunition to dominate the district if we WANT to. Keep working hard and you will see the results. You never want to look back and say, “What if I would have practiced a little harder?” NOW is the time to get it done and work hard. You have a whole year almost to think about your goals for next season and to do whatever you think you need to in order to achieve those goals. YOU ARE AWESOME!! Thank you for accepting me and for playing hard for me. Love you Girls!!”

2013 Lady Gladiator Volleyball Varsity Roster:

  • #2 Cassidy Childers
  • #3 Halee Turner
  • #5 Tara Wallis
  • #9 Lillie Perry
  • #10 Madison Washington (Junior Captain)
  • #11 Paige Westbrook (Senior)
  • #12 Kortnei Johnson (Junior)
  • #13 Jaclynn Lewis
  • #14 Taylor Turner (Senior)
  • #15 Monserrat Figueroa (Senior Captain)

2013 All-District Superlatives:

Award Player Class School
MVP Story Corbin Senior Kopperl
Offensive MVP Jae Moore Soph Frost
Defensive MVP Bristen Gilpin Senior Blum
Co-Libero of the Year Sydney Hester Senior Blum
Co-Libero of the Year Danielle Ozymy Junior Avalon
Blocker of the Year Jada McIntyre Junior Milford
Setter of the Year Lindsey Williams Senior Kopperl
Newcomer of the Year Madison Karr Freshman Kopperl

Coach of the Year:

Award Coach School
Coach of the Year Trava Smith Kopperl

First Team:

Player Class School
Alison Caughron Senior Blum
Hillaree Schwartz Soph Frost
Madison Washington Junior Italy
Bailey Eubank Junior Italy
Katilyn Gardner Senior Kopperl
Brittney Sutton Senior Kopperl
Jamie McIntyre Senior Milford
Katy Cook Senior Avalon

Second Team:

Player Class School
Kacie Rogers Junior Blum
Morgan Sneed Junior Blum
Heather Montgomery Junior Frost
Kortney Johnson Junior Italy
Halee Turner Soph Italy
Rachel Tyra Senior Covington
Taylor Falzerano Fresh Avalon
Jorden Poarch Fresh Avalon
Madison Revill Soph Frost
Angel Smith Senior Kopperl

Honorable Mention:

Player Class School
Kaydee Jean Junior Blum
Hope Thomas Freshman Blum
K’see Clark Soph Blum
Robyn Hicks Covington
Emily Garza Senior Milford
Gabby Rose Senior Milford
Lyric Brooks Junior Milford
Stormy Bennett Junior Milford
Kaycee Bowling Soph Frost
Lauren Headrick Junior Kopperl
Ra’Gene Miles Senior Avalon
Tierra Shears Senior Avalon
Hannah Bratcher Junior Avalon
Haley Kelm Senior Bynum
Elisabeth Bow Junior Bynum
Jaclynn Lewis Junior Italy
Tara Wallis Junior Italy
Paige Westbrook Senior Italy
Monserrat Figueroa Senior Italy

All Academic:

Player Class School
Story Corbin Kopperl
Kaitlyn Gardner Kopperl
Brittany Sutton Kopperl
Taylor Turner Senior Italy
Jaclynn Lewis Junior Italy
Danielle Ozymy Junior Avalon
Martha Padron Junior Avalon
Brianna Pacheco Junior Avalon
Mackenzie Rankin Fresh Avalon
Sydney Hester Blum
Kaydee Jean Blum
K’see Clark Blum
Hope Thomas Blum
Haley Kelm Bynum
Paige Bowling Bynum

Proud of our Lady Gladiators!