Hays Free Press/News-Dispatch Volleyball Team 2016

Player of the Year – Graceyn Tippens
Taking a leadership role following a championship season is a tough feat for any athlete to accomplish. Dripping Springs junior Graceyn Tippens not only accepted her role as the team’s leader this season, but claimed it and flourished. By tallying 510 kills and 313 digs in 114 sets, Tippens was selected as the 26-5A most valuable player in 2016. Over her two year varsity career, Tippens has tallied 889 kills, 60 blocks and 580 digs.

Coach of the Year – Stephanie Coates/Michael Kane
Both Hays High head volleyball coach Stephanie Coates and Dripping Springs head volleyball coach Michael Kane shared a similar success in consistently leading their programs to another playoff caliber season. That’s why both coaches share the spotlight for coach of the year honors. Coates led the Rebels to a 25-21 record and navigated the program to its second straight playoff appearance. Kane led the Tigers to the program’s sixth straight district championship as they went 14-0 in 26-5A play.

First team

Setter
Mackenzie Coates – Hays

Middle Blocker
Ava Pritchard – Dripping Springs
Caitlyn Crockett – Wimberley

Outside Hitter
Kaitlyn Krafka – Hays
Hailee Morton – Hays
Maya Clausen – Dripping Springs

Libero
Karen Crews – Dripping Springs

Second team

Setter
Emma O’Grady – Dripping Springs

Middle Blocker
Kacie Hall – Hays
Darby Stowers – Dripping Springs

Libero
Ashley Slovak – Hays

Outside Hitter
Catherine Croft – Hays
Jamie Agnew – Hays
Meagan Dees – Lehman

Honorable mention

Cassidy Luna – Wimberley
Allie Messenger – Wimberley
Reilly Horn – Wimberley
Claycee Vickers – Wimberley
Anais LaHue – Hays
Alex Smith – Dripping Springs
Hannah Starnes – Lehman
Kaytlin Mendoza – Lehman
Qwynci Bowman – Lehman
Haley Hassinger – Lehman

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