Top 20 players to watch: Check out the Texas Panhandle’s top volleyball talent for 2021

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[Graphic by Cobi Pace; Photo by David Erickson/ Press Pass Sports]

[Graphic by Cobi Pace; Photo by David Erickson/ Press Pass Sports]

Taytum Stow, Hereford, MB, 6-3, Sr.

The two-time All-State selection needs no introduction. Stow is a household name not only in the Panhandle but across the state. The four-year starter has racked up multiple accolades, while leading the Lady Whitefaces to the Class 4A state tournament in 2019. Entering her senior season the West Texas A&M commit will make getting Hereford back to the state tourney a top priority. The 6-foot-3 middle has tallied an eye-opening 1,246 career kills with 367 career blocks.

[Graphic by Cobi Pace; Photo by David Erickson/ Press Pass Sports]

Currie Marusak, Amarillo High, OH, 5-11, Sr.

The four-year varsity player came into her own thanks to an outstanding 2020. The District 3-5A MVP and Texas Tech commit led the Lady Sandies to a district championship and a trip to the regional semifinals, knocking down 354 kills, making 167 digs to go with 34 blocks and 22 aces.

[Graphic by Cobi Pace, Photo by David Erickson/ Press Pass Sports]

Jaycee Adams, Bushland, Libero, 5-5, Sr.

Adams returns as the heart and soul for third-year coach Jason Culpepper, and will do everything in her power to help Bushland defend its UIL Class 3A state title. The West Texas A&M commit, and Press Pass Sports first-teamer hit the floor for 504 digs in addition to 39 aces last year.

Ryne Roden, Canyon, Setter, 5-9, Sr.

The Lady Eagles setter moves into a leadership role after the loss of a talented senior class which made a run to the Class 4A regional semifinals. Last season, the District 4-4A first-team selection dished out 623 digs, adding 111 digs with 13 aces.

Nevaeh Rodriguez, Highland Park, OH, 5-9, Sr.

Rodriguez has not only been a cornerstone as a four-year starter for the Lady Hornets, but also one of the top players in the Texas Panhandle during her tenure. The two-time TGCA all-state selection has totaled 221 kills last year, racked up 134 digs, made 81 assists, adding 32 blocks.

Jaelin Ornelas, Caprock, Libero, 5-4, Sr.

Ornelas has been the rock behind the Lady Longhorns program for the past three seasons. The District 3-5A first-team all-district selection hopes to carry on her momentum from a year ago that saw her make 141 digs, 28 assists and nine aces.

Abrey Galt, Tascosa, Setter, 5-10, Sr.

Galt commands the offense for Tascosa while setting up her hitters very well last season by handing out 410 assists. Not only did the Oklahoma Baptist University commit hit the floor for 150 digs, she knocked down 85 kills to go with 21 aces.

Logan Culpepper, Bushland, Setter, 5-6, Jr.

The daughter of Bushland coach Jason Culpepper soaked up every bit of her first varsity season helping lead the Lady Falcons to a 2020 Class 3A state title. Culpepper shows great volleyball IQ and quality leadership. Last year, the Press Pass Sports Newcomer of the Year dished out 413 assists with 112 digs, and 51 aces.

Paris Patterson, Randall, OH, 5-11, Sr.

Patterson’s role significantly changes after the departure of key seniors. The Lady Raiders will look to Paris as a major contributor after a junior year that saw her make 89 kills, average 2.38 assists with 53 digs.

Abree Elsheimer, Dumas, OH, 5-9, Sr.

Elsheimer is a key cog this year for the Demonettes. The 6-rotation player, and first-team All-District hitter will be depended on for points after knocking down 192 kills a year ago to go with 137 digs, 33 aces and 26 blocks.

Mikalie Floyd, Pampa, OH, 5-11, Jr.

Floyd is back as one of the Panhandle’s top talents after a sensational sophomore season. The first-team All-District selection wants to capitalize on knocking down 276 kills, 177 digs, and 52 aces a year ago.

Rhiana Todd, Dalhart, OH-DS, 5-9, Sr.

The four-year starter and first-team All-District pick last year has been the leader for the Lady Wolves. In district play a season ago, Todd drove home 68 kills with 72 digs and made 15 aces.

Adah Henderson, Childress, MB, 6-1, Jr.

Henderson was a part of a Lady Bobcats squad that saw their first successful season in years, winning 16 matches and making a run to the Class 3A area round under head coach and former Bushland standout Brett Zaccardo. Henderson, a 6-foot-1 middle blocker, attacked the net for 117 kills and 35 blocks last year.

Bella Price, S. Fritch, MB, 5-10, Sr.

Price has been a mainstay on the Lady Eagles roster. The reigning District 4-2A MVP has proved herself as a top middle blocker as well averaging 15 kills and two blocks a game in 2020.

Haley Hurst, Miami, Setter, 5-2, Sr.

Hurst leads by example and it showed last year, averaging 23 assists with 11 digs per match. Because of her fantastic season, Hurst was awarded the District 4-1A MVP honor.

Bonnie Vallejo, Hereford, Setter, 5-9, Sr.

Vallejo can do just about anything asked of her. During the 2019 season she played Libero, followed by a move to the outside last year. In 2021, Vallejo takes over at setter for recently graduated Rainey Aven. Last season the versatile Vallejo totaled 185 kills with 185 digs.

Bebe Irwin, Tascosa, MB, 5-11, Sr.

The first-team All-District 3-5A selection begins her third year as valuable member of the Lady Rebels. Irwin made big strides from her junior season, hammering 256 kills, with a hitting percentage of .305, adding 62 blocks and 15 aces.

Jo Moffitt, Amarillo High, Setter, 5-8, Jr.

The daughter of AHS head coach Mike Moffitt will be one of the more reliable assets for the tradition-rich Lady Sandies program. Last season, the District 3-5A Newcomer of the Year led the team with 363 assists, tacking on 30 aces with a hitting percentage of .310.

Taylor Irving, Randall, Libero, 5-5, Sr.

Irvin’s defense is what garners most of her attention on the floor. Last season’s District 3-5A MVP showed just how hard she worked, hitting the floor for 281 digs. On offense, she tallied

Brenley Rodriguez, Dumas, MB, 6-0, Sr.

The Demonette senior earned first-team All-District honors during a big time 2020. Rodriguez ended last year doing it all, racking up 174 kills, 64 blocks, 103 digs, 87 assists and 20 aces.

Notable players to watch

(Alphabetical order)

Miranda Acosta, Hereford, Libero, 5-6, Sr.

Ava Arant, Memphis, MB, 5-10, Jr.

Camryn Blair, Hereford, OH, 5-9, Jr.

Makenna Byrd, Wildorado, OH, 5-8, Jr.

Kenzlee Carroll, Childress, DS, 5-3, Sr.

Jaedyn Chasco, Tulia, S-5-7, S-OH, Sr.

Halie Coon, Dumas, S, 5-9, Jr.

Dayanara Cruz, Palo Duro, DS-L, 5-2, Jr.

Corbin Daniel, Childress, OH, 5-7, Jr.

Madyson Ebberly, Bushland, MB, 5-10, Jr.

Haley Fossett, Pampa, DS, 5-4, Sr. Jordyn Gove, Randall, OH, 5-11, Soph.

Ava Haugen, Canyon, MB, 5-10, Sr.

Hallie Hawthorne, Pampa, OH, 5-10, Jr.

Linsey Hunter, Borger, MB, 5-7, Sr.

Olivia Hurnes, Caprock, OH-MB, 5-10, Jr.

Emma LeAnn Jimenez, WT High, DS, Sr.

Precious Johnson, Palo Duro, MB, 5-11, Jr.

Kendalyn Kosechata, H. Park, OH, 5-8, Sr.

Rylee Kunkel, River Road, S-OH, 5-5, Jr.

Landry Lindley, Borger, S, 5-7, Sr.

Kelli Lindsey, Memphis, L, 5-4, Sr.

Shiyan Lozano, River Road, OH, 5-6, Sr.

Averi Lopez, Borger, DS, 5-2, Jr.

Haylee Melendez, Dimmitt, L, 5-0, Sr.

Summer Meller, Fort Elliott, S, 5-6, Jr.

Tanya Naverrete, Perryton, L, 5-2, Sr.

Kaela Neie, Bushland, OH, 5-10, Jr.

Lula Ranell Nolen, WT High, S, 5-7, Sr.

Jazlyn Ortiz, Dumas, L, 5-4, Sr.

Kyndall Ragland, Wildorado, OH, 6-0, Sr.

Allie Ramirez, Tulia, MB, 5-9, Sr.

Haley Raper, S. Fritch, OH, 5-7, Sr.

Lindi Rose, Fort Elliott, L, 5-6, Sr.

Kennedie Jaye Rushing, WT High, MB, 5-8, Jr.

Liv Sims, Tascosa, OH, 5-10, Sr.

Savanna Sims, Fort Elliott, MB-LS, 5-8, Sr.

Annie Strickland, River Road, OH, 5-7, Jr.

Ta’Leigha Tabor, Borger, OH, 5-8, Sr.

Nikyla Whatley, Hereford, MB, 5-10, Jr.

Kylee Williams, Randall, RS, 5-10, Sr.

Sara Winn, River Road, MB, 5-6, Sr.

Brielle Worley, Amarillo High, OH, 6-1, Sr.

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