Volleyball: Argyle Fares Well on All-District / All-State Teams

Volleyball: Argyle Fares Well on All-District / All-State Teams

By Steve Gamel

It’s weird using the word “improbable” to describe Argyle’s run to the state tournament this year. After all, the Lady Eagles had been a part of championship weekend four times in the previous five seasons – so another appearance this season should have been expected.

But with a slew of new faces, a new head coach, and a slow start to the season, the overwhelming opinion was that this year’s trip to state was more than unexpected.

“It’s embarrassing to say, but how many people can say they lost district, got a new coach, had a very young team but still made it back somehow,” junior Alyssa Wallace said of the team, which lost to Needville in the state final. “I’m so proud of everyone.”

Wallace was one of a slew of Lady Eagles who earned postseason recognition for that magical season when the District 9-4A All-District and Texas Girls Coaches Association All-State teams were announced late last month.

Seven Lady Eagles were named to this year’s District 9-4A team, which was voted on by district coaches and only takes into consideration district matches. Wallace nabbed libero of the year honors while teammates Kassidy Reeves and Danielle Davis nabbed setter of the year and server of the year, respectively.

The trio of Sophie Betzhold, Mariah Hesselgesser, and Paxton McGlinch were first-team selections while Kiley LaVelle was the lone second-team representative for Argyle.

In other postseason honors, Betzhold and Reeves were named to the Class 4A All-State team by the Texas Girls Coaches Association. The TGCA also recognized the top juniors in the state with its All-Star teams. Wallace was named to the 1A-4A Red team and will have a chance to compete against the Blue team at the TGCA clinic this summer in Austin.

Behind new coach Megan DeGroot, Argyle finished 27-19 on the season. They came into the state title match with more losses than any team competing at the state tournament – regardless of classification – but had won 12 of their previous 13 matches coming into the
title game.

The state title match simply didn’t go their way as the Lady Eagles fell to Needville 25-14, 25-18, 25-12 at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland.

Despite the loss, DeGroot has plenty of talent to work with as she’ll lose only Betzhold and Davis to graduation. And after the season they just put together, no one is doubting Argyle anymore.

“Once we start touching a volleyball again and getting into the nitty gritty, it will be a lot of specifics in terms of what I saw worked for us this year and what didn’t work for us this year,” DeGroot said. “I want it to be fun for them, but I want it to be competitive fun.”

District 9-4A All-District Team

Rhett Robinson, Krum

Newcomer of the Year
Makenna Gantt, Decatur

Libero of the Year
Alyssa Wallace, Argyle

Co-blockers of the Year
Satasha Kostelecky, Decatur;
Sydney Price, Sanger

Hitter of the Year
Reese Robinson, Krum

Setter of the Year
Kassidy Reeves, Argyle

Server of the Year
Danielle Davis, Argyle

Coach of the Year
Lynn Larson, Krum

Sophie Betzhold, Argyle
Mariah Hesselgesser, Argyle
Paxton McGlinch, Argyle
Kenzie Turkoly, Sanger
Gabbi Roelofs, Sanger
Autumn Finney, Decatur
Harper Lowery, Decatur
Madeline Guffey, Krum
Miranda Guffey, Krum
Paige Orsi, Krum
Siara Smith, Krum

Kiley LaVelle, Argyle
Mady Jacobs, Sanger
Kaela Wilkerson, Sanger
Mya Afflerback, Sanger
Mallory Downe, Decatur
Trinity Vinzant, Decatur
Madison Lowery, Decatur
Cali Marquis, Krum
Tori Hamilton, Krum
Payton Lucas, Krum
Mariah Henderson, Gainesville
Kristen Grooms, Bridgeport
Morgen Davidson, Bridgeport

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