RIO VISTA — All-district selections were hard to come by for Keene, Grandview, and Rio Vista in District 17-3A volleyball.
The Lady Chargers, Lady Zebras and Lady Eagles combined for six selections on the first and second teams.
District champion West, which qualified for the Class 3A regional finals, headlines the all-district team with 10 selections, including three superlative honors.
Maypearl, which finished second in the district and reached the area playoffs, is represented with nine selections on the all-district team. Whitney, the third-place team, has five all-district selections. And Rio Vista, which finished fourth, is next in line with three all-district representatives.
Rio Vista senior Audrey Pinyan and junior Haila Linton garnered all-district first-team honors for the Lady Eagles.
“These two ladies always stand out,” Rio Vista coach Misty Martin said. “They put the work in to be better and they bring a lot of spirit to our team. They are great role models to our younger girls and their hard work really paid off this year. Both of them have incredible heart and their first-team spot was wholeheartedly earned.”
Grandview junior Jada Hudson was the Lady Zebras’ lone all-district selection as she received first-team honors.
“Jada was extremely valuable to the team this year,” Grandview coach Jesilyn Hatch said. “She made major contributions in all facets of the game. I think had we made the playoffs, she would’ve been in contention for district MVP.”
Rio Vista junior Abby Patterson received second-team honors as the Lady Eagles’ third all-district recipient.
“Abby is all over the place,” Martin said. “She really shows a lot of hustle and makes a play happen when it doesn’t look like it’s possible. She is an all-around great player but having her as our setter made it possible for our great hitters to really shine this year.”
Representing the Lady Chargers on the all-district team are second-team selections in seniors Emma Fautheree and Madison McCormick.
Rio Vista qualified for the playoffs for the fourth straight season, and the first time under Martin in her first head-coaching job.
“There are always things that we feel like we could have done better, and as a first-year coach I’m no exception to that,” Martin said. “I really wish we had gone further, and as far as raw talent this team is amazing and I couldn’t ask for a better group for my first year. The season can definitely be counted as successful because there were great bonds formed and we are really moving in a great direction here at Rio.
“I look at this year as a stepping stone toward what I hope to build in the future. There are great things to come for the Lady Eagles volleyball team and I’m very proud that I get to be a part of it.”
Honorable mention for Rio Vista include Reagan Jessup, Riylee Heath, Lily Halvorson, and Bailey Cross.
Despite finishing in fifth place with a 6-8 mark, the Lady Zebras were — somehow — the least-represented team in all-district voting with Hudson’s first-team nod the only selection, aside from honorable mention.
“This past season was disappointing but not completely unexpected,” Hatch said. “We graduated some players in key positions and that inexperience hurt us at times. I felt the girls kept working hard and kept learning and improving up until the very last match. We have a lot of young players that got a ton of experience this year and I think that sets Grandview up for a good season this next year.”
Lady Zebras who received honorable mention include Morgan Holliday, Kayla Little, and Sienna Schmidt.
Keene’s honorable mention include Kathryn Nathan, Mikayla Alik, Yarelis Rivera-Lebron, and Jeannshy Erazo.
The District 17-3A MVP went to Maypearl senior Kenzie Bolton.