Monday will mark the beginning of what will likely become a perennial premier presentation for area volleyball fans.
VC Area All-Star Volleyball Game
7:30 p.m., Monday
at Victoria College Sports Center
The Victoria College will host its first ever VC Area All-Star Volleyball Game at 7:30 p.m. in the VC Sports Center gym. The game will showcase the athletic talent of 31 volleyball players representing 17 area high schools.
"In addition to showcasing their great talent, our hope is that these young ladies will learn about VC and get excited about going to college," said VC Pirates head volleyball coach Josh Moore. "If these women choose to begin their college education at VC, we'd love to have them join the VC Pirates women's volleyball program."
More than just a chance to promote his program, Moore said the genesis of the game derived from the lack of occasions available to promote talented players in the postseason.
"We decided we wanted to do this about this time last year because there just wasn't any opportunity for the girls to get exposure after their regular seasons," he said. "We felt that since The Victoria College is a central area for all of these local communities, we would be the perfect venue to promote these girls."
The selection criteria was based on a combination of Moore's individual assessment and input from each girl's respective high school coach.
"I go to a lot of volleyball games so I've seen most of these players in action," Moore said. "I also solicited nominations from the area coaches to help make our picks. There were a few schools that didn't respond for one reason or the other, but we're very pleased with the rosters we were able to assemble."
The girls who will participate in the game are truly among the area's elite in volleyball. Those features will include Heather Reynolds of Wharton, Caitlyn Kalich of Shiner, and Ganado's Bridget Janecek and Katie Sherman. Reynolds signed with Texas A&M last week, Kalich is the MVP of District 29-1A and an All-State candidate, while Janecek and Sherman were named District 30-1A's Defensive Player of the Year and Setter of the Year respectively.
Other area players on the rosters are Memorial's Allie McGehee, Katelyn Rather and Allana McCurry; Kelsey Sievers of Yorktown; Ganado's Allison Peters; Akesha Jackson of Bloomington; Destiny Garcia of Faith Academy; Brittany Targac of Hallettsville; Dalena Hagan of Yoakum; Goliad's Lauren Martin, Kristina Brandes, and Caityn Hornstein; Cuero's Katie Shellenbarger, Brooke Olguin and Sha'Neal Mayfield; St. Joseph's Summer Brooks, Sarah Tucker, Jayde Chapa, and Haley Oliver; Amanda Hibbs of Shiner; Edna's Carly Lambert, Kamryn Kotlar, and Brittany Bailey; Danielle Clowers of Industrial; Ebonee Spencer of El Campo; Jill McElroy of Shiner St. Paul; and Louise's Amber Bain.
The players will be divided into two teams. The Maroon Team will be coached by Moore, and the White Team will be coached by VC's assistant volleyball coach Toni Parkman. The teams will face off against each other in a best-of-five games match.
James Martinez, director of the VC Police Academy, will perform the national anthem before the game. Entertainment before the game and between sets will include performances by the VC Treasures, VC's dance team.
Cedric Iglehart is the Sports Editor for the Victoria Advocate.
Contact him at 361-580-6507 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.