2014 All District Honors Announced

posted Nov 24, 2014, 11:57 AM by Bellaire Volleyball   [ updated May 13, 2016, 2:44 PM ]
Bellaire was well represented with post season honors after a post-season win and sweeping every opponent in District 20-6A - twice.  Bellaire’s return to reign over District 20-6A delivered Coach Ap Clarke her 13th District Coach of The Year recognition.  In reference to being named Coach of The Year, Coach Clarke replied; “I didn’t make a pass, finish a kill or serve an ace against a single opponent this season; this is all about a team with very good players and I'm just very appreciative of the opportunity to help them.”

The most notable recognition was senior Libero, Katie Fairbanks named as District 20-6A’s 2015 Player of The Year.  As a third year varsity player, Katie was a defensive stalwart across the back row; achieving 2.7/3.0 passing rating.  Coach Clarke said; “it all begins with a pass; and for us, it began with Katie.  She was not only an excellent player on the court; but, she was a role model for our program.  Katie represented everything we want Bellaire Volleyball players to achieve in the classroom, on the court and in the community."  Academically, Fairbanks is one of Bellaire’s top students.  As a first team all district selection last year, she has consistently played at a high level on the court.   Clarke added; "As a team captain this year, her leadership helped enabled this group, especially the younger girls, to become an excellent team.  I’m so proud of Katie and will enjoy watching her succeed in the future.”

Both of Bellaire’s other team captains, senior Claire Smith and senior Brianna Wilson, received First Team All District recognition.  “Both of these outside hitters often led the team in kills and blocks; but, when we needed someone to come through at a critical time; we turned to these two.  And they delivered!” said Clarke.  “But; I’m most proud of them in the way they have matured as people.  They have very different personalities; which complemented the team chemistry.  They both have learned how to recognize the opportunities to use their personal strengths to bring out the best in their teammates.”  Senior Morgan Jackson and senior Makayla Molock received Honorable Mention All District recognition.  “Over the last four years, both these ladies have made a difference in Bellaire Volleyball;” said Clarke.  “Every time Morgan and Makayla stepped on the floor; I could count on the them to compete and push the team up to a higher level.  They have the qualities which will make them successful after Bellaire Volleyball.  I’m very happy these players received this very deserving recognition.”

In addition to these five seniors; three Bellaire Volleyball juniors received All-District honors: junior Right-Side Sundara Chinn, junior Middle Travanna Matthews and junior Outside Hitter Jade Robinson.  “These juniors represent the fire-power of the future.” Clarke commented.  “I expect a lot from these ladies next year; I expect to see them lead this team and bring our district reign forward for another year.”

Bellaire Volleyball is loaded with talent, as 5 underclassmen were named to All District teams; sophomores Ella Hawes and the sisters Megan and Maya Evans along with freshmen Kennadie Jake-Turner and Isabelle Long.  “These sophomores and freshmen create the core for our future.”  said Clarke.  “These underclassmen will set the offense, provide the defensive strength and control the middle.  All of them made huge contributions in our starting rotation.” 

In 2015, the entire Bellaire Volleyball program performed at a remarkably high level.  The varsity team went on remarkable 51 set consecutive win streak; sweeping every district opponent twice and Katy Taylor in the first round of the playoffs.  The Bellaire Volleyball Freshmen and JV teams both finished their district schedules undefeated.  And, 13 Bellaire players received All-District honors, 8 of whom will return next year.  When asked about returning to coach Bellaire Volleyball for another year; Coach Clarke answered: “Are you kidding me?  With so much talent and so many great players; next year, the expectations will be very very high.  I wouldn't miss it.” 

The future is very bright for Bellaire Volleyball.