Mildred topped off the best volleyball season in the schools history with a landslide in the District 23-2A All-District selections.
Mildred’s Joanna Tapley was the conference’s Most Valuable Player, Callie Bland was the Setter of the Year and Coach JoAnna Vaden was named the 23-2A Coach of the Year.
Mildred also had Savannah Pritchett named to the first team and Morgan McCreary made the second team.
Rice’s Sadie Gent was named 23-2A’s the Offensive Player of the Year, and Rice’s Kamran McGee made the first team. Blooming Grove’s Steely Southard was named to the first team and Blooming Grove’s Allie Jordan was named to the second team.
Tapley had 201 kills, 231 digs and a 90 percent serve-receive rating with 36 aces 36 and helped lead the Lady Eagles to a perfect 10-0 district record and was a big reason Mildred advanced to the area round of the playoffs — the best finish in the school’s history.
Bland had 129 kills, 260 digs and 478 assists, and Vaden, who has been at Mildred four years, made history as the coach who turned the program around.
Gent had a 209 kills 63 saves, 283 digs and 97 a percent service-receive rating with 29 aces.
District 23-2A All District
Most Valuable Player: Joanna Tapley – Mildred (Sr.)
Offensive Player of the Year: Sadie Gent – Rice (Jr.)
Defensive Player of the Year: Kirby Cooper – Teague (Sr.)
Newcomer of the Year: Taylor Rutledge – Buffalo (Sr.)
Setter of the Year: Callie Bland – Mildred (Sr.)
Blocker of the Year: Tayla Taylor – Marlin (Sr.)
Coach of the Year: JoAnna Vaden - Mildred
First Team All District: Savanna Pritchett, Mildred (Jr.), Steeley Southard, Blooming Grove (Sr.), Kamran McGee, Rice (Jr.), Katlynn Kaminski, Teague (Jr.), Alie Watson, Teague (Jr.),Shelby Ballard, Buffalo (Sr.) DeNeisha Vanderbilt, Marlin (Sr.),
Second Team All District:
Morgan McCreary, Mildred (Jr.), Allie Jordan, Blooming Grove (Sr.), Kelsie Lummus, Teague (Sr.), Allison Grissett, Buffalo (So.), Christina Griffin, Marlin (So.) Ally Skinner, Teague (Fr.)