Over the course of the last year, many top college volleyball programs around the nation were wooing Argyle junior middle blocker Katy Keenan.
Schools sought the player who shined as a sophomore for the Lady Eagles and posted 15 kills in the 2012 Class 3A state semifinal against Abilene Wylie.
As a junior, Keenan blossomed and it was easy to see why many schools wanted Keenan to play for them.
Keenan, who has orally committed to Texas Tech, had another outstanding season for the Lady Eagles, and because of that, she has been named the Most Valuable Player on the 2013 Denton Record-Chronicle All-Area Volleyball Team.
“It’s really exciting,” Keenan said of the honor. “It’s always been one of my goals, but I couldn’t have done it without this team this year. It all starts, like they say, from the bottom, and coach O [Clark Oberle] and our defense. It was a team effort, and I couldn’t have done it without them.”
It’s safe to say Argyle wouldn’t have reached the Class 3A regional quarterfinals without Keenan.
Keenan posted a team-high 427 kills and 101.5 blocks in 2013. She was named the District 9-3A MVP and was a Texas Girls Coaches Association Class 3A all-state selection.
Keenan received scholarship offers from Baylor, SMU and Texas Tech but chose to go to Lubbock, where her brother, Trey, plays football. Southeastern Conference schools Alabama and Mississippi both showed interest in Keenan, but she chose Tech.
But before she heads to Lubbock, she still wants to bring Argyle its first volleyball state championship. When she watched the football team win its first state title last month, Keenan knew she wanted to share the same experience with her team.
“When I watched them play, I looked over to some of the girls standing next to me and I was like, ‘I want to win the state championship,’” Keenan said. “That looks like the coolest feeling. It stinks that the last couple of years Argyle has lost to the state champs. It’s about our turn I hope.”
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