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Volleyball: O’Brien named district MVP

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By Adam Boedeker / Staff Writer

After leading Argyle to its first state tournament appearance, the player voted District 10-3A’s most valuable player was no surprise.

A four-year starter, setter Blair O’Brien broke the school record for assists in a match multiple times down the stretch and finished the season with 1,453 assists while compiling 424 digs to earn the district MVP nod.

O’Brien also found her way into the National Federation of State High School Associations record book, as her 4,916 career assists put her fourth all-time and first in Texas history. Her 63 assists in Argyle’s state semifinal loss put her in a tie for ninth place nationally for assists in a match.

Argyle coach Clark Oberle will be searching for a new setter for the first time in a while, as O’Brien has manned the position for nearly a third of the time the program has been in existence.

“Blair has been a phenomenal and instrumental part of this program for four years,” Oberle said. “She has done what no player in our history has done before and possibly ever will again. She has done it with humility, hard work, class and determination.

“Blair is a one-of-a-kind athlete, and I’ve been blessed to be her coach for the last four years. Every athlete should look to Blair as an example of how to do things the right way.”

O’Brien did a little bit of everything for the Lady Eagles over the years and ended her career with a thrilling Class 3A semifinal loss to Abilene Wylie after the Lady Eagles fought back from a two-set deficit to narrowly lose in five sets.

O’Brien was joined by a few teammates and her head coach in the district superlatives. Freshman Eighmy Dobbins was named Newcomer of the Year, Katy Keenan earned Defensive Player of the Year honors and Laine Lowry was named Libero of the Year. Oberle was named the district’s top coach in his 13th season.

Argyle outside hitter Brooke Robertson was named to the all-district first team, along with Aubrey’s Kelsey Scribner.

In District 5-4A, second-place Guyer landed two players on the superlatives list as Emily Gorr was named the Most Valuable Libero and sophomore Mikayla Yates was named Newcomer of the Year.

Guyer setter Madison Walford was named to the 5-4A first team, where she was joined by Lake Dallas’ Megan Dando and Denton’s Kendall Wagner.

In District 9-3A, Krum raked in two superlatives as Ariana Buchanon was named Libero of the Year and Machala Noack was named Server of the Year. Kim Robinson was voted to the first team along with Sanger’s Madyson Hillis and Morgan Turkoly.

Pilot Point had a standout year after moving down to Class 2A, and the Lady Cats took three superlatives on the All-District 5-2A team, led by MVP A.J. Campbell.

Campbell racked up 330 kills, 61 aces, 80 blocks and 202 digs, leading Pilot Point in all four categories. She was joined by her teammate Marissa Morriss, who was named Defensive Player of the Year, and head coach Becky Phillips, who was named Coach of the Year.

Pilot Point’s Feliciana Reed and Kirby Smith were named to the first team.

In District 5-5A, which includes state champion Coppell and powerhouses Flower Mound and Hebron, the Ryan Lady Raiders struggled in their first season in Class 5A, but Hailey Foster was named to the district’s second team.

ADAM BOEDEKER can be reached at 940-566-6872. His e-mail address is



District 5-5A

MVP — Jordan Anderson, Flower Mound

Hitter of the Year — Erica Bohannon, Coppell

Defender of the Year — Banner Rodgers, Hebron

Newcomer of the Year — Lauren Cox, Flower Mound

Setter of the Year — Kylie Pickrell, Coppell

Blocker of the Year — Chiaka Ogbogu, Coppell

Coach of the Year — Julie Green, Coppell

First team

Micaela Spann, Hebron; Cassidy Pickrell, Coppell; Regan McGuire, Flower Mound Marcus; Erin Layne, Flower Mound; Briana Allmon, Flower Mound; Kendall Patterson, Hebron; Kristyn Nicholson, Lewisville; Alex Silver, Coppell; Portia Okafor, Lewisville; Mary-Kate Marshall, Coppell; Amberli Cluff, Flower Mound; Loren Williams, Hebron

Second team

Kelsee Vandiver, Flower Mound Marcus; Caitlin Gulyas, Lewisville; Molly Werts, Flower Mound; Kristyn Schott, Flower Mound; Marissa Salazar, Hebron; Lauren Kirch, Hebron; Micah Dinwiddie, Lewisville; Mattie Rainwater, Flower Mound Marcus; Kate Dicken, Coppell; Ashley Rich, Coppell; Hailey Foster, Ryan

Honorable mention

Ryan — Domino Birze; Arissa Chappell; Kodi Pettigrew


District 5-4A

MVP — Haley Tippett, Trophy Club Byron Nelson

Most Valuable Libero — Emily Gorr, Guyer

Most Valuable Offensive Player — Taylor Caswell, Wichita Falls Rider

Most Valuable Defensive Player — Sarah Gray, Wichita Falls

Most Valuable Blocker — Sarah Eakin, Wichita Falls

Most Valuable Server — Brooke Smith, Azle

Most Valuable Setter — Abby Van Houten, Nelson

Newcomer of the Year — Mikayla Yates, Guyer

Coach of the Year — Libby Pacheco, Nelson

First team

Elisha Peters, Azle; Elizabeth Pennington, Byron Nelson; Krystal O’Connor, Byron Nelson; Eva Koster, Byron Nelson; Kendall Wagner, Denton; Chelsea Stevens, Brewer; Madison Walford, Guyer; Megan Dando, Lake Dallas; Kendall Chamberlin, Wichita Falls Rider; Michaela Ayers, Wichita Falls Rider; Morgan Lewis, Wichita Falls Rider; Meredith Buckley, Wichita Falls

Second team

Morgan Reese, Denton; Jake Akins, Denton; Jasmine Montemayor, Guyer; Lauren Pert, Wichita Falls; Bailey Bunce, Byron Nelson; Sarah Borcik, Byron Nelson; Gennifer Holberg, Denton; Sydney Reyes, Guyer; Madison Hillard, Wichita Falls Rider; Emily Kolar, Azle; Keeli Hatcher, Brewer; Keegan Gossett, Lake Dallas; Brianna Fisher, Wichita Falls

Honorable mention

Denton — Hannah Altman; Alex Dane; Kenzie Dozier

Guyer — Sylvia Nwiba; Emily Hill; Tabitha Spray

Lake Dallas — Chrisa Head; Macey Bauman; Amanda Edwards


District 9-3A

MVP — Cooper Martin, Decatur

Newcomer of the Year — Brittany Royal, Gainesville

Setter of the Year — Stormi Leonard, Decatur

Libero of the Year — Ariana Buchanon, Krum

Offensive Player of the Year — Caroline Lowery, Decatur

Defensive Player of the Year — Whytneigh Duffie, Gainesville; Makayla Mayfield, Decatur

Server of the Year — Machala Noack, Krum

Coach of the Year — Claire Rose, Decatur

First team

Darci Billmire, Decatur; Katie Isham, Decatur; Kim Robinson, Krum; Jordan Crawford, Krum; Mariah Clayton, Bridgeport; Sabrina Garza, Bridgeport; Ariannah Kemp, Gainesville; Kiarah Manuel, Gainesville; Madyson Hillis, Sanger; Morgan Turkoly, Sanger

Second team

Serena Estrada, Decatur; Justice Dominguez, Krum; Ashleye Adkins, Krum; Tiffany Hawkins, Bridgeport; Payton Tucker, Bridgeport; Sarah Gerken, Gainesville; MK Kearney, Sanger; Nicole Nordie, Sanger

Honorable mention:

Krum — Paige Williams; Rosa Rodriguez; Cheyanna Bullock

Sanger — Jaylen Pegues; Kayla Askey


District 10-3A

MVP — Blair O’Brien, Argyle

Offensive Player of the Year — Julia Richards, Frisco Lone Star

Defensive Player of the Year — Katy Keenan, Argyle

Newcomer of the Year — Eighmy Dobbins, Argyle

Setter of the Year — Sandie Lancaster, Celina

Libero of the Year — Laine Lowry, Argyle

Coach of the Year — Clark Oberle, Argyle

First team

Caitlin O’Hearn, Alexis Garner, Frisco Lone Star; KJ Stastny, Celina; Allison Mauch, Carrollton Ranchview; Maffie McCullough; Bailee Moore, Celina; Brooke Robertson, Argyle; Kelsey Scribner, Aubrey

Second team

Emily Adkins, Carrollton Ranchview; Bry Clark, Argyle; Paige Herrick, Frisco Lone Star; Annie Burns, Celina; Paige Bigi, Aubrey; Lauren Davis, Frisco Lone Star; Morgan Thompson, Argyle; Ashley Forbus, Frisco Lone Star

Honorable mention

Argyle — Alyssa Bruton; Lindsey Eckert


District 5-2A

MVP — A.J. Campbell, Pilot Point

Server of the Year — Kathleen Steinhoff, Caddo Mills

Setter of the Year — Alex Lally, Sunnyvale

Hitter of the Year — Abby Whitehead, Sunnyvale

Blocker of the Year — Delanee Clark, Sunnyvale

Defensive Player of the Year — Marissa Morriss, Pilot Point

Newcomer of the Year — Mikayla Watson, Gunter

Coach of the Year — Becky Phillips, Pilot Point

First team

Feliciana Reed, Pilot Point; Kirby Smith, Pilot Point; Whitney Matous, Sunnyvale; Kayla Simms, Sunnyvale; Casey Hicks, Gunter; Shana Wells, Caddo Mills; Taylor Eaves, Farmersville

Second team

Brittyn Rushing, Leonard; Sydney Sprowl, Van Alstyne; Kaley Lokey, Farmersville; Natalee Wright, Caddo Mills; Sierra Brooks, Pilot Point; Ashtyn Richey, Pilot Point

Honorable mention

Pilot Point — Cassie Reeves; Natalie Larson; Abby Switzer