Three Houston Lady Tigers were named last week to the all-district team, highlighted by senior Kate Harper’s selection to the first team.
Underclassmen Amber Honig and Erica Keeney were named to the second team.
Harper, who sat out last season due to eligibility restrictions, led Houston with 13 kills in the Class 2 District 9 tournament. She finished the season with a team-best 125 kills to go with 45 blocks, 15 aces and 139 digs.
“Kate got better and better as the season went on. Our front row will miss her next year,” Lady Tigers coach Debbie James said. “She was our go-to hitter at districts.”
Honig, a sophomore, steadily improved throughout the season as she developed into a dangerous middle blocker. She had 102 kills, 55 blocks, 27 aces and 27 digs.
“Amber is a natural athlete who loves the game,” James said. “It is rare for a sophomore to play the middle blocker position as well as she did. If she keeps improving the next two years like she did the last two, watch out.”
Keeney cracked the starting lineup as a freshman and remained there with her thunderous kills. James said Keeney, who had a team-high 62 blocks, 92 kills and 26 aces, is the best blocker she’s had since Loran Ichard.
“Erica lives and breathes volleyball,” James said. “She’s the type of hitter that will draw crowds to games by the time she’s a senior.”
Joining Harper on the first team were: Kala Spencer, Corinne McEwen, Bailey Layman, Mountain View-Liberty; Kelsey Friend, Licking; and Melanie Bay, Cabool.
The second team consisted of: Keeney and Honig; Colbi Goff, Liberty; Brittany Kimrey, Licking; Julia Reaves, Cabool; and Lindsey James, Willow Springs.