Alexa Ichord was one of eight Lady Tiger volleyball players named to the academic all-state team.

Eight members of the Houston Lady Tigers volleyball team were named last week to the academic all-state team.

Athletes must have a cumulative 3.6 GPA or better and appeared in at least 80 percent of the team’s varsity matches to receive the honor.

Recognized by the state were: senior Amber Honig; juniors Laney Casper, Erica Keeney, Kaitlyn Kell and Sarah Pierce; sophomores Lauren Hoover and Haylee Kell; and freshman Alexa Ichord.

“It is very hard to keep your grades up when you are out so many evenings,” Lady Tigers coach Debbie James said. “Sports help teach discipline and responsibility, and you can see it spilling over into other areas of the athlete’s life.”

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