State Tournament: Players to Watch – Division 5A
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The biggest moment of high school volleyball season has arrived in the state of Texas as this week, from Wednesday to Saturday, the best teams in the Lone Star State will fight for the state titles in Garland. Four teams…
The biggest moment of high school volleyball season has arrived in the state of Texas as this week, from Wednesday to Saturday, the best teams in the Lone Star State will fight for the state titles in Garland.
Four teams in each division will be on the court at the Curtis Culwell Center over the next few days and each of the 24 programs competing for the honor of ruling Texas features several players with extraordinary potential.
As we warm up for the State Tournament, let’s go over the top players in each division. It’s time we take a look at Division 5A, which has Colleyville Heritage, Fulshear, Liberty Hill and Lovejoy on the lookout for the title.
Players to Watch
One of the top prospects in the entire country, Davis played a big role in Colleyville Heritage’s championship-winning campaign in 2022 and will once again be pivotal for her team’s aspirations this week in Garland. An outside hitter with a unique combination of size, power and volleyball IQ, she can be unstoppable at times and has a skilled and powerful right arm, which makes of her a real scoring threat from anywhere on the court. Davis is also a very strong all-around player, who’s capable of making a difference on the backcourt with her excellent defense. She has produced 770 kills, 474 digs, 92 blocks and 50 aces this season alone.
Wu will be trying to secure her third state title in four years of high school volleyball with Lovejoy, one of the most successful programs in Texas in the last decade. Her consistency and reliability at setter is a huge asset for the Leopards, who have for years had one of the best offenses in the state. Wu is very accurate with her locations and also makes great decisions with her ball distribution. The setter is an excellent-around player and also brings strong defense and tough serving to the court. This season has been one of the most productive ones for Wu, who has 1,252 assists, 304 digs and 43 aces.
Warren will play a major role in Fulshear’s aspirations of winning their first state title this season. She’s the team’s main scoring option and is the one to tipycally get on the ball in big moments for the Chargers. Although Warren’s athleticism is still a big part of her offensive efficiency, she has developed other tools over the years and can now score in a variety of ways. Her backcourt game has also taken a big step forward in the last two years, making of her a very complete and impactful player. Warren heads to Garland with 514 kills, 402 passes and 269 digs.
Liberty Hill have a lot of talent at outside hitter with Gaines and fellow junior. A six-footer, Gaines carries a larger load in the team’s offense and that makes of her a big part of the Lady Panthers’ playing system. She’s very long and powerful and uses those skills well to score points, but also does a good job of mixing things up at the net to put the ball down with tips and smart shots too. Gaines can also be impactful with her blocking and does a solid job on the backcourt. Ahead of the State Tournament, she registered 442 kills, 117 passes, 104 digs and 70 blocks for Liberty Hill.