GLEN ROSE — The Glen Rose Lady Tigers landed a total of nine players on the District 8-4A volleyball team when the list was released last week.
In all, the Lady Tigers earned four superlative awards, two first-team honorees, two second-team selections and one honorable mention.
“I think we have always been fortunate to have solid players and, in turn, they get some of those top honors,” said Glen Rose volleyball coach Sandy Langford, who was named the District 8-4A Coach of the Year.
Seniors Logan Smith and Libby Hinton, who both have signed to play volleyball at Harding University, were named the co-MVPs, while Mallory Rogers was named the top setter and Maddie Mooney was named the top libero.
Senior Bryanna Lytle was named first team.
For Smith, it was her fourth MVP plaudit dating back to her freshman year at Kopperl HS before moving to Glen Rose prior to her sophomore year.
Smith led the team in kills (560) while posting a school-record digs (586). She also had a team-best in aces (80). She was second in hitting percentage (.297).
“Logan’s heavy hit, hustle and back row was always strong,” Langford said. “We depended on Logan’s actions on the floor. She was always going to go all out and give 110 percent.”
Hinton, who was the newcomer of the year in 2016 and blocker of the year in 2017, led the team in hitting percentage (.392) and blocks (120, a school record) and was second in kills (554).
“Libby’s so smart and sees the floor so well,” Langford said. “Her hitting, blocking and serving was a huge threat and very solid all year. Her voice on the court was heard and you always knew she would compete.”
Rogers led the team in assists with 1,003, including a school-record and state-record tying 63 in the Lady Tigers’ five-set victory over Argyle in the third round of the playoffs.
“Mal is a phenomenal setter,” Langford said. “She could set any ball and put it where it needed to be. Her leadership was a must to have on the floor at all times during our playoff crunch.”
Mooney was third on the team in digs (445) and third in aces (49).
“Maddie is quick as lightning with great reactions and had a huge talent for reading the ball,” Langford said. “She put a soft touch on a hard ball allowing us to run a quicker offense.”
Lytle, a four-year starter, finished second on the team in aces (77) and digs (467) and third in kills (264).
“Bryanna was a solid all-around player,” Langford said. “She was smart on front row, powerful spot server and played an important role in the backcourt.”
Junior Hanna Griffin, who was fourth on the team in kills (194) and second in blocks (76), was named to the first-team, while Taylor Fellers, who had 407 assists, 103 kills and 119 digs, was second team along with Hailey Ibarra, who had 277 digs.
Sophomore Alexis Mims was honorable mention. She was third on the team in blocks with 66.