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Awards showered on record-breaking Lady Kats Volleyball – all earned

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Updated with additional honors …?
The Kennedale 2019 Lady Kat Volleyball team battled all the way to the Texas UIL 4A state championship tournament in November, making the final four for the first time in the school?s history. {{more: continue …}}
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The Lady Kats finished the year at 37-8 (best school record) after slicing through district opponents for a 12-0 record (second time in two years). The Lady Kats season ended in the state semifinals after being over-looked all year. However, after making their maiden debut in the state tournament, this team will be on everyone?s watch list next year.
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14 Kats earned post season honors ?

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Of course, with success comes accolades. Kennedale players earned fifty-one (51) awards distributed between fourteen players. Twenty-two were academic awards at both district and state level. Twelve of the awards were received at the state level for athletic performance.
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State awards earned included All-State Team, TGCA (Texas Girls Coaches Association) All-Star Red & Blue Game, Legacy All-Star Team, State 4A All-Tournament Team, TAVC (Texas Association of Volleyball Coaches) All-Texas 4A Team, TAVC Defensive Player of the Year, TAVC Player of the Year and TSWA (Texas Sport Writers Association) 4A All-State Volley Team
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Top players this year included Lilly Rychlik (SR), Tatum Pavey (JR), Bryley Steinhilber (JR) and Maddie Pyles (SO). (See the following list for their multiple awards).

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Coaches ??
  • Kelly Carl – District 9-4A Coach of the Year, Star Telegram All-Area Head Coach of the Year. Assisted the last two years by Rachel Dixon (Kennedale graduate) and Cassie Bryant (Kennedale graduate). Carl is in her second year as head coach at Kennedale.?
Seniors ??
  • Blair Ingram-Everett (SR) ? Academic All-District, Academic All-State (TGCA).
  • Lillian Rychlik (SR) ? Setter of the Year District 9-4A, Academic All-District, 4A Academic All-State (TGCA), All-State 4A Team, All-Star Legacy Team, 4A All-Texas Team (TAVC), 4A All-State Volleyball Team Honorable Mention (TSWA). Lilly has won all-district honors all four years of her high school career.
Juniors ??
  • Ella Childress (JR) ? All-District Honorable Mention, Academic All-District.
  • Angel Mahjoub (JR) ? All-District 2nd Team, Academic All-District.?
  • Tatum Pavey (JR) ? Libero of the Year District 9-4A, Academic All-District, 4A Academic All-State Team (TAVC), 4A Defensive Player of the Year (TAVC), 4A All-State Volleyball 3rd Team (TSWA).
  • Katie Spell (JR) ? All-District 1st Team, Academic All-District.?
  • Bryley Steinhilber (JR) ? Most Valuable Player District 9-4A, Academic All District, All Area 3rd Team (Star Telegram), All-Area (Dallas Morning News), 4A Academic All-State Team (TAVC), 4A All-State Team, All-Star Red & Blue Game (TGCA), 4A All-Texas Team (TAVC), 4A Player of the Year (TAVC), 4A All-State Volleyball 3rd Team (TSWA).

Sophomores ?

  • Bridget Barton (SO) ? All-District Honorable Mention, Academic All-District.
  • Amaya Constantino (SO) ? All-District 1st Team, Academic All-District, 4A Academic All-State Team (TAVC).?
  • Casey Guerry (SO) ? Newcomer of the Year District 9-4A, Academic All-District.
  • Toby Poore (SO) ? All-District 1st Team 9-4A, Academic All-District, Player of the Week (Star Telegram).?
  • Maddie Pyles (SO) ? Hitter of the Year District 9-4A, Academic All-District, All-Area 2nd Team (Star Telegram), 4A Academic All-State Team (TAVC), 4A All-State Team, UIL State Volleyball All-Tournament Team, 4A All Texas Team (TAVC), 4A All-State Volleyball 2nd Team (TSWA) .
  • Gracyn Reed (SO) ? Server of the Year District 9-4A, Academic All-District, 4A Academic All-State Team (TAVC).

Freshmen ?

  • Alex Youngblood (FR) ? All-District Honorable Mention 9-4A, Academic All-District.

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