East Texas volleyball

COURTESYThe ETA1 17 Black volleyball competed in the AAU National Championships in the Orlando, Fla., area and won the 17U classic division, making them national champions. Teams include (front row, from left) Aja Williams (Whitehouse HS), Catherine Wise (Lee HS), Kennedy Dunn (Van HS), Ryann Foster (Whitehouse HS), Sara McKeethan (Bullard HS), Kacie Kimbrough (Neches HS) and Briana Brown (Whitehouse HS); (second row), Mickey Mouse, AAU official, Macy Rucker (Van HS), Belle Reed (Bullard Brook Hill School), Shelbi Steen (Lindale HS), Kenzie Smith (Edgewood HS) and Ava Burroughs (Quitman HS). They were coached by {/span}{span}Leo{/span}{span} {/span}{span}Scott.{/span}

A group of East Texas volleyball players traveled to the Magic Kingdom and came back with a national championship.

The ETA1 17 Black volleyball team captured the 17U Classic Division to win the AAU national title.

The East Texans had a spotless record of 13-0 in matches and an incredible 26-1 in sets in the four-day tournament. The first three days the matches were held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The matches moved to Disney’s Wide World of Sports in Lake Buena Vista, Florida on the final day.

Briana Brown of Whitehouse was named tournament Most Valuable Player with Sara McKeethan of Bullard and Kenzie Smith of Edgewood earning all-tournament.

Also, Kacie Kimbrough of Neches pulled off a double-double with a Class 1A state championship in the fall with Neches High School and the national championship with her East Texas teammates in the summer. Kimbrough was also the all-state tournament MVP.

Other members of the championship team are Aja Williams (Whitehouse HS), Catherine Wise (Tyler Lee HS), Kennedy Dunn (Van HS), Ryann Foster (Whitehouse HS), Macy Rucker (Van HS), Belle Reed (Bullard Brook Hill), Shelbi Steen (Lindale HS),and Ava Burroughs (Quitman HS).

The team was coached by Leo Scott, the VB coach at Tyler Grace Community School.

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