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Brock junior outside hitter Ava Tanner (9) was named District 7-3A’s Outside Hitter of the Year in 2019.

Nine Brock Lady Eagles were recently recognized with District 7-3A’s honors after the team’s Class 3A regional semifinalist finish to the 2019 season.

Brock took home five superlative awards, in addition to a pair of both first-team and second-team selections.

Senior outside hitter Jessie Steele was named a Co-MVP in District 7-3A, racking up 467 kills, 302 digs, 32 total blocks and 38 aces, an effort which was well-deserving of the abovementioned honor, Lady Eagles’ Head Coach Mallory Daniel said.

“Jessie has been a huge offensive force for us over the last couple of years and she finished her high school career strong,” Daniel said.

“She has always been a hard worker and this year was no different.”

Fellow senior Kealey Dent was recognized with Most Valuable Libero, accruing 937 digs, 507 receptions and 32 aces on the season.

Daniel said Dent not only excelled at making plays out on the court, but serving as a team leader as well.

“Kealey has an outstanding work ethic, great leadership skills and those have been invaluable for us,” Daniel said.

“She makes incredible plays day in and day out.”

Senior setter Laney Dale also took home superlative recognition, being named a Co-Most Valuable Setter with 1,162 assists, 326 digs, 43 aces, 39 blocks and 94 kills on the books in 2019.

Like Dent, Daniel praised Dale’s leadership abilities out on the court.

“Laney demonstrated great leadership, skill and work ethic throughout the season,” Daniel said.

“She did an excellent job of running the court for us on offense.”

Junior Ava Tanner also brought home superlative honors, being named District 7-3A’s Outside Hitter of the Year.

Tanner, who finished with 409 kills, 412 digs, 36 total blocks and 27 aces, made great strides throughout the 2019 season, Daniel said, something which was reflected in her selection for superlative honors.

“Ava became a huge offensive threat for us this year after we moved her from the middle to the outside,” Daniel said.

“She works hard everyday and it really showed on the court for us. Most importantly she became a great leader for us both in practice and matches.” 

Rounding out the Lady Eagles’ superlative awards was sophomore Marlee Garcia, who earned Right Side Hitter of the Year honors.

Garcia, who finished with 117 kills, 263 digs and 39 aces, showed her versatility in 2019, excelling in a number of areas out on the court, Daniel said.

“Marlee had a great year all the way around,” Daniel said.

“She passed in five of our serve receive rotations, played excellent defense and became an offensive threat for us and had big swings in crucial moments.”

Among Brock’s first-team selections were junior middle blocker Rian Brunner and senior defensive specialist Taylor Mueller.

Brunner, who tallied 126 kills and 56 total blocks on the season, excelled on the defensive end for Brock and should only continue to improve heading into next year, Daniel said.

“Rian worked hard throughout the year and was a huge asset for us on defense with her block,” Daniel said.

“There are exciting things to come for her.”

Mueller, who put up 137 digs on the year, was another Lady Eagle who displayed great leadership, Daniel said.

“Taylor developed into a great leader both on and off the court for us,” Daniel said.

“She always worked hard and truly led by example.”

Brock’s second-team all-district selections included freshman middle blocker Ellason Felts and junior setter Cayti Culberson.

Felts, who finished with 112 kills and 49 total blocks, made an immediate impact with the Lady Eagles in her freshman season, Daniel said.

“Ellason has done a great job for us all year long,” Daniel said.

“She blocked well, gained power in her swing and served well.  She accepted the challenge and embraced the hard work, I am so proud of her and everything she has accomplished this year.” 

Closing out Brock’s all-district honors was Culberson, who earned 67 digs on the season.

Daniel said Culberson was always willing to tackle different roles to help her team succeed.

“Cayti is the ultimate team player,” Daniel said.

“She transitioned from a setter to a defensive specialist this year and did a great job. She works hard in practice every single day and always has a positive attitude.”

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