CYPRESS — Three of the four players named as the Cypress News Review’s inaugural District 16-6A preseason players of the year were also listed on the Greater Houston Volleyball Coaches Association’s preseason teams earlier this summer.
The Cypress News Review’s first preseason MVP is the reigning district champion Bear’s Emily Adams. The first defensive MVP was our first unanimous vote for Callie Cogdill, from Cy Woods. The offensive MVP was split between Cy Ranch’s Maddie Villarreal and Cy Woods’ D’nari Mills. Adams, as well as Cogdill and Villarreal were all on the GHVCA 6A squad.
With the pandemic causing a massive delay for 5A and 6A teams, the 2020 season has a delayed start with teams able to play games no sooner than next Monday (Sept. 14, 2020).
Verena Khalil’s Lady Bears are coming off of a perfect 16-0 district record in 2019, and earned unanimous first place votes in our coaches’ survey. The remaining playoff seeds were a tough mix of three power teams — Cy Ranch, Langham Creek and Cy Woods — We broke tie-breakers based upon their votes down the line, as all three programs have the potential for long playoff runs in the right post-season brackets.
If any 16-6A team will play the role of a dark horse, it would be the Golden Eagles of Cy Falls. While getting the consensus vote for fifth place in the league, a playoff berth is only as far away as a late season stumble from any of the top four squads.
The remaining three teams, namely Cy Springs, Cy Lakes and Cy Park, could swell into a playoff position under the right circumstances. Will the pandemic throw enough chaos into the district for them to make a huge play? Will a surge during league action cause a ripple effect for one of them to reach a playoff slot?
With the season beginning next week, the answers to all these questions will be forthcoming soon.
Methodology for the Cypress News Review rankings: Taking notes from publications such as Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine, we surveyed the coaches of districts 16-6A and 17-6A on their teams and the competition. As needed, we’ve applied decades of sports coverage to fill in any gaps and tie-breakers.
Cypress News Review’s volleyball District 16-6A preseason rankings
- Bridgeland ® Bears unanimous
- Cy Ranch Lady Mustangs
- Langham Creek Lobos
- Cy Woods Wildcats
- Cy Falls Golden Eagles
- Cy Springs Lady Panthers
- Cy Lakes Spartans
- Cy Park Lady Tigers
Top four teams qualify for playoffs.
2020 Preseason Players of the Year
Preseason 16-6A MVP: Emily Adams (Bridgeland ® High School)
Preseason Offensive Co-MVP: D’nari Mills (Cy Woods) & Maddie Villarreal (Cy Ranch)
Preseason Defensive MVP: Callie Cogdil (Cy Woods) unanimous
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