2021 VYPE Awards: Public School Volleyball Player of the Year Finalists

2021 VYPE Awards: Public School Volleyball Player of the Year Finalists (Copyright (c) 2021 VYPE - All rights reserved)

It is awards season here at VYPE!

We welcome you to the Countdown to the 2021 VYPE Awards presented by Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. Over the next two weeks, we will be unveiling the finalists for the player of the year awards. Team and Coach of the Year awards will be announced LIVE during the Fourth Annual VYPE Awards.


The winners will be honored in a one-hour virtual show on Sunday, June 27 at 6 p.m. on VYPE Houston's website, Twitter account and on the VYPE Texas Facebook page and YouTube Channel! It will be an event to get dressed up for and to tune in to as it will be an evening full of special moments!

Let us get it started! Here are the finalists for Public School Volleyball Player of the Year!

PLAYER OF THE YEAR FINALIST: Ally Batenhorst, Seven Lakes

Ally Batenhorst was one of the keys to Seven Lakes winning the program's first-ever state championship in December. Despite the team having to battle a shutdown due to COVID, the Spartans were able to run the gauntlet and win the Class 6A State Championship. Batenhorst after the season was named the Texas and National Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year. She is off to Nebraska.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR FINALIST: Devan Taylor, Klein

Devan Taylor pieced together an impressive senior campaign at Klein. The Bearkats made it to the Class 6A Championship game where they fell to Seven Lakes 3-1. Taylor helped guide Klein to a 27-1 overall record and had 242 kills and 423 digs. Taylor is off to Clemson University.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR FINALIST: Ellie Echter, Fulshear

Fulshear has been one of the more remarkable stories over the last few years in Houston. The Chargers won the Class 4A State Championship in 2019 and them moved up to Class 5A prior to this year and still made it back to the state championship match. Ellie Echter has been a big piece to that success over the past few seasons and had yet another great year in 2020.

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