Player of the year: Stephanie Aiple, sr., Round Rock.
The niece of Round Rock coach Diane Watson and a Texas A&M signee, Aiple was named to the Under Armour All-America team during the final season of her standout high school career. A first-team All-Centex honoree for the second straight year, she averaged 32 assists and 6.7 digs per match, helping the Dragons go unbeaten in District 16-5A play.
“She’s arguably the best setter in the United States, and her skill level is so far ahead of any setter in the state,” Westlake coach Al Bennett told the Westlake Picayune after Round Rock eliminated the Chaparrals in the Class 5A regional quarterfinals.
Newcomer of the year: Lindsey Ledyard, fr., Cedar Park.
The steady play of Ledyard helped the Timberwolves finish one victory short of a second straight trip to the Class 4A state semifinals.
During the regular season, she recorded 99 percent of her team’s assists, ranked second in hitting percentage (.435) and was fifth in digs (238). In the postseason, she helped Cedar Park advance to a regional final, where the Timberwolves fell to Dripping Springs. Ledyard recorded a match-high 38 assists in the loss.
Coach of the year: Michael Kane, Dripping Springs
Kane led Dripping Springs to the state tournament for the first time since 1994. The Tigers, who closed the season with a 40-10 record, entered the Class 4A playoffs as the top seed from District 25-4A, and they defeated a district rival, Cedar Park, in a four-set regional final.
At the state tournament, Dripping Springs dropped its semifinal match against Prosper in straight sets, but Kane’s team, which was dominated by talented underclassmen, shapes up as a state title contender again in 2014.
Setter: Stephanie Aiple, 6-1, sr., Round Rock
After recovering from back surgery, Aiple averaged nearly 10 assists per set as Round Rock reached the Class 5A regional semifinals.
Middle blocker: Kelsie Payne, 6-3, sr., Connally
University of Kansas signee set school records for career blocks (277) and single-season hitting percentage (.361).
Middle blocker: Megan Slan, 6-0, sr., Leander
UT-San Antonio signee named top defensive player in District 25-4A after averaging six kills per set.
Outside hitter: Madison Rigdon, 5-11, sr., Pflugerville
Will join Payne at Kansas after averaging 6.1 kills per set for young squad that reached Class 5A playoffs.
Outside hitter: Hailey Roberts, 5-11 sr., Cedar Park
Second-team All-Centex choice in 2012 averaged 6.2 kills per set for Class 4A regional finalist.
Outside hitter: Morgyn Greer, 6-0, soph., Dripping Springs
Averaged more than three kills per set to help young, talented team to Class 4A state tournament.
Libero: D.J. Yanes, 5-6, sr., Crockett
Athletic Yanes was the 26-4A defensive player of the year.
Utility: Autumn Rounsaville, 5-5, soph., Dripping Springs
University of Texas commitment averaged 3.1 digs per set as team’s defensive specialist.
Setter: Sophia Bethke, 6-1, sr., Wimberley
Arkansas signee led Texans to a Class 3A regional final and averaged nearly 10 assists per set.
Middle blocker: Amanda Wolken, 5-9, sr., Lake Travis
Named District 15-5A MVP after leading Cavaliers with a .365 hitting percentage.
Middle blocker: Lauren Taft, 5-11, sr., Round Rock
First-team All-District 16-5A pick averaged 3.7 kills per set with a .382 hitting percentage.
Outside hitter: Sydney Paradeaux, 6-1, sr., Hays
Texas State signee averaged nearly six kills per set as team reached area round of Class 5A playoffs.
Outside hitter: Corrine Grandcolas, 6-2, sr., Westlake
Versatile first-team all-district selection, who will compete as a long jumper this spring, signed with Abilene Christian.
Outside hitter: Tory Paranagua, 6-0, sr., Anderson
Signed to play sand volleyball for Florida State after being named top hitter in District 15-5A.
Libero: Haley Mahlum, 5-9, sr., Lake Travis
First-team all-district choice in 15-5A averaged 4.4 digs for Cavaliers, who shared league title with Westlake.
Utility: Molly Smith, 5-9, sr., Westlake
Honored as top setter in 15-5A, Colgate signee helped Chaparrals to share of district title and Class 5A regional quarterfinals.
Setter: Lindsey Ledyard, 5-9, fr., Cedar Park
Only freshman on Cedar Park’s varsity squad averaged 10.2 assists per set for Class 4A regional finalist.
Middle blocker: Anna Lee Koester, 6-1, jr., Hendrickson
All-Centex newcomer of the year in 2012 averaged 4.1 kills and 1.9 blocks per set in 2013.
Middle blocker: Chaundra Brown, 5-9, sr., McCallum
Selected MVP of District 26-4A after averaging more than four kills per set for postseason qualifier.
Outside hitter: Stephanie Schoelman, 5-10, sr., Georgetown
Contribution of nearly 3.7 kills per set helped Eagles to district title and a Class 4A regional semifinal.
Outside hitter: Sarah Afflerbaugh, 5-11, sr., Westwood
Versatile athlete who also plays basketball averaged 3.6 kills and 2.3 digs per set for District 16-5A runner-up.
Outside hitter: Brittany Adams, sr., St. Stephen’s
Repeat All-Centex selection averaged five kills per set as Spartans finished third in Southwest Preparatory Conference.
Libero: Jade Beerman, 5-6, jr., Dripping Springs
Her capable back-row play contributed greatly to team’s run to the Class 4A state tournament.
Utility: Kara Teel, 6-0, soph., Brentwood Christian
Averaged 4.1 kills and 2.1 blocks per set to help team to TAPPS 3A final, where she recorded 30 kills in a loss.
— Butch Hart, for American-Statesman
Correction: This story has been corrected to show that Sydney Paradeaux will be attending Texas State in the fall.