Howell named MVP, Martinez Defensive MVP

RFHS Lady Pirate Volleyball players receiving all-district honors are, back row, from left, Messiah Hernandez, Sophia Byrom, Lauren Moore, Kaylee Howell, Kaylie Skinner, and Kiley Kopp; front row, from left, Kelsey Polasek, Jessica Schibi, Payton Martinez, Alana Garcia, and Mikayla Molina.

The entire 2021 Rockport-Fulton High School (RFHS) Lady Pirate volleyball team received 26-4A All-District honors at the conclusion of the 2021 season.

Senior middle blocker Kaylee Howell was named District 26-4A’s Most Valuable Player (MVP). Howell was named Defensive MVP last season and turned in a fantastic senior season to be named MVP. She led the team in two categories, collecting 316 kills and 94 blocks.

Senior libero Payton Martinez was named District 26-4A’s Defensive MVP. Martinez received first team honors last season and took her game to another level in her senior campaign. She led the team with 736 digs.

Senior setter Mikayla Molina and senior outside hitter (OH) Lauren Moore received First Team All-District honors. It is Molina’s second time in a row earning first team honors; she led the team with 471 assists. Moore was RFHS’ most improved player this season and became a dynamic weapon for RFHS after receiving honorable mention honors last season. Moore finished the season in second place in three different statistics, garnering 261 kills, 69 aces, and 390 digs.

Senior middle hitter Kaylie Skinner and junior OH Kiley Kopp received Second Team All-District honors. Skinner provided another big presence in the middle with Howell and was RFHS’ best server, leading the team with 71 aces. In her first season on varsity, Kopp stepped in as a starter and became another dangerous hitter to look out for; she tallied 170 kills.

Senior defensive specialist (DS) Kelsey Polasek, junior opposite hitter Messiah Hernandez, junior OH Alana Garcia, junior DS Jessica Schibi, and junior setter Sophia Byrom all received honorable mention All-District honors.

Each player also received Academic All-District honors.

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