PNG’s Orozco named 22-5A MVP

Published 12:47 pm Wednesday, November 16, 2016

BEAUMONT — Port Neches-Groves senior Cheyanne Orozco has been named the District 22-5A most valuable player.

The all-district selections and players of the year were released Wednesday.

Orozco, a middle blocker, played a key role in helping the Indians share the district championship and earn the No. 1 seed, en route to their first bi-district victory since 2012 and first regional round since 2003.

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PNG led all schools with four first-team selections: Orozco, senior setter Hannah Jones, freshman outside hitter Elizabeth Bolyard and junior outsidehitter Libbie LeJeune. Bolyard was named newcomer of the year.

Nederland senior Darcie Jones was named defensive player of the year after collecting 568 digs, 29 kills and 43 aces on the season. She also dealt 33 assists.

Port Arthur Memorial senior setter Riyah Collins earned setter of the year honors. She had 22 aces.

Lumberton sophomore outside hitter Taylor Kile is the offensive player of the year. Kile totaled 152 kills, 30 aces, 97 digs, two blocks and four solo blocks.

Other first-team members include: Memorial junior middle blocker Nayla Bazile, Lumberton senior outside hitter Maci Mott and senior libero Brooke Duhon; Nederland senior middle blocker Amanda Longlet and junior setter Abbey Montalvo; Central junior middle blocker Malaysia St. Clair; Vidor senior middle blocker Kennedy Ratcliff and Livingston senior outside hitter Emily McAdams.

The second team is: Lumberton middle blocker Hailee McClure and setter Shelby Baggett; PNG senior middle blocker Kailey Oliver and junior middle blocker Kaitlyn Gill; Nederland senior outside hitter Katelynn Huckabay, senior middle blocker Hannah Smith and opposite hitter Peyton Parker; Livingston senior right-side hitter Kendall Benfer, Central senior libero Dinedra Reed and Vidor senior right-side hitter Evelyn Baker.

Honorable mention players are: Memorial sophomore middle blocker Diamond Newsome, senior opposite hitter Jamiyah Dixon and senior libero Byron’Neisha Bernard; Lumberton senior opposite hitter Haley Royer; Vidor junior defensive specialist Vivian Lindsey; Livingston senior defensive specialist Kara Churchman, junior middle blocker Ansleigh Brister and sophomore middle blocker Annie Woods; Ozen junior outside hitter Mercedes Perry, junior utility Hannah Chavis, senior middle blocker Kathryn Maiben, junior setter Elyana Randle and senior outside hitter Tempestt Vaughn; and Vidor sophomore outside hitter Reagan Castilaw.

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